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Hawaii’s Turtle Bay Resort Offers $200 Fall Room Rates

North Shore Oahu Hotel Has Activities & Surfing Competitions

Turtle Bay Resort Oahu Hawaii beach
The Turtle Bay Resort is on Oahu's beautiful North Shore beach.

One of the top resorts in Hawaii is offering what is – for the property – excellent hotel room rates for most of the fall.

The Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore has what it calls Fantastic Fall Rates starting at $209 a night for renovated ocean-view rooms.

The offer is good from Sept. 1-Nov. 27.

The renovations, involve the rooms, two new restaurants with farm-to-table and sea-to-table cuisine; the new Nalu Kinetic Spa and Wellness Center; and a pair of retail outlets.

Of course, you don’t go to Hawaii – and the Turtle Bay Resort – to sit in the room all day interspersed with a little shopping and dining. You need activities!

And here, there’s stand-up paddle boarding, surf lesson, Segway tours, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, beachside yoga and, of course, 36 holes of championship golf on two courses. Better yet for us duffers, the golf is for free in October on either course.

And this also is the North Shore, one of the top surfing spots in the world. In the fall, there’s the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach from Oct.28-Nov.10; the REEF Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa from Nov.12-23 and The Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach runs Nov. 24-Dec. 1.

To book, call *808) 293-6000 or go to the Turtle Bay website at: turtlebayresort.com.


Locals Flooding Oahu’s North Shore For Massive Waves At Sunset Beach

Massive 50-Foot Waves Brings Gawkers And Bumper-To-Bumper Traffic

North Shore waves
People line the street to see the massive North Shore waves. Photo; Hawaii News Now

Locals, normally to laid-back to care, are excited about the massive waves hitting Hawaii.

They are clogging the highway to the North Shore to check out the scene. Traffic is bumper-to-bumper, making the highway resemble the 4-5 freeway in Los Angeles at rush hour.

Cars are lined up on the edge of the road and people are watching as huge waves are crashing down seeming right in front of them.

Hopefully, they are doing it from a safe distance because it’s not wise to tempt nature just to get a good photo to put on Facebook or Instagram. The huge waves are a result of a Pacific storm that’s bringing high surf not just to Hawaii but all up and down the California coast, as well.

If you are going to join them, be patient. There’ s only one road in and out of the North Shore and it’s a slow two-lane burn. Make a day of it, in fact. Stop at the shrimp trucks for garlic shrimp. Have some shaved ice or a plate lunch and pie from Ted’s Bakery.

Here’s a slideshow of the waves: www.hawaiinewsnow.com/slideshow?widgetid=102159&utm_content=buffere9264&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Hawaii’s North Shore Beaches Closed Due To Winds And High Waves

Tourists Need To Be Safe, So Stay on Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach booze cruise boat
For tourists, it's best to say on Waikiki Beach until the swells subside on the North End.

You can look, but you can’t go in the water, says the National Weather Service a high-surf advisory for the north and west shores of Kauai and the north shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui through Tuesday at 6 a.m.

This is a result of a large northwest swell and gusty north winds that are expected to produce waves of 10 to 15 feet.

The weather service is predicting strong breaking waves, shore break and strong longshore and rip currents that would make swimming difficult, as well as dangerous. And that’s just for locals, so tourists looking to dip their toes in the Pacific or go for a leisurely swim better stay on Waikiki Beach.

Kauai ocean safety officials closed Kalihiwai Bay and all guarded north shore beaches this afternoon because of strong currents, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

“Our firefighters responded three times to swimmers being swept out of Kalihiwai Bay, and thankfully, they were all saved,” said Battalion Chief Albert Kaui in a news release. “But given today’s hazardous ocean conditions on the North Shore, everyone should exercise extreme caution near the water.

“Check with the lifeguards before going swimming and when in doubt, don’t go out,” he added in the statement.

The closure includes beaches at Kalihiwai, Kee, Haena and Hanalei.

Guarded beaches on the island, like Lydgate, Poipu or Salt Pond are recommended as alternatives.

Or, if you’re on Oahu, just stay on Waikiki Beach.


Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay Closed Due To High Surf

North Shore Waves Reach 30 Feet As Huge Swells Hit All The Islands

North Shore Surfer
Surf pounds the North Shore; waves (not here) reached an astonishing 30 feet.

Waves of up to six feet have caused the closure of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling spot, Hanauma Bay.

It is closed on Sunday, Jan. 13, after also being closed on Saturday.

Conditions are dangerous and visibility is poor, causing lifeguards to close Hanauma Bay.

