Haleiwa, Hawaii, is not only the home for global travel and tourism newswire eTurboNews for the last 18 years. Haleiwa is the center for the North Shore of Oahu, the home of shaved ice, and it’s also the home for many different restaurants, some world-class eateries. Haleiwa is Oahu’s most favorite location for food trucks; a center for the arts, music and farming; the home for Waimea Bay Beach and water falls; and the outdoors are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Haleiwa is the home for many endangered species in Hawaii as well, including turtles, the Hawaiian monk seal, colorful tropical fish, and beautiful birds you can only enjoy here. There are no snakes, but it does love its geckos.
It’s a place where you can go on a shark adventure tour and swim with these deadly creatures in their own environment, where you can surf and swim in the clean blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, and where the world moves just a lot slower (except for eTN of course).
People smile, and kamaainas (locals) are friendly folks and don’t really care much about world politics. Of course this is very different for our dedicated 24-hour news staff at eTurboNews (eTN).
Haleiwa is a historic town. There are no hotels, but there are many visitors from all over the world. When the surf is up it means massive traffic jams, and most of the vehicles are rental cars. You may be able to park in a private driveway giving the owner up to $50.00.
There is the farmers’ market, the art market, the Hawaiian music festival, and beautiful almost-empty sandy beaches. Enjoy picnic tables at the many beach parks, outdoor showers and plenty of public toilets and change ,rooms.
Haleiwa is a place for movie producers, it’s a place where a meeting with a bank president or the mayor can be in shorts and slippers. Shirts are not required entering the Foodland supermarket, the post office, or the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shop.
The world loves the Haleiwa lifestyle. That is why real estate, rent, and living expenses are high, and why new developments are constantly turned down. Surprisingly, Haleiwa still doesn’t have a bike lane or pedestrian walkways. Time is not moving fast. Even needed developments to catch up with the rest of the world are no big priorities here in this little town.
A new city center with shops and restaurants recently opened. It took decades of planning and arguments.
Most likely the North Shore Chamber of Commerce is the only such institution not always advocating for new business, but follows the slogan “Keep the country country.”
Tourists and locals enjoy the best air quality and the cleanest beaches on mother Earth. One can enjoy fresh sushi like nowhere else, and Hawaiian fish comes right from the ocean to your plate. There are a variety of food venues from Greek to Italian, Japanese, Thai, Hawaiian, steak, hamburger, Vietnamese, Mexican, hot dogs, McDonald’s – anything goes.
Surfer bars are a place for fun – and for real surfers – but tourists are always welcomed, too. The word aloha means something in this little town.
Although Haleiwa is a small town, it has issues like any island community in the world. The travel and tourism industry is of course what, besides agriculture, is always paying the bills.
One famous restaurant, formerly known as Jameson’s by the Sea, is now owned by long-time Hawaii developer D.G. “Andy” Anderson, who was recently cited by the state Department of Health for expanding the restaurant’s seating capacity to 388 from 114 without enlarging its wastewater system.
Ever since Haleiwa Beach House opened in March 2016, it has been packed with guests, and lines of people are waiting most of the time to get a table. These lines will now get longer. This is why.
State officials last week ordered Haleiwa Beach House to close after confirming that sewage was spilling from its wastewater system into a neighboring property near a fishpond frequently visited by children and tourists.
Anderson, a former state lawmaker who tried three times to become Hawaii’s governor, reopened the restaurant despite warnings from the city not to, because renovation work was done without building permits.
After inspecting the restaurant and the wastewater system again, the department reinstated the food service permit today allowing Anderson to reopen today with the seating capacity approved in 2012: 83 dining seats and 31 bar chairs.
No fines are being issued at this time.
Haleiwa is a peaceful place, but Haleiwa is big tourism business – not only for eTurboNews.
eTN loves this little town and welcomes eTurboNews readers from around the globe to visit, again and again.