Top 5 favorite Hawaii towns: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell and Leah Montalbano
posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Haleiwa took its name from a Victorian hotel built in 1898 by businessman Benjamin Dillingham at the North Shore end of his central Oahu railway line. That fancy lodging is long gone, but the sleepy sugar plantation town that sprung up around it is now known as a gateway area to legendary North Shore big wave surf spots, such as Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai) and Waimea Bay. Located about an hour away from bustling Waikiki, Haleiwa is known for its laid-back charm. The town is dotted with a funky mix of boutiques, surf and dive shops, and restaurants. Starting in mid-November, some of world’s top male surfers are slated to line up in waters near Haleiwa town for the Triple Crown of Surfing, the Association of Professional Surfing’s world championships.
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