The Little Town In Hawaii That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World

Voted as the state’s favorite small town by Hawaii Magazine, Haleiwa seems like a world away from bustling Waikiki. This sleepy surfer town on Oahu’s north shore has a laid-back vibe and charming aesthetic, but also luxuries like killer beaches, mouthwatering restaurants, art galleries galore, adorable shops, and stellar vacation rentals. Haleiwa was also named one of the World’s Coolest Surf Towns by Travel + Leisure, and was recognized as a “Dream Town” by Coastal Living.

At Only In Hawaii, we tend to feature Haleiwa a lot – in the best places for creative people, charming small towns, best beachside towns, etc. – but I believe that it deserves all the recognition in the world. After all, it is one of my all-time favorite places to hang out. And after hearing about the town, we’re sure you’ll agree.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

While on Oahu’s north shore, be sure to check out these 17 must-stops, from Waialua to Kahuku.