Grilling and chilling on the deck.
Sometimes I feel like I live in a Corona commercial. We spent last weekend at a beach house in Haleiwa, a town on Oahu’s North Shore, to celebrate Justin’s birthday. It wasn’t a house by the beach, it was a house on the beach and being there was beyond relaxing. For anyone looking to get away from town for the weekend, you can’t go wrong renting a house on this strand.
I love the front of this house because you can’t even see it. It’s painted gray and covered in trees.
Here’s the tree lined walkway to the front door, which is on the side.
I’d say the theme of the weekend was gourmet food. Here we have home-make mac salad, angel hair pasta, 4 types of poke, turkey wraps, bacon wrapped shrimp and asparagus skewers, Erin’s brontosaurous beef ribs and smoked chicken from Ed.
I was caught off guard actually at how good the food was. And I must admit, I felt a little inadequate having showed up with only a pineapple and apple strudel (albeit excellent apple strudel).
With the feast prepared and ready to eat, we need the birthday boy make the first plate.
After the huge meal was done, it was time to retreat in to the backyard.
Ed did some night swimming in the shore break.
Some gazed at the stars. You see them really well on the North Shore.
But for the most part, we hung out the deck and in the hot tub time machine.
And now, the next day. A few people work up early to catch the morning NFL games. I woke up early on account of the loud waves crashing against our beach. I had only gotten 3 hours of sleep but when I opened my eyes and saw what it looked like outside, I had to run and grab my camera.
The beach was just outside the backyard gate.
The air was crisp and the sky was pink.
I looked to the right and saw this view.
To the left I saw this.
The beach was very active in the morning. Some were fishing.
The water directly in front of the house was full of stand up paddlers.
And of course the surfers. Longboarders …
… and shortboarders.
We watched football for a while after breakfast.
And then went outside to enjoy the day. A few of us went made the five minute walk down the beach to Chun’s to catch some waves. The swell had decent head to a few feet overhead size, but it was a bit mushy.
When the sun set the views became pretty awesome. (See the Chun’s Reef at Dusk post.)
The second dinner featured more gourmet home cooking including Ed’s killer Jamaican jerk pork with red beans and rice.
And more bacon wrapped shrimp and asparagus skewers.
Some folks stayed over another night but I had to hit the road.