Looking for the aloha in life

Day 4 Waikiki and Haleiwa on the North Shore

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Another glorious weather day here on the island of Oahu! It was nice to wake up with no real plans but excited to see where the day will take us. First though, Dan had some finishing touches on his last calc assignment so he had to spend the morning in his books again. (While I wanted to get out, I did NOT complain. I mean, he was studying so…)

It gave me time to get a few things done as well, including yet another workout (I have started using the OpenFit App and it is my new favorite thing!!)

We decided to enjoy the beach below us on Waikiki but first stopped at a cute coffee shop that had delicious club sandwiches. While eating, we witnessed an older gentleman get caught for stealing some RipCurl swim trunks from the store next door. (Like, walked out carrying the wood hanger and everything!) It was quite the commotion and I am not sure who I felt more sorry for… the old man who clearly had some issues or the frustrated young sales woman coming after him!

We spent a couple hours on the busy beach relaxing right in front of a catamaran. This is the very spot that I thought I had lost him for good back in 2017, which I reminded him about multiple times because I was so scarred from the experience. 🙂 (Read about that here.)

We left Waikiki Beach around 1 in the afternoon and didn’t even bother to wash the sand off our feet before jumping in the car and heading up to Haleiwa which is an adorable town on the North Shore of Oahu. The hour long drive was totally worth seeing the waves crash on the very sloped beach and the experienced surfers handle these waves. Dan even tried to jump in and body surf a bit but didn’t last too long. This beach was big and gorgeous with views of the northwestern tip of the island and beautiful storms off in the distance. It’s famous for the gigantic waves that produce some of the best and most famous surfing competitions in the world. In fact, back in January, Dan witnessed some of the biggest waves in 20 years on this very beach.

By 5:45 we were both getting hungry so we travelled back toward town and got a perfect table under a tent at Haleiwa Joe’s, a local restaurant that turned into a gem of a find for us. Great service, fantastic food, and a gorgeous rainbow on one side and peaceful sunset on the other. It was such a fun way to end such a wonderful day.

Author: Angela

I'm a mom living in Texas trying to find the aloha spirit in everyday life with my husband and 2 teenagers. Until I can retire in Hawaii, I will continue to love good old fashioned walks with my dog, dabble in home decor, and pretend to play the ukulele. I am passionate about my family, music, and supporting other families, like ours, who have kids with Down Syndrome.

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