Oahu’s North Shore is one of the most magical places on earth! Follow us as we explore the island through Kamehameha Highway and enjoy some of our favorite local spots.
If you’re traveling up from Honolulu, we highly recommend taking Likelike Highway to get to Kamehameha Highway so that you can enjoy the natural, untouched jungles leading to the countryside. The road itself is magical! You’ll know you’ve reached North Shore once you start seeing food trucks up and down the side of the highway.
Sunset (Ehukai) Pillbox is one of our favorite hikes. It takes you to a pillbox overlooking the famous local surf spot, Sunset Beach! Since you’re now on Oahu’s countryside you might even run into a couple of wild chickens and pigs on your way up or on the beach.
Sharks Cove … While it might sound like a scary place to dive, it’s one you won’t want to miss! The cove is known for its colorful marine life, which includes Oahu’s famous turtles. Don’t forget your underwater camera! You are sure to see the most colorful fish and maybe even turtles if they come out to play.
Watch the sunset at Puʻu o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site! The road up to the park through Pupukea’s famous residential road is a site in itself, covered in jungle and green vegetation. Warning: Look up directions before driving up the mountain. Signal is limited in Pupukea.
If you’re looking for a quick adrenaline rush, make sure to check out Waimea Bay and jump off the famous rock! Join as tourists and locals enjoy the warm waters and soft sands.
At the tail end of North Shore, you’ll hit Hale’iwa — known for its famous surfers, delicious food, and entertainment. You’ll know you’ve reached the tiny historical town when you see the famous Hale’iwa sign. The town is filled with beautiful shops and restaurants waiting to be explored. Learn some water activities here, like paddle boarding and surfing.
Remember, the state of Hawaii has banned the use of plastic bags, so make sure to bring your own when shopping or going to the beach!
Let us know your favorite spots on any of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands in the comments below!