Where: North Shore roughly an hour from Waikīkī
Your first stop along the North Shore will be charming Haleʻiwa, about a one-hour drive from Waikīkī. More than the laid-back surf town it seems, Haleʻiwa 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, Haleʻiwa 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, ʻEhukai (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 Hawaiʻi with you. Haleʻiwa is a far cry from the excitement of Waikīkī, and that’s exactly how the people of the North Shore like it.
Cool Off with a Shave Ice
Hawaiʻi'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 Haleʻiwa, 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 Haleʻiwa 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.