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Explore North Shore Hawaii

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Exploring Hawaii

Exploring Hawaii

What is North Shore?

You’ve already been introduced to parts of the North Shore in Hawaii — Waimea Bay and Laniakea Beach. But what is the North Shore exactly? The North Shore is a laid-back beach town at the northernmost point of Oahu (see map below). Think gorgeous beautiful beaches, gigantic untamed waves, and professional surfing!

Location:

North Shore. Oahu. Hawaii. Hale’iwa is the most popular North Shore town.

North Shore Map, Hawaii

North Shore Map, Hawaii

Let’s explore the North Shore!

I love this picture. Peaceful, quietness, in the middle of nowhere.

I love this picture. Peaceful, quietness, in the middle of nowhere.

It wasn't sunny but gloomy and rainy.

It wasn’t sunny but gloomy and rainy.

There’s lots of food trucks and shaved ice here, so off we went to find Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck! Not for me, of course. πŸ˜‹

Where is Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck located?

Here’s a map. Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s go find that Shrimp Truck!

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck Map

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck Map

At Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck:

Found Giovanni's Shrimp Truck!

Found Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck!

A crowd of people.

A crowd of people.

Tables are available if you’re interested in dining here. FYI, it was busy, full, and packed!

The food. 12 shrimps and 2 scoops of rice.

The food. 12 shrimps and 2 scoops of rice.

Let’s explore North Shore some more!

That small town feel, but it's in Hawaii.

That small town feel, but it’s in Hawaii.

Shaved Ice Truck

Shaved Ice Truck

North Shore Marketplace

North Shore Marketplace

To the right: Surf Board Shop & Shaved Ice

To the right: Surf Board Shop & Shaved Ice

Seashell stand. Interesting...

Seashell stand. Interesting…

North Shore Surf Shop

North Shore Surf Shop

I’m feeling that laid-back beach, surfer atmosphere. It’s a whole different environment compared to the touristy Waikiki. I enjoyed my time here. Let’s come back when the sun is out. I want to feel the sunshine on my face on the North Shore. 🌞

Goodbye North Shore *waves*

Goodbye North Shore *waves*

North Shore, Hawaii. Soooo prettyyy!!

North Shore, Hawaii. Soooo prettyyy!!

Awesome place to be if you love being at the ocean, to surf, hangout with friends, and be chill. There’s nowhere else I would rather be than the North Shore in Hawaii. ❀ Have you been to the North Shore in Hawaii? How did you like it? What’s your favorite place and thing to do on the North Shore? 😊

Travel Tips:

  1. Small roads and small parking lots.
  2. About 1 hour drive from Waikiki.
  3. Rain or sunshine, it doesn’t matter. Visit North Shore anytime!
  4. Enjoy the laid-back beach life and appreciate its unique culture!

North Shore Adventures:

*Laniakea Beach Turtle Beach North Shore Hawaii*

*Waimea Bay North Shore Hawaii*

 

Hiking at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

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Hello there! πŸ™‚ After the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, I spent the day hiking a botanical garden in Hawaii called “Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.”

Here’s me, ready to go! Woohoo! I’m always up for a nice hike!

Hey. At the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden!

Hey. At the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden!

About Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden:

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden was designed to provide flood protection for the city of Kaneohe.Β This botanical garden features major tropical plants from all around the world. This includes India, Polynesia, Africa, Americas, Philippines, Malaysia, Melanesia. And of course, Hawaii. The botanical garden is surrounded by the Ko’olau Mountains.

What does Ho’omaluhia mean?

Ho’omaluhia means “Peaceful Refuge.”

Where is it located?Β 

In Kaneohe, Hawaii (see map below).

Where to park?

At the botanical gardens. You will see the parking lot as soon as you drive in. Lots of spaces when I was there.

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden Map

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden Map

Is there an admissions fee?

No.

Other activities are available (if you’re interested):

Guided tours/hikes, painting, camping, fishing.

Photos of the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Me and a humongous plant! Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Me and a humongous plant!

Me against the Ko'olau Mountains. Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Me against the Ko’olau Mountains.

Doing what we do best, explore! πŸ˜€

 

Have you visited the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden? How was it? I like the mountains. So magnificent! πŸ™‚

Travel Tips:

  1. Bring mosquito repellent (highly recommended!!!)
  2. Wear sunblock.
  3. Parking is free.
  4. This botanical garden is very spacious. You can walk or drive. It is better to walk, so you don’t miss out on the marvelous views!
  5. Botanical Garden Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed on New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
  6. Painting Hours: Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.
  7. Fishing Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  8. Camping Hours: Friday at 9:00 am – Monday at 4:00 pm.
  9. Don’t miss the Ho’omaluhia Resevoir!

Up Next:

The Byodo-In Temple in Hawaii

© Jennifer Nguyen