A day in northern Oahu

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Our day on the North Shore was the day that did not go as planned as Perry was feeling a bit under the weather. We all woke up fine and got ready to head out North. We planned to spend the day on the North Shore and the evening at the Polynesian Cultural Center...including a dinner and luau show.

Our first stop was the Dole pineapple plantation in route to the northern shore. We didn't have huge expectations of it even though the Dole plantation tour we took on Maui on our honeymoon was amazing and one of the best parts of our trip. The experience on Maui is much more authentic...this is pretty much a tourist trap. I wouldn't feel the need to go again or at all unless you have kiddos Perry's age in which it is a nice diversion from a long drive....and there are dole whips of course. We looked around at all the pineapple goodies...took the little train ride out into the fields...and ate a dole whip. This was the point we were realizing that Perry really didn't feel well. He had fallen asleep in the car on the way north, at 9:00 in the morning which is so not normal. He was sluggish and warm. A cool dole whip helped perk him up a little bit but he was clearly miserable.

We hoped it would pass and we continued north to the North Shore to explore the little sleepy surfing town of Haleiwa. We did some window shopping and of course had to stop at Matsumoto's for some authentic shave ice. And turns out Matsumoto's son (who runs the place these days) was hanging around so we got our picture with him as well. It was Amazing...Perry thought so too.

We went down to the North Shore beaches briefly to watch the waves crash and the surfers surf (and crash). Such a different look than our calm protected lagoon at the hotel. 

And at this point we had to decide what to do the rest of the day. We didn't really want to push Perry to keep going because he would be miserable and we would be miserable by proxy trying to force him to play at the cultural center and make it through what was already going to be a long night. But we had already pre-paid for our cultrual center and luau tickets...

So I called and pleaded our case and they happily refunded the entire price. So we grabbed some lunch at a burger shack back in Haleiwa and headed back to the hotel to rest for the afternoon and evening. I am sure the Polynesian Cultural Center would have been super fun to see and P would have loved it had he been feeling well. And lucky for us we were able to snag luau tickets for the luau at our resort for later in the week so we still got to have the luau experience. 

Thankfully Perry was back to his normal self the next day (and in fact climbed diamond head the next day lol)...not sure what happened on this day but so so thankful that it didn't turn into anything more serious. He just needed some R&R.

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