Haleiwa is a North Shore community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Waialua District of the island of Oahu, City and County of Honolulu. Haleiwa is located on Waialua Bay, the mouth of Anahulu Stream (also known as Anahulu River). A small boat harbor is located here, and the shore of the bay is surrounded by Haleiwa Beach Park (north side) and Haleiwa Alii Beach Park (south side). Further west from the center of town is Kaiaka State Recreation Area on Kiaka Point beside Kaiaka Bay. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 3,970. It is the largest commercial center on the North Shore of the island. Its old plantation town character is preserved in many of the buildings, making this a popular destination for tourists and residents alike, visiting surfing and diving sites along the north shore. The U.S. postal code for Haleiwa, including Kawailoa, is 96712.
Located about one-hour drive from Waikiki, today Haleiwa and the North Shore of Oahu are known as the surfing capital of the world. Haleiwa, pronounced hah-lay-EE-vah is an old community dating back to the 1900s devoted to the sugar plantation industry.
Depending on the time of year, you might even bump into professional surfers around town. Such encounters are most likely to occur during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which generally runs from mid-November to late December or during the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational in January/February; but you might even see Hans Hedemann out in the water at Pipeline in the middle of summer.
Although most of Haleiwa Town really isn’t that old, it’s made to look old in keeping with the area’s rustic aesthetic. As a result, Haleiwa is one of the few places on Oahu that still feels like it’s out in the countryside. When you hear references to “town and country”, town is Honolulu, and country is Haleiwa. For this reason, a day in Haleiwa Hawaii is a popular getaway for many local residents, as well as Waikiki-weary visitors.