Where: North Shore roughly an hour from Waikiki
Your first stop along the North Shore will be charming Haleiwa, about a one-hour drive from Waikiki. More than the laid-back surf town it seems, Haleiwa is filled with local style and country ambiance, as well as cool surf shops and boutiques, charming art galleries and understated restaurants housed in plantation-era buildings.
Rich with island history, Haleiwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Here you’ll find surfers fueling up on shrimp or other delicacies at one of the town’s abundant food trucks before hitting the famous beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach. You’ll also find locals and visitors winding down with a shaved ice after a day in the sun or shopping at boutiques filled with unique gifts that will allow you to bring back a piece of Hawaii with you. Haleiwa is a far cry from the excitement of Waikiki, and that’s exactly how the people of the North Shore like it.
Cool Off with a Shave Ice
Hawaii's Version of a Snow Cone
Shave ice is a local treat like a snow cone, except the ice is much more finely shaved.
Choose Your Flavors
Colorful syrups in a variety of flavors options are poured on top while ice cream, mochi or azuki beans are placed on the bottom.
Finely Shaved Ice Blocks
At Matsumoto's in Haleiwa, ice shaving machines spin the ice to shave into fine, frozen flakes.
A Hawaiian Favorite
You'll find shave ice shops across all of the islands. Matsumoto's in Haleiwa is one of the most famous places and you'll see visitors from around the world lined up here. However, there are plenty of shave ice stands throughout the islands that are all delicious.