Anahulu River is one of the longest watercourses on Oahu, making it a popular spot for kayaking and paddleboarding! Rent Tropical Rush SUP's or kayaks to explore this historic waterway! You will see many Hawaiian sea turtles and its something you don't want to miss! The river is very calm and perfect for anyone to paddle board, even first timers. You can also paddle under the Anahulu Bridge and go out to the ocean.
The Anahulu River (also called Anahulu Stream) is the longest watercourse on the island of O'ahu in the U.S. state of Hawai'i. It is 7.1 miles (11.4 km) long.
It is formed on the western side of the northern Koolau Range approximately 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Wahiawā by the confluence of Kawainui and Kawai'iki streams, both perennial. It flows west-northwest descending through Kawailoa Gulch, then empties into the eastern end of Waialua Bay at Hale'iwa.
Archaeological evidence indicates that the valley of the river near its mouth was the site of ancient Hawaiian villages. The river valley was abandoned but was later repopulated in the early 19th century, partly as the result of a policy by King Kamehameha I to grow food to support his military expeditions. The policy included the development of irrigated terraces. In 1832 U.S. Protestant missionaries John Emerson and his wife Ursula Sophia circumnavigated Oʻahu and put in at the mouth of the river. At the village of Hale'iwa [from hale (home) of the iwa (frigate bird)], they were welcomed by Chief Laʻanui and established the Liliuokalani Church in the village.
In the later 19th century the village of Haleʻiwa and the surrounding river valley became a popular summer vacation destination for the Hawaiian monarchs. The first hotel was built along the river by businessman Benjamin Dillingham, who also built Oahu railroad from Honolulu to the north shore in 1898. The railroad and hotel made the river valley a popular vacation spot.
Tropical Rush Surfing or SUP Lessons
Surf's up! No trip to the surfing capital of the world would be complete without a Surfing or Stand Up Paddling Lesson! Take an unforgettable adventure with one of our certified instructors to teach you the basics of surfing or stand up paddling. And you get a FREE shave ice with your lesson! Click on a thumbnail to view more information and to book online!
We have a wide variety of surfboards for rent and we also rent stand up paddle boards, kayaks, body boards, skim boards and snorkel equipment. We have great access to the river and ocean to go paddle boarding or kayaking. You will see lots of sea turtles on the river so make sure to check it out while you are visiting the North Shore! The best quality and prices for surfboard, SUP, or kayak rentals on the North Shore! And you get a FREE shave ice with your rental! Click on a thumbnail to view more information and to book online!