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About North Shore

Along the coastline of the North Shore, there are a number of neighborhoods to call home: Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Waialua, Laie, and Hauula.

Interesting Facts


Commute Time. It takes 45 minutes to drive from Haleiwa to Honolulu and about 50 minutes from Hauula to Honolulu. To Kapolei, it takes about 40 minutes from Haleiwa and 1 hour from Hauula.

Buses. TheBUS runs routes 51, 52, and 55 through Haleiwa. Bus routes 60 and 61 connect from Honolulu to Haleiwa, driving along the North Shore.


Drive through Haleiwa and you will notice the old sugarcane style plantation homes, that were influenced by the Waialua Sugar Company. The sugarcane mill can still be viewed in Waialua, although now it is home to some legendary surfboard shapers. In 1898, Benjamin Dillingham opened a hotel on the North Shore, constructing a railroad to connect his Hale‘iwa Hotel to Honolulu. From this time, Haleiwa has been home to vacationers.

Further down the coast of the North Shore, Kahuku, Laie, and Hauula were once sparsely populated villages with fish ponds and heiau, traditional Hawaiian temples. When the land was divided between 1846 and 1848, during the Great Mahele, it was cut up into parcels that went from the mountains to the sea; these parcels were called ahupua‘a. Laie, Kaipapau, Hauula, Malaekahana, Keana, and Kahuku were all different ancient Hawaiian land divisions.


Seven Brothers. 55-510 Kamehameha Highway. Open late and serving delicious burgers for visitors and locals alike. Enjoy locally sourced ingredients and fresh fries.

Haleiwa Beach House. 62-540 Kamehameha Highway. Great for lunch or dinner, this restaurant with a beautiful, beachside ambiance offers a full bar and fresh seafood.

Pa‘akai. In Turtle Bay Resort. Enjoy an upscale meal on the North Shore at Pa‘akai. They serve American-Hawaiian fusion food alongside friendly service.

Roy’s Beach House. 57-091 Kamehameha Highway. Enjoy delicious food from one of acclaimed chef Roy’s famous locations next to the beach.

Rajanee Thai Haleiwa. 66-111 Kamehameha Highway. This vegan friendly Thai joint with locally sourced ingredients and a comfortable ambiance is the perfect place for lunch or dinner.

North Shore Tacos. 54-296 Kamehameha Highway. Hispanic food can be found on the North Shore. Enjoy delicious tacos at this popular Hauula place as well as other food options.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. 66-472 Kamehameha Highway. One of many shrimp trucks on the North Shore serving locally-farmed shrimp, Giovanni’s is one of the long-time favorites with their special sauces.

Haleiwa Joe’s. 66-011 Kamehameha Highway. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Haleiwa Joe’s is always a great place to go with friends or family. Enjoy a variety of Hawaiian and American food options.

Waialua Bakery and Juice Bar. 66-200 Kamehameha Highway. Home grown food. Hand baked breads. This is a hidden treasure in Haleiwa offering great prices, fresh sandwiches, and mouthwatering smoothies.

Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican Restaurant. 66-250 Kamehameha Highway. Sit down to an oversized margarita or a huge place of nachos. Cholo’s is a North Shore-favorite for Mexican food.

Shopping and Entertainment

Polynesian Cultural Center. 55-370 Kamehameha Highway. Located in Laie, this center has restaurants, a luau, and many cultural activities for all ages. Explore all the cultures of Polynesia.

Waimea Valley. 59-864 Kamehameha Valley. Enjoy the luscious Hawaii landscape as you walk through the pristine valley, which concludes with a waterfall. This park often hold special events as well.

Ala Moana Center. 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard. As the largest outdoor shopping mall in the United States, Ala Moana Center is a mecca for shopping and entertainment – from large department stores to local boutiques, a bowling alley to a spa, many sit-down restaurants to a food court with a beer garden.

Wy’s Gallery. 66-145 Kamehameha Highway. One of many art galleries on the North Shore, Wy’s is known for its mix of mediums and long-time location in Haleiwa.


Turtle Bay Golf. 57-091. These two private courses are named after their respective designers, Arnold Palmer and George Fazio. Enjoy meticulously maintained fairways and stunning views.


Haleiwa Alii Beach Park. 66 Haleiwa Road. This tranquil beach park offers a quiet and convenient place to watch spectacular Hawaii sunsets, go for a paddle board tour, or enjoy a picnic lunch.

Waimea Bay Beach Park. 61-031 Kamehameha Highway. Known for its 30-foot-waves in the wintertime and its Eddie Aikau surf competition, this beach park is a great place to relax during the calm summer months. Be careful jumping off the rock!

