In August 2010 we had a family reunion and were fortunate enough to all stay out near the world famous North Shore of Oahu. The rental house Hale Kimo was right on Sunset Beach-this side of the island is a great place for families to stay in the summer but in the winter the waves are huge and you definitely do not want your children in the water. We had direct access to the beach-saw a few weddings, surfing dogs and went hunting for crabs every night.
I don’t ever remember staying out on this side of the island before-we always stayed near Ala Moana and Waikiki area since that is where we tend to spend most of our time. The house we stayed in was a 2 story house with large wrap around porches and is wheelchair accessible but it was a little difficult trying to carry my son down the stairs to the beach but he preferred to sit on the porch or in the yard so it worked out great. This was before I found out that beach wheelchairs were available to rent. We did take all the kids to all the beaches around the Shark’s Cove area. It was an amazing opportunity for my large extended family to all stay in one location rather than ten different places. We really didn’t eat out due to the large number of people but we did fill several carts of food at Costco. You can see more of the photos I took in this post.
My husband, daughter and I had all gotten certified for scuba diving in preparation for this trip. We had a great boat ride out from Haleiwa habor to the dive site with my sister, her husband and my brother in law.
The dive master took us to the Turtle Carwash dive site (it got its name because the turtles swim through the area and the fish clean off their shells) PLEASE don’t touch the turtles as they are an endangered species and it is a federal offense! We saw a Frogfish, Spanish Dancer, turtles, octopus, moray eels and even a small shark. It was a great experience for me as I have been swimming and snorkeling their entire life.
We also went sailing, visited all the touristy places like the PCC and Pearl Harbor. One of the highlights of the trip was swimming with the dolphins at Sea Life Park. My son loves Sea Life Park and he loves dolphins. So what an amazing opportunity for him. The staff was so great about dealing with his wheelchair and he loved meeting Kaleo the dolphin.