Friday, June 12, 2009

Cafe Hale’iwa (Hale’iwa, HI)

On the North Shore of Oahu, for decades the town of Hale’iwa has been host to surfers from all over the world who flock here to ride the waves of several infamous beaches - Waimea Bay, the Banzai Pipeline, and Sunset Beach, to name a few. I am by no stretch a surfer girl, but I have done a one week surf camp and can appreciate the sport – I felt in awe of the history and energy of the place.

Of course, because it’s summer, there were no big waves, but we did enjoy a big breakfast. Cafe Hale’iwa, while unassuming, has the feel of a place steeped in surfer lore. Decorated with local artwork in wave motifs, the place is extremely casual and comfortable, everyone is welcome. The Guava and Pineapple Juices were fresh and I enjoyed the Mahi Mahi Eggs Benny special, while my friends ordered standard fare off the menu. Afterwards we cruised the shops on the one-street main drag in town and then hit the beach for some swimming and snorkeling.

We were delightfully surprised to find the North Shore still relatively undeveloped. It maintains its rural feel with sleepy villages and small farms. Keep the country COUNTRY!

66-460 Kamehameha Hwy, Hale’iwa, HI
Breakfast hours: 7:00 to 2:00 p.m., Daily


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