Shark’s Cove. 59-711 Kamehameha Highway. Enjoy some of the island’s best snorkeling and fish siting at this beach park. There is plenty of parking and food trucks to enjoy across the street.

Pu‘u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument. Pupukea Road. Journey up the winding road to be greeted by a spectacular view of the North Shore and an ancient Hawaiian historical site.

Ehukai Beach Park. 59-337 Ke Nui Road. Home to the famous Pipeline surf break, this beach park offers soft sand along the “seven-mile miracle” of surfing. Enjoy the clear blue-green water and the relaxation.


Ehukai Pillbox Hike. 59-178 Kamehameha Highway. Park at Sunset Beach Elementary School and enjoy a quick hike up to former war bunkers overlooking the beautiful North Shore surf breaks.

Laie Falls. This eight-mile strenuous hike is not for beginners. Enjoy beautiful views of the valleys, pine forests, and even the ocean. Get a permit before going.

Kaunala Trail. 69-777 Pupukea Road. Near Sunset Ranch and the Boy Scout Camp, this six-mile hike is challenging but doable. Enjoy beautiful view, stream crossings, and flora.


Haleiwa. Park at Haleiwa Beach Park. Home to the Hawaiian Pro surf contest and a large shore break, Haleiwa is a challenge break with a strong current located in the town with shopping, restaurants, and more.

Waimea. Park at Waimea Beach Park. When the winter waves are big, they are big at Waimea Bay. They can tower over 50 feet, and the famous Eddie contest will cause the entire island of Oahu to shut down to watch the mesmerizing surf.

Off the Wall. Park at Ehukai Beach Park. Before Pipeline, Off the Wall offers barreling right breaking waves. Many professional surfers have been photographed here.

Pipeline. Park at Ehukai Beach Park. Pipeline is arguably one of the most famous waves in the world. The annual world surf competition concludes at this surf break during the Billabong Pipeline master. Offering a right and left break (Backdoor), Pipeline is an immense barreling wave that reaches over twenty-five feet, with underwater caves and a razor-sharp reef.

Rocky Point. This challenging break offers fun, rip-able waves. Many professional surfers can be found surfing at Rocky’s, so it is not a beginner spot.

Sunset. Park at Sunset Beach Park. Another legendary surf spot, Sunset can hold large and small sets. This is the second stop in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing each year.

Chun’s. Near 61-500 Kamehameha Highway. A beginner-friendly break that can also get big, Chun’s is fun for the entire family. Short- and long-boarders alike enjoy surfing the long left and right breaks at Chun’s.


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Haleiwa Elementary (Public)

66-505 Haleiwa Road

Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712



“Haleiwa Elementary’s dedicated staff, parents and community organizations work cooperatively to address the needs of all children. Faculty and staff also work collaboratively with complex schools, sharing resources, problem-solving common issues, addressing complex-wide curricula and maintaining student/family support services,” according to

Waialua Elementary (Public)

67-020 Waialua Beach Road
Waialua, Hawaii 96791


“Waialua Elementary seeks excellence in fulfilling its mission of giving all students the academic skills and personal guidance they need to reach their potential and goals. In the morning students are involved in an integrated language arts, science and social studies curriculum, as well as a math curriculum. Every afternoon students attend academies of their choice where they apply classroom skills and knowledge to project-based learning activities replicating the real world of work. An afterschool Tech Club and the Library Club provide students community service opportunities,” according to

Waialua High & Intermediate (Public)

67-160 Farrington Highway

Waialua, Hawaii 96791


“Waialua High and Intermediate utilizes a monthly benchmark assessment and data to inform curriculum and instructional practices. The school uses a framework for teaching that targets skills/knowledge, thinking, application, and relationships. Advancement Via Individual Determination promotes a college-going culture, with strategies such as Cornell notes, inquiry, writing, organization and collaboration implemented schoolwide. Science, technology, engineering and math is supported through the College Board curriculum, a LEGO wheel for all grade 7 students, a VEX elective in the middle school, and a robotics elective in high school. Educational partnerships enable Waialua High and Intermediate, a small rural school, to offer additional learning opportunities,” according to

Hauula Elementary (Public)

