Saturday, May 21, 2011

A countdown to Hawaii: 20 days

Discover Hale’iwa!!

Your first stop along the North Shore will be charming Hale’iwa, about a one-hour drive from Waikiki.  More than the laid back surf town it seems.  Hale’iwa is filled with local style and country ambiance as well as cool surf shops and boutiques, understated restaurants and charming art galleries.

Rich with island history, Hale’iwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore.  Here you’ll find surfers fueling up at the restaurants in its plantation era buildings before hitting the famous beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach.  You’ll also find locals and visitors (like me!) shopping, eating and winding down after a day in the sun.  Hale’iwa is a far cry from the excitement of Waikiki, and that’s exactly how the people of the North Shore like it.

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