The Polynesian Cultural Center
The PCC is Hawaii’s number one paid tourist attraction. Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the PCC’s purpose is to honor and preserve Polynesian culture through a variety of activities and performances. Several island nations are represented in simulated villages that hold hourly performances and cultural experiences. “Hā: Breath of Life,” is a stunning, new evening show featuring over 100 Polynesian natives, special effects, animation and surround sound. It is a Pacific isle saga of birth and death, love and family, triumph and tragedy. More information can be found at http://www.polynesia.com
Experience the North Shore’s nostalgic 1950’s era at the Hukilau Marketplace at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Hukilau Marketplace features diverse shopping and dining experiences, native music and dance performances, and more. http://hukilaumarketplace.com
This legendary surf spot on Oahu’s North Shore is a 25-minute drive from the BYU-Hawaii campus. Big wave season is from November to February, but during the calmer months visitors can be found climbing and jumping from “The Rock”. Other famous beaches that hold surf competitions include Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach.
Nearby you can also explore Waimea Valley, a botanical garden and cultural attraction that is home to beautiful Waimea Falls. Waimea Valley offers you the opportunity to experience the Hawaiian Culture by the daily Cultural Activities presented by our Staff. Learning Hawaiian games and crafts, listening to music and storytelling by our treasured kupuna.
There is a parking lot at Waimea Bay, but parking is limited since this is one of the more popular beaches on the North Shore.
Hanauma Bay is a premier destination to become acquainted with a plethora of fish and marine life. It is a protected marine life conservation area so visitors are prohibited from mistreating the animals.
The blue water and impressive amount of sea life makes Shark’s Cove one of Oahu’s best snorkeling spots. On the south side of Shark’s Cove are the Pupukea tide pools where visitors can wade and explore the water. A frequent find there is the state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
This hidden gem of Laie can be found in a residential area right off the main road. It is a great place for whale watching during the winter months, but the breathtaking views can be enjoyed year-round.
Surfing on the North Shore
With the sport of surfing tracing its origins back to pre-contact Hawaii, it’s fitting that the North Shore of Oahu remains the Mecca of professional surfing to date. Sunset Beach, Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park and the Banzai Pipeline are all hosts to the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. For the men, those events are the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park; the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach; and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline. The women's events are the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park; the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach; and the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay, Maui.
In its 32nd year, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing continues a rich surfing heritage of progression, high-performance and power surfing. It is a series where careers are made, reputations are forged and mistakes can have dire consequences. The prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title is a professional surfing milestone, one that rivals that of the Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion. The triple crown takes place from mid-November to late December each year.