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Hawaii (Day 6 Afternoon) – Laie Point & North Shore

The rest of this day was spent driving up and down the Kamehameha Highway (Hwy 83), specifically the famous North Shore portion.  We first visited the Laie Point State Wayside.  Late Point is located a bit hidden off the main road, so you will need to go through a neighborhood to get to it.  I have heard that it is a popular cliff jumping spot for the locals, but as the currents were very strong this day, we did not get to witness anyone performing the daring act.

The view here at the point is spectacular, though the main attraction would definitely be this small island with a big puka (hole) in the middle. The hole was punched out by a tsunami back in 1946 and thus set up this cool landmark.

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After leaving Laie point, we made a quick stop at a roadside shrimp truck for some yummy garlic shrimp, knocking off one of my wanna do’s in Oahu.  We’ve heard much about the popularity of these shrimp trucks by North Shore, and while they were indeed tasty, we did feel that they were too pricey though.

With a full tummy, we went to hang out at Sunset Beach to watch the waves.  We did not have the fortune to be able to witness the famous giant waves that usually happen in the winter months.  But the waves were still too powerful so the beach was technically closed.


(the lone surfer going out to catch some waves)


(they did get a whistle from the lifeguard on duty when they got too close to the water)

We lingered here for a while, simply enjoyed the moment.  Even though the waves were rough, but sitting there watching them had a surprising calming effect.

Continuing on heading east, we hit Shark’s Cove next.  This was an unplanned stop, but it turned out to be another great find.  After spending some time watching the waves hit and splashed up against these rock barriers, we hiked down on the rocks to get closer to the water.  The kids sure did get a good kick out of it!

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Finally we finished up the North Shore tour by visiting and consuming some of those famous Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa.  You can choose any 3 combination of flavors in your bowl of shaved ice.  I know they are really just flavored ice, but it was still yummy and fun to try out some exotic flavors such as guava and mango!

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