Top things to do in North Shore & Central O‘ahu

Top Choice Beach in Sunset Beach to Haleʻiwa

Waimea Bay Beach Park

It may be a beauty, but it’s certainly a moody one. Waimea Bay changes dramatically with the seasons: it can be tranquil and flat as a lake in summer, then savage in winter, with the island’s meanest rip currents. T…
Top Choice Beach in Sunset Beach to Haleʻiwa

Sunset Beach Park

Like many beaches on the North Shore, Sunset Beach has a split personality. In winter big swells arrive, along with pro wave riders and the posse of followers these rock stars of the sea attract. The second leg of t…
Top Choice Beach in Sunset Beach to Haleʻiwa

ʻEhukai Beach Park

The break off the park is known as Banzai Pipeline, Pipeline, or just Pipe; probably the most famous surf site in the islands. For expert board riders who know what they’re doing (no, a day of lessons at Waikiki Bea…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Sunset Beach to Haleʻiwa

Ted's Bakery

Quintessential North Shore, Ted’s is the place where surfers load up for breakfast, laid-back locals grab a snack, suntanned vacationers dig into plate lunches – and everybody goes for dessert. The chocolate-haupia …
Top Choice Fusion in Turtle Bay

Roy's Beach House

Located on Bayview Beach, right next to Turtle Bay Resort, Roy Yamaguchi's new Beach House is a casual yet classy place for resort guests, residents and visitors. The open-air restaurant is hard to beat and offers u…
Top Choice Surfing in Haleʻiwa

Triple Crown of Surfing

During the North Shore’s Triple Crown of Surfing, touring pros compete for megabucks in prizes. The kickoff is the Hawaiian Pro at Haleʻiwa surf break in mid-November. The competition’s second challenge, the Vans Wo…
Top Choice Bar in Turtle Bay

Surfer, The Bar

Big-name North Shore musicians occasionally play live sets at the resort's Surfer, The Bar, where the stage is set for anything from open-mike nights to surf-film screenings. Plenty of tasty pupu (snacks) and bar-fo…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Wahiawa

Rise and Shine Cafe

In the Gateway at Mililani Mauka shopping center, this is a popular family-run, home-style breakfast and lunch spot with a strong local following. The sunny and positive atmosphere is reflected in the fine foods and…
Top Choice Bakery in Haleʻiwa

Waialua Bakery & Juice Bar

This place is one of our favorites. Many of the ingredients, such as banana, papaya, mango, avocado, passion fruit, orange, kale and mint are grown at the owners’ farm in Waialua. Breads for the piled-high sandwiche…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Haleʻiwa

Uncle Bo's Bar & Grill

This outpost of Uncle Bo's roaringly successful operation on Kapahulu Ave in Honolulu is earning its own loyal supporters with a great range of pupu, soups and salads, meat and fish mains, and desserts. Kalua pig fr…