North Shore

North Shore


One of the best day trips out of Honolulu and a must-do side trip for visitors is a leisurely drive along the leeward coast. Don’t miss a white lunch truck covered in graffiti parked on the right side of Highway 83, past Turtle Bay and before Kahuku. Giovanni’s Shrimp sells plates of 12 jumbo, farm-raised, peel-and-eat shrimp, served with lemon butter, hot and spicy, or drenched in a to-die-for garlic and butter sauce. At $12 a plate with two scoops of rice, it’s a good deal and a fabulous lunch you’ll never forget.

The North Shore of Oahu is famous for the grand threesome of surfing contests that happen every winter: Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and the Banzai Pipeline. In the summer, any of the beaches on the North Shore are safe for swimming or snorkeling, but not so in winter. Leave the giant waves to the professionals. As the locals say, “When in doubt, stay out!” Or just watch surfers from a spot on the sand at Sunset Beach just to say you were there.( Be sure to buy a t-shirt or sarong at a local surf shop.) As the name suggests, it’s also a lovely place to watch the sun sink into the sea. Sunset Beach has a small parking lot but you’ll be lucky to find a spot. Park off-road or in a residential area.

Before you leave the North Shore, be sure to get a Hawaiian shave ice, a huge snow cone in a colorful cup, with or without ice cream at the bottom. Locals have theirs served with azuki beans. The crowds go to Matsumoto’s near Haleiwa Town but for shorter lines (and some would say, better syrup flavors) go next door to Aoki’s.




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