What’s Unique About Hale‘iwa Store Lots
Matsumoto Shave Ice
The iconic, yellow swinging sign that reads “M. Matsumoto Grocery Store” has welcomed both families and friends to enjoy delicious, brightly colored shave ice since 1951. It is a must-try for anyone making the trip to Hale‘iwa.
Founded originally as a grocery store by Mamoru and Helen Matsumoto, Matsumoto’s developed a large following of regulars who flocked to the establishment for refreshing shave ice. Today, son Stanley and his wife Noriko continue the legacy, still churning out icy cones just the way his father did, to the delight of hundreds of customers every day. In fact, Matsumoto sells up to 1,200 cones on busy summer days.
Matsumoto makes their own syrups from scratch, unlike the pre-made concoctions that so many other shave ice vendors opt for, offering flavors such as Lilikoi (passion fruit), Li Hing Mui (salty plum), Matsumoto Special (lemon, pineapple, coconut), Green Tea Special and many more.
Local Born and Bred
Nine of our merchants at Hale‘iwa Store Lots have long-established roots in Hale’iwa or the North Shore, with the remaining merchants being Hawai‘i-grown businesses. This “localness” was demanded by the community and created a bond and special feeling of aloha for our guests, whether locals or visitors.
Further, what other collection of merchants would be “anchored” by a general store and fruit stand? Both the Whaler’s General Store and Hale’iwa Fruit Stand are owned and operated by the Sullivan Family, who has long-established roots on the North Shore. They are the perfect example of a local kama’aina company committed to serving and supporting their communities and farmers.
Country Fashion Forward
Hale‘iwa Store Lots offers an array of fashion that compliments the beautiful North Shore weather and relaxed beach lifestyle.
Guava Shop is a curated boutique specializing in beachy-chic, name-brand clothing, including swimwear, suits, dresses, beauty, accessories and gift items. Inspired by and born in the North Shore of O‘ahu, Guava Shop tailors to the elegant, resort-wear fashionista who embraces the beauty of Hawai‘i. Guava even offers a few of their own branded items.
Mahina Boutique, born on Maui and now located state-wide, offers affordable, chic, and fashion-forward clothing for women, including flowing maxi dresses, cute rompers, beach cover-ups and breezy sundresses. All clothing, jewelry, bags and shoes are chosen with the beach lifestyle of Hale'iwa Town in mind. From a day at the beach to a night out, Mahina has the right outfit to match a North Shore life.
Kahala Sportswear offers a modern take on the iconic Aloha shirt in a wide range of colors and prints. An exclusive Hale’iwa Special Edition aloha shirt design showcases the essence of Hale‘iwa’s history and scenic places. This sophisticated, yet vintage-inspired print includes the famous twin-span “Rainbow Bridge” that marks the entrance of Hale‘iwa Town, as well as hand-drawn pineapples, shave ice cones and surfboards.
Malibu Shirts is both an apparel merchant and a walk-through museum of vintage paraphernalia and photos taken in Hale‘iwa during the bygone years, with famous surfers and locals. Displays and exhibits hold restored North Shore surfing trophies and vintage logo t-shirts. Visitors may also browse through shirts and accessories printed with iconic logos such as Surfboards Hawai‘i, which was located on the site which the store lots sits, as well as the Pan Am logo shirt.
Beachwear, surfboards and skatewear can be found at Splash! and T&C Surf, both merchants with a full stock of popular swimwear brands for any local and visitor. T&C Surf’s unique interior design utilizes colorful surfboards to line the ceiling, and Splash! constructed an abstract and welcoming sun design radiating from the center of the store.
Hale‘iwa Store Lots offers a full dining experience, ranging from grab-and-go beach picnic fare at Whaler’s General Store and Hale‘iwa Fruit Stand, to family-style pupu and flavorful, eclectic American-Italian-Asian dishes at Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill. Find Hawaiian-inspired and fun, customizable burgers from Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. Island Vintage Coffee serves an impressive array of locally sourced coffee and honey. To satisfy cravings for Thai food, Rajanee Thai Hale‘iwa is known for their famous, authentic dishes and desserts.
The objective of the design of the courtyards was to make sure that they were “welcoming to chickens” which roam the site. The idea was that if the courtyards were open, relaxing and “felt like the country” to chickens, they would be appealing to people too!