Hale'iwa, Oahu

Hale'iwa is located on the North Shore of Oahu, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Honolulu. The little town was built by Rev. and Mrs. John Emerson in 1832. In 1898, businessman Benjamin Dillingham opened a hotel here and named it Haleiwa (meaning "home of the frigate birds" in the Hawaiian language). With the building of the hotel and the Oahu Railroad, the town began to grow and flourish.

Today, Hale'iwa is the largest town and commercial center on the North Shore of Oahu with a population of 3,970 (2010 Census). It features an old plantation town atmosphere and is a popular destination among tourists. Here you can find unconventional and unique shops, art galleries and surf stores, such as the Strong Current shop where you can buy surfboards designed by North Shore surf legends Mike Diffenderfer and Dick Brewer.

If you like ice cream, you have to try the famous Hawaiian shave ice. The two local stores Matsumoto's and Aoki's sell this delicious treat, and often times there are many people standing in line – that's how good it is. There is a small boat harbor in Hale'iwa, as well as three beach parks: Haleiwa Beach Park, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park and Kaiaka Bay Beach Park.

Hale'iwa Overview

  • Largest town and commercial center on the North Shore of Oahu
  • Old plantation town atmosphere with unique shops, art galleries and restaurants
  • Try Hawaiian shave ice
  • Population: 3,970 (2010 Census)
  • Zip code: 96712

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Reviews and Comments:
We love Hale'iwa! We go back every year. The surfing in February is legendary. Food is great! And the people are awesome! Best vacations I ever had were in Hawaii!
S.Babineau, Sun Jan 17, 2016
Google the beach, and you will see it is far away from hotels and hueoss at the end of the road. There were a few people in the distance so I wasn't completely alone. Also, the POLAR BEAR from the 1st season of LOST ate the ones that got in my way. Also, their is a cool website that shows stills from the beach and stills from the tv show.
Augustine, Sat Sep 22, 2012
Vacationed here with family in May....absolutely loved Haleiwa....will be back! Loved the North Shore! Loved Hawaii!! Hawaii truly is "Paradise"!
Joe, Jan 14, 2010