Strong trade winds have been blowing all weekend, causing waves of up to 8-12 feet on east Oahu beaches, and up to 10 feet on other Hawaiian islands. On the North Shore, waves reached an astonishing 30 feet. That’s great for viewing from the saftety of the shore, but not for venturing out into the water.

The conditions are expected to return to normal during the week, though note that Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays throughout the year.

It’s winter hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. In the summer its open until 7 p.m. There is a $7.50 usage fee (and $1 for parking, although the efficient Honolulu bus has a stop there) and there is also snorkeling equipment for rent.


Hawaii’s North Shore Travel Guide!

Surf ‘s Up But There’s Much More To See on This Scenic Shore

There's a reason this is called Sunset Beach.

In the North Shore, the water invites investigation and visitors don’t have to be surfers to enjoy it. There’s more than meets the surface; in fact, there’s quite a bit below the surface.

And the place to see it is Shark’s Cove.

Sharks don't hang around at Shark's Cove anymore, but snorklers do today.


So called because sharks used to mate in the cove (“used to” being the key words, which is a good thing for snorkelers), Shark’s Cove it THE snorkeling spot in the North Shore. There’s no spiny sea urchins either; instead, parrotfish, turtles, triggerfish and eels are among the aquatic creatures. The cove drops to about 20 feet. Further out it gets much deeper and with underwater caves to explore, Shark’s Cove is also one of Oahu’s top shore dive destinations.

Located in Pupukea Beach Park past Waimea Bay close to the Sunset Fire Station, it has a small parking lot, extremely basic bathroom and shower facilities and, for those who don’t have equipment, snorkel rentals for $10.

Entering the water is a bit tricky, but follow the path down the hill (wear sandals on the way down) and give it a go among the rocks, timing the entry between the mild surges.

Be sure and put on the fins after entering the water. With no walk-in entrance, incoming tides and no lifeguard on duty, Shark’s Cove is a bit too tricky for children and novice snorkelers. There is an adjacent tidepool for their participating pleasure.

Afterward, head to the lookout at Puuomahuka for a nice view of Shark’s Cove (and Waimea Bay) where you can proudly boast “I just snorkeled there!”

If it’s too rough to snorkel at Shark’s Cove – as it’s likely to be from about October thru March – head a few miles north to protected and calm Kuilima Cove. It’s on the eastern end of the Turtle Bay Hilton. This spot is a prime home to the Hawaii state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Known to take a nibble when surfers sit on their boards, “the little trigger fish is so colorful that he glows. But don’t take your eyes off of him because he’ll bite off one of your toes,” or so sings Eric Stone.

Waimea Bay

People enjoy a calm day in the summer at Waiama Bay's beach.


Famous Waiama Bay has 20 to 30-foot waves in January and February. This is when sportsmen and women crazy enough to enjoy such things come in from all over the world for international surf competitions. You’ll know when surf’s up because the humongous traffic swells will tell you that surf’s up, bro. Even when traffic is not such an issue, parking in the small lot requires patience. The best viewing spots are from the adjacent cliff.

Yet despite its nasty winter temperament, Waimea Bay is a nice, wide beach that looks totally harmless in spring, summer and fall. At those times, it’s another good snorkeling location. The Waimama Bay Falls are across the highway.

The Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach

Surfing is the biggest part of the North Shore culture.


For non-surfers, the time to visit Pipeline is in the summer when it's calm and quiet.


The hard-grinding guitar licks of Dick Dale’s Pipeline provide the perfect persona for the powerfully awesome waves at the Banzai Pipeline (Dale’s version with Stevie Ray Vaughn on the King of the Surf Guitar CD is best, though more surfers now prefer the smoother sounds of Hawaii’s own Jack Johnson). Just the name of the place – the Banzai Pipeline – energizes the spiritual soul.

It energizes extreme surfers, too, who ride through and wipe out in the barrel-shaped waves. The waves may be bigger at Waimea Bay but here they form a tubular “pipeline” that creates legends. And now, after some political haggling, the Pipeline is once again home to the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing each winter.

In non-winter months, the Banzai Pipeline is hidden among the North Shore’s other scenery spots. It’s about as obvious as a ripple in the wave, an innocent-looking park with shower facilities and a lone lifeguard stand a 1/2 mile from a school. Pipeline s a small beach with a fairly steep (but soft) walk from the top to the shore.

Plan your North Shore adventure to be at Sunset Beach for the sunsets.


Sunset Beach is at the end point of the North Shore. Lifeguards are on duty and it has picnic areas. From June through September stinging limu (seaweed) can ruin a nice day at the shore. Check for postings or just ask a lifeguard.

Laniakea Beach , a.k.a. Turtle Beach

You can get close to turtles on Turtle Beach, just don't bother or touch them.


