With the commercial development, urbanization, and modernization of much of Hawaii for the sake of increasing tourism and economic output, a number of places reminiscent of old Hawaii have been torn down, significantly altered, or outright ruined. There are very few places where the ways of old Hawaii still live on and flourish. The town of Haleiwa is one of those places. Some of the most premier Oahu real estate rentals are located in Haleiwa to allow tourists and visitors to enjoy the laid back lifestyle and gorgeous views of old Hawaii. The town of just over 2,000 people serves as the commercial center for Oahu’s north shore today but maintains its old town ways. Its plantation town character has been saved through its buildings, roads, signage, and culture.
Besides providing a glimpse into the true Hawaii, Haleiwa has a number of beautiful sights. Anahulu River, Haleiwa Beach Park, and Haleiwa Alii Beach Park are all popular hotspots. The beaches have beautiful stretches of white sand and are relatively shallow and calm. The Kaiaka State Recreation Area on Kiaka Point along Kaiaka Bay is known for its green sea turtles that often make appearances along the shore at sunset.