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Things to do in North Shore, Waialua

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Waimea is famous for its 30-foot waves in the winter and is a top place to watch some of the world’s best and bravest surfers. During summer, the water calms considerably and is a great destination for swimming, snorkeling and diving.”
  • 89 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Actually not my favorite, but lots of people love it. It is very close to the cottage, offers fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, plate lunches, salads and more. The layout is awful, you have to wait in line to order while people have to squeeze by you to get into the shop to get their drinks and other items before squeezing back past you to get to the back of the line. Still it is like a right of passage on the North Shore and their malsadas are delicious.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is the place to snorkel on the North Shore. Next best to Hanauma Bay. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“WAIMEA BAY AND VALLEY TRAIL My most favorite Beach because I love the sandy beaches and shore line the best. There are lots of different choices on where to spread your beach towel or blanket or chair. Many times I stay down towards The Rock for live entertainment:) Waimea Valley has a trail and a farmers market and beautiful and stunning peacocks. The old historic Sts. Peter & Paul Mission is up on the hill. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Casual, beachy decor sets the tone at this kitschy eatery for island-inspired chow & fruity drinks.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Beautiful botanical garden with a water fall at the end, a cafe at the beginning. Farmer’s markets on thursdays 3-7! ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Park
“You’ll pass it driving to Haleiwa. If you have time I’d recommend watching the sunset one day. It’s a great beach to swim at during any season but winter. Winter season is big surf and usually has surf competitions you can check out. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Food Truck
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“The most famous shrimp truck on the North Shore, originally launched out of a converted bread truck more than 20 years ago. Now that's some staying power. Will it be garlic shrimp today drenched in butter, shrimp scampi, or perhaps we're feeling a little braver and will have the no refunds, hot and spicy shrimp plate!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Farm
“If you love pineapple you must visit the Dole plantation. You can take a trolley around the plantation, try the best pineapple ice cream and enjoy the beautiful landscape. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Family friendly ¾ mile stroll on paved paths through world-class botanical gardens.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Delicious deluxe burgers and potato wedge fries, yummy açaí bowls, ice cream shakes, smoothies, and banana bread pudding a la mode! Great beachy country surf vibe. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Unreal! We saw surfers rocking 40' waves! Amazing. DO NOT TRY TO SWIM HERE UNLESS YOU ARE INSANE OR A PROFESSIONAL! NO KIDS SHOULD BE ANYWHERE NEAR THIS WATER WITHOUT A TIGHT LEASH. THE RIPTIDE PULL GROWN MEN FROM THEIR FEET. Go to Turtle Bay just up the street for a swimming and family fun.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“A drive to the North Shore is a must on Oahu. Turn Left (East) on the highway as you leave Villa Laulea to experience the greatest views, and come back through Central Oahu after enjoying dinner in the historic beach town of Haleiwa. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Growing up as a kid on the North Shore meant my reward for sitting still for a haircut was a Shave Ice. Not a bad deal. The barber shop is now Aoki's Shave Ice, right across the street. My favorite flavors are Li hing mui, Lilikoi and Lychee. Order with Ice Cream on the bottom!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Another great coffee shop with specialty baked goods to die for! Just go give it a try! Vegan options as well.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Bistro
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“The Haleiwa Beach House is one of my favorite restaurants on North Shore Oahu. My favorite is the Poke Bowl with the catch of the day. ”
  • 29 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Actually not my favorite, but lots of people love it. It is very close to the cottage, offers fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, plate lunches, salads and more. The layout is awful, you have to wait in line to order while people have to squeeze by you to get into the shop to get their drinks and other items before squeezing back past you to get to the back of the line. Still it is like a right of passage on the North Shore and their malsadas are delicious.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Casual, beachy decor sets the tone at this kitschy eatery for island-inspired chow & fruity drinks.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Food Truck
“The most famous shrimp truck on the North Shore, originally launched out of a converted bread truck more than 20 years ago. Now that's some staying power. Will it be garlic shrimp today drenched in butter, shrimp scampi, or perhaps we're feeling a little braver and will have the no refunds, hot and spicy shrimp plate!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Delicious deluxe burgers and potato wedge fries, yummy açaí bowls, ice cream shakes, smoothies, and banana bread pudding a la mode! Great beachy country surf vibe. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bistro
“The Haleiwa Beach House is one of my favorite restaurants on North Shore Oahu. My favorite is the Poke Bowl with the catch of the day. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Open for breakfast and lunch Healthy meals and fun atmosphere. Located next door to Haleiwa Post Office”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Food Truck serving the best grilled scampi shrimps on the island. Another truck is located in Haleiwa”
  • 31 locals recommend
Café
“Great deli style sandwiches and family owned! Baked goods are drool worthy and smoothies are so yummy! ”
  • 44 locals recommend

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