Sunday, February 8, 2015

Hawaii Happenings

* I forgot to post this post in January. Posting it now so I can post about our Olomana hike.

It is one of our goals to see more of Hawaii this year and we have already planned a trip to Kauai in May, which we are really excited for.

The morning before we flew to Utah we got up at 5:30 and drove to the North Shore to watch the big wave surf competition. It has been on our list of things to do since we moved to Hawaii. It was a lot of fun to be a part of the crowd and watch the brave surfers conquer massive waves.

We were there before large amounts of people cover the beach so we got to watch them set up. 
We sat on the beach for about 4 hours just watching the waves and the surfers. There was one set of waves that were too big (about 2 stories high) for the surfers to attempt to ride. The crashing sound of those huge waves are incredible. 

In front of the Volcum house.

 Early in the morning before crowds of people took over the beach. 

The Brazilian, ranked #1 in the world ended up winning the competition. 

We want to go to more surfing competitions. 

On New Year's day we decided to take a little drive along the eastern side of the island. Driving along that part of coastline is one of my all time favorite drives. It was a beautiful day and a great way to welcome 2015. 

We stopped at Chinaman's hat. 

 And this secluded beach. 

 And Laie point. 

For our Sunday hike this past week we wanted to hike to the Pali puka. Zach read that the hike was short but steep and steep it was. We did not make it to the puka because it was pure cliff and we got a little nervous. 
On our way down the mountain  Zach said he also read that there was a waterfall under the Pali highway so since we were already there and we did not complete our hike we decided to hike to the waterfall. We walked along the old Pali highway and under the current Pali highway to a little waterfall. But we enjoyed the walk and it was neat being the only ones on the trail until we hiked back. 

The ridge to the Pali puka

Another amazing view.

Hiking to the water fall. 

On the old Pali highway. 

Under the highway. 

We appreciated the signs that lead us to the falls. 

What a dinky waterfall. 

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