Hawaii – by Josh, with help from Dad
Mum and Dad took us to Hawaii for the first time in April 2010. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I had the best time. Rocky Point was my favorite place to surf. I also got to surf at Waimea Bay, Sunset and Pipeline. We surfed nearly everyday that we were there. It was really different surfing over reef and has made my surfing heaps better.
When we couldn’t surf we went snorkeling and saw so many amazing fish… my tank at home isn’t big enough now to hold all the different fish I’d like to get that I saw in Hawaii. Shark’s cover on the North Shore was the best… when I’m bigger I’d like to swim through the caves we found…
We had heaps of fun, the surfing was the best and now I’m trying to talk Mum and Dad into taking me back next year!
Check out the photo’s and video’s from my Hawaii Adventure (there’s some of Ben as well, he surfed better than he ever has!!!!)
Aloha everybody – we did so much stuff whilst we were in Hawaii – we went surfing (of course!), then went and jumped off the rock at Waimea Bay – isn’t that a blast! and then went snorkeling again in Shark’s Cove (even Mum came in!) chased the turtles (we didn’t touch them of course) and nearly swam through the caves (Dad and big Josh did)…
After competing with the sharks to catch live bait (mackeral – I called them macaroni all day) we ended up 23 miles (37 km’s) off the western most point of Oahu in the search for yellow fin tuna. On the way out we caught a Wahu – ‘Ono’ in Hawaiian – Wahu are said to be the fastest fish in the sea. Unfortunately the tuna obviously didn’t like the deep water way out there cause we caught nothing! We headed back in and had a snooze on the way to find another pod of spinner dolphins – the tuna hang out with them and we landed a 115 lb yellow fin – I started bringing him in, very cool and big Josh finished him off. When we got home after 12 hours on the water the house felt like it was moving more than the boat did!
When there wasn’t many waves we were all kicking back and chilling out. We when into Waikiki a few times looking for waves with longboards and even Mum went surfing for the first time. We spent a day at Pearl Harbour and walked from one end of the battleship to the other. My favorite was the F-15 Eagle at the Aviation Museum.
We hiked up Diamond Head, the now extinct volcano (it blew its stack somewhere between 300,000 and 150,000 years ago) that overlooks Waikiki. It was a long walk to the top but the view was really cool, you could see Maui. To cool off after we had a sno cone an went for a surf at Queen’s.
It was about three weeks into our trip when I got to surf Pipe. OK it wasn’t a Hawaiian North Shore Winter swell but for my first go it was perfect. I was stoked cause I got barrelled (didn’t quite get out :() which meant I had surfed, Waimea, Sunset and Pipe!
It hard to believe that our four weeks went so fast we had an amazing time and we’ve loved minute of it. We were all looking forward to getting home though. Ben improved so much he paddled himself into some awesome waves! We went snorkelling again and still found more cool fish that we hadn’t seen before. All up between us we’ve found and photographed about 60 different types of fish and I has put them all together in a Hawaiian fish book! Well that’s it for this trip, I hope you enjoyed the story.