While sleeping in is a beautiful way to relax on vacation, getting an early start is the best way to kick-off a day while you are on vacation in Hawaii. Since Turtle Bay Rentals, located on the Turtle Bay Resort along the North Shore of Oahu, is located right in the heart of some of the most beautiful country on the planet, consider the following as you look to create the most wonderful morning (and memories) on one of your days on the island.
Sunrise at Laie Point
Laie Point, located in the heart of the little town of Laie, offers the perfect view of the Ko’olau mountains to the south as well as a few small sandstone islands in close proximity to the tip of the Point. Of all the sandstone islands, one has a natural sea arch that was created by a tsunami over seventy years ago. Interestingly enough, one of the large stones that once sat right within the hole in the arch was shifted during one of the large winter swell storms this past winter—opening up the hole and thus accentuating the arch more than ever before.
Directions: Laie Point is a ten minute drive south on Kamehameha Highway from the Turtle Bay Resort. Take a left on Anemoku Street, which is directly across from the Laie Shopping Center, and then a right at the stop sign on Naupaka Street. Laie Point is located at the end of Naupaka Street.
Beach Run and Cool Off at Kekela Beach
Getting that exercise in early truly does boost any person’s day, and there are few places on the island as picturesque as Kekela Beach (Kokololio Beach Park). Located on the south end of Laie Bay, Kekela is a perfect place to start off one’s day with quick beach run or walk along the sand to the rock outcropping to the north as well as alligator pond to the south. The best part of all, of course, is jumping in the water too cool off after the run.
Directions: Kekela Beach is ten to fifteen minute drive south on Kamehameha Highway from the Turtle Bay Resort. Take a left into Kokololio Beach Park and park in the public parking. Walk over the grass hill onto the sand and take it from there.
Suggestions: Bring along a bathing suit or board shorts to jump in the water as well as a towel to drive off. Showers are scattered throughout the beach park itself, so you can rinse off the sand and salt water.
Eat Breakfast at Hukilau Cafe
Hukilau Cafe, named after the famous Hukilau Bay, is a local breakfast and lunch favorite. Its name was featured on the movie Fifty First Dates and the actual restaurant itself was showcased on Man Vs. Food. So what better way to treat yourself, your family, or your friends, than to reward your belly for waking up early on vacation?
Directions: Hukilau Cafe is a five to ten minute drive south on Kamehameha Highway from the Turtle Bay Resort. Take a right on Wahinepe’e Street, and it will be on your left hand on the corner.
Suggestions: Try the loco moco, a local creation which consists of a bed of rice topped with a burger patty, a couple eggs and homemade gravy. So ono!