Home of the famous Pipeline
Talk of the town: Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson suffered considerable injuries from a Pipeline wipeout at 17. Johnson began playing music while recovering, and the rest is history.
Noteworthy for: Known as the world's deadliest wave, more surfers have died or been seriously injured at Pipeline than at any other surf spot.
Ehukai Beach may not ring a bell, but if you know anything at all about surfing, you'll have heard of Pipeline. When it's "on", the Holy Grail of waves breaks on a super-shallow reef close to the shore creating a thick, hollow barrel about 10 feet high. Pull in successfully, and you'll have the ride of your life. Wipe out, and it may spell death. Despite the risk, watching the local "Wolfpak" tackle Pipeline during the winter months is the ultimate spectator sport.
Thanks to tiny signs, Ehukai Beach isn't as easy to spot along Kamehameha Highway as the other North Shore beaches, and that's just the way the locals like it. Hint: Pipeline breaks across the street from Sunset Elementary School.
In summer, Ehukai Beach enjoys calm, warm waters. Swimming is particularly good from spring onwards.