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Hawaii Kai for Memorial Day

The view from the top of Kokohead.

The view from the top of Kokohead.

This was the view from the top of Koko Head — the start of my Memorial Day.

The plan for this long weekend was to drink as much as I could and live on the beach, but with the forecast calling for thunderstorms and a whole lot of rain, it looked like that wasn’t going to happen. Even the yearly Lantern Floating ceremony was in jeopardy because of the weather.

I swore that at the slightest hint of sun, we were going to run outside and do a hike. And that’s exactly what we did — and we even ended up spending the rest of the day in Hawaii Kai.

Jake and I at the top. He moves up those stairs like a cheetah!

Jake and I at the top. He moves up those stairs like a cheetah!

Going down...

Going down…

In true holiday spirit, the sun finally poked it’s head out late Monday morning, giving us the shade of the clouds as we hiked up the merciless stairs, only to have its warmth beating down on us along the way back. That’s probably the best kind of weather you can ask for on a stair-master hike like this.

And let me tell you, did it get hot

The best thing on a hot day? Shave ice.

The best thing on a hot day? Shave ice.

So hot that as soon as we got back to the car, Jake and I had the same idea: a quick stop at Kokonuts at Koko Marina for shave ice!

He got coffee and vanilla, topped with condensed milk, while I got the classic rainbow flavors (banana, strawberry, and vanilla), with ice cream on the inside. There’s nothing better than eating shave ice and then hitting the ice cream on the inside because you forgot you ordered that extra treat.

Or maybe it’s just because I love ice cream, but it just adds that extra texture and bit of sweetness. (Like you need more sweetness while eating ice covered in syrup, right? Just trust me!)

Happy to be out of the sun.

Happy to be out of the sun.

Kokonuts in Koko Marina, a shopping center in Hawaii Kai.

Kokonuts in Koko Marina, a shopping center in Hawaii Kai.

Kokonuts has a lot of treats to offer besides their many shave ice flavors and toppings. Stop here to pick up snacks for the kids (or snacks for yourself), boba drinks, acai bowls, soft serve ice cream, and even crepes! You may have heard about this place after President Obama visited during one of his Hawaii vacations.

As for our next stop, we picked up some lunch from Paina Cafe (Jake swears by this place) and headed over to Sandy Beach to soak up what was left of the sun. (Yeah, we had dessert before lunch.)

Let me leave you with one final picture from the weekend to give you an idea of what the waves were like on the south shore this Memorial Day…

The waves at Sandy Beach. Pounding!

The waves at Sandy Beach. Pounding!

The waves were just pounding the shore, and the surfers and body boarders were all in there, trying to catch something. Including these guys on that huge floaty — sometimes the waves would tip it over, toppling everyone off. It was almost like their own water park ride, courtesy of mother nature.

Our last stop in Hawaii Kai brought us to Kona Brewing Co. (of course), where we met up with a few friends for some beers, and the last round of the weekend. It was nice to get a Monday happy hour into my agenda (beers all at $3.75 a pint!) since I usually end work at a time when all the happy hours finish.

Needless to say, a very tiring but totally fulfilling weekend. I hope everyone had as great a holiday as we did. Enjoy your short week!

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