You can be to the North Shore from Honolulu in about 45 minutes, less if on the Windward or Leeward sides of Oahu. When coming from Honolulu, head towards Waialua first, which takes you out Farrington Highway for a gorgeous scenic view of the North Shore as you are coming in! Waialua itself was once a sugar plantation and is now a sleepy little town. The old sugar mill is still there but has been converted into the North Shore Soap Factory. It’s a fun place to stop to see soaps being made and pick up some great smelling, good for your body, authentic made-in-Hawaii soaps and lotions! After a little shopping here, drive a little further to Mokuleia for big, open beaches that are great for swimming and surf, while also providing an overhead “air show” of sky divers and glider planes from the nearby airfield! Then head into historic Haleiwa Town for some great burgers, sandwiches, salads and more at Kua‘aina. Enjoy a little shopping or art gallery browsing, and maybe a refreshing shave ice, before heading up the coast towards Sunset Beach, to see the renowned big wave beaches of North Shore legend. You will want to stop to enjoy the awesome views and gorgeous beach of Waimea, site of big wave surf meets in winter months and favorite beach for hanging out during the calm water days of summer! Take some time also to drive up to Waimea Valley, just above, and take a walk through tropical gardens, past historic ruins of ancient Hawaii, to a waterfall you can take a dip under! Continue up the coast through Kahuku and on to Laie for more beautiful scenery and great beaches. In Laie you will find the ever popular, fun, and educational Polynesian Cultural Center, where there are “villages” set up depicting life and the influence of all the Polynesian cultures. You could spend a whole day and not see all there is, but any time spent here will be enjoyable! Before the sun goes down, be sure to head back down and perch yourself at none other than famous Sunset Beach for that classic, not-to-be-missed, Hawaiian sunset photo. End your day with a great meal at one of the many restaurants of Haleiwa before heading back to your own vacation accommodations.
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