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Oahu’s North Shore in one day: 5 things you need to do

4. Shop for gifts to take home

North Shore Marketplace. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson

While the North Shore may be more famously known for its super-size winter waves, it’s gaining a reputation for its art galleries and boutiques. Here, you’ll find handcrafted jewelry, original watercolor paintings, natural soaps and lotions, made-in-Hawaii fashions and much more.

Some place to check out:

• Global Creations & Interiors (66-079 Kamehameha Highway, 808-637-1780, www.globalcreationsart.com): Find unique Hawaii crafts, art and other gifts at this funky Haleiwa store. The shop carries works by North Shore artists, handcrafted ukuleles, sarongs, books, beach jewelry, even shell spoons. One of our favorite items: the made-in-Hawaii “ecohashi," a cloth napkin wrapped around reusable bamboo chopsticks.

• Guava Shop (66-165 Kamehameha Highway, 808-637-9670, www.guavahawaii.com): Run by two born-and-raised-on-the-North-Shore fashionistas, this casual beachy-chic boutique in Haleiwa offers an impressive selection of dresses, tops, denim and other beach essentials from a variety of designers. One of our favorite items here: Kai Body Lotion, the line’s classic scented moisturizer with safflower oil, shea butter, apricot kernel oil and cucumber fruit extract.

• Haleiwa Art Gallery (66-252 Kamehameha Highway, 877-353-5763, www.haleiwaartgallery.com): This is Haleiwa’s oldest art gallery, featuring fine artwork from more than 30 Pacific Island artists.

5. End your day with a slice of pie at Sunny Side Bakery

Pie at Sunny Side Bakery. Photo: Catherine E. Toth

While most folks cruising the North Shore stop by the more famous Ted’s Bakery near Sunset Beach for a slice of homemade pie, we suggest heading back to town through Wahiawa and pulling in at Sunny Side Bakery. This smallish, hard-to-find bakery makes some of the best pies we’ve tasted, including a double-crusted banana pie and an ever-popular blueberry cream pie. Slices are about $1.50 each. Trust us, the experience will be priceless.

(1017 Kilani Ave. 808-621-7188)

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