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Hiking in Mokuleia hills
This is a very nice place to visit ... you can find a lot of hiking trails leading from this airport,.... I hung around here for some sailplane rides and lessons and there were a lot of hiking and cross country motor trails..... do pay attention to the radar facility on top of that ridge!
This is the area where they filmed the "LOST" Series!
Directions: There are two ways to reach this trail.
1. This route requires a four-wheel drive and a permit to gain access through the Kaena Point Tracking Station. Downloadable Hiking Permit: from the park website
From the Waianae side of O`ahu: Drive towards Kaena Point on Farrington Highway until you reach Yokohama. Turn right and check in with your permit at the security guard station. Travel on the Kuoakala Access Road until you get to a paved road. Turn left until you get to the forest reserve gate. Prior to the gate, there is a road that turns right and is adjacent to the Peacock Flats camping area. This road also leads to the Mokuleia Trailhead.
2. From Mokuleia: You may also access the Mokuleia Trail on foot or with a mountain bike, via the Mokuleia Access Road. Mokuleia Access Road is closed to private vehicles. Head ewa on H-1 and take the H-2 exit, heading towards Wahiawa and Haleiwa. As the freeway ends at Schofield Barracks, continue on Route 99 north, bypassing Wahiawa. When the road forks, continue on the left forks towards Waialua (which is still Wilikina Dr. but now becomes Rte. 803). At the flashing yellow light, continue straight on Farrington Highway (Rte. 930). Continue on Farrington Highway, through the rotary, and through Mokuleia. The Mokuleia Access Road will be on your left, gated, and lined by Coconut trees. Park at the gate and continue on foot or bike through the gates up the road. At the top of the hill you come to another gate. The Mokuleia Trail is to the left down the side road, past the Peacock Flats camping area..
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Waimea Bay Beach Park--A Jump Off Point
Since snorkeling was said to be excellent at Waimea Beach, we added it to our list and arrived on a Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m.*
We found the waves to be gentle on our summer visit to Waimea Bay, but in the winter they often swell to 20-40 feet.
An enormous rock at waters edge provided limitless entertainment for our grandson and other young people. Although marked NO JUMPING, many were propelling themselves off the top and sides of this behemoth. This is known as a popular diving spot, but we kept a wary eye on things.
There was a changing room and restrooms, but no snack shop. Little shade was available here, so wear lots of sunblock.
The water was a lovely green-blue and the bottom was sandy. Be aware that the ground dropped close to shore. I baked in the sun, but it was a fantastic site for swimming and enjoying the Pacific! We spent three lazy hours at Waimea Bay.
*Once again we read that visitor's must arrive early, but at 10:45 a.m. we were able to find off road parking up from the beach entrance.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Family Travel
Go to Waimea Bay
One of the best beaches on Oahu is at Waimea Bay on the North Shore. It is surrounded by hills and full of deep, golden sand. In the summer, it's also a great place to swim, but -- beware -- in the winter the surf can be mighty rough. In fact, this is a great place to watch the monster waves of winter roll in. In fact, the surf here is often high enough for those premier big wave surfing events -- the Quicksilver or the Eddie.
Riding the North Shore
If you're visiting the island of Oahu, make sure you do rent a vehicle and drive out of the city. Being three days out of the hospital, I finally felt the need to see the island and was alright for driving around...some. We took H-1 east towards Diamond Head, then the road becomes smaller, and the views greater. Expect to be driving slow. Expect traffic. Just go with the Aloha mana and enjoy the view. You'll come arounf the eastern side of the island, along the north shore, and every bend offers another ahhhh. It's incredibly beautiful and better for surfing. You'll come across a number of little towns dedicated to the art.
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North Shore - my favorite place
U guys, If you go to Oahu, the absolute must see is the North Shore. I dare say that that is the nicest part of the island where all the surfers come. There is pleanty to see and do ie surfing, art galleries, fresh shimp, nice stores, shaved ice etc. this area is populated but not as much as Honolulu so there is "air" for everyone... my favorite side of the island!
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Melts In Your Mouth...
If you are on the North Shore of Oahu and visiting Haliewa town, then you need to pay a visit to M. Matsumoto Grocery Store/Shave ice.
Here u will find the home of the best shave ice in the World. Dont believe me, you have to try it. They sell over 1000 snow cones on a avcerage day. The line is always out the door and its been that way for about 54 years.
It only cost u on average $2 for a large cone. You can also buy dozens of different M. Matsumoto shave ice shirts. Thats right, shirts! They sell more shirts then gap.
The next time you are up the North Shore of Oahu, pay a visit to Matsumotos...
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Horse Riding and more at Kualoa Ranch
While at the North Shore, we were hoping to see a little of Kualoa Ranch. As we left the highway and drove up the long driveway, the setting gripped us--the ranch snuggled against a tall mountain range, which was etched with greenery and topped with clouds.
However, disappointment met us at the door because the ranch was closed.
Kualoa Ranch offers horseback riding, so it was no surprise to see a number of horses grazing in a pasture area. The one hour tour costs $59.00 and departs at 8am; the two hour tour costs $89.00-- kids must be at least 10 years old; weight limit under 230 pounds.
There is also a tour to the northern end of the ranch where movies such as Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, You, Me & Dupree, 50 First Dates and Lost were filmed. Other full and half day adventure tours/prices can be seen on the ranch's website below.
The ranch also offers ATV rentals for those 16 years of age and up: one hour rental is $59.00, two hours $89.00.
(pic #2)The remains of a former sugar mill from the Civil War sits at the entrance to Kualoa Ranch. Across the roadway, the Pacific laps at the shoreline and a rock formation known as Chinaman's Hat rises from the waves.
