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Rise and Shine: North Shore

This is going to be sort of a diary entry because it was honestly one of the best day adventures I had ever gone on to date. It would be a lot more easier if you were already up in Hale’iwa, but were starting in Honolulu.

The Plan: Spend the whole day up at North Shore

How? Get up before the sun does!

beach just before Historic Hale'iwa
beach just before Historic Hale’iwa

My friend (Madge) and I had this day planned in advance because we knew there would be some logistics needing to taking into account. We wanted to hit up all the main beaches along the North Shore coast, we wanted to have time to explore Historic Hale’iwa, and find a place to eat… and we wanted to bring our bikes. So to break it down;

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We didn’t want to be weighted down during our bike ride along the shore so we kept our packing light. Phone, Wallet, Camera, Book, Towel, Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Spare shorts, Sweater, Water Bottle, Sandals. Done

We woke up very early (6am) for two main reasons.

Let's get out bike on!
Let’s get our bike on!

1) We wanted to give ourselves as much of the day up north as possible, we’ll sleep on the bus ride since its about 2 hour journey.

2) Were both bringing our bikes and generally the #52 bus only has rack space for two bikes so we didn’t want to chance some other biker ruining our chances of a seamless trip up north.

What we naively didn’t consider was the distance between Hale’iwa (where we got off the bus) and Pipeline beach, which I think helped us in terms of being “left in the dark” for the amount of distance we needed to cover. So the bike ride itself became a journey with no real end in sight… till we came upon the destination.

Along the way we stopped at a popular spot for turtles to lay their eggs and do their nesting…

Hey Missy!
Hey Missy!
Nesting Turtle
Nesting Turtle

Biked over the bridge at Waimea Bay and admired the amazing view from there.

Spring Break 2012 271

Some local fishermen on the pedestrian bridge
Some local fishermen on the pedestrian bridge
The rock is a really popular spot for youth to jump off of when tides rushing in.
The rock is a really popular spot for youth to jump off of when tides rushing in.
The quieter side of Waimea Bay
The quieter side of Waimea Bay
Biking in Beauty
Biking in Beauty

Biked through some beautiful trails with over-growth and arrived to our destination of Pipeline and admired the athleticism of surfers taking on those aggressive waves this beach is internationally known for… and tan.

Sometimes locals would bring their dogs down to the beach to chill out while they hit the surf, there doesn’t seem to be any rule in terms of whether or not a dog is allowed on the beach. It just better be very well behaved and trained. We hung out with this sweet fellow (in picture), Lab? He was just doing his own thing walking up and down the shore, taking breaks, being cooed at.

Owner was surfing
Owner was surfing
Chill af dog
Chill af dog

We spent a few hours on the beach just relaxing and enjoying ourselves, it was our first true experience of spring break in Hawaii since the previous years were spent traveling for competitions on the mainland.

Coolest chick on the beach, challenging the guys!
Coolest chick on the beach!
Look at her go! I swear she's probably only 14
Look at her go! I swear she’s probably only 14

This girl showed up during our time on the beach with this amazing bright pink printed paddle board. Those look to be her parental units (in the image) and they were carrying their own camera equipment to take some action shots of her on the waves. She did great considering, from what I can see, SUP’s aren’t the most welcome item on the waves. Majority wise, it was surfers who were on the ocean that day, but the waves weren’t too crazy that boogie boards and SUPs couldn’t handle them.

Always stretch before surf
Always stretch before surf

Madge and I got LOTS of SUN and SAND!

RUN!
RUN!
Brown goals
Brown goals

We stopped in Hale’iwa for a late lunch at Bob’s Pizza. Refreshing beer and crunchy salads were our desire. I did get jealous of Madge’s salad, it looked so delicious! Then to top it off! While we were enjoying our meal, right behind me was the guy I was crushin’ on hard having a meal with his lady…. yep. (Yes in the photo below on the right side in the white shirt with his back facing) A little bit of self-deprecation never hurts a sunny day.

Delicious Grub
Delicious Grub
I was jealous of her cesar salad
I was jealous of her cesar salad

Unfortunately, that’s where my photographing of the day ends (those below are courtesy of the internet). However I can say something about about this lovely spot. This historic part of Hale’iwa is a single long stretch of road, about a leisurely 20 minute walk with a variety of shops to meet any individuals need. They have the surfs shops, art galleries, eclectic style shops, street vendors, a couple non-touristy shops for those forgotten items needed for the day (ie. snacks), coffee shop, restaurants (Bob’s Pizza and Cholo’s Mexican are delicious), and Matsumoto. What’s Matsumoto? It’s that place everyone is willing to line up and wait because it’s worth it. They’ve been around since 1951 and I’m pretty sure they have some level of international recognition. To what scale? I’m not sure, but there’s always a line up for their shaved ice (it’s $2.50, why not?!?).

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Welcome
Welcome

Before you leave North Shore…one last stop you need to make… the highway sign! There is plenty of space for cars to pullover, that was done intentionally, so go ahead and have a personal photo shoot! Everyone else has. ALOHA!

Wet Your Whistle: Kona Brewing Company

Remember how I said I would tell you about some more spot along the southeast coast going towards Makapu’u? (Blog: Rise and Shine: Makapu’u) Well this place might distract you from hiking, but don’t let it! Wait. Wait till later in the afternoon, go for happy hour even.

