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Jerry’s knows how to make pizza. It’s BYOB, so you can go across the street to the Brown Bottle and pick up some beer or a bottle of wine. — Hoku Haiku. 67-292 Goodale Ave., Waialua, (808) 637-8866. Photo courtesy of José Mandojana. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more about Hoku Haiku’s North Shore neighborhood in Oahu.
When driving to the North Shore of Oahu be sure to stop at the little fruit and vegetable stands peppered along the highway. Locals sell their seasonal fruit and vegetables at great prices AND they always have fresh coconuts to quench your thirst!
In the winter months Waimea Bay is a favorite surf destination and home to the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational competition. Eddie is a legendary Hawaiian surfer and the first lifeguard of the North Shore of Oahu. Eddie Would Go, T-shirts and bumper stickers abound, immortalizing the courage of this lifeguard that would swim out to rescue surfers when no one else would. The Eddie Aikau surfing tournament started in 1984, but in the 25 years running has only been held eight times due to the condition that waves been at least 20 feet high. We just happened to be there for lucky number eight as Waimea delivered an event of legendary proportions as waves of up to 50 feet rolled in for the 25th Anniversary. If you are in Hawaii...GO TO WAIMEA BAY! It is gorgeous, whether you're hanging out on the beach or hitting the waves. We hiked to a sacred burial site located just up the cliffs from Waimea while we were there.
You know that something is pretty spectacular when you are in the moment, experiencing an event or a place and you still can't believe your eyes. Every second you are acutely aware of how unique the moment is; the scenery, the tastes, the smells all interweave into a euphoric experience that heightens, and in some cases overloads, the senses. I took this picture off of the boat that my husband and I took to fulfill my lifelong dream of swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat in a non-obtrusive and ecologically respectful way. We went to Waialua, Oahu Hawaii as it is ranked among the five best places on the planet to do so. This was our view back at the island as we sped toward the surreal experience of my dream coming true. I feel lucky to live in an age where we have the ability to take snapshots of these spectacular moments and preserve them in a crude facsimile way. Every time I look at this picture it reminds me of that moment. It has become one of my counter balances to the "rainy days" of life. No matter how grim things are, how can I not be thankful for a life lived experiencing this?
It is not unusual to have sea turtles munching on algae near the shore break on the north shore beaches, especially at Mokuleia beach park. Look closely and you will see the head of one popping out of the water!
Hawaii is the only state in the United States with the right climate to grow and harvest cacao beans, yet there are few growers on the islands. Grown on Oahu's north shore, Waialua Estate is one of the few to harvest cacao from a single estate, grown exclusively on the island. Waialua also produces coffee on the original Dole Plantation, alternating harvests by the season. Hawaii's top chef Alan Wong has long been a champion of Waialua's chocolate, serving it in his gourmet "crunch bars" and upscale ice cream sandwiches for years. It's now available for purchase at various gourmet shops on Oahu, including Whole Foods. Check the website for occasional tour offerings and open house events. Photo by frikitiki/Flickr.
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