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We've Made it to the Homeland; Oahu and Hilo (part1)

As a Christmas present to my beautiful ladies (and myself) we are on our way to a sixteen day visit to Hawaii. Eight days in Oahu to show my daughter where I grew up and eight days in Hilo, where my wife lived. After a fiasco of not being allowed on our plane, rebooking flights, rental cars, shuttle busses, and many airports, we are sat in first class for our long flight to the homeland. I know airplane food is not amazing, but on the way to Hawaii, it wasn't bad either, it was actually pretty great, with three courses and booze that flowed freely.
After we get to our spot on Sunset Beach on the north shore, it's 1 am so we can hear crashing waves, but it's too dark to see what our bungalow had in store for us. Awakened by Maina birds and geckos I can't sleep so I take a long walk on the beach to Banzai Pipeline as the sun rose. After the sun came up I find that our bungalow is a house on stilts with a private deck and a huge patio underneath and after counting, 10 steps until my feet hit the sand of Ke Iki Beach!
Anyway, let's eat something! Eliana awakens and we take a 2 minute drive to pick up a nice local breakfast, spam musubi bitches!! Who needs bottled water when there's all this goodness in a coconut?
When I lived in Hawaii we used to have BBQ party days the beach where the "uncles", moms and dads would spend the day cooking while us kids found ways to make them worry. Well on day 2 I was lucky to have some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles come over to our north shore spot and spend the day doing it how we do... Local style. We spent the day chilling and eating as much as possible, reliving hilarious stories, a jaunt to sharks cove, a quick paddle board session before certain cousins were terrified of the color of deep water, and then a bit more eating. Super big thanks to Dawn and Noel for setting up and prepping a feast, Tracy for cooking all the food, and all the family for making it out to the North Shore.

Haleiwa Joe's is an obvious tourist restaurant in old town Haleiwa, but I wanted to bear the swarm of bright aloha shirts and dresses donned by the servers to see if the food is worth it. The appetizer list made my mouth water, so we knocked three off the list, kalua pig stuffed lumpia, fried crab rolls, and kal bi short ribs, topped off with a REAL Mai tai. Ok, tourist fix is handled, then we all get down on some Lilikoi cheesecake ice cream.

A new day begins at the crack of dawn and I'm greeted by a rainbow outside our bungalow. The same rainbow ended up greeting my morning three days in a row.

I'm taking the girls out on a drive around the island today to show them the sights around the coast. A stop at a shrimp spot in Kahuku is imperative! We decide on "Romy's" which has been open since 1978 and is located at the shrimp farm.

We knew we were in for some goodness when the place was filled with my fellow Filipinos and the wait right when it opened was half an hour. I felt bad for the swarm of locals that arrived as we were eating, as their wait was an hour and a half. I opted for the standard garlic and my wife, with the garlic aversion got the steamed ones with butter to dip. Take a look at this goodness and decide if it was worth the wait!

Only Filipinos know how to fry garlic to this crispy golden chewiness without burning it. When we left, Eliana and I had shrimp brains and juices all over our faces and shirts. After going with the Hawaiian flow, and not researching operation hours of some of our restaurants on our list, we stopped at two places that were not open on Monday's... We will be back. But we did find some ice cream at Bubbies, check out the menu... read the menu items closely.

A quick drive through the town where I grew up lands us at none other than Leonard's malasadas!!!

Oh yes, I can seriously eat six of these bad boys if they are hot and fresh out da sugar. If you haven't had one, or ten, then you have not lived fully.

We braved the long line at Matsumoto's to get THE real shave ice.

I've been coming here since I was a little eater, and now am blessed enough to take my little girl here to enjoy it.

Then after some playing in the water we sit with our feet in the sand for a touristy dinner at Ola at the Turtle Bay Resort. Me likey fresh Hawaiian fish, so me get grilled Opah and creme brûlée.

Maiya got us a grocery bag filled with Hawaiian Popsicles called "Ono Pops" so I gnawed on a mango habanero one. Can we say "Goodest Popsicle ebber"?? 

Certain Ladies were caught eating the pops at 7 am, and also finishing 3 by 9 am...
What to eat while chilling in the beach at Waimea? How bouts some ahi and carnitas tacos from Luibuenos, and the original Hawaiian (Uncle) Beer?

I have no idea what I was thinking when I thought that two weeks of eating in Hawaii would be able to be shared in one post... I'm going to stop so you will all read and get jealous when I add more posts... More to come braddahs.


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Reader Comments (2)

I love following your adventures, Trubster! Your family is so cute and of course the food porn makes me drool... keep it up bud:):)

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Smejdir

My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blog posts about Sunset Beach to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, drop me a line at Jane(at)Dwellable(.com).
Hope to hear from you :)

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

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