No trip to Oahu is complete without a “road trip” to the North Shore. Yes, a 30-or-so-mile drive qualifies as a road trip in the islands. Mostly because it is very scenic and filled with dozens of places to stop.
There are two ways to get to the North Shore if you are staying in Waikiki or in the Honolulu area: the H-1 freeway or the Pali Highway connected with Kamehameha Highway. I suggest taking the second route (if you’re not in a rush) because it also gives you a chance to also explore the beautiful windward side.
Once getting off of the Pali, you’ll follow Kamehameha Highway through Kaneohe, Kahaluu, Kaaawa and all the way to Haleiwa. This, however, is twice as far (more than 50 miles) when compared with the H-1 route and takes twice as long. The H-1 shoots you directly into Haleiwa, bypassing all of the windward side.
No matter which route you choose, make sure to stop at the following locations:
– For pineapple-flavored treats and train rides.
Matsumoto Shave Ice (or Aoki’s when it re-opens in Haleiwa)
Shops at Haleiwa
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck-
For a shrimp and sea food plate lunch.
– To jump off of the famous Waimea rock.
Pipeline (pictured above)
– Popular spot to watch big-wave surfing.