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Top 5 favorite Hawaii small towns


Haleiwa, Oahu

Far and away from the rest of the pack of favorite Hawaii small town votes in our Facebook poll was Haleiwa. Haleiwa took its name from a stately Victorian hotel built in 1898 by businessman Benjamin Dillingham at the North Shore-end of his central Oahu railway line. The grand weekend getaway for wealthy Honoluluans is long gone. But the sleepy sugar plantation town that sprung up around it is now as world-renowned as the North Shore big wave surf spots it has become gateway to. During winter surf season, Haleiwa’s sidewalks, retailers, shave ice stands, eateries and surf and dive shops teem with a funky mix of residents, big wave watchers and professional surfers. When the big waves calm down the rest of the year, countrified Haleiwa is still the ideal big-city escape Dillingham hoped it would be—albeit for everyone.

Click on the links below for the Top 5 results of our previous HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll questions:

• Top 5 favorite Hawaii scenic lookouts

• Top 5 favorite Hawaii valleys

• Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls

• Top 5 favorite Hawaii snacks

• Top 5 favorite scenic spots on Kauai

• Top 5 favorite Big Island scenic hiking trails

• Top 5 favorite Maui beaches for swimming

Photos: David Croxford for HAWAII Magazine (pg. 1; pg. 3); Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson (all other photos)

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