Hale’iwa, North Shore, Oahu

Postcard: Hale'iwa, North Shore, Oahu

A historic surf town that is the cultural hub of the North Shore on Oahu.

  • The charming town of Hale’iwa is about an one-hour drive from Waikiki.
  • Hale’iwa is part of Hawaii’s Seven Mile Miracle, the most concentrated stretch of surf breaks in the world.
  • More than the laid-back surf town it seems, Hale’iwa is filled with local style and country ambiance, as well as cool surf shops and boutiques, charming art galleries and understated restaurants housed in plantation-era buildings.
  • It is rich with island history and is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore.
  • In Hale’iwa you’ll find surfers fueling up on shrimp or other delicacies at one of the town’s abundant food trucks before hitting the famous beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach.
  • It is also known for its shaved ice after a day in the sun or shopping at boutiques filled with unique gifts that will allow you to bring back a piece of Hawaii with you. 
  • Two beach parks surround the small boat harbor located in Waialua Bay, Hale’iwa Beach Park located to the north and Hale’iwa Alii Beach Park located to the south.
  • Hale’iwa was designated a State Historic, Cultural and Scenic District in 1984 by the City and County of Honolulu. All new buildings must adhere to a design plan that reflects the territorial architecture of Hale’iwa’s earlier sugar industry period.
  • The town is home to 30 historic buildings, featuring plantation architectural styles influenced by the Waialua Sugar Co.
  • In Hawaiian language, Hale means house and iwa refers to the local frigate bird.
  • In 1947 the Hale’iwa Airfield was the only airfield able to provide defense against the attacks on Pearl Harbor. 
Photo: David Croxford
Photo: Matsumoto Shave Ice

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