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North Shore

Itching to explore O`ahu beyond the beaches of Waikiki? O`ahu’s North Shore is the perfect place to go. A favorite destination for locals and visitors alike, the North Shore features popular beaches, dining spots, and shopping you won’t be able to find anywhere else on the island. The town’s laid-back vibes offer a stark contrast to the busy streets of Waikīkī. 


The North Shore is home to some of O`ahu’s most famous beaches. Waimea Bay is one such beach. Famous for its towering waves in the winter months, Waimea Bay attracts some of the world’s best and bravest surfers. During the summer, the waves calm and the beach is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Waimea is also famous for a huge rock that juts out into the ocean where you might be able to watch some daring people jump off. 

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For those looking for a little less action, the beach is also the perfect place to set down your towel and sunbathe. We recommend you bring some reef-safe sunscreen along and reapply throughout the day to protect your skin and the reef. Parking at Waimea is notoriously difficult so if you’re lucky enough to find parking, plan to stay. Bring snacks, water, and anything else you may need for a day at the beach. 

Hale`iwa Bowls

After spending the day at the beach, you might be looking for a refreshing snack to cool down. We highly recommend getting a refresher from Hale`iwa Bowls. Although they’re famous for their acai bowls, they also have a variety of smoothies and other drinks. Their menu also includes additional toppings and supplements to include in your order. We recommend the Hapa Acai Bowl which includes a blended acai base with various fruits topped with granola, banana, coconut flakes, and honey. You can also swap out some of the toppings to adjust the bowl to your tastes. 

North Shore - Hale`iwa Bowls    Hapa Acai Bowl    Hale`iwa Bowls


There are a variety of lunch options scattered throughout the North Shore. Hale`iwa Town features many small local eateries within walking distance from each other. So, while you’re exploring the area, pay attention to the restaurants and food trucks for a possible lunch spot. 

Nalu Health Bar & Cafe

Nalu Health Bar

Located next to Storto’s Deli & Sandwich Shoppe, Nalu Health Bar & Cafe offers a variety of healthy options. With a menu of bowls, sandwiches, wraps, and drinks, it can be hard choosing just one thing off the menu. We recommend the Ahi Tuna Wrap, made with grilled ahi, vegetables, and nalu sauce in a spinach tortilla. If you decide to skip out on Hale`iwa Bowls, Nalu also has delicious acai bowls on their menu. 


Storto’s Deli & Sandwich ShoppeStorto's North Shore

Arguably the best sandwich shop on the island, Storto’s is a favorite among many locals. Offering a wide selection of meats and toppings, Storto’s is the local Subway. When ordering, don’t be deceived by the sizes (half and whole sub). The half sub is eight inches and perfect to split and share. They offer a daily special of one of their sandwiches but you may also customize your sub completely. Whatever you decide to put on your sub, we highly recommend adding the Papaya Seed Dressing on top. 

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