North Shore Oahu Beaches | Waimea Bay

This is one of the BIG name Oahu beaches on the North Shore...Waimea Bay is home to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surfing contest.

They only hold the contest when waves reach 20 feet or higher. Keep in mind this is 20 feet Hawaiian style which means the back of the wave measures 20 feet so the face is 40 feet.

Eddie Aikau was a legendary true Hawaiian waterman who used to be a lifeguard at Waimea Bay. He was on the crew of the Hokulea, the famous double-hulled canoe that made the voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti using only the stars as navigation. On one of its maiden voyages, the ship ran into bad seas and capsized. Eddie bravely jumped on his surfboard to try and get help but was never seen now they hold the contest in his memory.

Waimea Bay Oahu Hawaii

Like the rest of the North Shore, this is no place to be fooling around when the surf is pumping. In the summer, however, it is a very relaxed and peaceful scene with people jumping off the big rock on the left side of the bay and the old white church sitting on the right side.


  • Lifeguards
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Free parking

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