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North Shore Town Highlight: Kahuku

Posted on Sat, 2017/06/10 - 10:53pm by Jessica Gellert

If you are looking for delicious local food trucks, adventure and beaches, then Kahuku is the place to visit on Oahu’s North Shore. The quaint town is the closest one to Turtle Bay Resort,  about a five minute drive heading east.

Here's what you can expect when you visit Kahuku.

Kahuku was actually home to one of the Oahu’s first sugar plantations and refineries from 1893 to 1971. The sugar industry was the community’s main source of income. The sugar mill closed in November 1971. Turtle Bay Resort opened her doors in May 1972, giving local residents jobs close to home. Till this day there are generations of North Shore residents still at Turtle Bay who have been at the resort since the beginning.

Food Trucks and Local Businesses
Come hungry. Kahuku is home to Kahuku Farms, world famous shrimp trucks and the Kahuku Superette, which some say has the best ahi poke bowl on the island of Oahu. (You’ll have to taste it on your own to be the judge!)
There are also several local businesses to check out near the old Kahuku Sugar Mill.

We break down the shrimp stop options here.


Zipline over Keana Farms with Climbworks during a three hour guided tour. The adventure begins with a fun ATV ride through lush Kahuku farmland and jungle. Then you’ll zip along with great views of Kahuku beaches and the beautiful North Shore on lines ranging from 500- 2,400 feet long. Along the tour you’ll encounter rappels, sky bridges, scenic boardwalks, and a couple surprises for some fun activities that challenge you in a safe and controlled way. You can book this amazing adventure at our Guidepost in the lobby.

Kahuku is home to Malaekahana Beach. The gorgeous beach is more than a mile long, which makes it easy to find your own private shore. The white sand beach is perfect for beach walks, body boarding, surfing and swimming. Please note there is no lifeguard at this beach and the current can be strong at times.

Have you visited Kahuku before? What did you like to explore? Did you taste any of the local restaurants? Let us know in the comment section below.

Photo credit: Kahuku Sugar Mill by CoolClearWater.BlogSpot, Kahuku Superette by TripAdvisor, Kahuku Superette Poke Bowl by, Malaekahana Beach photo by Malaekahana Campground.