Away from the hustle and bustle of town lies the North Shore of Oahu. Comprised of timeless surfer-towns, the North Shore feels very separate from the rest of urban Oahu. World famous for the big waves and surf contest in the winters, the beaches of the North Shore are some of the most impressive and beautiful on the island. Calm and warm in the summers, many flock to Waimea Bay, Pipeline, and Sunset Beach, among others. With a laidback hippie vibe, there are no hotels among the small towns of the North Shore. Filled with cute shops, local eats, and a number of beautiful beaches for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling, the North Shore has its own local magic. The snorkeling at Pupukea beach is some of the best on Oahu. Across from Waimea Beach Park lies Waimea Falls Park, with paved trails and swimming at the waterfall swimming hole.
Heading towards the North Shore coming from downtown, the drive through the pineapple fields with the view of the ocean is breathtaking. At the end of the scenic drive lies Historic Haleiwa, a small town filled with restaurants, shopping, boutiques, and art galleries. After a morning in the sun at Waimea, grab lunch at Cholo’s then wander the shops to truly get a feel for the North Shore. Locals and tourists alike make a day trip to the North Shore to enjoy the beaches, food, shops, and old fashioned aloha.
Living in Waialua or Haleiwa gives the appeal of living on the North Shore without the traffic or bustle of the homes in Waimea or Sunset. For those looking for country living and space, homes up the hill in Pupukea have large lots, often an acre or more, with great tradewinds, a slightly cooler temperature, fruit trees, and hiking readily available. Although the commute to town is long, the stress of the day absolutely melts away once arriving to the charming North Shore and those who make the commute feel that their part of paradise on the North Shore is worth it.