O’ahu: North Shore
Located towards the north-coastal region of O’ahu, the North Shore is one of the most popular places to cruise! The North Shore has such a breathtaking scenic driving route that ranges from Ka’ena point all the way to Kahuku. Most tourists visit this part of the island due to the fact the North Shore is the home base of surfing. Usually, around winter time the waves get massive which attracts many people to see the best surfers take on a challenge. Since it’s summer the waves are rather more gentle and safe at this point. Waimea Bay is one of the places where the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (The Eddie) competition is taken place. Home of the native Hawaiian pro surfer who’s made an impact on Hawaiian culture. The competition is usually taken place between December and February. Surfing is very important to the culture and has been around for many years. Driving through North Shore you’d be able to catch companies like World Surfing League(WSL), Billabong, Hurley, RVCA, etc. taking pictures of professional surfers. There are many local stops to make in which I mostly recommend are placed right in Hale’iwa. A tradition my family and I have whenever we’re in Hale’iwa is getting Matsumoto Shave Ice. Matsumoto Shave Ice is a family oriented company that has been around since 1951 where thousands of shave ice is made every day. Whenever I’m within the North Shore region I make sure to always grab a garlic shrimp plate from Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. Freshly cooked shrimp that’ll make your day a whole lot brighter! No matter what time of day it is, Giovanni’s always has a long line since they’re one of the best Kahuku shrimp trucks out there!
Turtle Bay Beach (Kahuku, HI)
Kawela Bay (Kahuku, HI)
Waimea Bay (Hale’iwa, HI)
Matsumoto Shave Ice (Hale’iwa, HI)
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (Hale’iwa, HI)