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Windward Oahu | North shore

An oasis of Old Hawaii style and endless ocean beaches.

Welcome to Windward Oahu and North Shore

Drive out of Honolulu on the sloping Pali Highway and watch as the skyscrapers of the city give way to lush country landscapes. Life slows down when you exit the tunnels east of the Koolau Mountain Range and continue along the Windward Coast. With its stunning natural beauty, serene Valley of the Temples, historic Makapuu Point Lighthouse, generations-old Kualoa Ranch, gentle Kahala Bay, and some of the best surf spots in Hawaii, the Windward Coast, and the North Shore make for some of the dreamiest home locations in the state. 

The beaches of the North Shore draw surf pros, yes, but this is also a place to call home, where you can lounge all day and watch a resplendent sunset from Ehukai Beach and (aptly named) Sunset Beach, spend an afternoon wandering through Haleiwa Town, visiting the old plantation settlement of Kahuku, then returning home to your luxury residence in exclusive Turtle Bay. 

What to Love


  • Lush, green countryside and world-class beaches
  • Small towns and historic plantations 
  • Old Hawaii feel 
  • Range of real-estate options from beach bungalows to lavish oceanfront homes 

Local Lifestyle

Several exclusive neighborhoods that encapsulate an Old Hawaii style dot the Windward Oahu and the North Shore, including Kaneohe, the largest town on this side of the island. Homeowners gravitate here for the culturally rich community, a peaceful enclave surrounded by mountains and sea. The local Hawaiian lifestyle invites days of fishing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking to Coconut Island, boating to the famous sandbar, hiking, watching waterfalls, and spotting rainbows. 

Ahuimanu is a hidden gem, a quiet residential neighborhood with both long-time residents and families. Ka’a’awa, north of Kaneohe Bay, is so eye-catching it has been used as a backdrop in many popular Hollywood movies. The shoreline is tailor-made for long strolls. Nearby, you’ll find neighbors coming together at Punalu’u Beach. For those seeking a more lavish North Shore living experience, exclusive Turtle Bay provides both an authentic sense of place and the warm, welcoming, affluent community you seek. 

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Windward Mall offers shopping, dining, and entertainment for all interests. From Happy Wahine, a locally owned boutique selling distinctive handbags and accessories, to JYL Jewelry, which specializes in custom-designed Hawaiian heirloom pieces, there are shops for all tastes. Pick up Japanese BBQ or sushi, or treat yourself to an ice-cream cone after a few hours of browsing. The Windward City Shopping Center and the Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center add their own shops to the neighborhood mix with a variety of specialty stores, services, and restaurants. 

Pick up a lunch platter or seafood to prepare at home from Fresh Catch Kaneohe. The local favorite is the breaded filet of fresh ahi with signature Chef Reno Savory Sauce. Grab fresh sushi at Kizuna or Hawaiian BBQ at L&L Hawaii, or sit down to authentic Mexican dishes, salsas, and ceviche at El Mariachi. Up on the North Shore, celebrate with a quiet meal at the elegant Haleiwa Beach House, or keep things casual with island fare from Aji Limo, an off-beat food truck dishing up poke bowls, fish tacos, and other Hawaiian nibbles. Nearby, Ted’s Bakery tempts with its cream pies, cakes, and pastries. 

Things to Do 

Kaneohe locals have a secret - the
sandbar of the same name (also known as “Ahu O Laka,” meaning God of Hulu), and its surrounding coral reefs, perfect for snorkeling, beach volleyball matches, and picnics in view of the Koolau Mountains. Depending on the tide, the sandbar might be submerged in waist-high water or completely exposed, leaving behind a small beach. Kayak or boat out to it – it’s almost a mile from shore. The greater Kaneohe Bay area - recognizable as the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows, is just as breathtaking in real life and the ideal spot for kayaking, boating, and fishing. 

The beaches of the Windward Coast and North Shore are as pretty as they get in Oahu, so you’ll have plenty to choose from - Lanikai Beach, Kalamu Beach, Kailua Beach Park, Waimanalo Beach Park, Waimea Bay Beach Park, Pupukea Beach Park, Ke Iki Beach, and countless others vie for homeowners’ attention.

Explore the lush valley flora at the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, 400 acres of peaceful refuge with plantings from the Hawaiian islands, as well as the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Melanesia, Polynesia, Africa, and more. Play outside, stroll the beaches, and snorkel the reefs of He’eia State Park, also known as Ke’alohi Point, on the waterfront of Kaneohe Bay. Honor the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii at the Byodo-In Temple at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The temple is a smaller-scale replica of the Byodo-in Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Uji, Japan that is more than 900 years old. The grounds include a large reflecting pool, meditation niches, and small waterfalls. 


Students from the Windward Coast and North Shore attend highly desired schools, including:

  • Kaneohe Elementary School, PK-6, highly rated public elementary school  
  • Ahuimanu Elementary School, PK-6, highly rated public elementary school 
  • Kaaawa Elementary School, PK-6, well-rated public elementary school 
  • Sunset Beach Elementary School, PK-6, public elementary school 
  • Kahuku High & Intermediate School, 7-12, well-rated public middle and high school 
  • Waialua High & Intermediate School, 7-12, well-rated public middle and high school 

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