I remember my first winter surfing on the North Shore, it was so exciting! Waking up each morning to a horizon stacked with waves for days, it seemed a dream. Sunburnt skin and salty hair was the only price I paid, or so I thought. Not realizing it, I was falling in love, deeply in love with the ocean and her children, the waves. I was faithful to my love for many years. I traveled to Bali each summer for 5 years in a row to ward off the summer blues of no waves on the North Shore. (Note there are great beginner surf lesson waves in the summer on the North Shore) During the winter months, I faithfully rode Pipeline every time she broke. I slept like a baby and lived off of ramen noodles to save money. Life was simple, my only care was to surf. Sadly, as it can happen in love I was distracted. Politics called my name and I threw my heart and soul into the game. Campaigning is all-consuming; shaking hands, kissing babies, and posting yard signs soon caused me to forget to surf. […]
Shave Ice almost goes as well with the North Shore as surfing. Actually it’s a must-do after a surfing lesson, especially on a hot summer day. The North Shore Oahu is famous for its shave ice, especially Matsumoto’s Shave Ice, located in the Shops At Haleiwa. To find Matusmotos Shave Ice drive through the middle of Haleiwa town and look for the long line of people lined up in the courtyard of Haleiwa’s newest town center. If the line is too long just walk across the street to Aoki’s Shave Ice, which is just as good. If you’re a shave ice coinsure then head to Island X Hawaii in the old Waialua Sugar Mill for real fruit and natural flavors. So after a thirsty surf lesson check out my favorite shave ice shops on the North Shore.
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
Aloha General Store Hawaii’s Best Shaved Ice
Island X Hawaii Shave Ice
COVID-19 has forced me to slow down and appreciate the world around me in ways unexpected. The smell of the ocean air as the trade winds blow is fresher and cleaner than ever. The sky is a new shade of blue, which reflects on the ocean creating even more unique shades of blue. Mt. Kala looks crisper and greener than ever. Even the Sun seems to be smiling as she fuels the Earth from above. Mother Earth is winning, and I want to be on her team.
It feels like our mother has forced us to take a “time out,” giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity to reset our lives. During this “time out,” we are experiencing a cleaner world. The most dramatic improvement is the freshness of the air, especially here in Hawaii. Fresh air is vital to human health. The World Health Organization estimates that 3.9 million people die each year from air pollution. While COVID-19 could eventually kill millions before it’s over, sheltering in place has caused air quality to improve by over 50% in cities around the world. If sustained, this will save millions of lives every year. The overall quality of life […]