- Horse Riding
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
Pupukea Beach Park
At Pupukea, there is a state park where the surf in the winter is gorgeous. In the summer, one can snorkel in this old quarry. It is a great place for a picnic since there is a grassy area, restroom facilities, parking. Across the street is a Foodland where one can pick up all kinds of picnic supplies. Locals also call this place Shark's Cove for no particular reason.
Watch the surfers at Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is one of the favorite surfer spots on the North Shore. During the winter months, waves as high as 35 feet can occur. Of course, when it gets that high, most surfers won't go out but then big wave surfers from around the world converge on the North Shore. One of the most famous big wave surfers was Eddie Aikau, a fearless local who won several contests here in the 1970's and the "Eddie" that is referred to on the "Eddie Would Go" bumperstickers you're likely to see on pickup trucks parked at Sunset Beach (see my Local Customs Tip for more info on Eddie).
Sunset Beach has great sand and a deep slope that forms almost a stadium bowl -- ideal for watching the big wave riders. In the summer, amazingly, the ocean can be as smooth as glass. On those days, Sunset Beach is for the swimmers and snorklers.
- Water Sports
Aoki's - Best Shaved Ice on Oahu
Going to Hawaii and not having shave ice is like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. The North Shore is famous for their shave ice - Matsumoto's General Store especially. It's a stop off on the Island Tours, so the line if often very long. If this happens to you - look west and walk a block down to Aoki's. I tried both places (many times) and I agree with the locals - Aoki's is better. If you're daring, try the Li Hing Mui with a grape/ orange combo. It's divine. I bought some Li Hing Mui spice at Aoki's so I could try to make my favorite shave ice flavor here in MN. I might just use snow. Blue is traditionally pineapple. The Rainbow and Volcano are good to start off with - then try to make your own combo. Order a catcher for an extra .25 (total shouldn't be more than $2, so don't pay $4 in Waikiki!) unless you want to wear your cone.
Try the Azuki beans in the bottom of your cone, if you like refried beans. They're sweeter, but the same texture. I like them, but then again - I love poi.
Waimea Bay, North Shore
Ah, the North Shore. Enjoy a quick trip to Haleiwa to pick up some food at Cholo's and a shaved ice and head to Waimea Bay. The waves are always cranking in the winter and someone is always whiping out/losing a swimsuit/eating sand. The waves can get so big here that people are sometimes restricted to hanging out behind the lifeguard stand. If you look at the picture of where we were on the beach - you can see how huge those waves get and we're still 40 feet from the water! Check the surf report here: http://www.surf-news.com/ and also read the warnings section I have posted.
Out of the big wave beaches, along the north shore of Oahu, Sunset beach has to be a favorite to visitors for its wide open spaces. With a beach stretching nearly 2 miles long, it is the biggest beach on the North shore.
Because of its wide open spaces, during sunset you can get great shots from the beach. Its curvey shoreline plays tricks with the light from the setting sun, throwing in beautiful shadows that seem to add a whole different dimension to the landscape.
Sunset beach is also known for its big surf, in the deep water, far off its shore. Because the waves break so deep and far out, surfers can get some of the longest rides, which the beach is famous for. Sunset beach is one of the three stops on the Triple Crown Tour. The worlds biggest surfing competition.
A great beach to see some of the worlds most awesome waves during the winter, and during the summer, its calm waters make for great swimming. Make sure you keep an eye out for sgns warning about rip tides.
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Matsumoto's and "shave ice"
In Hawai'i, "shave ice" is what people call what mainlanders refer to as "snow cones". People looooove shave ice and since it is a tropical climate, you can enjoy it year round. Matsumoto's is the most famous shave ice joint around. Locals and tourists alike flock there to grab a shave ice with their favorite syrup on top (go for the li hing mui!!). Be forewarned though. The lines are LONG in the middle of the day.
Oahu's most famous stretch of shoreline, has to be the North shore. Known for its gigantic waves, that pound its beaches during the winter months, the North Shore of Oahu is a must see for any one visiting the islands.
Driving along Kamehameha Highway, starting from Haleiwa town, you will first come across Haleiwa Beach. This beach is the first beach in the "Triple Crown Surf Comp". The Worlds biggest surfing competition, where surfers surf three of the North Shores beaches.
Next down the coast is Waimea Bay. Home of the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. A big wave surfing contest, where the best in the world, take on waves 20ft or higher, in memory of the great surfing legend Eddie Aikau.
Next up is Pipeline. One of the worlds most Dangerous breaks, because of the reef just inches below the waters surface, that awaits the surfers above. Many Surfers have lost their lifes on this beach, and this is another stop on the Triple Crown Surf Comp.
Last but not least of the North Shore Beaches, is Sunset. The 3rd stop on the Triple Crown Tour. A beautiful beach, known for its deep and long breaks.
Remember that these beaches, only peak during winter months. Come summer, its flat and calm, and make for great swimming.
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Northshore Market Place
This little marketplace has little shops selling a wide variety of goodies. There is a Quicksilver here, a coffee cafe that occasionally have free internet--yeah! When I went, they have free internet that week...so I just sat there and use it for half an hour!
There's also a store that sell custom made swim suit.
Bus 52 will get you there. These buses come about every half an hour, so you can hang around this marketplace for about an hour...there are some nice little restaurants here as well, and then hop on the next bus to save you a walk to Haleiwa Alii Beach Park.
But instead of hopping onto the bus, I decided to walk to the beach, and was rewarded by the nice little shops along the way. And don't forget to try shave ice at any one of those roadside stores, cuz they are known to be the BEST!
This is a quiet little place to rest away from the crowds in Waikiki.
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