The North Shore’s Waialua has the iconic Sugar Mill and its surrounding shaper studios. Haleiwa Town has lots of shopping and dining. Pupukea has Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach. But what about the North Shore’s most eastern community? What’s there to do aside from spending the day at Turtle Bay Resort?
Whether planning a day trip or you’re shacked-up in one of its vacation rentals for the duration of your vacation, we’ve got you covered with an itinerary of what to do in Kahuku. Let’s review!
Top 6 Things to Do in Kahuku on the North Shore of Oahu Hawaii
Visit Kuilima Farm Stand
Begin the day in Kahuku with a visit to the Kuilima Farm Stand. The locally-sourced farming collective has some of the island’s best produce, banana bread, banana lumpia, snacks, and shave ice. Sit down at one of the picnic tables with your fresh food and enjoy the countryside view before the day’s activities begin. View location, hours, photos, and more on Kuilima Farm Stand.
Swim and Boogie at Malaekahana Beach
One of the best hidden beaches on Oahu is in Kahuku. It’s located on the other side of a campground that only locals and those in-the-know are familiar with. Malaekahana has a rare sand-bottomed shoreline that is protected by an outer reef. As a result, it’s ideal for swimmers of all skill levels along with body surfers and casual boogie boarders who don’t want to get pounded by big waves over rocky bottoms. This beach is never crowded, yet it has all of the amenities you need, including restrooms, showers, tables, and an on-site camping store where you can buy refreshments and rent boards and beach cruisers. View location, photos, and more on Malaekahana Beach Campground.
Fly at Climb Works Keana Farms Zipline Tour
Up for something more adventurous on your itinerary of what to do in Kahuku? Head across the road from Malaekahana Beach Campground to the Climb Works Keana Farms Zipline Tour. Climb Works has the biggest (and highest!) series of zip lines on Oahu. It’s also one of the best reviewed of its kind with nearly 6,000 5-Star Google Reviews. Book your adventure directly from their Facebook Page.
Beachcomb Kahuku Golf Course Beach
Head back across Kamehameha Highway from the Climb Works Keana Farms Zipline Tour (if you dared to do it) and over to Kahuku Golf Course. No clubs? No problem, because we’re not sending you here to play a few rounds. Instead, walk swiftly across the locals-only course (they don’t mind) over to Kahuku Golf Course beach. The secret beach may be delightfully devoid of humans, but it’s loaded with debris that has washed ashore from as far away as overseas. After a stormy day, beachcombers may find everything from Korean fishing floats to broken surfboards and colorful driftwood. View directions, photos, and more about Kahuku Golf Course Beach.
Support Local Art
The local art scene is vibrant in Kahuku, although it’s quite rural and hidden which makes it all the more awesome. One highlight is Artsy Fartsy Hawaii which is located down a long and discreet gravel road. Another is Full Fathom Five Sea Glass Emporium & Local Arts, which as the name implies, is loaded with sea glass creations and much more. Lastly (and conveniently) is The Art of Hilton which is located on the backside of your final recommendation for what to do in Kahuku.
Get Stuffed at Kahuku Roadside Food Court
This neck of the North Shore is best known for the world famous Kahuku Roadside Food Court. The largest concentration of food trucks, shrimp shacks, and carts on Oahu are found in one convenient collective. Foodies will find everything from authentic Polynesian delicacies to treats that you’d be more likely to score at a mainland carnival (i.e. funnel cakes). View location, photos, and most recommended eateries at Kahuku Roadside Food Court.
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