Sunday, March 3, 2013

Aloha to Waimea Beach Park

During the winter, the North Shore is hopping with tourists and surfers, all looking for the monster waves.  The strong surf waves closed Waimea Beach Park to swimmers ... but it was open to cameras!

My camera cannot capture the beauty and drama of the waves gathering speed ....

... and crashing onto the beach.

Even the dog stayed clear of the surf!

The lifeguards allowed "seasoned" surfers to sample the waves ...  

.... who were engulfed in the white wash!

A keiki (child) left this honu (turtle) ...

... which will find its way on this ... 

... unusual tree! 

One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 9, 10 pm in Hawaii.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 10 at SOS Aloha.


Kim in Hawaii

Eddie Aikau was a Waimea lifeguard and legendary surfer.  From the Eddie Aikau Foundation (at this link),

In 1978, a second voyage of the traditional sailing canoe (Hokule'a) was planned. At 31 years of age, Aikau was selected for this voyage as a crew member. The Hokule'a left the Hawaiian Islands on March 16, 1978. The double-hulled voyaging canoe developed a leak in one of the hulls and later capsized in stormy weather about twelve miles south of the island of Molokai. In an attempt to get to land to save his crew and the Hokule'a, Aikau paddled toward Lanai on his surfboard. Hours later a commercial airplane spotted the Hokule'a and the rest of the crew was soon rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Aikau was missing at sea. Despite great search efforts "Eddie" was never seen again.


  1. I like looking at pictures of the surf/water but I never went into the water more than up to my knee's. While I can swim, I have a slight phobia of the water.

  2. Love looking at your pictures and reading your travels.

  3. What a beautiful place and I love the tree!

  4. Cool tree! Lol! Love your pics!!!!

  5. I look outside and see snow! I wish I could see the beach.

  6. Love the tree with the shoes. :) Your pics always cheer me up in winter... and make me so envious.

  7. Smart dog to stay out of the surf. Love the waves, but would not want to be in the water for the high/powerful waves. I know the die hard surfers love it though.

  8. I wish I could enjoy the view from the beach right now.

  9. that is an unusual looking tree

  10. Just love that tree!! And I'd be afraid of that surf too.

  11. Another wonderful post!