North Shore

Whenever locals think of the North Shore or its history, they envision of the towering swells of the ocean – waves that make North Shore surfing a popular activity. However, it was not until recently (around the 1970’s) that surfers routinely took on North Shore’s powerful waves. With improvements and advancements in surfboards, surfers have now made the North Shore their destination of choice.

Humongous Waves!

In fact, each winter, hundreds of people visit North Shore to view the waves. While some guests might boast of 30-foot breakers, the waves, in all honesty, are larger. Therefore, a seven-foot wave, in reality, is about 20 feet high, as all the measurements are scaled. That all may sound a bit complex. Therefore, it is just better to say the North Shore’s waves are humongous!

Although visitors, like the waves, come in swells to North Shore, the community itself likes to keep things less busy. People follow the local wish to “Keep the Country Country.” That is an ardent wish if you live in in the North Shore community.  The North shore has a rural vibe and the homes on the North Shore are hard to see from the street.  You might even wonder if the place has houses at all. Many of the homes are set nicely back from main roads, shielded from view by a lush green landscape, walls, or other natural enclosures. People in North Shore like their privacy – a testimony to the residents’ love of independence.

Haleiwa Town

The North Shore area is comprised of Mokuleia on the west and arcs to the east to Laie. This rural enclave allows locals and visitors alike to escape from the activity of Oahu’s southern coast. Most of the travelers who visit the North Shore area get acquainted with Haleiwa town – a vital center in the region that plays host to stores and eateries.

Some of the shops sell the work of local artists as well as surfing gear. The census designated place (CDP) has an appealing laid-back feel along with the buildings, many built during the time the area was home to sugarcane or pineapple plantations. Other more recent buildings replicate the plantation design.

Other North Shore Neighborhoods


Mokuleia is located as far as you can go west along the northern coast of Oahu. Homes in Mokuleia are a blend of large estate type lots and small and quaint beachfront cottages. The ocean-front estates along Crozier Drive are renowned in Hawaii..


Kawailoa lies just north of laid-back Haleiwa and south of Waimea Bay. The neighborhood also is referred to as North Shore Kahala. Homes, here, are in walking distance to the waves and pristine white sands. If you are seeking a luxury home, you can find a grand selection on Papailoa Road.


Pupukea, which lies west of Waimea Bay, is only a couple minutes from Kam Highway. Homes in this neighborhood feature one- and two-acre lots. The semi-rural luxury properties showcase chickens, sporting horses, and other wildlife, making the neighborhood a unique and friendly place to live.


Sunset, which has a Haleiwa mailing address, shows off ocean-front properties with incredible views of those towering waves that bring visitors to the North Shore each year.

The Turtle Bay Resort

Located at the northernmost point of Oahu, Turtle Bay is a resort that resides within the Kuilima neighborhood. Featuring luxury oceanfront condos, Turtle Bay represents the idyllic permanent Hawaiian vacation. You can swim and surf, shop, dine, and play golf without leaving the gated property.


Laie completes the North Shore district at the southeast point of the area’s arc. The small tropical town is home to the Polynesian Cultural Center and Brigham Young University. If you want to go back in time to the old Hawaii, you will find that place in Laie. With the exception of some of the ocean-front estates, many of the homes are modest and laid-back, reflecting the no-worry and simple lifestyle of their inhabitants.

An Array of Interesting Properties

You can find an array of interesting Hawaii properties and neighborhoods when you visit the North Shore. Close to diverse shopping, such as the Haleiwa Farmers’ Market and the North Shore Marketplace (a great place to get ice cream), you will find that the North Shore offers distinctive properties, amenities, and activities. Whether you like to shop, enjoy the local art, surf, live luxuriously, or raise chickens, you will find a place to call home in the North Shore community.

Based on information from the Multiple Listing Service of Hicentral MLS, Ltd. Listings last updated on Jan 29, 2023 5:14:pm. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright: 2023 by HiCentral MLS, Ltd.

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