In 1898, long before the monster waves of Waimea Bay enticed throngs of mainland transplants to seek their own endless summer, businessman Benjamin Dillingham opened a hotel on a strip of land between the beach and the Anahulu River. He named his hotel Hale iwa. Hale means "house of" and iwa is a local graceful frigate bird. Dillingham wanted to create a destination that would encourage an extension of the railroad to reach his sugar plantations. His plan worked: people visited, and eventually the town adopted the name Hale'iwa. There are a few small lodging options in town, but the main resort on the North Shore is Turtle Bay, about twelve miles north of Hale'iwa with its own wild beach, three great restaurants, a public golf course and miles of backcountry for horseback riding. Visitors to the North Shore are loyal to their favorite food haunts, from legendary burger joints to shave ice stands to the prolific shrimp trucks. Malia Yoshioka is resident Hawaii expert travel expert loves to explore this part of the island every chance she gets. "One of my favorite drives on the island is a trip up to the North Shore. I always head up through the windward side, stopping at the Pali lookout to soak in the views of Chinaman's Hat and Kaneohe Bay. For lunch, an absolute must-try is the shrimp scampi plate from Giovanni's Original White Shrimp Truck. A dozen or so huge shrimp, sauteed up with copious amounts of garlic, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and hot sauce on the side. Delicious! The beaches on the North Shore are great, but it all depends on what time of year you visit. In the summer, the water is usually pretty flat and good for snorkeling or checking out the turtles at Laniakea. In the winter, stay out of the water and leave the big waves to the pros. All the big-wave surf tournaments are held here during the winter and you can watch right from the shore. When I've got a sweet craving, I have to visit Ted's Bakery for the chocolate haupia pie and Matsumoto's for shave ice. Turtle Bay is a wonderful and romantic stop for a weekend in the North Shore and a good home base for exploring the world outside Waikiki.
Restaurants: Banzai Sushi Bar, 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale'iwa, 808-637-4404 Breakers Restaurant & Bar, 66250 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-9898 Cholo's Homestyle Mexican, 66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-3059 Grass Skirt Grill, 66-214 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-4852 Haleiwa Eats, 66-079 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-4247 Jameson's by the Sea, J 62-540 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-4336 Kua 'Aina, 66-160 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 808-637-6067 Matsumoto, 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy 808-637-4827 Ted's Bakery, 59-024 Kamehameha Highway Haleiwa, 808-638-5974 The Beet Box Cafe,(vegetarian) 66-433 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale'iwa 808-637-4540