Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A change is as good as a rest.

To fly from Maui to Oahu is a long and exhausting 20 minute flight. Giampaolo required a moment of rest upon arrival to catch his breath and prepare himself for the craziness of Waikiki. When you live the simple life, the big smoke of Honolulu is a little like shopping at Costco; if you don’t have the mojo it will overwhelm you completely.

The Itai had the great idea of snorkeling at Waimea Bay to check out what’s underneath those monstrous winter swells. So we headed for the North Shore and took a little pit stop at Haleiwa for a coffee and to catch up on the latest news. It turns out King Kamehameha had lots of gay lovers and Guy Cruz was playing in town, who knew!

The sights under the water at Waimea Bay are amazing..see-the camera never lies! But I digress, we saw BIG beautiful tropical fish, schools drifting with the currents and a turtle that emerged like a mirage from the shallow waters of the shoreline rocks. Check out the little vid GP made with his trusty underwater gopro camera. The north shore is riddled with bays and coastline that are the stuff fantasies are made from. It’s definitely an island of sublime and ridiculous, can someone please explain to me how palm trees grow when their trunks are cemented into the sidewalk?

The heat pushed us onward and we picked up a $10 bag of delicious freshly smoked marlin that sustained us for the next few days. The winds of Kailua were a welcome respite from the heat and as always, people and their antics prove to be the cheapest entertainment of all. To be continued......


Lano said...

You paint a nice picture with your description of the Oahu bays, wish we had stopped and checked them out. Friends are coming to Maui and Oahu at Christmas time, prolly not a good time to be snorkelling at Waimia!

Cerebral Itch said...

Lovely, simply lovely.

Anonymous said...

I wanted that story to go on - you've left me all pouty needing to know the rest! What's the frozen fish doing in the picture (or do I need my eyes re-cataracting)?

You never, ever sit so upright when you are reading - little Miss Prim and Proper.
Mater x

Sharon said...

Hey Lano you're right about that. There's a plaque to Mark Foo at the beach that reads "To get the ultimate thrill you have to be willing to pay the ultimate price".

Mater: The frozen fish is actually a 2007 sandcastle. Look again. As for my posture, that has more to do with not wearing my glasses than anything else!

Thanks PC: I'm always left so damn speechless by your posts I don't even comment. Lame but true.

George said...

Your friend Cammer is a heck of a surfer. His underwater camera is awesome. You guys know how to have a good time. It has rained so much in Eastern Oklahoma this year that I think some of the kids have started surfing down the bar ditches along the expressways. I love your blog.