Jim & Maria's 25th Hawaiian style

Our first stop was Hale'iwa, a charming community filled with cool shops, interesting boutiques and restaurants. Jim was excited to get excellent looks at some of the local birds up close and personal. We were immediately impressed with how nice everyone was, even the other tourists.

We returned almost every day to continue exploring new casual cuisine, tropical trinkets and sumptuous snacks.

Over the course of the week, we observed many surfers, mostly amateurs but also many pros that were participating in the Van's World Cup of Surfing. Unfortunately, the extremely windy conditions didn't allow for large waves until late in the week.

We stayed the entire week at the Turtle Bay Resort and made all of our day trips out from there. The resort was beautiful and the views were spectacular. We enjoyed Mai Tai's, Blue Hawaiians, PiƱa coladas and Strawberry Margaritas to drink as well as a nice Bleu Cheese Filet for dinner a couple of times. They had nightly entertainment by the pool which also looked out over the ocean.

On the second morning we set off to explore the area to the east and south of the resort and ended up in La'ie where we had breakfast in a little corner restaurant called the Hukilau Cafe. They are famous for their breakfasts and were referenced in the movie Fifty First Dates. I liked the food way better than Maria did. She couldn't get over the paper plates and plastic utensils. After breakfast we explored more of the area which includes BYU - Hawaii and the LDS Temple.

We decided one day to drive into Honolulu to see things that had been featured in Hawaii-Five-O since we are such aficionados. Unfortunately, it was quite a stormy day and we got drenched several times, adding to the memories! We got to visit the State Capitol, see the King Ha statue and the giant Santa and Mrs. Claus statues.

One of our stops had to be the Dole Plantation that we had heard so much about. Similar to our previous trips, the rain would come and go, making every event more memorable. We were impressed by the many colorful plants, flowers and birds there.

We went to the Waimea Valley Historical Nature Park on two days to enjoy the Farmer's Market on Thursday and to hike to the falls on Friday morning. Again, we were impressed with the plentiful flowers and birds.

On Friday we headed over to the Polynesian Cultural Center to participate in the luau and watch the show. The dinner was only mildly interesting :( but the show was more entertaining. We didn't have much time to really explore the center though.

And lastly, the bird that we saw over and over and over everywhere we went was the good old chicken! Here's a nice rooster strutting his stuff.

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