We have been fortunate the spend that last two days at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. We splurged to get the epic ocean view room.
We went to a new beach today. It was suppose to be family friendly, have great sand and be a fun place to boogy board.
Look at this postcard, it looks idyllic:
We received a few clues that the day was going to be a wild one when a Hawaiian boogy boarder screamed as a wave threw him into the air then the lifeguards came over the loud speaker reminding everyone that the current waters were unsafe for swimming, children and anyone inexperienced boogy boarding.
Checkout this photo I took of the bay and compare it to the postcard:
The boys stayed on the sand for the rest of the morning building a rescue boat and a command centre. They had a great time. I was the only one traumatized by the crazy surf!
Checkout this perfect little wave lapping up onto the beach:
Today, we went on a turtle hunt. The honu, or Hawaiian sea turtle, is the Hawaiian symbol of longevity, peace, good luck, humility, long life and the spirit within. I could use all of those things in my life. How about you?
We started off the morning at Turtle Beach, the unofficial name for Laniakea Beach, hoping to snorkel and see the turtles. No turtles and no snorkelling as the currents were too strong.
We headed north down the island to do some snorkelling in an incredible area at Pupukea Beach Park. We were able to see whales in the distance.
Tonight, we went to Haleiwa Beach Park to have a picnic dinner and what did we end up running into at the beach right beside the Haliewa Marina? Seven humongous turtles!
Turtle hunt was an unexpected success !
Expect the unexpected!
The boys wanted to surf this morning. Our friends here recommended Uncle Brian’s Sunset Suratt Surf Academy. These guys are the ‘goods’! Instructors with surfing running in their blood, hearts of a lion for their sport and patience of a good father for the students.
Our boys loved it! Not only did they get to learn to surf but God’s presence and mom’s love was all over this morning.
First the boys warned up and learned the technique on the beach:
We came home and realized that there were butterflies all over the house we are staying at.
Today, I feel gratitude for mornings like today watching my boys using the gifts given to them in God’s beautiful nature and feeling my mom’s presence.
Men building up boys.
If you know the coffee shop, Tim Horton’s, you will understand my pun on double double.
In the land of palm trees, pineapple and coconut peanut butter (oh ya!), we are soaking up a double double: Day two of double beach days!
Waialua Bay – Paddleboarding.