Love Beer? Love Pizza? Love eating on a Marina? Love getting a beautiful sun over the ocean view? If you said yes to anyone of these than Kona Brewing Company will make you very happy and content. Located between Honolulu and Makapu’u in Hawaii Kai in the Koko Marine Center. (sorry that sounded like a contrived info commercial lol)

Entrance to restaurant is kind of in a corner
Entrance to restaurant is kind of in a corner
backside view of restaurant
backside view of restaurant

So a brief history; Started up in the early ’90s by a father and son team on the big island Hawai’i (yes: the state of Hawaii has an island called Hawaii, its fun!). They wanted to introduce a locally based brewery to reflect their image and love of Hawaii. And fun fact, the water mineral levels they use are set to match the water used in Hawaii. The Hawaii Kai location is its second restaurant running after the original in Kona. Oh, just remembered something else; for their bottled beer they give you Hawaiian words with translation on the bottom of the beer caps. They’re not big words, but fun all the same.

There is a beer for every taste bud (I’m between Longboard and Big Wave) and they offer the choice of a sampler (4-5 types) for only $9 I believe. They’re selection is varied from a pale ale to porter to red ale, plus seasonal brews. If you make it for happy hour you can easily be satisfied by their appy and beer prices ($3-$5 approx.). Even if you don’t make it for happy hour prices you’ll still get a good bang for your buck. The pizzas are filling and portion sizes aren’t small (3-4 people for 1 medium pizza will work). If that doesn’t make you loiter around long enough, there’s live music on weekends generally held 6-9. Oh my god!! Close your eyes…. imagine being in Hawaii… on the marine… gentle ocean breeze….sun is setting…. got a nice cold beer…. and there’s live music!

The Originator
The Originator
Logo for Big Wave beer
Logo for Big Wave beer
Like Power Rangers, except Beer
Like Power Rangers, except Beer

Has anyone ever watched the movie musical South Pacific circa 1958? The song called Bali Ha’i? There’s a verse in that song that feels so much what I’m thinking right now;

South Pacific Poster 1958
South Pacific Poster 1958

Bali Ha’i may call you,
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you’ll hear it call you:
“Come away…Come away.”

Bali Ha’i will whisper
On the wind of the sea:
“Here am I, your special island!
Come to me, come to me!”

They felt the Bali Ha'i
They felt the Bali Ha’i

except it’s Hawaii instead.

I’ll link below both the website for Kona Brewery Company and the Bali Ha’i song.

http://konabrewingco.com/

 (Bali Ha’i)

Mountain side view included
Mountain side view included

disclaimer: Again, these pictures I just web searched them so I could help with the visual imagery.

My Watering Hole

Back when I was living in Honolulu, Hawaii I would regularly check online for the best happy hours available in Waikiki. I was a student on a budget that still wanted to enjoy myself to the fullest with great company and drinks. I can’t quiet recollect what made me click on “Cha Cha Cha 2 Waikiki,” maybe I was feeling up to tequila for the night or just a Mexican themed place. It was off the main road parallel to Waikiki beach, right across from Ross, attached to a hotel. Wasn’t the biggest place, but enough space for a few outdoor patio tables to enjoy the evening breeze that everyone sings for by the end of a hot day on the beach, best of all? $12 pitchers!! beer, margarita, or sangria. Take your pick or get more than one or $4 just for an individual which was just as amazing. My first trip there was with my roommate and one of the best people you can ask for for a day of exploring doing everything and nothing as the same time, I’ll call her Sasha* in case she doesn’t want her name known.

Back to the story!

We approached the place unsure because of the umbrella’s covering the restaurant’s name plaque. When we saw that it was indeed our destination, we grabbed the best patio seats available (which isn’t much of a brag considering location wise) and were promptly served by our soon to be regular server Nicole*. We did start with individual drinks as we weren’t sure right away of what the drinks were going to taste like or the size of the glasses, which were a normal size not undersized. I got sangria, fruit pieces included (that was a big deal for us) and Sasha ordered a margarita. We were in heaven! We felt like such sophisticated well-traveled women for finding such a lovely place snacking on nachos and salsa, sipping on our drinks…our next drink came in a pitcher and I’ll proceed with that wonderful  cliché “the rest was history.” I felt so pleased to have found this establishment that would meet the needs for me and my friends. That year I’m pretty sure we went as least once a month and Nicole noticed as well because they’re would be those nights where you know she put a good word in to the bartender to make our drinks stronger than usual. We were sedated with complete consent! Did I mention Taco Tuesday had $1 beef tacos?? And a ridiculous list of 30+ type of tequilas?

These were the good times. Life was good. However I finished school, moved back to my hometown and Cha Cha Cha stayed in Hawaii. In the spring I returned to Hawaii to visit friends and enjoy a relaxing vacation on the beach and return to my watering hole… wait…. where’s Cha Cha Cha?!?! Where’s my delicious sangria?!? Closed? This can’t be happening?!?!….

Turns out their lease on the space was coming to an end and negotiations ended when a new lease contract couldn’t be agreed upon. I’m sorry such a great place had to go. I’ll treasure those nights and memories at Cha Cha Cha. I ❤ U

p.s. I do have a new watering hole, want to know?

Cheers!
Yummy Drinks!
My usual kinda meal at Cha Cha Cha 2 Waikiki
My usual kinda meal at Cha Cha Cha 2 Waikiki
Not enough Tequila?
Not enough Tequila?
Cheers!
Cheers!
not the most noticeable, but once you knew...
not the most noticeable, but once you knew…

I should make a disclaimer: Apart from the first photo, the others I just searched online as I never did well to remember to bring a camera. Just wanted to help give a nice visual of what I was talking about. Link of their fb page https://www.facebook.com/ChaChaChaWaikiki