Sunny and wild, the waves were great
30.09.2011 - 30.09.2011 32 °C
Off to Kailua Bay today to take advantage of our Go Oahu cards. We picked up kayaks from Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks and headed off to the shore. They are close to the beach and come with a trailer and you just walk them over to the canal and put them in there. It is a short kayak to the beach where you have to pull them over a bit of sand and launch them into the waves. The surf was up today, but that just made it more fun. We headed to Mokolua Islands. We are only allowed to land on the big one and it is a rush. You head up the North side and surf onto shore avoiding the surfers who are enjoying the waves. Around the south side of the island is a natural swimming hole. It is not very big, but it is deep enough to jump in. Launching the kayaks was a challenge. Roger got a lull and away he went. My first try I wasn't fast enough and I was pushed back and had to wait until another lull in the waves. That time I was able to get seated and ready to paddle in time. The tide was going out so we were careful to come closer to shore around some reefs amd then out to Flat Island so name because it is.....flat. The shore birds are nesting and it is a nice little walk around the perimeter. Roger exclaimed excitedly. A turtle rose for air directly in front of him and he hit it. Oops. Back to shore we caught a few waves and as I landed the kayak dug into a wave rolling back to sea and flipped me. Wheeeee. We drifted down the canal a bit before packing things up and returning the kayaks.
We picked up bikes from the same location. People on Hawaii rarely wear helmets, but they do have them...only they were all m/l. They finally found a youth helmet that was small enough for me. The bikes have no gears and you have to back peddle to brake. Kind of freaky at first. There is a bike path through some very expensive homes with some beach accesses that we checked out. There were a number of Portuguese man o war at one.
We showered off ourselves and bikes, dried off a biIt and returned the bikes before putting on some dry clothes.
Next stop was the Windward Mall. I had a Groupon for the Gyu Koku restaurant. So first thing I noted was the Japanese tables were normal height not the low ones. The servers all kneel at the table when they talk to you and there is a grill in the middle of your table. We get to cook some of our dishes. Anyway the y start with the edameme and Gyu salad which aphasia a tasty miso dressing. then the cheese wontons followed by traditional Miso soup, then a packet of cheese and broccoli that we cook. The cheese dishes are American. Then the garlic shrimp, the Toto Beef Shio, the Filet Mignon and the Hirami Miso Skirt Steak come out with our rice and we cook al of these. Roger is e noting the BBQ so he does the cooking. To wind it up they take the grill off the BBQ and we have s'mores. LOL.
Home now after a long busy day!