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Waialua is a small and quiet community on Oahu's north shore perfectly situated for a luxurious and relaxing Hawaii vacation. The town still retains the charm of its plantation past and offers tranquility and serenity in one of Hawaii's most desirable areas.
Things To Do
The Waialua region offers many activities from water sports to nice hiking, horseback riding, botanical gardens and more. Explore the shops and restaurants in nearby Haleiwa town and drive along the north shore to see a string of beautiful beaches. Golfers can choose from two exceptional golf courses at the oceanside Turtle Bay Resort. Waimea Valley offers a fun family hike amidst native flora including a visit to Waimea Falls for a refreshing swim. From Haleiwa you can embark on a deep sea fishing adventure.
Oahu's north shore is known for its pristine beaches which typically have very calm water during the summer months providing many options for ocean activities including swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. During winter surfers from all around the world come to the famed beaches of Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline to ride the big waves. Kaiaka bay Beach Park near Waialua is a nice place for a picnic. Visit Kaena Point State Park and the sandy beach at Keawaula Bay where there are also nice hikes along the coastline with stone arches and interesting tidepools to explore.
North shore dining options include top quality restaurants at Turtle Bay Resort as well as many exceptional places to eat in Haleiwa town. Check out the North Shore Country Market on Saturday mornings for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as tasty treats prepared by local vendors. Make sure to sample the gourmet products of Waialua Soda Works using Big Island vanilla, Maui sugar and Kauai honey with soda flavors including pineapple, mango and lilikoi. For an elaborate Hawaiian luau feast accompanied by a theatrical dinner show visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie.
The Waialua Sugar Mill in the center of town is a remnant of Waialua's plantation history and now a commercial area where you can visit some nice shops including Waialua Coffee, a soap factory and other unique local stores. For more shopping head over to Haleiwa town where there are art galleries, surf shops and boutique gift stores to browse with many of the old storefronts still reflecting the historic town's plantation heritage.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in a Waialua vacation rental so you have easy access to the north shore's beaches and attractions as well as day trips to the windward (eastern) shore and also Waikiki and downtown Honolulu on the south shore. Most major populated areas of Oahu can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Waialua 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 Waialua an excellent vacation destination all through the year. 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.
Waialua vacation homes provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home. Browse through our Waialua vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Waialua accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals on Oahu and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best of the best Waialua properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Waialua rentals or which Oahu destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
Waialua has a rich history as a sugarcane plantation town. The first sugar plantation in Waialua was started in 1865, and then in 1898 the Castle & Cooke company bought the plantation and built a new mill that was soon producing thousands of tons of sugar annually. A railway system was also constructed as well as irrigation systems. The sugarcane industry in the Hawaiian Islands declined rapidly in the 1980s and 90s and the mill in Waialua closed in 1996. Today Waialua is mostly residential community and much quieter than nearby Haleiwa which has more commercial activity.