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Where You Live: Haleiwa

people visit Haleiwa every year. But before Haleiwa transformed into a surfing mecca and a popular tourist spot, it was a sleepy country town. In tonight’s installment of our series “Where You Live”… KITV 4’s Cam Tran takes us to this iconic town on Oahu’s North Shore. 37-43 133 223-228 302-308 342-348 415-419 440-444 456-500 This is the Haleiwa we see today: An area bustling with tourists and traffic and streets lined with shrimp trucks, shave ice shops and surf stores. But can you believe all of this used to look like THIS 100 years ago BR 47:48 IT WAS A VERY QUITE LITTLE TOWN As you drive into Haleiwa, the vast area from from Weed Circle to Haleiwa Beach Park is plentiful in water and fertile soil. Seven streams including the Anahulu, run through Haleiwa, bringing water to the sugar fields of Waialua Agriculture Company. BOYD REEDY, LOCAL HISTORIAN IN:46:16 WHEN THE SUGAR MILL STARTED THEY WERE ABLE TO USE THE FRESHWATERS SPRINGS AT THE BASE OF HIGH LANDS WITH THE LARGEST FRESH WATER OF THE STATE Though thousands of immigrants came to work in the sugar plantation in the late 1800”s the town itself didn’t exist until Benjamin Franklin Dillingham opened the Haleiwa Hotel in 1899 on the site where Haleiwa Joe’s now sits. BR IN:47:06 AS THE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY OF THE TOWN INCREASED THE TOWN’S NAME SPREAD OUT TO COVER THE WHOLE COMMERCIAL AREA CALLED HALEIWA 47:09 Haleiwa, which means home of the ‘iwa’ bird was the summer home of Queen Liliuokalani. Her house sat between Loko’ea Pond and Anahulu Stream Long time resident Vanderlyn Ana’s family used to host the queen. VANDERLYN ULUMAHEIHEI ANA , LONG EXTREMELY UNIQUE IN FACT IT’S ONE OF IT’S KIND. RATHER THAN NUMERALS ON THE CLOCK IT HAS THE LETTERS OF HER NAME IT SPELLS THE 12 LETTERS OF HER NAME, LILIUOKALANI 46:16 Take a close look and you can see the intricate details of the clock. There are SEVEN different dials indicating different time references. BERNIE 47:58 IT USED TO WORK SOME 15 YEARS AGO AND WE DID HAVE SOMEONE WHO TOOK CARE OF IT FOR US AND WHEN IT WAS RUNNING . HE PASSED AWAY AND SINCE THEN WE HAVEN’T REALLY BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYONE WHO CAN REALLY MAKE THIS CLOCK WORK AGAIN 48:18 While Haleiwa may have been the playground for Hawaiian royalty, in the early 1900’s it was deeply rooted in sugar and rail. FRANCIS FORSYTHE: LONG TIME RESIDENT IN:1:28 I REMEMBER THE TRAINS THAT SERVICED THE SUGAR PLANTATION BECAUSE WHEN THE SUGAR CANE FELL DOWN WE USED TO EAT IT 1:36 Haleiwa became the commerce center for the thousands of plantation workers, with a bank, mom and pop stores and the once iconic Haleiwa Theatre One relic of the past remains strong… Matsumoto’s Shave ice. Mamoru and Helen Matsumoto opened the shop in 1951 to serve plantation workers.. STANLEY MATSUMOTO 7:23 IT STARTED AS A GROCERY STORE BECAUSE MY PARENTS USED TO SELL CANNED GOODS, VEGETABLES MEAT AND SODA CHIPS AND PRESERVED PLUMS 7: 36 But the grocery store wasn’t profitable and the Matsumotos starting shave ice to make ends meet. SM: 9:33 EVENTUALLY WE PHASED OUT THE GROCERY SIDE AND STARTED SELLING T-SHIRTS AND OUR FIST T-SHIRT WAS DONE IN 1976 IN: 09:44 Now the shop is booming averaging 11-hundred customers a day yearning to try the sweet azuki beans and 40 different flavors of shave ice. NATS: 26:11 CAN YOU SAY YUMMY? YUMMY! It’s not only the yummy shave ice that keeps the north shore busy. nats of surf . As the sugar industry started to decline after the 1950s the surf scene grew exponentially. RANDY RARICK, FOUNDER OF TRIPLE CROWN/BIG WAVE SURFER 52:41 THERE WAS A SURF MOVIE CALLED RIDE THE WILD SURF IN 1963 AND THEY FILMED A LOT OF IT HERE IN HALEIWA SO IT REALLY POPULARIZED HALEIWA SO IN THE 1960’S IT BECAME THE MOST POPULAR PLACE TO SURF! 52:54 Nats of surf: During the winter months the population of 4 thousand, quadruples for the Triple Crown of Surfing. RR 53:30 SURFING IS WHAT I CALL THE INDUSTRY ON THE NORTH SHORE. THE INDUSTRY HAS PUT NORTHSHORE ON THE MAP AND HALEIWA IS THE SURF CAPITOL IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF THAT The town is also looking to the future. Landowner Kamehameha Schools started construction on a new 27- thousand square foot shopping center slated to open in September. CAM TRAN, STANDUP: DESPITE THE RENOVATIONS AND NEW SHOPS THAT HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE HEART OF HALEWIA OVER THE YEARS. THE TOWN STILL HOLDS TRUE TO IT S HISTORIC CHARACTER AND COUNTRY CHARM TO THIS DAY. Haleiwa is home to 34 historic buildings including the Post Office which retain its 1920’s shell. The sugar cane of yesterday is replaced by new types of farming. Nats of digging for weeds 41:56 Twin Bridge Farms in Haleiwa grows local asparagus . The 80 acre plot right next to town produces 250 pounds of asparagus a day supplying its signature “Waialua Brand” to grocery chains across Oahu. MILTON AGADER, TWIN BRIDGE FARMS IN:21:52 WE HARVESTED ALREADY THIS MORNING AND IT’S PACKED RIGHT NOW AND IT’S GOING TO BE IN THE MARKET TOMORROW SO IT’S THAT FRESH! 21:57 Agader and his partner Al Medrano, both former sugar company workers , opened to keep farming alive in Haleiwa. MILTON AGADER, TWIN laid back feeling remains the same. JAKE NG, LONG TIME RESIDENT 07:50 IT’S A TREAMENDOUS FEELING LIVING IN HALEIWA BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT THERE’S NO PLACE ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD THAT COULD COME CLOSE TO HALEIWA. WE HAVE THE OCEAN THE SURFING THE RIVER. Reporting form Haleiwa, CT KITV 4 News. Haleiwa is also home to more than 30 historic buildings and you can check out the buildings on a walking tour with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Coming up tomorrow on KITV 4 Morning News, we introduce you to another industry that’s picking up pace and attracting many in Haleiwa.

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4 thoughts on “Where You Live: Haleiwa

  1. Chee…. really crappy picture of the Hale'iwa theatre, I saw so many movies there as a kid. It's a crime it was wrecked.

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