Day 57 - Haleiwa - North Shore Oahu (Hawaii)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

"Everybody go surfing, surfing in Hawaii" is the tune of the morning. This time it's Rich's turn to catch some waves. Rich's lesson has another seven people in it and we drive to a different beach from Emma's lesson yesterday as there are not enough waves at the first beach.
The drive between beaches gives Emma a chance to carry on the competitive banter. Rich lets his surfing do the talking!!

Laniakea Beach is just up the road and also beautiful. It's one of the beaches along the shore that we haven't been to so it's nice to go there. The lesson kicks off on the beach and then quickly out into the ocean. The conditions are much more difficult than Emma's lesson yesterday. It's a bit choppy, and the waves are shorter and less predictable. Much tougher from a photography point of view too for the surfers, the beach and light is beautiful so Emma gets distracted with that instead. Rich really enjoys his lesson and catches some good waves. Paddling backs after riding a wave is tough and soon Rich's arms and shoulders are crying out. Rich plays it cautious and misses standing on the first few waves but after a few pointers he gets there. A good lesson, and come away looking forward to more practice in the future. Watching a mum and her three kids aged about 7 - 12, all surfing big waves made us think of future family trips to the beach with Dylan and Taya.

Taya has her morning nap in the baby Bjorn whilst Dylan digs. He makes friends with a little four year old girl and gets bossed around whilst she creates a tea party using all Dylan's buckets and spades and has him running around fetching for her. She then decides she would like to dump sand in Dylan's hair in handfuls, Emma leaves him to work it out with her, "please don't do that on my head its not very kind". Bless him, he does the same to us given half the chance! It's funny hearing your own words come straight back out of your little people's mouths. One of the girls from Rich's class has had enough and comes back to the beach to watch. Heather is from Tennessee and just finished training to be a pre school teacher. She wonders if Emma would mind her playing with Dylan. Heck no! She was fabulous, burying his turtle, pear, and dinosaur and getting him to find them or point to where he thought they were. She then used the stacky cups to make sandcastles and asked Dylan to name the numbers on top. She thought he was nearly four!

Laniakea Beach is also known as turtle beach because at the far end of the beach the turtles can often be seen. Laniakea, Oahu, is apparently the best place in the world to see marine turtles up close. Hawaiian green turtles crawl ashore to bask. In most parts of the world sea turtles are shy, elusive, creatures, partly because humans have a history of hunting them.
In Hawaii, however, this has been changing for several years now. Hawaiian green turtles have become more and more accustomed to seeing humans who won't harm them and happily come ashore amid crowds of tourists and beach goers to bask. We head down to the far end of the beach and after a bit of a clamber over some rocks we see two turtles in a shallow rocky pool. Dylan also spots a lizard who puffs out his red throat, and Emma spots some big black crabs on the rocks.

Our lunch is from Ted's Bakery - crab and bacon sandwiches. It is, without doubt, the nicest sandwich ever, so yummy. Taya enjoys her crab sandwich too.

This afternoon we head back to the same beach for a swim and a hope of some more turtle spots. The water is lovely, and we stay in the sea for over an hour. Dylan plays with his body board, dragging it in and out of the water repeatedly. Then Emma pushes him on the waves into the shore where Rich catches him. Taya has a little go at standing on the board for a surf.

 Just along the beach there are a few turtles playing in the water with people watching both from the sand and in the water with them. Whilst we play they come over within inches of us, wow how amazing! They are really beautiful, and so big. One of 'our' turtles or honu in Hawaiian, then decides to head out onto the beach to soak up some rays. There are volunteers on the beach who pop a rope down and ask people not to go too close. So incredible that they happily come ashore with so many people around, an amazing sight. We tell Dylan the turtles are special because they are not something he is likely to see many times. We wonder if he thinks every year will be this full of new experiences, maybe it will! Rich and Emma take turns to swim over to the other turtles to get a closer look at the ones in the water. Magic.

Evening stroll with Rich and Dylan is down to Sharks Cove. There are a few showers this evening so Dylan is happy to chill in the rucksack while we go to see the sunset. Another amazing sunset. This time its obscured behind far away rain clouds, while Rich and Dylan shelter from a heavy outburst at the garage across the road for the beach. Dylan looks impressed as Rich produces a sun/rain canopy from the rucksack and pops it over him for the way home.

Fantastic day in amazing Hawaii.
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Grandma Lizzie XX on

Happy Hawaii in the heat!
Love the stories and photos today.
What a great day for the team.

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