The name Ehukai Beach is synonymous with the Banzai Pipeline in Oahu. The pipeline at Ehukai Beach is its most dominating and popular feature and is well known in the world of surfing. The pipeline is the North Shore tube, a surfing break that is literally shaped like a tube when it flies toward the shore. It was given its name by Bruce Brown, a 1950s surfing cinematographer who shouted, "Banzai!" while he was narrating Surf Safari, a film documenting the sport. Banzai Pipeline Hawaii is excellent for surfing yet quite the opposite for swimming. Gliding along the top of the wave breaks is ideal, but powerful and dangerous currents and tides make swimming and snorkeling hazardous at any time outside of spring and summer. For travelers looking for a beach more suited to swimming, both Waialua Bay and Waimea Bay are nearby and offer more attractions, swimming, and sightseeing.
The North Shore of Oahu is considered the Holy Grail of surfing. It just doesn't get any better anywhere else on the island or anywhere on Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island. Just west of Ehukai Beach Park is the pipeline at Ehukai Beach proper. This celebrated spot comprises a coral shelf and shallow water that combine with the force of the ocean, creating the famous tubular waves. Banzai Pipeline Hawaii is less than ten miles northeast of Haleiwa. It's part of the entire stretch of beach along the Kamehameha Highway, which also includes other parks such as Pupukea Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. Anyone hoping to get to Banzai Pipeline without rental cars can take a bus from Honolulu, near Diamond Head; a bus trip to Banzai Pipeline Hawaii takes about an hour each way. The best time to go for prime surfing conditions is between 8 and 10 am.