Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
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We had the whole place to ourselves for most of the morning. We all had a great time chilling. Lucy and Dan absolutely loved the pool and spent 4 hours playing and swimming - proper little fish! They only stopped for lunch, which ended up being eaten very quickly so that they could get back in the pool as soon as possible!
By mid afternoon, Jeff and I had had enough and wanted to go and explore, so it was a case of tearing the children away amongst many complaints!
We drove further north down the coast to check out the beaches and the surf
The children loved the sand but did find it very frustrating to begin with, with the fact that they couldn't go in the ocean. The beach was steep and the waves were too powerful for two little children. Dan ended up enjoying throwing stones into the waves path and seeing if they would take the stones away. Lucy on the otherhand, was happy to play in the sand, while Jeff and I were happy to relax!
In the distance further up the beach we could see a jeep in the sand, it looked very much like it was stuck!! We ended up walking up to investigate further and yes it was extremely stuck! A loan Dutch tourist chap was trying to get it out. Jeff tried to help, trying lots of different tactics but to no avail. It was really sad to see just how many local youngsters drove past just to have a look and a laugh but were not willing to help :-( A local couple even stopped and said they would go for help.............never to be seen again. It seems that the same youth culture is happening all over the world. Eventually a lovely couple stopped who had lived on Oahu all their lives and luckily their neighbour was a recovery man, so they gave him a call
It really made me sad to think that the youngsters of the west coast are now giving a very different picture of Hawaii - a very sweeping generalisation, I know. It also saddened me to discover just how many people were living rough down this part of the coast..............why so many? It made me wonder whether the rest of the island would have changed for the worst so much. Perhaps that was why the beautiful hotel we were staying at was so quiet.
By the time the recovery man arrived and the jeep was pulled out of the sand it was nearly sunset. The tourist was very grateful for Jeff's help, but was not happy with the $175 the man wanted for getting it out - we thought it was pretty cheap under the circumstances - he could have charged anything. Certainly cheaper than having to pay for another car!! Throughout the whole event, he remained very calm and chilled - I would have been pacing up and down tearing my hair out! Jeff would have been calmer but still far more stressed than this guy!
We stayed on the beach to watch the sunset as well as the constant flow of pickups filled with kids who had heard on the grapevine about the jeep
The sunset was beautiful to watch - the sun set so quickly casting pinks, reds and oranges across the sky.
We had originally planned to go to the cinema, but because of the incident with the jeep that had to be put on hold for another day. We headed down the coast to find dinner - quite a nice restaurant called Outback. A chain restaurant but great food and a great waitress who knew how to look after tired children.
Afterwards we drove back to the hotel with two very exhausted children, luckily we got a lift back to the room by golf buggy, otherwise we would still be walking there now!