Attractions & Activities

Many of the beach and nature parks that line the North Shore offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and O’ahu’s natural beauty. Two such places are Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau above Waimea, O’ahu’s oldest and largest ancient Hawaiian religious site, and Ka’ena Point to the west. In season, catch a glimpse of whales frolicking in the sea, pack a picnic lunch and watch surfers brave the winter swells, or go beachcombing and discover turtles and monk seals. Better yet, take a glider ride and see breathtaking views of the North Shore as well as the whales below.

Skydiving and glider rides at Dillingham Airfield, horseback riding, and golfing at Turtle Bay Resort’s championship golf course are some of the many activities that await you. Three camps with conference centers offer numerous activities for thousands of campers each year. Waimea Valley offers a world class botanical garden and cultural activities, where you can also visit ancient Hawaiian cultural sites.

Major Attractions

Traveling from Central Oahu to Ka’ena Point, along north shore to Kualoa Ranch:

Dole Plantation

(pineapple plantation, gift shop, and maze)

Waialua Sugar Mill

(mill closed; now the site of manufacturing businesses; coffee and chocolate mini tour)

Dillingham Airfield

(glider soaring, hang gliding, parachuting, and recreational small aircraft)

Ka’ena Point State Park

(Reserve to protect endangered birds, animals, vegetation; open to hikers only)

Hale’iwa Town

(historic town with quaint shops; commercial center of North Shore)

Waimea Valley

(nature walk, botanical garden with endangered, exotic and endemic plants)

Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District

(swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving)

Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument

(O’ahu’s largest ancient Hawaiian heiau or temple)

Turtle Bay Golf Resort & Spa

(signature golf courses, health spa, shops and restaurants)

James Campbell Wildlife Refuge

(bird sanctuary)

Laie Hawaii Mormon Temple

(temple built by the Church of Latter Day Saints)

Polynesian Cultural Center

(replica villages enacting the cultures and traditions of Polynesia)

Kualoa Ranch

(a working cattle ranch with nature tours and activities; Jurassic World filmed here)


Dole Plantation/Castle & Cooke

(808) 621-0166

Happy Trails Hawaii

(808) 638-7433

Hawaii Polo Club

(808) 220-5153

Hawaii Shark Encounters, Inc.

(808) 351-9373

Kualoa Ranch

(808) 237-8515

North Shore Shark Adventures

(808) 221-1794

Original Glider Rides

(808) 637-0085
Dillingham Field

Polynesian Cultural Center

(800) 367-7060

Stearman Biplane Rides

(808) 637-4461
Dillingham Field

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

(808) 638-7266
Haleiwa & Sunset

Waimea Valley Hi`ipaka LLC

(808) 638-7766

Farmers’ Markets

Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation Haleiwa Town Farmers’ Market

Located at Behind the North Shore Market Place on Cane Haul Rd., Haleiwa
10:30 am-2:00 pm Sundays
(808) 848-2074

Waialua Farmers’ Co-op

Located at Historic Waialua Sugar Mill
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturdays
(808) 389-6106

North Shore Country Market

Located at Sunset Beach Elementary School
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturdays
(808) 954-1483

Malama Hawai’i Makers Market

Located at Field between the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and Waialua Community Association
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Saturdays
(808) 954-1483


North Shore Surf Girls

(808) 779-6222

Surf N Sea

(808) 637-9887

Tropical Rush

(808) 637-8886


Island X Hawaii

(808) 637-2624

IT Hawaii Enterprises, Inc.

(808) 226-9610

North Shore Chamber of Commerce

(808) 637-4558

North Shore Community Land Trust