After not having a car for a week, it was bittersweet to return to some wheels. We made our way out of the city and towards the North Shore, where the surf is in season. However, we made the stop at the Dole Plantation. We drove by it before and skipped but this time we made the stop to get it off the checklist.
So its not much there. An overpriced train ride and a store. Tourist trap. However, they had a maze and with the claim that its the largest in the world I was game. I even let the kids go too.
Finding the boxes and then drawing in your stencil was a new one. I was flying around and cutting walls. Maybe.
Here was a picture of the whole maze I found that best shows it. Its big but I have been in bigger corn mazes in Colorado.
So we took a train ride out to see some pineapple fields. About 1/2 through they told us that pineapples were imported back when settlers arrived here from Mexico, they think. What? Pineapples are not native? Maybe this is obvious to some but I felt let down. Oh well. I guess they just grow here better than most places.
We moved to the coast where we drove in a bunch of traffic before setting in at Pupukea Beach. This is right across from the Foodland grocery so its easy to get food and hit the beach. Its also known as Shark’s Cove there and there is some good snorkeling.
In contrast to Hanauma Bay, this place is alive. Less fish but the coral is full of plant life. Ended up being a neat thing to see. And in the naturally protected reef, you can’t go wrong.
The big waves kept crashing and reminding you that you were tiny and if this wall wasn’t there, they would drag you out to sea.
Had what Kim proclaimed as the best dinner so far at Duke’s next to our hotel on the beach. Even had music.
Finally hit the room at 11 PM after a shopping trip with Sydney. Phew.