Haleiwa is charming and historical old plantation town that is now the commercial, social and artistic center of the north shore. Beautiful beach parks, a small boat harbor and great shops and restaurants provide everything you need for a memorable Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
Great beaches abound in this area including the two beach parks right near town, Haleiwa Alii Beach Park and Haleiwa Beach Park on either side of Haleiwa Harbor. Rainbow Bridge over the river is considered the "gateway to the north shore." Spend the morning at the beach and then stroll into town to browse the shops and grab a bite to eat. On the north shore many activities are available including golf, hiking and biking, kayaking, horseback riding and more. Take a drive to see some of the famed surfing beaches like Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay which are typically calm as a lake during the summer months and great for water activities.
Haleiwa has two beach parks near the small boat harbor on Waialua Bay. To the north is Haleiwa Beach Park and to the south is Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, the eastern section of which is located in the harbor's breakwater. To the west is Kaiaka State Recreation Area on the Kaiaka Point peninsula with a sandy beach and great views of the Waianae Mountains and the Haleiwa coastline. During the winter months Haleiwa Alii Beach Park hosts some top professional surfing competitions. The beach park has picnic areas, restrooms and showers. Swimmers should use caution here due to the steep beach, outcropping rocks and currents. Haleiwa Alii Beach Park is a good place to learn to surf when the waves are small, and offshore are the surfing spots called Rock Piles and Off the Wall for experienced surfers. The beach park is located right near town so it's convenient to grab something to eat and head back to the ocean. Haleiwa Beach Park is just north of town and has a sandy but fairly narrow beach where the swimming is not the best due to the shallow and rocky bottom. This is a nice spot for a picnic and is frequented by canoe paddlers as well as kayakers. This beach also has a nice view of Kaena Point. The park has showers and restrooms as well as a basketball court, baseball field and volleyball court.
Haleiwa has numerous dining choices to please your palate. Stop in at Cafe Haleiwa for a hearty breakfast. For fresh seafood catches and quality steak stop in at Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill with nice harbor views, tropical cocktails and exceptional desserts. Make sure to stop in at the landmark Matsumoto's for a colorful shave ice with ice cream, azuki beans or mochi on the bottom. Matsumoto's has been in business for more than 50 years providing the tasty and refreshing treats to locals and visitors alike. The Haleiwa Farmers Market is held on Thursday afternoons with many farmers selling fruits and vegetables as well as vendors selling baked goods, local jams, homemade salsa and other treats.
Fun shopping can be found strolling down the main street of Haleiwa town where there are many locally-owned shops with wooden storefronts still reflecting this town's plantation past. Surf shops, art galleries and boutique gift shops hold many hidden treasures.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in Haleiwa so you can explore the north shore's many beaches and attractions and also day trips to the eastern (windward) shore as well as Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Most major populated areas of Oahu can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Haleiwa weather ranges from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year. Oahu's north and eastern shores are generally a bit wetter and cooler than the south and west shores, and the winter months typically see more rain than summer. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and warm trade winds make Haleiwa an excellent vacation destination all year around. Rain showers are typically brief and light with ample sunshine even on the rainier days. Hawaii's predominant trade winds blow from the northeast bringing moisture-laden clouds that typically rain onto the mountains of the east and north shores creating green and lush landscapes.Trade winds are almost always calmest in the mornings so it's a good time to visit the beach. Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer months and the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter. Some beaches provide more protection from the open ocean, and if the waves are too big at the beach you visit then you may be able to find a more sheltered beach where water activities are safe. For swimming and ocean activities visit Oahu's lifeguarded beaches. Make sure to obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
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The name Haleiwa comes from a hotel given that name and built by Benjamin Dillingham in 1898. Iwa is the Hawaiian word for the great frigate bird, and hale is a means "house of the frigatebird." The Kalili Surf Center opened in 1976 at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park offering extracurricular activities including lifeguard programs, family events, and lessons in surfing and sailing. The television series Baywatch Hawaii used the building and the park for filming.