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What beaches/sites not to miss on drive from Honolulu to North Shore?

Oct 30th, 2005, 10:33 AM
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Aloha AprilA,

We love to hang out in Waikiki for a few nights and then the north shore for the remainder. Are you staying at KeIki?

Week of Thanksgiving you'll catch excellent surfing competition on the north shore with the Triple Crown, as long as the swells are up. Daughter will have plenty of action to watch. We watched Andy Irons crowned a few years back... very cool.

Lanikai and Kailua are great beaches, but I think they're worth more than just a quick stop. Maybe head over there after an early AM at Hanauma Bay. Pack a cooler and relax. They are gorgeous beaches.

Drive the windward coast either to or from the north shore... just be sure to do it during the day. It's a great drive. Stop at the Mac Nut Outlet... great tasters.

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and Romy's Shrimp are both on the windward coast closer to Kahuku... someone correct me if I'm wrong... I can't remember the exact location.

Hit the road side stands up on the north shore... very cool crafts and great papaya, mango, pineapple. Mmmmm.

I echo the "don't swim the north shore" during this time. Very dangerous for swimming. Not even Shark's Cove. Swells come in there and make it impossible to enter & exit.

Enjoy watching the surfing competion, walk the beach, people watch. We'd just pack a collapsible cooler and beach hop. If you go to triplecrownof surfing.com you'll get a general schedule of events. When we were there in '02 Vans Hawaiian Pro was at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Nov 12-23. The Rip Curl Cup was at Sunset Beach Nov 24-Dec 7 and Pipeline Masters was at Banzai Pipeline Dec 7-20.

Here's a link to my trip report from March '04 for more details on the activities we enjoyed. We had 2 teen boys.


Also, don't miss the small "turtle beach" on the north shore where the turtles hang out on the sand. Very cool. She'll love the whole surfer atmosphere esp. in Haleiwa... I agree with Melissa... A'oki's mo betta.

Happy planning... enjoy the aloha!

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Oct 30th, 2005, 10:39 AM
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Sidenote: If you don't have "Driving and Discovering Hawaii, Oahu" by Richard Sullivan, get it. Great book w/ maps and good descriptions and photos. www.discoveringhawaii.com

Also, this is another great thread to read about "Why I love O'ahu too"...


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Oct 30th, 2005, 12:01 PM
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i second the recommendation on DRIVING AND DISCOVERING HAWAII: OAHU! It was a fantastic resource that I took with us and kept in the rental car. I couldn't find it in any book stores, so I ordered it off Amazon. worth every penny...
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Oct 31st, 2005, 08:51 AM
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Yes we are staying at Ki Iki. I'm really looking forward to it!! I have just gone on line to Amazon and ordered the Driving and Discovering Hawaii/Oahu. Thanks for the tip. My daughter is really hoping for some great surf to watch the pros in action!! Thanks Again, April
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Oct 31st, 2005, 09:31 AM
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Aloha April,
I wasn't sure if you'd be back to this thread since someone just recently pulled it up. We just loved KeIki... have stayed there twice now and will continue to return. Big surf! Also, enjoy the shelling on the beach... Have a great time!
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Oct 31st, 2005, 09:39 AM
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One of my favorite beaches is Bellows -
its in the Waimanalo area - it used to be closed to everyone but military but believe open to everyone now ( locals correct me if I am wrong)
Its a great beach for body surfing and not nearly as crowded as many of them.
I used to live in Honolulu and we used to go to Bellows nearly every Sunday -
so many fond memories
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Oct 31st, 2005, 10:20 AM
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And another interesting place to visit is the Pu'uo Mahuka Heiau which overlooks Waimea Bay- its an ancient Hawaiian ceremonial site and they are believed to have performed human sacrifices there - its very sacred to the Hawaiians and when you visit you will have beautiful views of Waimea and coastline.
You will see many tiny bundles wrapped in ti leaves at the site where locals still come and leave them - I think for the gods blessings - I thought it was very interesting
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Oct 31st, 2005, 08:34 PM
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Bellows is open to the public on weekends.

Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area is a great beach right next to Bellows Beach.
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