54-046 Kamehameha Highway
Hauula, Hawaii 96717


“Hau'ula Elementary is one of two elementary schools in the Windward District to also offer students an alternative educational experience via a Hawaiian Language Immersion Program. The school supports the transition of incoming kindergarten students with a number of programs, including a Keiki Steps to Kindergarten in the summer, special education preschool, Hawaiian immersion preschool and a Headstart preschool program for eligible students. In addition, Hau'ula Elementary partners with Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate’s Literacy Instruction and Support Division. Students at Hau'ula Elementary participate in district competitions that include the Science Fair, History Day, and Windward District Physical Fitness Meet. Students are also showcased in an annual May Day program as well as a talent show called Hau'ula Idol,” according to

Kaaawa Elementary (Public)

51-296 Kamehameha Highway
Kaaawa, Hawaii 96730



“Ka'a'awa Elementary School (KES) was established in 1904 on 3.7 acres donated by Julie Judd Swanzy (Kualoa Ranch) and is located on the windward coast of Oahu in the rural town of Ka'a'awa. KES is one of the smallest schools in the state with only 126 students with only one class for each grade level. KES serves Kindergarten through sixth grade families from Kualoa to Punalu'u. KES is a member of the Kahuku Complex and our students, upon promotion to seventh grade, attend Kahuku High and Intermediate School. KES has after-school programs thanks to the 21st Century Grant and works with community partners such as Kualoa Ranch and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hawaii. KES also has an active School Community Council (SCC) and Parent/Teacher Ohana (PTO),” according to

Kahuku Elementary (Public)

56-170 Pualalea Street
Kahuku, Hawaii 96731



“Kahuku Elementary students benefit from a small student-to-teacher ratio in both reading and math classes. Comprehensive supports are offered to students in an effort to provide the best possible learning environment. The school created mini-computer labs in each classroom in grades 2-6 and utilizes technology to access online tutorials and academic supports. Kahuku Elementary receives strong support from an active Parent Teacher Association and School Community Council and has established a generous military partnership that provides financial assistance, supports supplement programs and helps maintain facilities. Grades 4-6 participate in the State History Day Competition and Science Fair. Upper elementary students learn organizational skills and independent learning skills through the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. The school has also sponsored teams to the State Robotics Competition,” according to

Kahuku High and Intermediate (Public)

56-490 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, Hawaii 96731


“Kahuku High and Intermediate recognizes each individual has inherent worth and the talent to become a dedicated, lifelong learner. Students engage in a relevant, common core standards-based challenging curriculum. Graduates will be empowered with the academic, career, citizenship and social skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and to become successful, contributing members of the community. Outstanding academic, Career and Technical education, athletic programs, Health Learning Center, and the Music Learning Center bring state and national recognition to the school annually,” according to

Laie Elementary (Public)

55-109 Kulanui Street
Laie, Hawaii 96762


“Laie Elementary utilizes a research-based comprehensive reading approach designed to have students read at or above grade level. The school implements the Every Day Math program across all grades — multiple mathematical algorithms are explored, and manipulatives are used in teaching math standards. Students participate and have performed well in district, state, and national academic and physical competitions such as Science Fair, History Day, Math Bowl, Math Counts, Solar Sprint Car Exhibition, and the Windward District Physical Fitness Meet. Laie Elementary has remarkable community and parental support. The School Community Council reviews the academic and financial plan to improve student achievement. The council is updated monthly on school progress,” according to

Sunset Beach Elementary (Public)

59-360 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712


“Sunset Beach Elementary's standards-based academic program is enriched through differentiated classroom instruction. The school infuses art and technology into instructional practices and student work. Students have web-based extended learning programs to access at school and home. The enrichment program for selected students in grades 4-6 focuses on math and science. An active Parent Teacher Community Association, School Community Council, and excellent community partnerships provide volunteer assistance and financial support to the school,” according to

Hospitals and Health Centers

Kahuku Medical Center

56-117 Pualalea Street

Open 24 hours


Kaiser Permanente Kahuku Clinic

56-565 Kamehameha Highway

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday


Ko‘olauloa Community Health & Wellness Center

54-316 Kamehameha Highway

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday


Emergency Hurricane Shelters

The following hurricane evacuation shelters are provided by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management to offer some protection from high winds, flying debris, storm surges, and flooding. If possible, the Department of Emergency Management recommends the public to “Shelter-in-Place.” Note that more information about shelters will be broadcast over local media and official social media sites during an emergency. Also, you should bring a three-day supply of food, water, clothing, medication, personal hygiene items, and a mat or cot for sleeping, since the shelters are not stocked with supplies.

Waialua High & Intermediate

67-160 Farrington Highway

Waialua, Hawaii 96791

Brigham Young University Hawaii

55-220 Kulanui Street

Laie, Hawaii 96762

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