If Waikiki is dedicated to tourists, the North Shore is dedicated to surfers. Locals and travelers alike come to experience world-class waves and bond with other nature lovers. The huge waves crash in during the winter; during the summer, the smaller waves are better for beginners. You can also visit some very nice resorts, see some stunning sites, and experience the richness of Polynesian culture. To get started, search for an RV in Haiku.
Experience the Sites and Scenery
As the name implies, Baldwin Beach Park is a combination beach and park in Paia. It’s the largest beach on the North Shore. Since it’s accessible by a paved road, you can drive your Haiku RV rental almost literally up to the white sands. Most of the facilities, including a large pavilion, are on the east side. So, the west side of the beach is almost completely unspoiled. A grove of trees surrounds the entire beach, providing shelter from the wind and sun. That’s also the “park” portion of this attraction. Feel free to explore it, but watch out for falling coconuts. The far west side is known as Baby Beach, since it’s basically a big tidal pool.
At nearby Ho’okipa Beach, the swimming isn’t the best, but the windsurfing is amazing. Watch the pros do their thing or go out on the water yourself. Use extra caution if the orange flags go up. There are a number of tidal pools, which means lots of turtles and other aquatic life. The Lookout is the surfer end of the beach, so Ho’okipa has a little bit of everything.
In an island full of beautiful places to take your Haiku rental RV, the Makua Kea’au Forest Reserve may be one of the most stunning places to see. The terrain is rather dense and steep, which makes for a rather challenging hike. Horseback riding is available as well. As you work your way over the trials, expect to see lots of wildlife and maybe even a few cows.
The Ewa Forest Reserve is in Pearl City. The main trail goes up to the summit of Ko’olau Ridge. It’s about a six-mile climb and parts of the trail are quite rugged, so be prepared for a challenge. If you pass the test, your reward is one of the best views on the entire island. Hunting is allowed as well. Furthermore, you can camp almost anywhere you like.
Paia is old-school Hawaii. It was once one of the island’s largest sugar mills. Today, it’s part Old West town, part hip 60’s California community, and all Hawaiian. There’s an eclectic mixture of restaurants and shops in the downtown area, including one of the island’s best (and only) health food stores. Haiku is a fast-growing community. What once was a vacant pineapple cannery is now the bustling Haiku Marketplace. It has a large grocery store as well as a hardware store, so it’s a great place to stock your Haiku motorhome rental. We especially recommend the marinated beef. There are a number of restaurants as well and the beach is not far away, so the Marketplace is a great place to go and spend a few hours. Speaking of old school Hawaii, the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is a renovated early 19th-century mansion. There are lots of artistic displays as well as lots of art classes for young and old. Many of these exhibits come from the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s artist in residence.
Hawaii in general, and the North Shore, in particular, is a lot more than a pretty place on a bucket list. The people in the Haiku area really care about the land, whether they have lived on the island for generations or are basically Haoles. Their passion makes the area worth experiencing in a Haiku motorhome rental.
Where to Park It
Hawaii is not the most RV-friendly destination in America. Nevertheless, there are some very nice short-term places to park your Haiku RV rental. The Malaekahana State Recreation Area is something of a surfer’s paradise, and it also welcomes RVs. It covers over 36,000 acres, and its amenities include a large general store. The Hedonisia Hawaii Eco-Hostel in Pahoa allows visitors to volunteer instead of paying a fee. So, you get a great story to tell and a chance to be near things like Hilo Bay and Volcanoes National Park. Papalaua Wayside Park has plenty of parking spaces for class B and C Haiku motorhome rentals, along with amenities like restrooms, picnic tables, and barbecue grills.
Hawaiian food is heavy on seafood, pork, rice, and Spam. That may sound like an unusual combination, but you definitely cannot knock it until you try it. We also recommend the Loco Moco, which is a hamburger patty, rice, and a fried egg smothered in gravy. Try getting that on the Mainland. Oh, and don’t forget the shave ice. Please don’t call it shaved ice.
For an island experience like no other, book your Haiku rental RV today and start planning your itinerary.