With massive waves at its Banzai Pipeline, Oahu's North Shore easily brings in the tourists for surfing and adventure. Still, it manages to hold on to the charm that makes Hawai'i unique, with plenty of local restaurants and attractions just a few miles down the road.
Definitely start your visit to the Pipeline for over 20-foot waves packed with daredevil surfers. Once you've been thrilled by their antics, check out the peaceful, lush Waimea Valley and its nearby bay for some fun physical activity. Later, Motsumoto's Shave Ice will cool your parched throat with its snow cones and ice cream. Play the tourist by visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, then go local with a stop to the roadside food stands in Kahuku. You'll find the best Mexican food over at Cholo's, but don't forget Hale'iwa Joes for the freshest seafood cuisine.
While in Hale'iwa town, stroll through its colorful streets to get a feel for authentic Hawai'i. With its laidback atmosphere, you'll want to plop down on the nearest hammock with a cool drink for the evening. Although there are no hammocks at Breaker's Restaurant and Bar, the late night menu and bar hung with surfboards will draw you in just the same.
Gear up with sports accessories or pick up a few souvenirs at the many plantation-era buildings that house shops of every type, from surf boards to pearl necklaces, home furnishings to hiking equipment, all made right in Hale'iwa.
Oahu | North Shore
- If you're feeling overwhelmed by Honolulu's hectic city life, escape to North Shore's calm region of Waialua. When in Waialua, you can choose from a variety of adventures including snorkeling, surfing, and shopping. Waialua also offers a peek into Hawaii's vibrant Polynesian culture.
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