A couple of months ago, my family and I decided that we were going to go to a new beach every week. Needless to say, that idea has started to die down already, but we did get to see a few amazing beaches. My favorite beach was Iroquois Point (also known as Pu’uloa Beach) in Ewa Beach.
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This week was more rainy than usual, so I had to figure out something different to write about for this week’s blog – something that didn’t require the sun to be out. I mean, its not like I could go on a hike while it was raining. Then I wondered, “what do tourists do when it rains in Hawaii? They can’t just sit around in their hotel rooms, right?”
I decided that there were two possible options to deal with the rain: embrace it or avoid it.
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A few days ago, my family and I acted like tourists and travelled to the northeast side of Oahu, a part of the island almost completely unknown to us. We started at the sacred Valley of the Temples, where we saw the Byodo-In Temple, a small-scale replica of the original Byodo-In Temple in Japan that is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii, I had never been to the famous Aloha Stadium swap meet (flea market) until just a few days ago. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was definitely worth the experience.
After paying the entrance fee of $1 per person, we gained access to all of the booths surrounding the entire stadium. They sold all sorts of items (catered mostly to tourists) at surprisingly cheap prices! (Many of the booths sold 7 T-shirts for $20!)
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Have you ever dreamt about having a beach all to yourself? With only the sound of the waves echoing in your ears? And rare marine animals for only you to enjoy? Well, I’ve found a place that’s pretty much pulled right from your imagination. I’ve found a secret lagoon in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
With all the tourists that flock to Hawaii each year, it’s hard to find a beach that isn’t packed wall-to-wall with people, but just a few hundred feet from the tourist hotspot of Ko Olina on the west side of Oahu, there’s a small, undiscovered oasis.
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