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Hawaii 2004-The North Shore and Beyond

Saturday, July 24, 2004 - Last full day in Hawaii and we took a drive to the North Shore first stopping at the Dole Plantation to do the world's largest human maze. It was dumb, a waste of five dollars, and of course we got lost. We quickly drove up the highway to the quintessential surf town of Haleiwa for shaved ice. My only regret was that we didn’t spend enough time here, but our excuse was that there were world class beaches to be experienced. We then proceeded to stop along Waimea Beach, Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline – world famous for monster waves during the winter months. Before Waimea (the Beach Boys immortalized this beach in their song “Surfing USA”) we found a little beach where we could swim with turtles.

Back on the windward side of Oahu we settled at Hauula Beach where there were no crowds, lots of sand and nothing but time to spend, a refreshing break from the maddening crowds at Waikiki. The North Shore is only about an hour from Waikiki, but a world apart. Too bad this would be our last full day on Oahu. Back at Waikiki in time for the sunset and last minute shopping at the international market. Time to head back home to another beach – my home of Newport Beach, CA. Mahalo to all who have joined us in our journey. Photos and text copyright by Sam Antonio. To purchase prints or to license an image please contact me at bircher@earthlink.net.