Oahu North Shore Big Waves and Sunsets
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When we lived in Hawaii on Oahu, we tried to make it up to the North Shore every winter so see the really big waves. Some of the waves were over 25 feet tall! Some would also wash out the road so you had to check condicions before heading out from Waikiki. There were two areas we liked to watch the waves at sunset but you had to choose between the two since there are no roads that go around the West (Ewa) side at Kaena Point which is a nature preserve and sacred burrial ground for the Hawaiians.
The views of the huge waves are awe-inspiring, but you also have to wonder what it takes mentally to try and surf something that big! We were amazed some of the more professional surfers would actually ride the face of a wave over 2-stories tall.
The area around Kaena Point, especially from the Ewa side had quite a few people living on the beach under blue tarps. Every couple years the government tries to bulldoze the area clean since that lifestyle attracts addicts of all sorts and is bad for safety of the tourists. The North Shore is very remote compared to the hustle and bustle of dwontown Honolulu and Waikiki. The rustic area does not mean it is without crime so be a little careful by locking up your car.
Just remember, water kills--be safe--never turn your back on the ocean while walking near the beach. the next big wave could sweep you out to sea! Don't try surfing for the first time on any wave higher than 5 feet.
Enjoy the photos!