Thursday, April 30, 2020

February 28, 2020 Goodbye Hawai'i, Hello O'ahu

We left the island of Hawai'i this morning and flew to the island of Oahu. Since we are in Honolulu we decided to eat lunch here. That's not the only reason. Last December Christy was in NYC, and while in Brooklyn stopped to say hello to our friends Joe & Fran. When Fran heard we were going to Honolulu, she said we should eat at her friend Robynne's place. So that why we are at Fete.
Robynne wasn't here today but her husband Chuck sat us at the Chef's table. We had a delicious lunch and enjoyed talking about food with Chef Emily.

Then we drove up to the North Shore to Haleiwa. We are staying at a house in a neighborhood just across the Kamehameha Highway from the beach. It is a 5-minute walk to this beach. 

It's hard to tell but way offshore the surfers are riding 30-40 foot waves.

We just walked around the beach to relax in the glorious sunshine
and trying to find a way into the water that didn't require walking on underwater rocks.

It felt so good to walk along the beach on another beautiful day.

Shooting into the sun usually makes for a bad photograph, but I liked how this one turned out. We walked back to the house and relaxed in our outdoor living room area...

...then we walked back to the beach to watch the sunset.

This dog was running free on the beach and every time a surfer came in he would run out to see if it was his owner. We had so much fun watching him looking for his owner. 

The dog seemed to know this young lady. When the dog's surfing owner finally came in, they all walked off together. 

Looking back on this day and knowing what has happened since we got back from Hawaii, I have a few thoughts. First, when we landed in Honolulu, the airport was completely empty except for the people on our plane. It was eerily quiet. I joked that since we spent the last seven days without a radio or a TV, maybe the zombie apocalypse happened and we didn't know about it. It was strange to walk through a huge airport and not see anyone in it. Second, we have all said how lucky we were to have been able to visit Hawaii and make it back home safely. This trip has made it a bit easier to handle the coronavirus lockdown. My last thought is how perfect it was to spend our second weekend in Hawaii just being beach bums for a few days. It was like a dream come true for me. Wait one more last thought...while driving past miles and miles of the Dole Company farmland, I asked what are they growing here? Everyone else in the car laughed and said pineapples. I thought pineapples grew on trees like coconuts. I had no idea the grow on the ground. So I learned something new today.

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