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North Shore Oahu

Updated on November 23, 2015

Waves Crashing

Oahu has gorgeous waves.  I love how they are cresting and crashing here.
Oahu has gorgeous waves. I love how they are cresting and crashing here. | Source

Fish Swimming in the Ocean

Reef in Oahu's North Shore.
Reef in Oahu's North Shore. | Source
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North Shore Oahu - A Favorite Beach Area

Vacationing to Oahu's North Shore

If I had to give an answer to what was my favorite beach, it is a very tough question to answer as I have been to many. I want to go to many more as well. It is almost impossible to pin down an absolute favorite beach, but I can admit which one keeps coming to mind first. That would be Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii.

I was young when I went there, and have never been back to Hawaii since. I had graduated from high school. It is kind of a funny story how I got to go at all. My parents and I had made a kind of bargain or deal, that if I got an "A" average throughout my senior year, then they would let me go on a "senior trip" of my choice sometime. I didn't "cash in" on this deal until half way into the next year, when a friend of mine and her mother who was a travel agent got a great deal to go to Oahu Hawaii.

It was January, and we were so excited! It was after Christmas, and we had no idea this was the time when the waves were big and there were major surfing competitions going on! We stayed in what is now called the Turtle Bay Resort, though then it was called the Turtle Bay Hilton.

We went by ourselves and we had a great time. It was very casual, we didn't really have any agendas and did what we wanted to do. We of course laid out in the sun every day and got very tan. We would drive around the Island sometimes, listening to the radio, and doing some shopping here and there.

We made some friends while there and went to a couple of movies and would hang out some. One of our very favorite memories though was falling asleep with that sliding glass door open, hearing the waves crashing below on the rocks! I will never forget just how amazing that sound sounded. We were so lucky to get a room where we could hear the waves crashing.

Part of the beauty of the time we were there was the time of year that it was. Since the waves were so big, and the surfing competitions were going on, we benefited from seeing these huge waves crashing non stop against the rocks. This was a true joy for me, and I loved it.

Some of the things we did on Oahu's North Shore

There was a little bar area by the pool there, and we would get a drink or a Haagen Daz Ice cream bar as we wanted those. Every day it would rain a tiny bit also, since it was that season where the showers would come, but then the sun would come back out as well. A great time all around.

We once got offered to learn to surf by a couple of guys, but I didn't take them up on it because it was just truly so dangerous for inexperienced surfers! I was used to the Pacific's waves in Southern California, but we knew to avoid the jagged rocks. Here at Oahu's North shore, they were everywhere.

A couple of my favorite souvenirs that I purchased there were a lovely little freshwater pearl bracelet, and some pretty gardenia perfume. We of course bought some chocolate covered macadamia nuts to take home as well.

If you are looking for a nice place to go in Hawaii, do consider going to North Shore Oahu. If you like golfing at all, you can't beat this gorgeous place! You can really go and enjoy this place almost any time of the year. When we went in January, it was perfect, in my opinion. If I could go again, I might do more sightseeing, but as it was we had the most relaxing and enjoyable time for girls our age. We just had a little rental car, and had the best time zipping all around.

Finally, even walking around at night when the moon was out, was a sheer joy on these beaches of Oahu! The sunlight would glisten off of the water, seeming to come right to us wherever we were. It makes me thankful for the beautiful world we live in.

Oahu and North Shore on Oahu in Hawaii

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North Shore, Hauula, HI, USA
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C markerTurtle Bay Resort, Oahu -
Turtle Bay Resort, Kawela Bay, HI 96731, USA
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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello That Grrl, I hope that maybe you can go to Hawaii one day. If I were your Mom on a trip like that, I would have done exactly the same thing! I know that each of the Islands have something to offer people.

      Thank you for visiting my hub and leaving a comment here. Have a great day. :)

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I've never been to Hawaii. My Mom went for a real estate convention, drove all over the island when she was there. She loved it.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Hush, thank you. I think its so neat that you lived on Oahu Island, and I wondered what that would be like. It sounds wonderful to take a convertible through pineapple fields and seeing the moon on the leaves. Thanks for your visit and comment, and have a wonderful day. :)

      Hello Eddy, thank you very much. I hope your day is wonderful, and thank you for the comment.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting;take care and enjoy your day.


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      hush4444 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm so glad you had such a great time - I love the North Shore too. When we lived on Oahu we had a convertible and we'd drive up through the pineapple fields at night when the full moon was shining off the pineapple leaves. Living in Hawaii makes me grateful for the beautiful world we live in too. Great hub - thanks for the memories.