Surfers Coffee Bar before our first hike of the day. I had a delicious macadamia nut latte and acai bowl. What I absolutely loved about this place is that all of the people working there are volunteers; the bar is non-profit with proceeds going to local and global charities.
Ka‘ena Point Trail. What used to be a railroad track is now a great, scenic hike to the remote Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve. For this hike, we parked at the end of the road on the Mokule‘ia side and ventured along the sand dunes and limestone reefs.
Dole Plantation to grab a snack before continuing along the Kamehameha Highway. We didn't do any of the tours while we were there but instead just walked around the grounds. They have a great little area where you can see tons of different varieties of pineapples growing, learn about the history of the plantation and the Dole company, and even feed the ducks and fish. Inside their gift shop, you can buy anything under the sun that's pineapple, macadamia nut, or coffee-flavored. We went shopping crazy, and watched a fun demonstration and sample all about the correct way to cut a pineapple. We finished our trip to Dole (obviously) with a DoleWhip and a Dole float, and I didn't think it was possible, but they tasted even better than at Disney!
Matsumoto Shave Ice on our way to play Turtle Bay.
Seven Brothers at the Mill. This was another place we went back to on our golf day at Turtle Bay because the coconut macadamia nut shrimp was some of the best shrimp I've ever had. It was served on a bed of rice with this deliciously sweet sauce and a side salad. We also split a Paniolo (Cowboy) burger that had barbecue sauce, onion rings, grilled pineapple, and bacon on it. And what is a meal without dessert? We checked out Carolann's favorite shave ice place, Angel's, just down the road in Laie, and it was our favorite shave ice of the trip.
Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic Park was filmed!
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. We had gone from hiking at the Northwestern point of the island to the Southeasten point in one day. This steep, paved path was a vastly different hike than our first one of the day, which was much less inclined but much more rocky. The lighthouse at the top of the one mile trail was closed, but it was still more than worth the walk. There are informational and historical markers all the way up, and before you know it, you've gained 500 feet in elevation. The very first photo in this point was one of my favorite views from all of Oahu, looking North from lower of two lookout points at the summit.