Banzai Sushi Bar
Voted one of Oahu’s best by Honolulu Star Advertiser for four consecutive years, BANZAI Sushi Bar is truly one of Haleiwa’s best kept secrets. Tucked away in a back corner of the North Shore Marketplace, it is casual fine dining, with outdoor covered Japanese-style seating on Zabuton pillows or conventional tables, where diners relax while watching surf videos and enjoying live local musicians on the weekend. BANZAI uses local organic produce whenever possible and has their very own Hawaiian fish buyer who presents himself on a daily basis at the world’s largest Tuna fish auction here in Honolulu, allowing them to serve the freshest fish almost immediately. With one of Hawaii’s best Sake selections, any sushi lover and sake connoisseur will be in pure nirvana. Don’t miss BANZAI Sushi Bar on your next visit to Oahu’s North Shore in Historic Haleiwa Town.
Open daily 12pm-9:30pm
North Shore Marketplace 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican Restaurant
This gem of a restaurant has often been termed “Hawaii’s best little Mexican restaurant” and for good reason! It’s been around for 20 years and it continues to be a popular spot with both tourist and local customers! Nancy Salemi, its owner, says what sets it apart is their attention to detail and constantly improving the menu. Nancy loves the restaurant business and it shows in the quality offered at Cholo’s! Their food is made from scratch every day and their drinks are made with fresh squeezed limes and oranges. The menu includes traditional fare such as their Carne Asada and their Tamale Plate, but offers island favorites too such as the fish or shrimp tacos and the Ahi Taco Salad. The margaritas are a mainstay, with innovative favorites such as the Li Hing Mui Margarita! Their inside décor features authentic artwork from Oaxaca, Mexico that you can purchase.Open daily 9:30am-9:30pm | Large parties welcome
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
CLIMB Works Keana Farms…a Zipline Adventure
Oahu’s first zipline tour consists of seven world-class dual ziplines, unique sky bridges and boardwalks, a fun ATV adventure, and more! It starts high in the mountaintops overlooking the fabled beaches of Oahu’s North Shore and takes you over Keana Farms, giving you a bird’s eye view of what has been a working agricultural Ahupua`a of Oahu for decades.Designed to be equal parts entertaining, educational, and motivating, the 3-hour guided tour challenges guests to step out of their comfort zone, but in a safe and controlled environment with highly trained CLIMB Works guides. CLIMB Works is more than a momentary, adrenaline-rush, zipline adventure. CLIMB stands for Challenge, Learn, Inspire, Master, Believe. It is not about pushing to extremes, but encourages each person to overcome and master challenges, learn new things, be inspired, and seek to inspire others as they accomplish more than they thought they could!CLIMB Works Keana Farms’ participants will progress throughout their experience as the lines get longer and present more challenges along the course. As they progress, they will also learn about ancient and modern agricultural practices, a bit of Hawaiian culture and history, the importance from ancient days til now of sustainable food production, and of local fruits and vegetables (which you also get to taste!), all while enjoying panoramic ocean and mountain views!!Are you still nervous at the thought of ziplining? Don’t be! CLIMB Works makes safety standards a key part of their training and their staff takes care of you from start to finish. They go above and beyond in industrial safety standards, with years of experience in course design and construction. Their goal is for all guests to have a fun, safe, educational, and unique experience. Anyone from age 7 years and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult), and weighing up to 270 lbs, can enjoy this zipline adventure! You can go to their website for additional guidelines and information at KeanaFarms.comThe zipline at CLIMB Works Keana Farms is a perfect combination of Nature and Adventure! Don’t miss out on the breathtaking panoramic landscape, the rich Hawaiian history, and the exhilarating accomplishment of ziplining, on Oahu’s only zipline tour!Open Mon-Sat 8am to 6pm, Closed Sundays
At the base of the majestic Koolau Mountains on Oahu’s North Shore, Gunstock Ranch has been a family owned and operated, working ranch for over 40 years. Max Smith, who was inducted into the Paniolo Hall of Fame in 1999, founded the ranch in 1973. Paniolo is what we call a cowboy in Hawaii, and Gunstock ranch wants you to experience Hawaii as a paniolo too! They offer trail rides for all ages and all levels of riding experience. In small groups led by experienced, friendly wranglers, you will have a chance to see the peace and beauty of Oahu’s North Shore, and you will view breath-taking vistas looking out all the way to Kaneohe Bay, as you traverse the trails of this 500 acre ranch! You can choose from Sunset, Moonlight, Scenic, Picnic, Sweetheart, and Advanced rides. There are also pony rides for children 2 and up!Gunstock Ranch continues to be a working ranch, so along with trail rides they offer horse boarding, riding lessons, educational field trips, animal science and nature hikes, and more! Named after Max Smith’s favorite, prize-winning horse, Gunstock, this ranch provides visitors a chance to enjoy a different side of Hawaii. Experience paniolo life with a trail ride at Gunstock ranch!Get 10% off when you Book Online
56-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie
Hawaii Shark Encounters
More than just a thrilling adventure, Hawaii Shark Encounters offers you an insight into the world of sharks! Not only will you have the chance to get “up close and personal” with a variety of sharks, from the safety of a poly-glass enclosed cage, but the staff and crew will share their passion for and knowledge of sharks. They believe strongly in the need to understand and protect the shark population, respecting them as an important part of the island ecosystem! Their business is small and personalized in the hope that every guest will return feeling they’ve had the experience of a lifetime, and with a new affinity and appreciation of sharks. Guests step from the boat directly into the safety of the cage, whose top is not submerged, and you need only a snorkel mask to view the sharks in their natural environment! Hawaii Shark Encounters may be a small business but they have a big goal. They hope to instill, through this experience, that we cannot remain indifferent to the fate of the sharks, or of the oceans. They need our help and our protection!Open daily 6am-6pm
Haleiwa Boat Harbor
This restaurant first opened it’s doors in Haleiwa in 1975! Thirty seven years later it is in a new, larger location and has also branched out to other locales such as Japan and London, England! Good food is popular anywhere, obviously, and Kua’Aina serves quality food, made to order, at very fair prices. Known for their great burgers, they also offer many other delicious items on their menu including grilled fish or chicken sandwiches, fresh cut fries, and super salads. Kua’Aina has been a local favorite for years, so drop by and give it a try and see if it doesn’t become a favorite of yours too!Open daily 11am-8pm
66-160 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
North Shore Surf Girls—Surf School
One thing that sets this company apart is that all its instructors are women. The founder, Carol Philips, was the first woman to compete against men at the Pipeline and she also organized the first women’s event there! She has 30 years of experience surfing and a degree in business from UH, so what better way make a living than doing what she loves? With her caring, patient staff of experienced instructors, they teach men, women, and children from around the world to safely surf the North Shore! Carol feels that surfing is Hawaii’s gift to the world and she wakes up each day excited to share that gift!Lessons Daily at 9am, 12pm and 3pm. Call or book online!
