Haleiwa, Oahu

Experience the laid-back charm of Haleiwa, Oahu’s historic North Shore town, known for world-class surfing, picturesque beaches, vibrant art galleries, and delicious local cuisine.

Haleiwa is a Town located in the city of Haleiwa on Oahu, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Haleiwa, a charming historic town located on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, offers a laid-back atmosphere and a taste of old Hawaii. Known for its surf culture, art galleries, and local shops, it’s a must-see for visitors seeking a unique experience in Hawaii.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Haleiwa is its vibrant surf culture and picturesque beaches, including Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. The town also boasts a variety of art galleries, boutique shops, and eateries serving delicious local cuisine.
  • Activities: Visitors to Haleiwa can enjoy surfing or watching world-class surfers ride the waves, exploring the local art galleries, and indulging in mouth-watering Hawaiian dishes at the town’s many food trucks and restaurants.
  • Information: Haleiwa town is open year-round and accessible at any time. There are no entrance fees to the town itself, but individual attractions and activities may have their own fees. The best time to visit Haleiwa is during the winter months (November to February) when the surf is up and the North Shore Surf Competitions take place.
  • History & Significance: Established in the early 1900s, Haleiwa was once a bustling sugar plantation town. Today, it is a designated Hawaii State Historic, Cultural, and Scenic District, preserving its rich history and unique Hawaiian charm.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to Haleiwa, plan to spend a full day exploring the town and its nearby attractions. Arrive early to secure parking, as the town can get busy during peak season. Don’t forget to try the famous Matsumoto Shave Ice, a local favorite, and take a stroll along the Anahulu Stream Bridge for a picturesque view of the town.

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