Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Haliewa Beach Park

Last Friday, Truman and I ventured out for our first beach experience in Hawaii.  Upon the recommendation of a family member we headed up to Haliewa Historic Town and in turn found the Haliewa Beach Park. 

 That day we stayed close to the car setting up our blanket on the coarse sandy beach near the parking lot. There were several families on the beach that day.  The water was warm and clear. Quite different from the east coast beaches we are used to swimming in. You could see fish swimming all around as well as the ocean floor even when the water was waist deep.

Today we ventured out again.  This time as a family.  Brian, the explorer, encouraged us to walk the rocky coastline to the right of where we parked.  The hike took us over some amazing terrain.  We walked across what appeared to be lava rock full of holes and crevasses.  Examine these tide pools more closely and you'll observe little microcosms of the sea. Since the goal was to swim, we continued walking in hopes of finding a suitable stretch of beach where the sand meets the water.  After a short distance further we found what we were looking for and more.

 From a distance what we thought were boulder type rocks, were actually sea turtles.  Over the course of the afternoon close to a dozen sea turtles beached, dozed, and ate along the shore where we had set up "camp".  They did not appear to be concerned by our presence.  Brian was able to get plenty of close up video and I got close enough to touch one of their shells.  Truman and I played in the sand while Brian continued to explore.  He found two abandoned sea urchin shells and living sea cucumber.

 It was now late afternoon and our toddler was tuckered out.  A brief beach front nursing session and he was fast asleep.  Transferred to Brian's shoulder for the walk back to the car, he appeared unaffected by the rain drops that had begun to fall as we made the trek.  So focused on getting back to the car, I almost missed the best part.  I was ahead of Brian on the trail when he hollered for me to come take a look.  What was waiting for my eyes to of the most beautiful rainbows I have ever seen.

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