Saturday, September 22, 2012


I was on a mission to try out a Matsumoto's shaved ice because they were supposedly "the best on the island," so we headed out to the nearest one in Haleiwa.  
I tried a rainbow shaved ice, and it really was awesome. 

Next we stopped at Turtle beach to watch the turtles.

That lump in the middle of the picture is a turtle.  They were everywhere, getting tossed by the waves.  I couldn't tell if they were trying to make it to shore or what, but I felt a little sorry for them getting thrown, and jolted around on the rocks, and pushed back out to sea, just as they were almost to the shore.  It looked frustrating to me.

After that, we made our way down to Waimea Valley to hike to Waimea Falls.  It's a short walk to the falls, only about 3/4 of a mile, and all along the way it is sooooo beautiful.  On both sides of the trail are botanical gardens, and it's lush, and green, and exactly how I pictured Hawaii.

We made it!- the falls are in the background.

One last bridge to cross, and we were there.

The water was a little chilly, 70 degrees chilly, but Jaime and I decided to brave it, and go for a swim.

It looks like dirty water, but I learned the color comes from sediment from the lava rocks, so it really wasn't murky, or dirty at all.

We saw other people climbing up, and sitting on rocks under the falls, so we decided we wanted to do that too.  It was harder than it looked because the rocks were slippery and while trying to get a grasp on the rocks, I was being pelted in the face with cold water. . . so this was the best I could do. I know, lame, right?

Tara got this shot of our hubs doing a good job on camera duty. Ha!

For dinner we went to The Grass Skirt Grill, in Haleiwa, and it didn't disappoint. Pretty much everything we ate while we were in Hawaii was really good.

Brent's not normally a seafood eater (either am I), but he ventured out and usually ordered fish, and loved it.  
At The Grass Skirt he tried a fish called hebi, which was a white fish, and he really liked it. 
It makes me laugh that this beautiful dish was served on a paper plate (we found that a lot).  You've gotta love the laid back, anything goes, island attitude. I didn't see anything wrong with it.

Classic Hawaii town. (Haleiwa, Oahu).

We had a little friend who frequented our garage.  This little Gecko was usually there every time we were coming, or leaving the house.  In fact, these things were everywhere.

Relaxing back at the house on the lanai.

We ended our night with another breath taking sunset!

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