A riding tour to the North Shore of O’ahu, from Kane’ohe to Hale’iwa. **PHOTO HEAVY**

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    I own several motorcycles, but only one is on Oahu, my 2017 Yamaha TW200. I have found this to be a perfect motorcycle for the island. In this photo, it's kitted out for one of my beach camping trips at Bellows Air Force Station beach, Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii.

    I will take you on a tour from Kaneohe to Haleiwa on the N. Shore. This is a collage of trips as I ride up this road as much as I can. You may see date stamps on photos, but I did not take all of these photos on one ride. This can be done as a day trip easily.

    I have done a similar post about riding from Kaneohe to South Shore around to Diamond Head, here:
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/a-ri...kane’ohe-to-diamond-head-photo-heavy.1383589/

    Thanks for riding along with me.
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    Most visitors to Oahu will take the road from Honolulu through Wahiawa to the North Shore. That is, in-fact, the quickest route from Honolulu, and many people want to go that way to stop and see the Dole Plantation as well. What people miss is the drive on Kamehameha Highway, along the Eastern shore of Oahu as depicted on the map below starting at the green marker in Kaneohe.

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    The Eastern shore drive along Kamehameha Hwy to the North Shore is beautiful! From Kaneohe (bottom right side noted: Windward Mall) to Halewa (red mark).

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    This photo was taken from my livingroom window. It looks over Kaneohe Bay. I’m taking you from here along the Kamehameha Hwy to the north shore of Oahu


    The first place of interest is He'eia State park on He'eia Kea Harbor. It has one of Hawaii's largest fishponds. It also has a wooden canoe heritage program.

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    He’eia Fish Pond

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    Puakea Foundation of Hawaii, wooden boat culture. Boats being restored.
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    The building is a nice museum of the fishponds of Hawaii. There is a Hula program as well

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    These majestic trees are all over the island. This giant is right in the middle of the He'eia State park parking lot.

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    The He'eia Kea Pier is one of our favorite local places. It's a marina, fishing pier and a nice grill/store. This is one of the first places where we ate after having arrived to Kaneohe. The grill proprietor's name is Dave. he came to Kaneohe from Northern California and he has turned the little grill into a small-community icon of sorts.

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    Standing in the grill parking lot, you can see one finger of the marina and the launch ramp.
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    The He'eia Kea Pier grill. This is the first place that I experienced eating Loco Moco. They also have wonderful breakfast wraps. Lunch menu has fish dishes, hamburgers, and they always have their smoker going; producing wonderful Hawaiian pulled pork. Dave lets me park the TW right out front.

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    Dave always seems happy when I ride up on the TW.

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    This is a fun looking homebuilt catamaran. Basically a CAT frame and hulls with outdoor furniture on it. The canopy can be tarped. Probably a great fishing platform for Kaneohe Bay.

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    The marina and pier from roadside.
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    I'm always a fan of mooring fields. I've seen this one in the fog once and it was awesome! Unfortunately I did not have my camera that time. I'll keep watching for that opportunity again.

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    Same mooring field.

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    Hygienic Store. This is a local icon, used as a reference to give directions around this side of the island.

    We are going to turn right (N) here. If you take a left turn, you will pass the Valley of Temples and Puu Ma’eli’eli trail.
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    Turning (N) on Kahekili Hwy, you first pass Mike's Huli Chicken, which is right across the street from the Hygienic Store. It is famous! They use Kiawe wood, and season with traditional Hawaiian sea salt. Besides huli chicken, you can get shrimp, ahi and Kalua Pig dishes.

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    Mike's huli-huli chicken open BBQ pit.

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    The Waiahole Poi Factory. Poi is a Polynesian staple made from the root of the taro plant. This restaurant processes poi, and also has a restaurant serving kalua pig, squid, beef and chicken dishes.

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    A one-stop shop for all things macadamia nut related.
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    Christmas season at the macadamia farm outlet




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    The windward side of the island is the "country" side. They are proud of their slower pace away from Honolulu, and they oppose any expansion. You will see more on this theme as we travel up the Kamehameha Highway towards N. Shore.




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    Kualoa Regional Park is the first "big" park and beach heading north. This one is well-known for having Mokoli'i Island, also known locally as "Chinaman's Hat" island, just offshore by about 1.4 mile.




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    People can swim, paddleboard, canoe to the island. There is a hiking trail to the top, and a "secret" beach on the far side of this little dollop of lava.
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    I have to remember that as I gravitate towards showing you the beaches, shoreline and islands, just behind me is the beautiful mountains of Oahu. Standing in the parking lot of Kualoa Park, if you turn around, this is the view, the Ko'olau Range.



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    Little trees like this are dotted along the shoreline.




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    Next is Kualoa Ranch. It is a 4,000 acre private nature reserve. Jurassic World, Godzilla, Skull Island and Jurassic Park were filmed here. This photo merely shows their Headquarters. The ranch is enormous!
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    On the Kualoa Ranch property is this sugar mill. It was working between 1863-65; and ultimately closed down after a several-year-long meager rain period.

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    A sad event happened while this sugar mill was in production. The owner's son fell into a vat of boiling sugarcane and died. It left the owner as a vagabond traveler after the mill shut down.

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    This ball of tree roots always catches my eye as I ride by.

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    Local sentiment.
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    Tree groves like this are all along the coastline.

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    Swanzy Beach Park is probably about 15 acres total.

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    A lot of open space at Swanzy Beach Park.

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    Interesting whale telephone pole at Swanzy Beach.
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    Kahan'a Beach. One of the windward side's best kept secrets.

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    People can find some seclusion at Kahan’a beach.

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    More interesting trees at Kahan’a beach.
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    no pounders beach, crouching lion. love the county side of Oahu
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    More to come. I may miss some spots. As you know, there are multitudes of places to see along the N. Shore.
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    Kahana'a beach is in a cove. Looking across the cove from some of the secluded tree line.

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    Kahana'a beach also has a launch, although it's a little run down.

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    The barrier is painted with "Aloha-It's-a-Life-Style"
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    Punalu'u Beach Park is a narrow beach, nice for only beach use, not swimming. The beach is an easy walk from the parking lot as the beach is a narrow strand. Swimming is no good as there is a reef near shore in the shallows. The sand is black here though, and it's a striking contrast to the dominant white beaches.

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    Tree of floats and fenders.

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    Ching’s store. Local sundries and diving/fishing supply.

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    Typical Hawaiian ranch setting.
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    Not a mooring field, but a beautiful sight. Snapped it while on the move.

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    Kaya’s store and fruit stand. You see papaya, mangos, pineapple and coconuts in this photo.

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    I have had a wonderful papaya smoothie from here, and we have had an ice-cold coconut, with a hole drilled into it, complete with straw for direct coconut water experience.
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    I live on Oahu for 7-8 months of the year. One of my favorite rides is along the North Shore. Farrington Hwy out to Kaena Point is a good one too.
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    naomadicbrett: Thanks for the information. Do you take Farrington past the Dillingham Airfield, or Makaha/Makua?
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