Windward Side Oahu

Aki would love this wide field of grass that runs from a oceanside road to the green wall of volcanic rock rising vertically to the clouds. The gang of white egrets, spread with military precision across the plain, would have kept her near my feet. She is better off in Juneau with friends who are probably spoiling her with treats.

This windward side of Oahu is all lush green. From the beach we watch lines of breakers that start at an off shore reef and end in a crash just below the road. Behind is the grass plain and a Hawaiian family party. After setting up a series of canopies and a large bounce house of inflated plastic for the kids, they have settled in for an afternoon of eating, drinking beer, and telling story. A sign standing feet away from the adults paying horseshoes forbids almost all the activities occupying the family.

Earlier, while driving past the famous surfing beaches of the North Shore, we stopped at a pocket beach of sand to watch Hawaiian green turtles feeding on the moss that grows on offshore rocks. The rocks lay just offshore where the surf breaks so the turtles must tumble about in it as they eat. When sated they crawl onto the sand to digest dinner while the sand warms their undersides.

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