Monthly Archives: August 2015

Oahu Beaches, always open

It’s the end of August,  school is in, and beach time is almost gone; here in Pennsylvania.  But in Hawaii the beaches are always open. In this post I just want to share the different beaches in Oahu that we visited in April.  They are all pristine in their own way, and offer wonderful views of incredibly blue ocean.  You go to different beaches for different reasons. What do you want to see, or do?  Surf, swim, snorkel, sit or just watch people? The choice is yours. First up? Waikiki Beach. Reason? Sometimes you don’t even need one, you just gotta do it. DSCF4758

There are so many views and pictures you can get of this most popular beach area on the island.

This view is from the top of Diamond Head. Here we are looking down from one iconic land mark to another, The pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel.


At some point you have to get this shot of Diamond Head.


Ft DeRussy, with its grass, picnic tables and trees, is not to be missed.


But now it is time to get out of town and head to beaches for other reasons.  Come early to beat the crowds and take a look at beautiful Hanauma Bay.


The water is so clear you can almost see the fish from above, but don’t miss the chance to get your head under water and take a look at what is going on in the world below.

A long time ago my friend and I made a climb right up the side of that mountain making a path as we went. You can read about it and many other days spent at Hanauma Bay, and many other of these beaches in my book A Wish Called Wanda.


Any beach along the Coco Head coast line is a feast for the eyes.


I love this secluded beach, can’t remember the name of it.  Can anyone help me out?


Some beaches are just for sitting, especially when the life guard is yelling “Do not get in the water unless you are an experienced body surfer.”   Fifty years ago there was no life guard at Sandy Beach and I bottomed out a time or two there.


Surf is pounding on the North Shore beaches.


Loved watching this surfer catch an unusual wave.


You gotta love it when the waves just keep on rolling in.


Speaking of surf, let’s go back to Waikiki to check in on Hawaii’s celebrated surfer, Duke Kahanamoku.


Recently Google gave him a shout out on his 125th birthday.


My favorite is watching the local surfers gather to hang out and catch the big ones.

So there you have it.  A tour of a few beaches on island of Oahu.

One more reason for checking out the water. You never know what you might see looking back at you.


There were several Turtle beaches that we went to, but this guy showed up in Waikiki.  You just never know.

Hawaii beaches offer up a lot of variety and beauty and we loved every minute we got to spend on one.


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A step out of the norm

Today I am posting a link to one of the bloggers I follow who is a dear friend and also my fellow companion in book writing.  She helped me so much in writing  “A Wish Called Wanda” and also accompanied me on my recent trip back to Hawaii.

She and her family recently visited her daughter and son-in-law who are living, working and ministering in Haiti.  To get a glimpse of the beauty and agony of this country and its people, I am happy to share her blog  “Haiti in all its glory and misery” here on A Wish Called Wanda today.

Click here to visit Haiti at Liza Jane Lane!





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Teaching an old dog new tricks

I know many of you have been kayaking before, but not me.  First time for everything they say.  It happened the way most things happen in life—- I was asked to go, I said yes!  These gals were old hands at this sport that seems to be a great pass time for families and friends.  As we approached our destination, cars with kayaks were coming in from all directions, they all belonged to our group of friends.  The work of getting the kayak off the car begins immediately.


I wasn’t thinking any thing about tipping the kayak, but I must admit I had my life jacket on before the kayaks were unloaded.  Safety first, I’m just sayin’.


They are pretty light weight and I’m thinking if these are all one person kayaks and if she can do it I should be able to handle this.  So I asked her,  “How long have you been kayaking?”   “Oh, just a couple of years,” came her quick reply.  The yellow one is assigned to me, and right away I notice that getting in is like taking a seat on the ground. The boat was a little rocky at the beginning, but soon I stabilized and am paddling——in circles. In a few minutes I straightened up and I am moving, not to fast but moving non the less.


After handing my camera over to a friend, I sort of drifted over toward the trees.  It was a beautiful day, with warm breezes and low humidity, and I am going in the right direction.  All is well.  I think I caught on rather quickly.


The goal was to go around the corner and down to the end of the lake and back again.


We made quite a sight with all the different colored kayaks.


But wait, what’s this?  I look across the water and recognize a big dog in a little boat with two of my best friends just cruising the lake with their powered motor.  I had to paddle over and say hello, and catch up on all the news friends share.  Meanwhile the kayak gang makes it down to the end and decide to “sunbathe” while I continue my visit, paddling in circles to stay close enough for a conversation.  When I am finished visiting, I start the long trek to the end where the group is hanging out.  Sure enough, as soon as I reach them they are ready to start paddling back to the dock.  No rest for the new kid in the kayak.


This little gal was my inspiration.  What a trooper.  I am pretty sure I saw her napping at lunch. She deserved it.


Lunch awaits at the end of the lovely morning.  Kayaking does work up an appetite.  My first experience was certainly a good one and I am ready to go again anytime.  Oh, thankfully there were no pictures of me getting out of the kayak, so we don’t have to talk about that.


It’s never to late to enjoy something new.  Kayaking, a new trick added to my list.  Thanks to all the gals who were willing to hang out with me when I was lagging behind and all of them encouraging me along the way. These are the days memories are made of.



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