As the winter surf proves, the environment can produce some prodigious power. But nature can also rear its head slowly in the North Shore. Very slowly, in fact. At Laniakea Beach, or Lani’s, endangered Hawaiian Green Seat Turtles gently traverse across the shore feeding on the seaweed growing on the rocks. Seeing the turtles is a true Hawaiian scene, people getting an up-close look at one of nature’s creatures without being in a zoo or animal park.

DO NOT bother the turtles. Get close to them, pose for a picture but leave them alone. There’s not really a curse, like taking volcanic rocks from the other Hawaiian islands, but it disturbs nature and if any official or even local sees this they will come down on you like a Waiema wave.

LaniÕs is easy to find, for there will be people on the beach gawking at something on the sand and cars will suddenly turn off the highway to park along the side. To avoid such sudden maneuvers, note it’s location: approximately two miles up Kamehameha Highway from Haleiwa.



The Best Food Finds in Hawaii’s North Shore

The Shrimp Trucks Are Awesome And So Is Ted’s Bakery, Banzai Sushi and Cholo’s Mexican

Giovanni's Original White Shrimp Trucks are a North Shore food destination

Dining on the North Shore does not involve five-star restaurants, tourist theme spots or famous chefs serving “Asian/fusion cooking.” Drinking does not involve dance floors and cover charges. The North Shore is far too simple for such extravagance.

Instead, meals are as likely to be served on paper plates and drinks downed in a cozy little joint where the staff knows at least half the patrons.

The shrimp trucks are the perfect example of North Shore cuisine. For about 10 bucks a full meal can be enjoyed while sitting on a picnic table with friends and strangers as traffic trickles by on the adjacent highway.

Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck is legendary in a place of legends. Its ample serving of peel-and-eat shrimp is heavy – and we mean heavy – on garlic. More napkins, please! Good thing it comes with rice. A few feet away is the Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck, which has more of a variety with its menu including coconut tempura shrimp; garlic butter squid and teriyaki beef. The Thai truck has what some locals consider the best Thai food on the entire island, Honolulu’s fancy restaurants be damned.

The shrimp trucks are not fancy – more like a picnic – but they are awesome.


This is what you get from a North Shore shrimp truck.


Further up the road, Romy’s Kahuku Shrimp & Prawns raises its own shrimp, making it a popular stop. It’s located in Kahuku between the James Campbell wildlife refuge and Turtle Bay Resort. If there’s a line here (likely) and the stomach can’t stomach the wait, a half-mile farther up the highway is Macky’s Original Shrimp Farm.

All these shrimp and food trucks are open for lunch and early dining, from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Surfers love Ted's Bakery for its sandwiches, plate lunches and pies.


Another simple and delicious spot is Ted’s Bakery. It serves hearty plate lunches with four – four! – scoops of rice and sandwiches. Many simply come here just for the pies, specifically the chocolate haupia cream. A couple of small tables are roadside outside and even the occasional North Shore shower doesn’t keep the surfers from their food. Like the trucks, Ted’s is open ’til 6. The kitchen closes at 3, so only sandwiches and pies are then available. Ted’s is on the right side of the highway just past Sunset Beach.

You can get a pretty good margarita at Cholo's in the North Shore.


A bit more sophistication – we said a bit, not a lot – can be found in the North Shore Market Place (about a half-mile from Giovanni’s shrimp truck). For starters, there’s Cholo’s, a Mexican restaurant. If this seems out of place in Hawaii, just have one of its margaritas, the best in the North Shore. They are made with fresh lime juice, not a pre-made mix. The food is pretty authentic, too. The salsa sells this fact right from the start.

Pipeline isn’t the only bonzai in the North Shore. After dark it’s Bonzai Sushi. There’s no pounding waves, but pounding down sake and sushi on the outdoor patio, especially during the 4-7 Happy Hour.

Some sit on cushions on the deck and Wednesday is unofficial local’s night. It’s usually going until 10 or 11, not rocking like a nightclub, just hanging and telling stories. It’s the closest thing a visitor can get to sitting around a campfire with North Shore surfers.

The North Shore Market Place also has a third restaurant, a small surf museum, a clothing store, a surf and bike shop and an ATM that doesn’t work. The latter brings up an interesting point: bring enough cash for the visit and a couple of credit cards in case an establishment doesn’t take, say, American Express. (Been there, done that!) Also in the market place is The Coffee Gallery with Java so strong it’s amazing it doesn’t burn a hole in the cup.

The only sit-down dining with an ocean view in the North Shore is not actually on the water but across it, Halewa Joe’s. It features fish, shrimp, meat, chicken and soups and salads.

And tourists always stop for the famed shaved ice in Halewa.