Hawaii: Day 3 and 4

Aloha! We’ve been home for a few days now.. Just wanted to finish up our recap from Hawaii. Here’s what I can remember from Day 3 and 4. 🙂

Day 3:  We mostly relaxed at the beach house. It’s 3 hours earlier than California time, so we were usually up at 5:30am. We’d enjoy the view of the surf outside our lanai, sip on coffee and chill for at least a couple of hours before we’d have breakfast and figure out what to do next.

We decided to check out our “secret spot” which is called Kawela Bay. (Yes, Adam & Adrianne: Same spot we discovered in 2005!) It’s just a few minutes down Kamehameha Highway, across the street from the fruit stands. When you see the fruit stands, you have to park across the street near a fence and walk to an opening where a dirt trail will lead you through a lush tunnel of Banyan trees. Big winding vines hang down. It felt like we were in a jungle. The curvy branches reached up to the sky and over to other trees, creating all kinds of shade. The sun peeked through and warmed us as we followed the path to paradise. This spot was once a film location for the show “Lost” among other TV and film projects. It’s a very secluded and gorgeous lagoon with gentle baby waves. This makes for a perfect place for kids to enjoy the water. (Unlike the pounding 20 footers at our beach house near Pipeline.) Marissa and Jessie were all laughs as they splashed around.

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Our stay at Kawela Bay was short. We packed up and headed for Turtle Bay, less than 5 minutes down the road. Another beautiful place, only more inhabited with tourists. The resort is lovely, with a golf course and many towers of condos and cottages. We found a place to have lunch overlooking the beach called Ola Restaurant. There we enjoyed salads, burgers, pasta and Mom and Dad had a cocktail. Blue Hawaii for Jim and a Banana Lava Flow for me. Yum! We didn’t go in the water at Turtle Bay. We planned on going back the next day for more beach time.

Blue Hawaii and a Banana Lava Flow at Ola

Blue Hawaii and a Banana Lava Flow at Ola

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort

Off to Ted’s Bakery to try their famous Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie. At least 4 friends who knew were were going to be in Hawaii including 2 locals suggested we try this pie. The place was packed with locals and tourists, lining up for food and delicious baked goods. I heard lots of Tagolog in there. (My family is from the Philippines.) Maybe that’s why I’m treated with warmth in Hawaii. It makes me giggle when I’m treated like a local. We picked up a couple of slices to go. I paid for them and said “Salamat” (thank you) to the nice Pinay at the register.

How did the chocolate pie taste?  Devine!!! It was chocolate heaven! So good. I’m just happy we only bought a couple of slices and not an entire pie.

Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie from Ted's Bakery

Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie from Ted’s Bakery

After our stop at Ted’s Bakery we hit the nearest surfboard rental place  for Jim. By the time we got back to the beach house the waves were big again. Jim waited for the right time to get out there. Meanwhile we relaxed and the kids played in the yard. They would disappear for hours, laying in the hammock or running in the grass. Marissa prepped the kitchen for her SugarNomsTV Hawaii Edition episode. She baked a beautiful Pineapple Upside Down Cake! She’ll post her video as soon as she finishes editing.

Marissa's Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Marissa’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Of course, Jim cooked a delicious dinner.

Steak and scallops with veggie kabobs.

Steak and scallops with veggie kabobs.

The evening ended with a beautiful sunset.

Sunset at North Shore

Sunset at North Shore

Day 4:  Back to Turtle Bay for some swimming! We brought a boogie board and a water noodle from the house and some sand toys. Marissa and Jim put on their snorkel gear and headed out for a swim. I stayed with Jessie.

Jessie had so much fun riding the waves on her water noodle. I floated on the boogie board and stayed close to her. The waves were small, but the current started to pull us further out. I didn’t have my glasses or contacts on. I was a little nervous about these dark images underneath us. I wasn’t sure if it was kelp or rocks. I hurt my foot as I tried to kick and steer us away. They were rocks – sharp rocks. Ouch! Soon after I cut my foot, Jessie was hit in the face by a wave and her water noodle was knocked away from her. *Cue mommy’s moment of panic*  She was treading water with no floatie. I pulled her onto my boogie board and managed to get away from the rocks by paddling with one hand. I was too afraid to kick after hitting my foot on the rocks. Jessie was crying because she wanted her noodle back. The current pulled it too far for us to grab it. I wanted to yell, “Wilson!” as the noodle drifted out, but Jessie was very sad and she wouldn’t get the joke.

It took a while, but the waves eventually pushed the water noodle to the other side of the bay and we were able to retrieve it in between some rocks. Whew, Jessie was happy again. 🙂

Off to explore the island in the Jeep and find a place to have lunch…

Exploring the island!

Exploring the island!

Our favorite town: Haleiwa!

Our favorite town: Haleiwa!

Jim took photos and shot video while I drove. The girls passed out in the Jeep. I looked back at them and thought, “Life’s rough for them.” 🙂 I was really craving some garlic shrimp, but held off because Jim was cooking up some scallops for dinner. Back to Haleiwa for lunch. Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican and margaritas? Why not! Everything was yummy. We had fish tacos, enchiladas, homemade chips and kickin’ salsa. Jim had a margarita and I had a mojito. We sure worked up an appetite from playing at the beach all day. Afterwards, we hit some of the cute shops after lunch. I really love the Haleiwa Shopping Plaza. Lots of cool surf shops, jewelry, gifts and restaurants there. The kids wanted more shave ice for dessert! This time we tried San Lorenzo. A little pricey. I think it’s because it’s the first shave ice you see when you first get to town. Next time I want to try Matsumoto. I don’t know how we missed it.

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I haven’t even shared any of Jim’s awesome wave shots yet! Here are a few… these were taken when we first arrived at North Shore, Day 1 and 2:

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We spent the rest of the day at the beach house. I did some laundry and we cleaned up the house. Jim got out twice! Once on the surfboard, and the other with his fins for some body whomping.

Jim getting ready to paddle out.

Jim getting ready to paddle out.

Marissa shot another episode of SugarNomsTV. This time she baked Mango Beach Cupcakes. This recipe and video will also be on her website soon.

Marissa's Mango Beach Cupcakes

Marissa’s Mango Beach Cupcakes

And.. another amazing dinner by Jim!

Lobster and crab legs!

Lobster and crab legs!

 

I can’t remember which night it was, but after the kids went to sleep Jim and I watched a couple of episodes of Dexter. When you pack DVDs for the kids, don’t forget grown up movies/shows. What an odd mix in our luggage: Harry Potter, Rise of the Guardians, Puss and Boots, Blue Crush, and Dexter Season 6.

I was really sad to leave the North Shore house, but looking forward to Waikiki Beach and staying at the Royal Hawaiian!

What a great house. Here are a few interior shots:

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For more info about the North Shore house, check my other blog post from Day 1 and 2.

Hope I can recall Day 5 and 6!

 

 

 

 

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