A Little Bit of a Secret: Haleiwa
So what if your friends have never heard of Haleiwa? That’ll just make you sound more exotic and savvy when you come back and tell them what a fabulous time you had. Hawaii isn’t just crowded beaches and well-worn paths that everyone and their mom knows about – some of it is a little bit wild and you’re about to see it up close and personal.
Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore is an obvious draw for thrill-seekers, especially in the winter when the waves are at their crashiest. Aside from the typical (and professionally-oriented) scene, however, there is much to keep a person occupied yet relaxed, the perfect state of being.
Here’s an example of what just one day will hold: snorkeling in the shallow waters, picking up a fresh papaya at a roadside stand, hiking near Waimea Falls, shopping and dining in the historic town of Haleiwa, and finishing it all off with a restful night in your vacation rental – a comfortable and spacious beach house that will have you feeling right at home in no time.
Endless combinations stretch before you, so tell your imagination to run crazy and let your feet wander free. If you must see what all the fuss is about, it’s only 45 minutes to Waikiki, and it’s also a short drive to traditional luaus, rainforests, open-air shopping centers and oh-so-very-much more.
In short, the serenity that Haleiwa affords will make nestling into your condo or beach cottage the most natural thing in the world (next to the untrammeled landscape, of course), and tasting the more conventional aspects of the island won’t demand more than a little bit of driving. It’s predicted that you’ll be happy to return to your chosen spot, however, so choose wisely and choose Haleiwa.