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We were definitely bummed to pack up and say goodbye to the North Shore rental house that hosted our vacation within a vacation. But we couldn’t stay blue for long with a full day of exploring on the way back in to Honolulu!

North Shore
North Shore

North Shore Oahu

North Shore
North Shore

Heading west, we made a stop in Waimea Bay with hopes of jumping off a famous rock and snorkeling in some beautiful tide pools. Unfortunately the waves were so rough we were left with only two activity options: watching the talented bodyboarders tear around the waves, and watching insanely attractive bodyboarders strut around the beach. Luckily both can be achieved simultaneously.

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

North Shore Oahu

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

Have I mentioned that Oahu seemed to have some of the most attractive people on the planet? I had read before arriving that Hawaii is the fourth healthiest state in the nation, but no one told me about how fine everyone would be! I suppose everyone has a very healthy and happy glow about them, and that combined with the mixing of Hawaii’s many ethnicities makes for a stunningly good looking population. Basically, single people: get yourself to Oahu.

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

On our way out we also made a quick stop at the scenic Waimea Valley. It was very beautiful from the road, though not quite beautiful enough to entice us to part with $13 each for an entrance fee, appearantly.

North Shore Oahu

We did meet this very bossy bird in the parking lot, however. He was pretty spectacular, as captured in these photos by Heather!

North Shore
North Shore

Passing back through Hale’iwa, we noticed a funky art gallery that we had somehow passed by before. Heather and I went nuts with our cameras for about ten minutes before spotting several threatening looking “No Photos!!!” signs. I have decided to post these photos anyway, because they are quite simply too beautiful and too evocative of Hawaii not to share.

North Shore
North Shore

North Shore Oahu

North Shore Oahu

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

North Shore Oahu

Our final stop for the day was one that elicited shrieks of joy from Heather, and eye rolls from Dave. We were at the Dole Pineapple Plantation, about to complete the world’s largest maze, as verified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2008.

Dole Pineapple Plantation

Dole Pineapple PlantationPhoto by Heather Holt

Dole Pineapple PlantationPhoto by Heather Holt

Dole Pineapple Plantation

With over 2.5 miles of pathways and eight secret stations to find, the average completion time is half an hour. Had we been feeling competitive, we could have tried to break the six minute record, but we decided to take our time and enjoy the experience.

And enjoy it we did.

Dole Pineapple PlantationPhoto by Heather Holt

Dole Pineapple PlantationPhotos above and below right by Heather Holt

North Shore
North Shore

By now of course you must know that this group of girls can turn anything into a photo shoot. Lucky for us, Dave is just about the best sport in the world.

North Shore
North Shore

Dole Pineapple Plantation

North Shore
North Shore
North Shore
North Shore

Between all the snapping cameras in there, we did in fact find time to locate all eight secret stations. We didn’t exactly break any records though — it took us about 45 minutes to complete the maze!

Dole Pineapple Plantation

Dole Pineapple Plantation

There is quite the reward at the end of all that hard work though. Soft serve pineapple ice cream! It’s no shave ice, but it is a pretty quintessentially Hawaiian dessert.

Dole Pineapple Plantation

As the sun set and we pulled back towards the city lights of Honolulu, I felt so grateful to have seen the other side of Oahu. I love Waikiki and Honolulu and pretty much every corner of Hawaii, but it’s undeniable — the North Shore has a special place in my heart.

North Shore OahuPhoto by Heather Holt

Which was your favorite stop of the road trip?

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8 Comments...
  • Elaine Burr - Gram E
    November 24 2012

    As usual, very illustrative posting. I sure have enjoyed them, Gram E

    • Alex
      November 24 2012

      Thanks Grandma! I appreciate it.

  • I’m obsessed with your Hawaii posts! I have to return there soon with Lucas. He is going to LOVE it!

    • Alex
      November 24 2012

      Aw, that is such a great compliment Andi! Thank you!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    November 25 2012

    Oh I’m sure you fit right in with the beautiful people of Oahu, you are looking GOOD girl! And so is that pineapple ice-cream OMG 🙂
    Sarah Somewhere recently posted..Using My Imagination in San Cristobal de las Casas

    • Alex
      November 25 2012

      Thanks Sarah! Your compliment makes up for my friends laughing at me while I did push-ups and crunches on the floor every night 🙂

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    November 25 2012

    I love all of these bright Hawaii photos. And I bought TBS by the way!
    Ashley of Ashley Abroad recently posted..Saturday Snapshot 8

    • Alex
      November 25 2012

      Glad to have you aboard the TBS train, Ashley! I’ll see you in the group!

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