Surfers from Sun Up to Sun Down

Praying to the surfing Gods

Our morning started with a ride to Diamond Head Beach to make sunrise, even though it is only 1.3 miles from the house, we made the decision to late to walk.  The sun was rising and the surfers were catching waves. Great way to start the day.

We needed to run up to the North Shore today to go to Green World Coffee Farms to pick up more coffee and to stop in North Shore Soap Factory.  Our first stays on Oahu have been in the North Shore in Mokule’ia.  There is something about being in the country that brings us pure happiness.  As we descend down into Waialua, our smiles just grow.

I know when most people hear North Shore, it means going to Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline, but we avoid that area with all the people that go to watch the surfers.  Instead we went to some of our favorite beaches on the North Shore;  Mokule’ia Beach Park and Makaleha (256A) or the beach we call “horse beach”.

Mokule’ia Beaches are untamed and wild.


Why do we call the next place “horse beach”? Because the horse’s pasture line the beach access trail.

While here we settled in for a bit to watch the planes from Dillingham Air Field poop out people.

After the viewing we headed into Haleiwa to grab some lunch and see what has changed in two years.  We lunched at Kono’s. We really wanted a VJ’s burger, but the parking was insane, so we headed up the street. We’ve enjoyed Kono’s in the past, but this time it wasn’t as good as we remembered.


Our next stop was home via Honolulu Beerworks.  Needed to grab some beer swag before we headed home.  If you enjoy a good craft beer this is the place to go.  Parking sucks, but the beer is worth it.


We headed home to get a nap in for me before sunset.  Decided to watch the sunset from where we watched sunrise this morning.  Though this time we walked to Diamond Head Beach.  Good thing we did, parking was full with surfer vehicles.  Sunset wasn’t grand but the people watching was.  Watching the surfers bob up and down, looking for that wave was all the entertainment we needed.

The trade winds have died down tonight, the air is still and I wonder are they still surfing at this hour of darkness?

Day 10 – A day of variety

We discovered today that we had variety of things planned and unplanned that just fell into place.

It all began with an unplanned walk up a forest road.

P1050216We went two miles up and back down again.  The road actually goes up for 3.6 miles, one day we will do the entire trail.  Part of the trail borders farm land.  We had a watchful eye on us, a gentle cow.

P1050220Once the road starts going up the views are lovely, especially on the way down.

the road continues up there
the road continues up there

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After our exercise, we were famished and Mike made us an asparagus omelet.

omelet made with local ingredients.
omelet made with local ingredients.

After eating, the tide was out and everyone was snorkeling, we decided to join the fun.  The water was clear, little wave action and the fishes were colorful.

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Mike was lucky enough to see the nudibranch.

P1050240After the snorkel, our appetite awakened again. We set off to Kono’s for lunch in Haleiwa.  We had two great sandwiches and homemade POG.  We will be back for lunch and maybe a breakfast wrap before we leave.

We spent a lazy afternoon of napping and reading, should that surprise anyone?  We had a dinner date in the evening, so we wanted to have an easy going afternoon.

We were having dinner with our friends at Monkeypod in Ko’Olina.  Tasty dinner, but the  the drinks and their pie were might yummy.  We all agreed you could easily go for drinks and pie.  The musicians playing tonight were very talented and the volume wasn’t overbearing. We really had a nice evening out.



We had a day of variety; different animals, a hike that was a road walk, meals homemade and created by others, hanging with friends.  Another day of activities that we made beforehand and on the spur of the moment that all wove nicely together.  Can’t ask for much more.



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