Hale'iwaNorth Shore of Oahu. It's the most built up of the towns in the region, has some of the better restaurants, and is generally the place to go if you're staying within half an hour or so of here.
By carFrom Honolulu or Waikiki: Or if you have a car, take the H1 west to the H2 north, follow signs for the North Shore and you'll end up on the Kamehameha Hwy. Look for signs to Hale'iwa. The journey is about 40min.
From Schofield Barracks Area: There is a sign on Highway 99 indicating where to turn to reach Hale'iwa.
From Waimea Bay: Head west on Kamehameha Hwy, and take a right turn at the sign for Hale'iwa.
By busFrom Honolulu/Waikiki, it's pretty easy to bus it instead of driving. Catch the Number 52 bus at Ala Moana Shopping Center, or the Number 55 "Kaneohe/Circle Island" and get off in Hale'iwa to stretch your legs. Help the planet, help reduce Oahu congestion and don't rent a car, catch the bus. You'll save money and meet real people who really live here.
You might want to take a jacket or fleece with you since the air conditioning inside buses is often pretty fierce.
The town is small, and best seen on foot. However, there are several other options to see the town, and the whole of the North Shore. You can rent a dune buggy, a bike, moped or even an Uber if need be. With the North Shore being visited by over half of the visitors that come to Oahu, you will want to take advantage of nimble transportation.
Hale'iwa Art FestivalHeld each July, is a treat.
phone: +1 808-377-6683address: 66-145 Kamehameha HwyGreat way to get around the North Shore or even the island. Dune buggy rentals and/or tours that use convertible looking jeeps. Pretty cool
North Shore Chocolate Factoryphone: +1 808 637-3000address: 66-470 Kamehameha HwyHandmade chocolates without preservatives. Be sure to say hi to Jigs, the resident watchdog. JulieAnn and Dave can provide advice on local eats and activities.
Rainbow Bridge Gift Shopphone: +1 808 637-7770address: 62-620 Kamehameha HwyBeach towels, snorkel equipment, surf boards are just a few of the items for sale or rent here. Handmade Ukuleles can be found here. You might be lucky and find Pettra in the store. If so, Pettra sometimes plays a Ukulele and singsa real treat.
phone: +1 808-637-3000address: 66-443 Kamehameha HwyLacto-ovo-vegetarian, natural foods
phone: +1 808-366-8666address: 59-414 Kamehameha HwyLacto-ovo-vegetarian, natural foods
Kava RootsGet the delicious Acai Bowl, with fresh bananas, granola, and honey.
Shrimp TrucksKahuku's shrimp farms provide fresh shrimp for many trucks scattered between Kahuku and Haleiwa. A good place to get a relatively quick and cheap lunch plate on the north shore.
Banzai Sushiphone: +1 808 637-4404Tasty sushi in the heart of Hale'iwa.
Cholos Homestyle Mexicanphone: +1 808 637-3059address: 66-250 Kamehameha HwyMediocre but popular, it's the place to be for dinner if you're lookin' to get your tequila on.
Hale'iwa Eatsphone: +1 808 637-4247address: 66-079 Kamehameha HwyReally tasty Thai food, in a cute little roadside restaurant with a nice vibe and decent atmosphere. Be warned though, if you ask for spicy they'll give you Thai spicy!!!
Hale'iwa Joe'sphone: +1 808 637-8005address: 66-011 Kamehameha HwyA popular seafood grill in the heart of town.
phone: +1 808 637-3059address: 66-250 Kamehameha HighwayCholo's has been around the North Shore for almost twenty years. Cholo's has been a long time favorite among locals, military, kama aina, and return tourist. It was important for the owner to create an ambience similar to those that she has experienced while traveling throughout Mexico. . The décor, music, intention to create a friendly festive atmosphere, where people would gather to meet and make friends, enjoy good food and drinks at a great price.
phone: +1 808 637-5662address: 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy #503, Haleiwa, HI 96712Great place for latte's, coffee, breakfast or healthy lunch. The best option I personally think for coffee drinkers.
phone: +1 808 638-7838address: 59-788 Kamehameha HwyDorms, rooms, and cottages. Walking distance from three great beaches (Sandy, Wahamai Beach & Waterfalls, and Shark's cove).
- Waimea Valley - Stunning botanical gardens and waterfall. 0.5 mi (1km) stroll to waterfalls, reasonable prices for admission and lunch. Thursday and Sunday at 2PM, the Native Plant Tour is offered. Also look for Full Moon Walks and Historic Hawaii Living Tours.