14 Oct

Every Day is a Holiday

First, check out our current house guest:

His name is Happy and we’re watching him while his family is on vacation.

We are vacationing closer to home.

Dad’s home and, having grown up in California watching surf movies, the first thing he wanted to do was see the famed North Shore of Oahu. We went to Sunset Beach, and yes, the waves were really big — much bigger than when the kids and I were at Pupukea a month ago. I’m hoping we can go back in another month or two and see really, really big waves. No swimming though — they were big AND total shore breakers. So, after soaking up the fact that we are in Hawai’i, we went down the road to the historic town of Haleiwa and lay out towels under a palm tree in the shelter of Haleiwa Harbor. The beach here was pretty quiet because everyone else was riding the waves out on the point. Apparently the waves were gnarly today. Word was that they were better formed yesterday.

Since we were on the North Shore we HAD to introduce daddy to shave ice. Not for us, of course — for him, and science.

Today we tried Aoki‘s next door to Matsumoto’s. I think I like their shave ice better, but I’m not sure. The ice cream on the bottom wasn’t great, but the ice was fine and silky and the flavors were distinct. They didn’t have the “snow cap” topping which I wanted to try. Actually, I think the lady in front of Lowe’s at the shopping center a few miles from us has the best ice cream, and the largest shave ice for your money. Her syrups all taste the same though. In researching shave ice I came across references to Waiola, which is supposed to be great, so it looks like we have one more reason to go into Honolulu (for scientific comparison of course).

15 Sep


We hadn’t been to the beach in a few weekends, so we went to Pupukea Beach this morning to explore the tidepools.

The tide pools were OK, the rock clambering was great, and I just like saying “poo-poo-kay-ah.” Zavi impressed us with his knowledge of the various volcanic rocks. A’a is the really rough stuff (you can remember that because you’d probably say “ah, ah” or worse if you walked on it barefoot). The smoother rock is pahoehoe (pah-ho-ay-ho-ay?) which he likes much better.

Then, because we were on the North Shore, we went to Matsumoto’s (home of the original Shave Ice).

I went for Green Tea flavor this time (very refreshing).

And because commenter Sally M said I should, I went for the adzuki beans this time. I have to admit, the beans didn’t do much for me. They are nice and sweet, but still beany — which is weird with ice and ice cream. I am now on a mission to become a Shave Ice connoisseur. Our next quest will be to find the Dave’s closest to us and try the Shave Ice with Mochi balls. Zavi says he wants to try a bubble drink (so much so that he’s willing to go to the laundromat with me).

Next to Matsumoto’s is a cute little gift and housewares shop. I went in looking for plastic tumblers with 40s-style travel poster images or old C&H Sugar ads on them for a bit of retro Hawai’i kitsch on my lanai. They didn’t have any, but they did have a gorgeous book, Lei Aloha, that we came away with.

Which, of course, led to trying one of leis since we had the right plant in our yard.

Not bad for a first try!

I hope you had a nice Sunday too.