The One and Only Haleiwa

By Andy Beth Miller
Photo courtesy of dlkcmo via Flickr.com.

Photo courtesy of dlkcmo via Flickr.com.

Haleiwa, a tiny town nestled on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, is fast becoming Hawaii’s hottest new destination for visitors. Complete with its own picturesque harbor and charming town square-styled shopping center bursting with lovely boutique shops and niche cafes, this tourist gem of a town offers all one could want to taste, shop and see.

Da Best Kine Grinds

Word to the wise when visiting this town — come hungry, as there is definitely no shortage of sweet and savory selections from its little hole-in-the-wall eateries to satisfy every appetite. Stop by the Coffee Gallery for your morning cup of joe, and experience the buzz of this bustling community’s contagious energy — and that’s not the caffeine talking.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson.

For those looking for a bigger breakfast before hitting up Haleiwa’s numerous outdoor activities, Cafe Haleiwa is a can’t miss. Lunch will find you needing to refuel, and the area’s locally owned offerings, Killer Tacos (watch for local resident Jack Johnson — he’s a fan!), Konos and Grass Skirt Grill more than deliver. Also a haven for vegetarian and vegan eaters, Haleiwa boasts venues like Beet Box Cafe — a natural and healthy café tucked into the back of the town’s natural grocer, Celestial Foods.

Photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao.

Photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao via Flickr.com.

Outdoor Oasis

Haleiwa also offers sun, sand and surf lovers loads of options outdoors. All within minutes of the heart of town are numerous hiking trails, pristine SUP conditions at Haleiwa harbor, surfing at Puena Point (local shop Surf N Sea offers reasonable rentals just steps away), and several picturesque public parks for that perfect picnic.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson.

Head just 15 minutes more down the road, and you will find the world famous surf spots lining the Seven Mile Miracle stretch.

Photo courtesy of Janine via Flickr.com.

Photo courtesy of Janine via Flickr.com.

Shop ’Til You Drop

Nook and cranny specialty shops and boutiques boasting charming finds abound here in Haleiwa, as well as a myriad of well-known artist galleries, including renowned artist, Wyland. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy window shopping and browsing among the town’s quaint North Shore Marketplace, and perhaps even find that one in a million souvenir as the perfect memory to take home from their heavenly day spent in Haleiwa.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

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