This was our second "longer stay" on Oahu, we usually get in a few days in Waikiki when island hopping but decided to get out of town and stay longer. Oahu is really a great deal flying from Vancouver - direct flights, a great variety of accommodation choices, cheap rental cars, lots of shopping, ease of transit. We picked Laie as we wanted to stay on/near the north shore. I found this cottage on vrbo 254680. The caretaker was a very nice lady to deal with and just lives a couple of houses down the road. This cottage in on the Kam Highway which is the main road and I was concerned about traffic noise however we did not notice any noise, the surf, waves and wind seems to muffle any traffic sound. There is a traffic light half a block away so we had no problems turning into or out of the property. It is an old cottage with some updating done, but still an old place and all the things that come with that but we were very comfortable there. This property is beachfront on Laie Bay by Hukilau Park.
The swimming was very safe, boogie boarding just a short walk down at the park, you can actually walk this beach for over an hour all the way to Kahuku Golf Course and perhaps beyond but we didn't have the shoes for scrambling on rocks at the time. We waded out to Mokuauia Island where you can walk the perimeter (stay on trails this is a bird sanctuary) or sit on the beach and enjoy the views back to the mountains. We could easily stay a month in this location, the Laie Shopping Centre is a short walk down the Kam Highway where there is a Foodland and shopping. There are kayak, board rentals all close by.
We were here in January during a period of very high surf so spent some time at Waimea Bay watching the huge waves come in, wandered through Haleiwa and had a shave ice, stopped at Sharks Cove and watched the swells come over the rocks. We did the Hau'ula Loop Trail, had the forest to ourselves, lovely views out over the water and the mountains to the east. Park at Hau'ula Beach Park and then walk the short distance up Hau'ula Homestead Road to get to the trailhead.
We went to the Byodo-In Temple on our way to the USS Arionza. Lovely spot to stop and wander for an hour or so. After spending a week on the North Shore heading to pick up our reservation at the USS Arizona was a shocker, so many people (tourists), traffic snarled everywhere and yikes it was hot there, we were happy to get back to our little town. We stopped for a Dole whip at the Pineapple Plantation on the way home and stood in a long line to get that whip but it was worth it.
The road side stands just outside of Kahuku had lovely banana bread, apple bananas, corn and tomatoes. Of course hit the shrimp trucks, Romy's was our favourite. We went to the farmer's market at the Waimea Valley Falls parking lot, absolutely outrageous prices on artisan breads, soaps, lotions, T-shirts, must be aimed at the upscale tourist cause I don't know anybody else who can afford $8 for a dozen eggs.
I had a long list of things to do and see and we just managed a few which was fine. Easy to spend the day at the cottage, going for a morning walk, head over to Foodland to pick up some seafood for the barbecue, the days just fly by. We would stay here again.
We rented a small (cheap) car through Alamo, $167.00 for the week, taxes included, and we only spent $30 on gas, tanking up just outside the airport when returning the car.