If you’re preparing for a family holiday this summer, look a little further than America, 2500 miles off the coast of Los Angeles in fact. O’ahu is part of the Hawaiian island chain, upon which farms and dirt roads lead to the jovial center to the paradise. Hawaii is known for its reluctance to become industrialized and a sprawling urban environment with the hustle and bustle of larger cities. The indigenous appreciate how the island was handed down to them, in a state of natural beauty. With every intention of keeping it that way, the inhabitants are, however, welcoming to outsiders. They’re just as open to strangers who have come to find peace and quiet, as one of the many long, rugged deserted beaches. Sea turtles will actually outnumber those who take to the sea, and back at Windward Coast, in the rustic outskirts are some of the best authentic Hawaiian seafood street food stalls. Whether you’ve come to ride the waves as a surfer looking for a challenge, or someone who wants to wash away their worries with the clear blue ocean, there’s much more to do in Hawaii.
Perhaps the main attraction and reason why people from all over the world venture to the islands, the beaches of Hawaii are some of the most serene and calming you’ll ever see. Ala Moana Beach Park is situated between Waikiki and the downtown part of Honolulu. It’s very popular with locals are you can see why. The beach is part of a 100-acre park, with a white and gold sandy beach which stretches for half a mile. Today Oahu has activities for those who wish to enjoy the North Pacific Ocean’s vigor a little more purely, the further end of the reef offers surfers a challenge at spots known as Big Rights, Big Lefts and Concessions. Equally, if you’d rather stay off the beach and out of the water, there are tennis courts and tables for you to eat your packed lunches.
O’ahu offers the chance for tourists to go on a shark dive in secure underwater shark cages. The top predators in the ocean are sometimes easily spotted just off the coast with the naked eye. After you depart from Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor, from the North Shore, you’ll cruise out to around 3 miles. The great white shark is most prevalent in these waters, and as such, there are experts crews on hand that are both brave and ready to ensure your wellbeing. If you’re not really into getting in a cage, you’re most welcome for viewing and feeding these torpedo-shaped apex thoroughbreds from the comfort of the boat. Not to be outdone, sea turtles, dolphins, and even humpback whales are known to tail the boat and make their presence known.
The Local Cuisine
Lau Lau is one of the most beloved dishes of Hawaiian cuisine. It literally translates to ‘leaf leaf’ as the dish is slow-cooked, often in a rock oven, it encapsulates pork and fish wrapped in the local taro leaves. Soft, tender and juicy, this smoky-flavored meal is filling and a welcome reward to your taste buds after a long day of adventure. Poke is a dish consisting of raw fish, called ahi by the locals. It’s tuna, in bite-size chunks, sprinkled with a little sea salt, garnished with white onion, garlic, chili peppers, with a touch of soy sauce and sesame oil. Haupia is a coconut pudding that the native mothers on the islands have made for centuries. A square cut, the dish consists of sweet coconut shavings that have been mashed into a smooth texture. By whisking in cornstarch, the paste is thickened at able to be shaped in rectangles also. Naturally sweet, with no need of sugar, it’s served as a dessert.