The many faces of Hawaii are absolutely incredible.
Maybe I’m jaded, or naïve but I was expecting beach and mountain. That’s about it.
On Friday we drove into Honolulu and grabbed some lunch at Helena’s Hawaiian. I am not one to try new foods, I am super picky and they make me nervous but Friday, I figured, why not? We were with another couple who’s vehicle had just arrived and we went them to pick it up and then we rented a car so we could have some wheels for the weekend. We were all starving and had no where to go so I opened up my Yelp app and picked a top rated place nearby called Helena’s Hawaiian.
I had the short ribs, and they were amazing. Wes tried some raw tuna that he said was really good, but grabbed an order of the short ribs to go. We also tried Poi and Haupia. I’m glad I tried them both, but I will be fine with never eating Poi again. As for the Haupia, I am not a huge coconut fan but I would eat it again.
Poi is: A Hawaiian dish made from the fermented root of the taro, baked and pounded to a paste.
Haupia: Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaii,
After lunch we drove East and hugged the coast on our way back to KBay and stopped at some really cool places along the way. First we hit up the Spitting Caves. There was an access road in a residential neighborhood so we got to check out some amazing houses too.
The cave is really cool. As the water rushes in when the waves crash it builds up pressure and the cave blows the water back out, it was really cool to see. Plus there was a great view all around. You can see in the photo the burst of water starting come out.
We also stopped at the Makapu‘u Beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. It was gorgeous, the view on our way down to it was phenomenal and the beach itself was breath taking.
We saw a Sea Life Park we will definitely been checking out sooner rather than later.
On Saturday we cruised from Kaneohe Bay, through the center of the island to the North Shore then back down the coast on the windward side.
Just our view heading West on H-3 is absolutely amazing. We still look at each and say, how the hell did we get here? I can’t believe we moved here…for work. It’s just so crazy!
It was absolutely incredible. From gorgeous impossibly steep mountains to beautiful greenery with insanely huge Banyan Trees to desolate farms and low hills covered in dry brush, it was amazing.
We blew right past the Dole Plantation (to be visited at a later date) and headed towards the North Shore.
We checked out Sharks Cove where they supposedly have some awesome snorkeling. Definitely not a beach-beach at all, it’s far too rocky but the water was really clear and just by standing on some rocks near the water you could see pretty clearly around you there would be some cool wildlife to check out.
Then we headed further North/East to Eukahi Beach Park which is right between the Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach. The waves were insane and the beaches were very pretty. We were surprised that there weren’t a whole lot of people out and about, we thought for a Saturday it would be totally packed, and were very grateful it wasn’t.
After that we hit up a shrimp truck to get Wes some fresh shrimp and to get me some fresh pineapple. We both left happy campers…minus the fact my tongue really hurts after about three pieces of pineapple. I had about 6….
As we wound our back to K-Bay I SWEAR we must have driven by where they filmed part of Lost, or at least where they got some of the background and scenery from it. That was near Kahana Valley State Park ( I think) so we will have to go back and investigate…plus I’m going to go and start googling. I have a sudden urge to rewatch Lost, but I know it would just make me crazy and angry with all those unanswered questions.
We mostly just cruised around to check some stuff out but we made a little list of must do’s later: the Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, surfing at Sunset Beach, Turtle Bay Resort, the Polynesian Culture Center and Valley of the Temples.
We’re still trying to beat the jet lag so Sunday we plan on hitting a beach on base and relaxing, then we are headed to a Luau on Sunday night. I absolutely love it here, and I can’t believe we got this lucky!