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Many of the beach and nature parks that line the North Shore offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and O’ahu’s natural beauty. Two such places are Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau above Waimea, O’ahu’s oldest and largest ancient Hawaiian religious site, and Ka’ena Point to the west. In season, catch a glimpse of whales frolicking in the sea, pack a picnic lunch and watch surfers brave the winter swells, or go beachcombing and discover turtles and monk seals. Better yet, take a glider ride and see breathtaking views of the North Shore as well as the whales below.

Skydiving and glider rides at Dillingham Airfield, horseback riding, and golfing at Turtle Bay Resort’s championship golf course are some of the many activities that await you. Three camps with conference centers offer numerous activities for thousands of campers each year. Waimea Valley offers a world class botanical garden and cultural activities, where you can also visit ancient Hawaiian cultural sites.

Major Attractions

(traveling from Central Oahu to Ka’ena Point, along north shore to Kualoa Ranch):

Dole Plantation: (pineapple plantation, gift shop, and maze)

Waialua Sugar Mill: (mill closed; now the site of manufacturing businesses; coffee and chocolate mini tour)

Dillingham Airfield: (glider soaring, hang gliding, parachuting, and recreational small aircraft)

Ka’ena Point State Park: (Reserve to protect endangered birds, animals, vegetation; open to hikers only)

Hale’iwa Town: (historic town with quaint shops; commercial center of North Shore)

Waimea Valley: (nature walk, botanical garden with endangered, exotic and endemic plants)

Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District: (swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving)

Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument: (O’ahu’s largest ancient Hawaiian heiau or temple)

Turtle Bay Golf Resort & Spa: (signature golf courses, health spa, shops and restaurants)

James Campbell Wildlife Refuge: (bird sanctuary)

Laie Hawaii Mormon Temple: (temple built by the Church of Latter Day Saints)

Polynesian Cultural Center: (replica villages enacting the cultures and traditions of Polynesia)

Kualoa Ranch: (a working cattle ranch with nature tours and activities; Jurassic World filmed here)


Dole Plantation/Castle & Cooke (808) 621-0166 Wahiawa
Happy Trails Hawaii (808) 638-7433 Haleiwa
Hawaii Polo Club (808) 220-5153 Mokuleia
Hawaii Shark Encounters, Inc. (808) 3519373 Haleiwa
Kualoa Ranch (808) 237-8515 Kaaawa
North Shore Shark Adventures (808) 221-1794 Haleiwa
Original Glider Rides (808) 637-0085 Dillingham Field
Polynesian Cultural Center (800) 367-7060 Laie
Stearman Biplane Rides (808) 637-4461 Dillingham Field
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (808) 638-7266 Haleiwa & Sunset
Waimea Valley Hi`ipaka LLC (808) 638-7766 Waimea

Farmers’ Markets

Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Haleiwa Town Farmers’ Market Behind the North Shore Market Place on Cane Haul Rd., Haleiwa; 10:30 am-2:00 pm Sundays; (808) 848-2074
Waialua Farmers’ Co-op at the Historic Waialua Sugar Mill; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturdays; (808) 389-6106
North Shore Country Market located at Sunset Beach Elementary School; 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturdays; (808) 954-1483


North Shore Surf Girls (808) 779-6222 Haleiwa
Surf N Sea (808) 637-9887 Haleiwa
Tropical Rush (808) 637-8886 Haleiwa


Island X Hawaii (808) 637-2624 Waialua
IT Hawaii Enterprises, Inc. (808) 226-9610 Honolulu
North Shore Chamber of Commerce (808) 637-4558 Haleiwa
North Shore Community Land Trust Haleiwa


Dude, Where’s My Food? (808) 798-3906 Waialua Delivers from eateries to your door.