Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mele Kalikimaka from O'ahu

Merry Christmas to all our friends and family!  We hope you are all safe and sound, enjoying the holiday weekend with your loved ones.

Being a northern hemisphere resident, and not normally in tropical locations on December 25th, today was full of firsts for me. I wore sunscreen today. And shorts.

Because it's a holiday, and the normal Honolulu traffic was non-existent, we took a drive up to Haleiwa on the North Shore of O'ahu. We passed the Dole Plantation (closed) and lots of pineapples. (Are pineapples grown in groves or orchards?) We made it up to the Haleiwa beach park with little to no traffic, and saw plenty of surfers out in the water.  It was a beautiful day, warm with a slight breeze.  It most definitely does not feel like Christmas.

There were two sets of surfers. The younger ones in closer to shore, and then the older ones out farther. I can't really tell, but I'd guess that the waves were about 12-15 feet.

We saw quite a few turtles out in the water, plus a few on the beach.

And yes, pay phones do still exist.

After leaving Haleiwa, we thought about heading towards Waimea, but the dreaded traffic appeared heading in that direction, so back home to Honolulu we went.  Where we will have pork tacos with homemade salsa for our Christmas dinner.  Another first for me!  
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