Hang Ten In Hale‘IwaO‘ahu

Life on O‘ahu’s North Shore is centered on its lively surf town with a colorful past. Once the playground of Hawaiian royalty, HALE‘IWA is a picture of the past, with rustic buildings set against the backdrop of picturesque beaches.

In fact, it is these very beaches and their big winter waves that are the major draw for this more-than-century-old town today.

In Hale‘iwa and the neighboring community of Waialua, you’ll find an eclectic combination of marine art, pottery, sculptures, watercolors and arts and crafts. There are at least six art galleries in Hale‘iwa featuring dozens of artists, many of whom are from the islands. In the NORTH SHORE MARKETPLACE, the seascapes of Roy Tabora and Walfrido Garcia are on display, as are the headquarters for the world-famous marine artist WYLAND.

Award-winning big-wave photographer CLARK LITTLE (who also calls the North Shore home) opened his only O‘ahu gallery in Hale‘iwa Town Center as well.

In addition to an active art community, Hale‘iwa also is known for its shark encounter tours, roadside shrimp plate vendors and the iconic M. MATSUMOTO SHAVE ICE STORE, which has been serving cool treats for more than 50 years. A local favorite, shave ice is finely shaven ice packed into a cone and mixed with flavored syrups,

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sweet azuki beans and ice cream. Matsumoto and its icy concoctions are legendary; however, you can avoid the daunting lines and instead head to ALOHA GENERAL STORE in the

North Shore Marketplace. Not only do they serve up super-fine shaved ice, but you can also get a scoop (or two!) of DAVE’S HOMEMADE HAWAIIAN ICE CREAM (it’s been voted Hawai‘i’s best ice cream for years). Or try one of Aloha General Store’s own tasty creation: Pineapple Bowl Shave Ice.

In Hale‘iwa, you can rent or buy just about anything you need for fun on the water. If you need help learning to surf, windsurf, scuba dive or stand-up paddle, an instructor is nearby.

More shops and restaurants, including a general store, fruit stand, clothing boutiques and an expanded Matsumoto store, are planned to open later this year, thanks to an expansion/construction project of the historic town.

Affordable Tours (808) 921-2280
Aloha Hawaii Tours(808) 926-3800
• Aloha General Store (808) 637-2288
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (808) 293-1839
Hawai‘I Shark Encounters (808) 351-9373
Kua ‘Aina Hamburgers And Sandwiches (808) 637-6067
North Shore Shark Adventures (808) 228-5900
Surf ‘N Sea (808) 637-7873 OR (800) 899-7873 (SURF)