The day after our beautiful one night stay at Turtle Bay Resort we said a rainy farewell and got on our way. All we planned to do that day was make our way back to Honolulu and board Norweigan Cruise Line’s Pride of America, with a stop in Haleiwa and maybe the Dole Pineapple Plantation on the way. Our plans slightly thwarted by jetlag and a late sleep in we binned the Plantation stop early as we weren’t sure how long it would take and opted instead for coffee and shopping in Haleiwa.
Haleiwa is such a quintessential Hawaiian town, I just love it. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of holidaying in Hawaii and I can’t get enough of the razzle dazzle of Waikiki but there is truly something special to the North Shore. I’ve experienced Summer and Winter here now, I’ve seen big waves as it is in competition time (the Volcom Pipe Pro) and with the water as still as ice and there isn’t a time I prefer, I love all it has to offer.
One thing though, it seems my favourite place to eat, The Grass Skirt Grill, has closed down. Very sad news! Haleiwa really does have some awesome shopping on offer and even just the act of wandering up and down the street, popping in and out of shops and then stopping at Matsumoto’s for a shave ice is relaxing. My top shopping picks in Haleiwa include:
My husband became familiar with the work of Clark Little, a surf photographer primarily, a little while ago. We knew we had to make a stop here in the gallery when we found ourselves in Haleiwa. Clark’s work is really something and although all of his beautiful prints and images are a little out of our price range at the moment, we bought a beautiful selection of postcards which I have framed for our hallway.
A major work for a major part of our home is definitely on my one day wishlist.
Gorgeous store fitted out with mostly homewares and a little fashion stocking lots of local designers. We came home with an exquisite Heather Brown print which I cannot wait to frame.
A necessary stop when in Hawaii’s most famous surf town!
Beautiful store, my favourite from the day I think. Self proclaimed opening hours of 10-6…ish! Bit of everything here including an absolutely gorgeous selection of homewares, fashion and beauty. I left with some cards and Kai beauty products.
I mentioned Coffee Gallery in my last post, it’s definitely the best coffee I’ve had in Haleiwa and I can recommend the Aloha blend very much. They also have a mean acai bowl on the menu. And they have WiFi!
Just writing this has me wishing myself back to Haleiwa right now!