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Trip List by SprayHawk

North Shore, Oahu - A Week in Paradise

18 Jul 2011  Wife and I have visited the NS four times, have spent over a month in vacation time there
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Visiting the North Shore of Oahu, during the winter months. Plan on spending lots of time at Pipe, Sunset or Waimea when the surf is up, but on the off days, there is more to do than you can in a week. Here are the highlights of our trips.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Sunset Beach, Pupukea, Haleiwa, Waialua, Laie, Honolulu
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Fall
  • 1. Vacation Rental

    This is just one alternative for finding a vacation rental unit on the NS. These are more economical than a hotel, closer to the action and more like home than a place to live out of a suitcase

  • 2. Ted's Bakery
    Ted's Bakery, Sunset Beach, Oahu

    Start your day off early with breakfast or come back for a plate lunch. Be sure to get a slice of the hoppia pie for desert

  • 3. Ehukai Beach Park (Banzai Pipline)
    Ehukai Beach Park, Pupukea, Oahu

    One of the best surf spots in the world. In the winter time, when Pipe is on, you will know because the Kam Highway will be packed. If you plan on visiting, plan ahead and arrive early to find a close parking spot. Bring food, water and sunscreen.

  • 4. Waimea Bay Beach Park
    Waimea Bay, Haleiwa, Oahu

    Home of 'The Eddie', a big wave surf event that is held only when the waves are greater than 40'. This is THE place to be when the surf gets too big for the other spots. Parking is a premium, so plan ahead and arrive early. Bring water, food and sunscreen.

  • 5. Haleiwa
    Haleiwa, Oahu

    The 'town' on the North Shore. You will find everything from shave ice to high end art in this quiet little town. Spend the afternoons shopping and eating after enjoying the surf.

  • 6. Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau

    Step off the beaten path and into Hawaiian history at this ancient sacred site. The heiau is at the end of a twisty, bumpy dirt road, but is worth the short drive. The views from the site are breath taking. The vibe towards dusk becomes more 'unique'. We enjoy it best during the day.

  • 7. Waialua Sugar Mill
    North Shore Soap Factory home of Hawaiian Bath & Body, Waialua, Oahu

    This sugar mill has been reconstituted into a small business district, home to many local and unique shops. We visit at least once each trip.

  • 8. Polynesian Cultural Center
    Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie, Oahu

    The PCC is a great 'crash course' in Hawaiian history and culture. Be sure to arrive early enough to spend time in the village. The lua is not bad considering that you will be eating with 400 of your new best friends. Don't be afraid to try the poi.

  • 9. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Oahu

    Imagine Arlington National Cemetery in the crater of a dormant volcano that overlooks the Pacific and that is Punchbowl. A beautiful cemetery with views of the entire Honolulu area.

  • 10. Diamond Head
    Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu, Oahu

    Not for the faint of heart or the weak. The walk/climb to the top of Diamond Head is an undertaking. You will be tired, hot and sweaty at the top, but it is worth every step. Beautiful views of the south side of Ohau. Be sure to buy the t-shirt to commemorate your accomplishment. Take plenty of water, wear comfortable shows (not sandals). Take a camera if you can carry it safely.

  • 11. USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center
    USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Oahu

    No visit to Oahu can be complete without visiting the Arizona Memorial. Because of the late departure times flying back to the mainland, we spend our last afternoon at the memorial before leaving the island. We visit every trip to Oahu, it is that good.