Surf and Stand Up Paddling Lessons
Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC)
The Polynesian Cultural Center features an array of authentic island dining options. The Ali‘i Luau recreates the royal ceremony of ancient luaus — including the traditional custom of roasting a pig in an imu, the Hawaiian word for “firepit”. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a complimentary orchid lei greeting. Afterwards, natives representing King Kamehameha and his court offer an ancestral welcome of song and dance while you feast on a sumptuous meal including kalua pork, carved right off the bone, lomi-lomi salmon, and more. Gateway Restaurant – Their dramatically designed restaurant features premium prime rib, crab legs, mahi mahi, shrimp cocktail, and more – all served under a soaring roof and giant Polynesian murals. Other informal dining options are available; many of them in our new Hukilau Marketplace featuring Pounders Restaurant, the Polynesian Bakery, Roulotte Food Court, and Island food kiosks and carts.
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy. Laie
The Growing Keiki
Lee Brooke Roy has been selling quality children’s clothes for over 25 years. It began out of a desire to fill a gap, since there was no one offering children’s clothes on the north shore all those years ago. Today, that has changed, thanks to The Growing Keiki! They offer many locally made, beautiful products for infants and children. From fun, hand crafted designs in clothes to books, toys, and other specialty items, you will find a great selection that reflect the appeal of the islands. Lee and her friendly staff, enjoy hearing from her customers who return year after year, their compliments are what keep her going. When asked her secret to success she says” love what you do” she does and it shows!Open daily 10am-6pm-ish
66-051 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
Waimea Valley is certainly beautiful, with a world class botanical garden collection and a managed habitat for native and endangered birds. It is also a culturally and historically significant spot to visit on the North Shore! In old Hawai’i, the common subdivision of land was called an ahupua’a, consisting most frequently of a slice of land that went from mountaintop to shoreline, and Waimea Valley is one of the last partially intact ahupua’a on O’ahu.It was here that the Europeans first set foot on O’ahu in 1779, and when they did they found a flourishing culture with richly cultivated lands. As well as villages, there were at least two important heiaus here, one dedicated to Lono, the god of agriculture and harvest, and one to the war god, Ku. There are ruins that still remain and are protected. Some are being restored so that visitors can gain a better appreciation of the Hawaiian past.Hale O Lono, inside the valley, is an agricultural heiau dating to as early as 1000-1400 AD. Pu’u O Mahuka overlooks the valley and is O’ahu’s largest heiau. Dedicated to the war god Ku, Kamehameha 1st worshipped here himself after conquering O’ahu. When you visit the Waimea Valley Park, you will not only enjoy the picturesque setting, the flora and fauna, and a majestic waterfall, but you will also be able to take yourself back in time to the days of Old Hawai’i!Open daily 9am-5pm
59-864 Kamehameha Highway, across from Waimea Bay
Inspired by Hawaii’s island culture, beauty, and abundant local sources of produce, Todd Casselberry decided to team up with good friend and Hawaiian native Kawika Drummond, and together they began Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade. Todd’s goal was to create delicious, handcrafted lemonades using only the freshest quality, locally grown ingredients. No less important, he wanted to make sure the business served the community he so loved, by giving back and supporting other local businesses and community needs. You can taste for yourself the delicious success of Todd and Kawika’s endeavors! Customers love the unique gourmet flavors such as Da Green Lemonade (made with locally grown kale), the Makai Watermelon Basil Lemonade (made with Big Island seedless watermelon and Kumu Farms basil), and the Lychee Strawberry or Mango Lemonades (all locally sourced). They even locally bottle their handcrafted lemonades! As for the community, the small, local farmers benefit, of course, but the owners take it a step further with their Kokua Program (kokua means to help in Hawaiian). Each month a different local organization or charity receives a percentage of the company’s profits in support of its cause. From customers to community, Wow Wow Lemonade is committed to providing a true Aloha experience! Come taste some sweet aloha!Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm
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