We spent a day on the North Shore but of course we had to stop at the Dole Plantation. No matter how many times you’ve been there you can never seem to get enough of the pineapple ice cream.
Grandma and Grandpa and Nancy sat in the shade and enjoyed people watching while the rest of the kids decided to go through the pineapple maze. I’ve done the maze before and wasn’t super thrilled about going through it but the kids seemed interested so off I went. It was actually quite crowded in the maze and several times we ran into a logjam of people waiting to get through a narrow section.
The maze turned out to be pretty fun although by the end of it I was tired of right angle turns and was happy just to be able to walk in a straight line for more than 3 feet at a time. We didn’t finish in record time but we did go all the way through without cheating and cutting through the hedges.
After the maze we headed over to the beach in Laie. I like the beach in Laie better than the other beaches on the north shore. It isn’t nearly as crowded and the Laie locals are friendly and fun and don’t seem to mind a big family of tourists on the beach.
We enjoyed playing in the waves and body surfing and even playing games with some of the local kids that showed up at the beach after school got out. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t last too long in the water and waves, although they lasted longer than I thought they would. Anne didn’t feel like going in the water at all so she stayed on the shore and enjoyed the sea breezes blowing through her hair. We paused only long enough to eat our lunch on the picnic tables and then headed straight back to the water.
The only downside to the beach is trying to get all the sand out afterwards and the long/wet drive back to the hotel. The other downside is that after a day in the maze and at the beach, I got a sunburn on the top of my head. I’ve never had to worry about the top of my head before. I’ve always had plenty of thick hair up there. Nancy’s been telling me I’m thinning up on top but I haven’t believed her. There couldn’t be any truth to that. Could there?