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  • 1. Pupukea Beach Park/Shark's Cove


    Surrounded by shady trees, Pupukea Beach Park is pounded by surf in the winter months but offers great diving and snorkeling in summer (March...Read More

  • Waimea Bay Beach Park

    2. Waimea Bay Beach Park


    Made popular in that old Beach Boys song "Surfin' U.S.A.," Waimea Bay Beach Park is a slice of big-wave heaven, home to king-size 25- to 30...Read More

    Waimea Bay Beach Park
  • Waimea Valley

    3. Waimea Valley

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Waimea may get lots of press for the giant winter waves in the bay, but the valley itself is a newsmaker and an ecological treasure in its own...Read More

    Waimea Valley
  • 4. Ehukai Beach Park


    What sets Ehukai apart is the view of the famous Banzai Pipeline. Here the winter waves curl into magnificent tubes, making it an experienced...Read More

  • 5. Haleiwa


    Today Haleiwa is a fun mix of old and new, with charming general stores and contemporary boutiques, galleries, and eateries. During the 1920s...Read More

  • 6. Haleiwa Alii Beach Park


    The winter waves are impressive here, but in summer the ocean is like a lake, ideal for family swimming. The beach itself is big and often full...Read More

  • 7. Kaena Point State Recreation Area

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The name means "the heat" and, indeed, this windy barren coast lacks both shade and freshwater (or any man-made amenities). Pack water, wear...Read More

  • 8. Mokuleia Beach Park


    There is a reason why the producers of the TV show Lost chose this beach for their set. On the remote northwest point of the island, it is...Read More

  • 9. Puu o Mahuka Heiau

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Worth a stop for its spectacular views from a bluff high above the ocean overlooking Waimea Bay, this sacred spot is the largest heiau on the...Read More

  • 10. Sunset Beach Neighborhood Park


    The beach is broad, the sand is soft, the summer waves are gentle—making for good snorkeling—and the winter surf is crashing. Many love searching...Read More

  • 11. Turtle Bay


    Now known more for its resort (the Turtle Bay Resort) than its magnificent beach, Turtle Bay is mostly passed over on the way to the better...Read More

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