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Surfing on Oahu's North Shore

Coliena Rentmeester Gearing up for a day of surfing in Oahu.

Photo: Coliena Rentmeester

Since the halcyon era of the fifties, when a handful of madcap California surfers drove north from Waikiki to stoke themselves silly on their quaint long boards, the world's coolest village has been in the business of myth, churning out visions of paradise. In season, from October through March, truly monstrous waves—with faces up to 25 feet tall—turn the North Shore into the mecca of surfing, which pretty much means it also becomes a stomping ground for international pop culture. Read the article

Destinations: Haleiwa · Kahuku · Sunset Beach

Inspired by: Oahu's North Shore Scene — by Tom Austin, Published Jun. 2006

Hotels (3)

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    Turtle Bay Resort

    The only luxury resort on the North Shore; an outdoors-lover's dream, with 880 beachfront acres—plus amenities like the top-notch surfing school, h

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    Ke Iki Beach Bungalows

    The 11 oceanfront bungalows, an easy drive from the convenient stores along the Kamehameha Highway, carry an atmosphere of ease, accompanied by the

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    Estates at Turtle Bay

    Turtle Bay is one of the most prized resorts on Oahu’s North Shore thanks to Pacific Ocean views and access to championship golf courses, and the E

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Restaurants (5)

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    Matsumoto Shave Ice

    Lines often extend out the door at this family-owned eatery, a North Shore landmark since 1951. The homemade shaved ice is available in 36 flavors,

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    Lei Lei's Bar & Grill

    One of the North Shore’s prized properties features seven restaurants, but Lei Lei’s is the only Turtle Bay restaurant that offers views of the sig

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    Jameson's by the Sea

    A fountain depicting dolphins at play adds to the beach vibe of this casual roadside eatery, a North Shore favorite known for its fresh seafood and

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    Café Haleiwa

    Situated on the North Shore, a world-renowned surfing mecca, Café Haleiwa embraces its surroundings with a surf-inspired design and menu. Inside, t

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    Haleiwa Joe's

    Haleiwa Joe's provides a casual dining experience on the North Shore near the famous Rainbow Bridge, which is visible from the café’s covered outdo

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Activities (2)

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    Barnfield's Raging Isle Surf & Cycle

    A local institution, the shop for surf gear, mountain bikes, and Franko's Oahu Surfing Map, a vital guide to the legendary surf breaks of the North

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    Waimea Valley Audubon Center

    A profoundly fecund wonderland—with peacocks, giant lilies from the Amazon, and endangered Kokia cookei flowers—run by the National Audubon Society

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Similar Trips (2)

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  • An Insider's Guide to Oahu for Families

    Haleiwa, Honolulu, Oahu

    From Oahu’s urban side—the concerts, teen poetry slams, and art galleries—to the beach, discover the happening Hawaiian island most tourists don't see.

  • Cheap Eats in Oahu

    Honolulu, Oahu, Kahuku, Sunset Beach

    These casual restaurants, shrimp carts, and roadside diners are favorites of local working people.

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