Story By Jodi Wilmot
Activities & Services: Shopping. Dining. Art Galleries. Swimming. Surfing & Surf Lessons. Beach-combing. Boat charters. Whale & turtle watching. Shark diving tours. Banks & Post Office. Please respect local resident neighborhoods, driveways and parking.
Recommended: Walking shoes. Sun protection. Bathing suit/boardshorts.
Cautions: Hale’iwa is an official U.S. historic rural town with only limited sidewalks around town. Please use caution when walking. Lifeguards are stationed at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach.
The locals call it “town.” Historic Hale’iwa Town serves as the North Shore’s main commercial center. This is a great place to shop, mail a postcard, fill up with gas, buy groceries, sample locally grown coffee and produce, or enjoy one of our region’s great local restaurants or food trucks. At the ocean end of “Main Street” you will find Hale’iwa Small Boat Harbor, with lifeguard patrolled Ali’i Beach Park to the west, and unpatrolled Hale’iwa Beach Park and Pua’ena Point to the north-east across the Rainbow Bridge.
During November, Ali’i Beach Park is home to the first event of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing: The Reef Hawaiian Pro. Many of Hawaii’s top professional surfers have cut their teeth on Ali’i’s gentle inside rollers as small children and you can find the champions of tomorrow here today.
Pua’ena Point requires a short walk through natural coastland from Hale’iwa Beach Park and offers incredible views of the coastline and Mount Ka’ala – the highest peak on O’ahu. Surf and stand-up paddle lessons are popular here year-round as the break is relatively protected from large winter swells. There is also a calm bay for swimming. Be aware of the locally growing kiawe trees that are thorny and can be found along the trail and shoreline. Reef walkers are recommended.