Haleiwa Town


About Haleiwa Town


Haleiwa means “house of the frigate bird in Hawaiian. Rustic Haleiwa Town is the arts and culture center of the North Shore, not to mention the surf capital of the world. Surfers stop here before (and after) riding waves at nearby North Shore beaches. Plus, you’ll find famous Hawaiian treats like Aoki’s Shave Ice and Matsumoto’s Shave Ice.


In 1898, businessman Benjamin Dillingham built hotel Haleiwa, located where Haleiwa Joes stands today. The Haleiwa airfield was used mainly for flight training in the 1920s. During the 1940s the runway was used for World War II landings and aircraft patrol takeoff. In 1984 Haleiwa became a State Historic, Cultural and Scenic District in Hawaii.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Select tours drive through Haleiwa town, with stops only when time permits.
  • Amenities: No amenities on this drive-through tour.
  • Insider Tip: Two of the islands best shave ice shops are in Haleiwa. To be fair, why not try both?
  • Fun Fact: North Shore swells can range anywhere from 2 to 40 feet high!
  • What to Expect: Haleiwa Beach Park, a small boat harbor, surfers on the streets and in the waters, shave ice stores Matsumotos and Aokis.
  • Pop Culture: Season 10 of the popular 1990s television show Baywatch was filmed here. The TV series relocated from Los Angeles to Australia to Oahu.