Side Trip: Hale‘iwa North Shore
Thousands of surf enthusiasts make the pilgrimage from their Waikiki hotels up to O‘ahu’s North Shore every winter to observe some of the largest, surfable waves on the planet pounding an otherwise tranquil shoreline. Here, legends have been born, and lives have been taken. Every year. Proceed with caution: From November through February, if you’re not an extremely experienced surfer and swimmer, best bet is to enjoy the thrills from the safety of the beach.