Hale'iwa (Ha-lay-eee-va) is a small beach town on the North 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.
From 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.
From 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 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 Festival. Held each July, is a treat.
- Rainbow Bridge Gift Shop, 62-620 Kamehameha Hwy (just across Rainbow Bridge and across the street from the Chevron), ☏ . Beach 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 sings--a real treat.
- 1 The Beet Box Cafe (in Celestial Foods), 66-443 Kamehameha Hwy, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Sa 09:00-17:00 Su 09:00-16:00. Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, natural foods $10.50 & under.
- 2 The Beet Box Lunch Wagon (at Waihuena Farm), 59-414 Kamehameha Hwy (closest dirt road on Haleiwa side of Sunset Elementary School, c. 1mi towards Kahuku from Foodland Pupukea, near Banzai Pipeline), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Sa-W 11:00-17:00 (weather permitting). Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, natural foods
- Grass Skirt, 66-214 Kamehameha Hwy, ☏ . Until 6PM. Popular with the locals, excellent food for the price. Three types of fish steak dinners (ahi, mahi, or ono) with rice, side salad and locally grown greens. Or opt for a sandwich. Take-out is available. $8.95.
- Killer Tacos, Kamehameha Hwy. Daily 10AM-8PM. One stop taco joint. Tasty and cheap. Sells Tacos, Burritos, Nachos, and Taco Salads. Friendly and helpful staff. Motto is "Let us roll you a fatty!". $2-10.
- Matsumoto's Shave Ice, 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, ☏ . The best place to get shave ice on the north shore. For a twist on this local favorite, try it with ice cream, azuki bean or both. Also a great place to pick up crack seed (preserved fruit candy), souvenirs or a signature t-shirt. Expect a long line during peak tourist season.
- Shrimp Trucks. Kahuku'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. less than $10.
- Ted's Bakery, 59-024 Kamehameha Hwy. A must-visit for anybody on a north shore day trip. Their food is pretty good, but the cream pies are the main draw. They are celebrated for the chocolate-haupia pie, which is world-class.
- Banzai Sushi, ☏ . Tasty sushi in the heart of Hale'iwa.
- Cholos Homestyle Mexican, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, ☏ . Mediocre but popular, it's the place to be for dinner if you're lookin' to get your tequila on.
- Hale'iwa Joe's, 66-011 Kamehameha Hwy, ☏ . A popular seafood grill in the heart of town.
- Island Vintage Coffee (Island Vintage), 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy #503, Haleiwa, HI 96712, ☏ . 6AM-6PM. Great place for latte's, coffee, breakfast or healthy lunch. The best option I personally think for coffee drinkers.
- 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.