The North Shore of Oʻahu
The North Shore of O’ahu has been considered a special place for as long as people have been on the island. Once the site of the largest heiau, or temple, this part of the island also contained two large valleys. Later, the North Shore became famous for sugar, pineapples, ranching, and the plantation life that brought thousands of immigrants from all over the world to the most remote part of O’ahu. It was on the North Shore that Hawaiians mixed with Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Koreans, Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Spaniards, Irish, Scots, English, and Americans to mold the rural yet cosmopolitan society for which Hawai’i is now famous. Today, the Hawaiian temples are silent, sugar is gone, and only remnants of the old plantation buildings and ranches remain. But the North Shore’s fame is now refocused, as it is recognized as the surfing capital of the world. Learn more about the unique history of Hawaiʻis North Shore in this comprehensive and researched narrative, complete with archival photographs. This book is part of the Images of America series, a collection of books celebrating the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.