The North Shore

Trip Start Aug 20, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

After breakfast we took Freeway 2 up the centre of the island to the North Shore - the bit of Hawaii famous for the big waves...................OMG - how big were the waves??????

After driving through fields of Pineapples growing and giving the children and Jeff a lesson in the art of growing pineapples we stopped off in Haliewa for lunch (will check the spelling later!) and a quick spot of shopping.  What a laid back place and what great shops.  After the children had had such a good time with the diver's mask yesterday they convinced us to stop off at a diving shop.  Half an hour later we came out of the diving shop with diving masks for Lucy, Dan and Jeff, as well as fins and snorkels for Lucy and Dan - now just got to find a calm beach for them to try them out!  I also got to have a wander around some great art galleries while waiting for lunch to arrive - I just had to walk pretty quickly!

After lunch we drove up the coast to Pipeline to see the most amazing waves we have EVER seen.  They were ABSOLUTELY massive and crashed down on the beach with such force.  It was incredible to watch the surfers taking on the waves and riding through the centre of the pipeline.  There were young teenagers who rode them like pros, not so sure if we would want to let Dan loose at that age, but I suppose when you have been brought up with it, it is second nature.  Daniel was intrigued to watch surfers turning up on their bikes, holding their long boards by their sides!

Dan and Lucy stayed safely out of the way of the waves and enjoyed playing in a pool of water made by the extra large waves flooding over the top of the sand.  Dan got particularly excited when there was a large set of waves and the pool would fill up with cold water.  Great fun was had by all!

A dark cloud came over the sky and we had a few spots of heavy rain, so we ran back to the car to start the journey down the east coast, back towards Honolulu.  The journey was slow but fun, lots to see, but rather frustrating as by now the children wanted to try out their new kit.  Everywhere we looked, wasn't calm enough for kids with new snorkel gear.  We stopped off at the beach near China Man's Hat, with some amazing views of the mountains, but still no good safe beach for the kids.

We decided to head back to Honolulu and went downtown to Waikiki beach, by now the area was much quieter than it would have been earlier in the day.  We collected coffee and cake from Starbucks and then walked over to the kids breaker area of the beach, where the sea was lovely and calm.  It was lovely, watching the sun set, whilst watching the kids enthusiastically playing with their new gear, squealing when they found a stone!  Oh and eating chocolate brownies and drinking coffee :-)  Good times :-)

A family who were leaving in the morning also gave us a bugy board so the children had fun with that too.  We have decided to try and take it on our flight to Fiji in the morning.

After the sun had set and it was too dark to swim, we packed up all of our things and headed out for dinner and a final Hagen Daz icecream sundae before getting back to the room to put the kids to bed and pack.  An early start again in the morning.
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