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Sun, sand and surf in Haleiwa

Known for its world-class breaks and laidback vibes, Haleiwa is a 7th heaven for surfers. While it was once a plantation-era town, today it lures a mix of families, sun seekers and surfers. The city sits on Oahu's iconic North Shore and is a great place to get a taste of Hawaii's insatiable appetite for waves. Planning a surf break? From family-sized beach houses to compact condos, Haleiwa vacation rentals unlock access to this slice of Pacific paradise. Spend your rest days beach hopping along the coast, shopping at bohemian boutiques and devouring food truck fare.

Things to do

Bite into Haleiwa's pineapple plantation

While sun and sand are top priorities, Haleiwa offers plenty for landlubbers. Just 10 minutes away is the pineapple-shaped Dole Plantation Maze. Venture inside and you'll find yourself lost in over 2.5 miles of paths lined with tropical plants. You can also tour the plantation, which is considered the birthplace of Hawaii's flourishing pineapple industry. Want to try your hand at strumming the state's signature instrument? Check out the Ukulele Store, which retails a dizzying array of the pint-sized guitars. Art lovers will swoon over local institutions like the Iwa Gallery, which showcases island-inspired works from across Hawaii.


Hang 10 at Haleiwa's iconic Sunset Beach

World-class breaks are Haleiwa's biggest draw, with most surfers making a beeline for Sunset Beach. If you're not keen to paddle out, the 2-mile stretch of sand is a fantastic place to top up your tan and admire the local talent. Thanks to a hungry population of surfers, Haleiwa offers plenty in the way of refreshments, with juice bars, seafood grills and vegetarian cafes on every corner. Haleiwa is also famous for its food trucks, which serve up hotdogs, Hawaiian shave ice and everything in-between.


Cheer on the pros at Haleiwa's Triple Crown of Surfing

Winter is high season in Haleiwa, when the Triple Crown of Surfing lures surfers from across the globe. The season kicks off with the Hawaiian Pro in mid-November. Haleiwa also hosts the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and the legendary Billabong Pipe Masters. Want to catch the action? Just steps from the sand, Haleiwa vacation rentals offer front row seats to the best surf competitions on the planet. Crowds also soar over late April and early May. This is considered the "Golden Week" and sees many Japanese vacationers descend on Hawaii.

Natural features

Fiery Hawaiian sunsets in Haleiwa

Covering a 20-acre footprint, Aliʻi Beach Park is fringed by gleaming sand and a wide grassy area dotted with picnic tables. It boasts some of the North Shore's best surf, with waves often topping 40 feet. You can also head to Laniakea Beach, where you'll often see Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the rocks. Haleiwa is famous for its fiery sunsets, with both Aliʻi Beach Park and Sunset Beach offering unbeatable views. For the best views in town, don't miss the chance to snap up an oceanfront Haleiwa vacation rental.

How to get there

How to get to and around Haleiwa

The nearest airport is in Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), located 19.4 mi (31.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 19.9 mi (32 km) away.

Where to stay around Haleiwa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 696 vacation rentals near Haleiwa. From 298 Houses to 30 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Haleiwa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Haleiwa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Haleiwa:

  • Waikiki: 2,401 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Honolulu: 229 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii Kai: 3,150 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 1,758 vacation rentals
  • Ewa: 23 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Haleiwa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Haleiwa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Waimea National Audubon Society: 851 vacation rentals
  • North Shore Surf & Cultural Museum: 1,438 vacation rentals
  • Haleiwa Art Gallery: 1,445 vacation rentals
  • Kaiaka Bay Beach Park: 1,433 vacation rentals
  • Kailua Beach: 3,302 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Haleiwa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Haleiwa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 298 Houses in Haleiwa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Haleiwa include:

  • Cottages: 30 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 30 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 264 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Haleiwa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 310 vacation rentals with pool available in Haleiwa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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