. : More Shopping in Haleiwa Town
In 1898, Ben Dillingham built a narrow gauge railroad and provided passenger service by train from Honolulu to Kahana Bay on the Windward side.
In 1899 he opened the Haleiwa Hotel -- a “luxury” 40 room hotel near the Haleiwa bridge, where Haleiwa Joe’s restaurant is today. It was the center of elegance and refinement in those days.
The train transported guests from Honolulu directly to the hotel’s front door. The half day train trip from Honolulu across the central plain of pineapple and sugar cane fields was considered long, so Haleiwa became a vacation getaway!
Jim’s parents spent their honeymoon at the Haleiwa Hotel in 1923. A plan is on the drawing board for a duplicate luxury 40 room hotel in Haleiwa. We hope this comes to pass -- the “olden days”.