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We alternated days between hopping to other islands and exploring O'ahu. While many people rave about Maui and Kaua'i beauty, O'ahu is not lacking in its fair share of scenic views. As you drive around the eastern and northern shores of this fairly small island, every turn affords a unique view from beautifully colored coves to dramatic shear green mountain ridges. We took a leisurely drive from Waikiki counterclockwise around the island admiring the scenery. The eastern side of the island is full of nice beaches that are not crowded whatsoever. There are also several nice parks including Kualoa, which is a great place to take pictures of Moloki'i Island, also known as Chinaman's Hat.
On the way, we stopped for lunch in the town of Kane'ohe at a little Italian place called Zia's Cafe that was surprisingly good.
My brother's squadron planned on going to the north shore this evening, so we drove over to the area and hung out at Hale'iwa beach until they finished working for the day. Hale'iwa has a great beach park where a lot of surfers hang out. The waves were ideal while we were there, so it was easy to pass the time sitting in the comfortable sun and breeze while watching the masses of surfers catch the waves. Then we picked up my brother at Sunset Beach. There isn't much parking for this beach and it's easy to miss, but the waves are much more powerful here. It is also one of the best places to watch the sunset as the name implies. Then we headed back to Hale'iwa and ate outdoors at the Breakers restaurant.