Throughout time, most seafarers of the world never considered harnessing the power of a breaking wave and riding it to shore. Today, the north shore attracts an international following to its numerous surf competitions. In the winter, waves here have been known to reach epic heights of 40 feet or higher. Surfing means something different to everyone, from a weekend hobby to an obsession of zealots who cherish the triumphant feeling of gliding across the water as a way of life. If you've ever felt curious to learn more about this unique water sport, the Haleiwa Surf Museum, located on Oahu's North Shore, explores the art of surfing from the ancient times of the Hawaiian people to more contemporary perspectives.
In 1993, the Haleiwa Surf Museum was created in order to display vintage artifacts related to surfing. The name of historic "Haleiwa" town, translates from Hawaiian as "House of the Frigate Bird", or sea bird. Free to the public, this small but fun museum is impossible to miss, with its charming 1950s Ford Woody parked outside. Inside its walls is a collection of all things that worship surf culture, including authentic vintage surfboards, like the towering redwood board dating from the 1930s. Among the assortment of items is a model of Haleiwa town, along with surf related books and posters. The walls are adorned with historical photographs, some taken by LeRoy Grannis, dubbed the "Godfather of Surf Photography" by the New York Times in the 1960s. A visit to this museum is a perfect pit stop after a delectable shave ice from nearby Matsumoto's, kayaking near Rainbow Bridge, or getting into the groove of things by hitting the waves and catching some surf.
- Open Daily, afternoons
- Location: 66-250 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, Hi
- Phone: 808-637-3406