We were headed back to Hanauma Bay but it was full from all the damn tourists. So we drove on and promised to return later. We drove around the bend to Sandy Beach. I had seen this beach mentioned a variety of times as a popular and dangerous beach. I saw it on Obama’s list of favorite Hawaiian places too. Let’s check it out. What’s that I spy in the parking lot? Its a Wahoo’s truck. I am home.
To the water! I read on various sources that this beach is the number one source of back breaks and neck injuries in some capacity. Apparently, its because the surf breaks so close to shore and just throws you out onto the sand. But that wasn’t stopping people. Tons of folks out there. So let’s give it a try.
And then we started getting yelled at. The lifeguard started waving and calling for us. Took a minute to figure out its me. So then we swam in and came up on shore to talk to the guy. He kind of came at me hard about not reading the signs and not doing it right. He then chastised me for taking my young daughter out in that water telling me about the back breakers and what not. I tried to not get too defensive but extract more information about what I should be doing instead from him. Over there? More kick? He wasn’t forgiving or giving. He kind of left it like we had no business out there. OK? I left confused. Its never fun as an adult to get told that you are doing it wrong. I spent the rest of the time watching others in the water and trying to learn from my mistakes.
Sand buddy. She was making me cookies out of sand. Anytime I spend dedicated minutes with her I become her best friend. But she is quick to remind me that “I love mommy” as if we were cheating on her.
We went back over to Hanauma Bay to finish up the day. The water was rougher than before but I saw a bunch of new and much bigger fish today. No GoPro but I am sure you trust me. When I returned to the beach, there was a statue in my honor. I am so honored. I think.
Break time. What’s your problem?
Impromptu tan contest? Kayla vs. Brandon. Hmmm, its close. Not.
Since Kayla can’t snorkel yet, I took her on a personal tour of the reefs from the shoreline. We spotted about a dozen fish. That was good enough for both of us.