The North Shore is a haven for surfers and travelers looking for a laid back Hawaii, food truck centered meals and a flipflops all-day attitude. It’s away from the commercialization and crowds of Waikiki and it just has another flavor altogether. The picture below describes the mood of the North Shore perfectly.
There are many things to do in this part of the island. You can drive the rural areas, visit local farms, farmer’s markets or take up activities such as snorkeling, diving or stand up paddling. Of course, surfing is the main thing here.
The North Shore out of the way and what makes it so good. The town itself, provides a shopping center with several restaurants. There is also a food truck alley nearby. The popular garlic shrimp dish is available in almost every menu, but everyone has a different favorite, so you will just have to try a few and pick your top choice.
As accommodations go, the North Shore has very few resorts, so renting a home/room is the way to go. The only drawback is many times you can only rent the property for a minimum of a week. On the upside, prices are cheaper than hotels in Waikiki so it can still be a viable option.
Almost everyone goes up to the North Shore via the middle of the island or the East Side, as there is no road access from the West. So this time around, I thought I would drive to Kaena Point on the Westernmost tip of the island from the North Shore and see what I could find.
Surprise, surprise, I found barely anyone around. It was cloudy and overcast, but still, it was the weekend and I saw almost no one but some fisherman and the odd family here and there.
At the very end of the only road going West, I spent some time admiring the hills surrounding Kaena Point which ties to Yokohama Beach on the NorthWest Side of Oahu. It’s a great spot for hiking and birdwatching, so don’t forget to take some sturdy shoes if you venture out as the ground is just dirt and gravel.
So fellow explorers, if you visit Oahu, don’t miss out on those least travelled roads of the North Shore.