The North Shore of O'ahu is a surfer's dream, especially in the winter when the waves are breaking big and perfect on every single beach. World Championship surf competitions take place on these beaches, and Hale'iwa Beach hosts the women's events in the Triple Crown of Surfing. Yes, women can shred huge waves too, and in the winter, huge is somewhere along the lines of 30 feet – or three stories of thick blue ocean water curling over. It's no wonder that travelers from all around the world come to Hale'iwa just to sit on the sand and watch.
In the summer, Hale'iwa is one of the most calm and pristine of Hawaiian beaches. The majority of the shorelines in O'ahu have white sand formed by coral and seashells, but Hale'iwa is unique with its light brown sand, making it easier on the eyes on a sunny day. This quaint seaside hangout is only about half the size of a football field, making it a perfect spot for lounging in solitude. For the more active, within walking distance from the beach is a plethora of possibilities. There are two full-length basketball courts and two volleyball courts, as well as a grassy field to play Frisbee or soccer.
Just a few minutes from the beach is historic Hale'iwa Town. Here visitors come across one-of-a-kind shops, ono (delicious) eateries serving local-style food, and a laid back vibe that would make anyone feel at ease. With all there is to do and see at Hale'iwa Beach, it is more than just a surfer's playground: it's paradise.
- Location: North Shore, O'ahu, HI
- From Honolulu take the H-1 west to the H-2 toward Wahiawa/Mililani. Then merge onto Kamehameha Hwy (HI-99) going north and continue onto Kamehameha Hwy where it turns into HI-83. Drive one mile until you see signs for the beach park.