An 808 way of life


Haleiwa, O’ahu. Scenic, surf-oriented, sunny and so laid back. It speaks aloha.

haleiwa-hotelThe sleepy little town of Haleiwa is nestled comfortably along Oahu’s North Shore. And it feels like you’re in the country — as it’s a complete 180 from the crowds of Waikiki. Over 100 years ago – before Waikiki built its first hotel, visionary businessman Benjamin J. Dillingham opened Hawaii’s finest lodging on a small strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Anahulu River. He named the grand Victorian hotel Haleiwa which means the House of the Iwa – the frigate bird that, according to Dillingham, evoked the style he intended for the Haleiwa hotel. Back in the day, Haleiwa was set in the middle of nowheresville – literally. It was a day when no one worried about keeping the country country.  Dillingham’s plan was to lay down a railroad through which he could serve his sugar plantations between Honolulu and Waialua. Add in a grand hotel at the end of the line and BOOOM – we’re talking bank!

For many years, it was a leisure spot “out of town” that evolved into a community which adopted the name Haleiwa. The hotel is long gone – sadly – but it’s still a hopping place! A surfer’s delight I might add. Designated a Historic, Cultural and Scenic District in 1984, Haleiwa has maintained its simple charm and laid-back environment. This is definitely a boardshort and slippah kind of place.


The Nuʻuanu Pali lookout watches over the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountains

IMG_3978On Oahu’s Windward coast, the Nuʻuanu Pali lookout watches over the cliffs of the Ko’olau mountains. The Koʻolau Range is a name given to the fragmented remnant of the eastern or windward shield volcano of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972, and is truly one of the best viewpoints on Oahu to gaze out across the landscape. The Pali Pass provides panoramic vistas looking out toward Chinaman’s Hat and Kāneʻohe Bay. To clarify, Kāneʻohe Bay is the largest sheltered body of water in the main Hawaiian Islands. This reef-dominated embayment constitutes a significant scenic and recreational feature along the windward (northeast) coast of the Island of Oʻahu. The largest population center on Kāneʻohe Bay is the town of Kāneʻohe.

The Pali Pass claimed its spot in Hawaiian hsitory in 1795 when it become the site of a massacre where King Kamehameha defeated the island’s warriors by forcing them off the treacherous cliff top to their deaths. Suggestion: you’ll need a tripod or be able to grip the railing because it can get extremely windy — and consider another layer of clothing because it can be chilly. Aloha.

The McDonald’s of Haleiwa is located at 66-457 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712

First – find O’ahu. Then go to the North Shore. Go left at the sign that reads, “Hale’iwa.” mcdLook for the McDonald’s sign that isn’t a McDonald’s sign. Try the Spam McMuffin – it’s uber-tasty.

Hawai’i Kai.

February rolls in and we wondered what happened to January. Whew. It’s almost summer.

On the North Shore, they might call it winter – but the leaves look summer-like to me.

Monkey madness with Jojo reading his second Michener book.

got Poke?

Hawaiian Flag – flying in the proper position atop the pole.

Pearl Harbor: We will NEVER forget.

Hawai’i the citadel.

Pearl Harbor and William S. Cope.

Pearl Harbor: Japanese dive bomber replica.

Hawai’i, Pearl Harbor – the mandatory blackout affected more than the military base. It affected all of Hawai’i.

Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. Inside the Memorial it’s noticeably quiet. Beneath the water, voices of the past reach out and affirm the tragedy of December 7, 1941.

Pearl Harbor ignited a fire. America made sure it was extinguished. God bless America.

Pearl Harbor will be remembered. Forever.

Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i: external view while upon the Arizona Memorial. FREEDOM isn’t FREE.

Hawaiian roadways and the beautiful Norfolk pines.

Hawai’i – sometimes down the beach means even less people. Aloha!

Palms from the beach below Diamond Head.

Honolulu from Diamond Head. The other view.

O’ahu and the view looking toward Diamond Head. What a view.

Life is viewable from many dimensions. When people do or don’t do what we expect, it can be challenging to understand their motivations.What’s your perspective?

The lehua blossom represents Hawai’i, the Big Island. Known as ‘ohi’a lehua.

Hawaiian land markers. I look for them and they find me!

O’ahu – proof that the color of the Pacific originated in Hawai’i.

The Pacific Ocean is a unique Hawaiian blue.

More flowers near the beach – along the North Shore, O’ahu.

From the beach – near the greenway – on the North Shore.

Beautiful flowers on the North Shore – along the greenway.

Lush green and red colors near the shore. North Shore, O’ahu.

On the Arizona, the flag is changed every day. Below the surface, little has changed since December 7, 1941.

Queen of the National Cemetery of the Pacific: O’ahu’s most (yes, most) visited attraction.

Sunset on October 1st. Our Hawaiian music played while locals jammed to something else. Go figure.

October starts off with a celebration – every year. This was a great one! The steak is ahi (yes, that’s a CHUNK of ahi) and sweetie’s dinner was fish of somekind. It was awesome too.

Oops, friendly fire aimed at those who are not so friendly.

Once and a while, a gallery tells the story better than a single image.

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In spite of all (!) the people, traffic and congestion, Honolulu is still a lovely city; click to enlarge.

Snapshots that Cook missed.

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What you see is what you see. I see Pacific blue and an inviting space to live.

Dominating the skyline, Diamond Head reminds us that O’ahu is an island born from lava.