Iconic Hawaiian, but the real stuff
Ko Olina Travel Blog› entry 3 of 5 › view all entries
July 19th, 2008 – by: jenn79
He called up his most local friend in Oahu and asked him to take me out for a day. La'au called the day I arrived and we chatted for a bit. I found out that for a living - he dives for tropical fish, catches and then packs them to ship all over the world to aquarium stores! I haven't told many people this, but that's what I want to do when I retire. Yes I realize I will have to learn to swim first, but when someone asks me what I want in life - I tell them an island with a reef - because I want to occassionally collect little fish for my aquarium and breed them, etc.
The drive to Ko Olina was fairly uneventful and we met at a shopping mall so that we wouldn't get lost to his house. This cool sporty car pulls up in front of me with a gorgeous girl in the driver's seat with a flower in her hair. La'au gets out and he has a ton of tattoos and is HOT. It doesn't hurt that he flashes a charming smile and goes "Are you ready for a WestSide adventure?"
He and his girlfriend are unbelievably iconic Hawaiian.
We parked at his house and changed cars. I couldn't believe my eyes, La'au had a huge monster truck. The kind that you see roll over other cars in large arenas full of fat people drinking beer. The kind with teeth and scary faces painted on the front grill. And I was offered mango and home grown pot. Wow =) I didn't accept either but it was very sweet! After getting the pit bull situated in her cage, I catapaulted what seemed like a hundred feet into the truck and was sandwiched by two of the hottest people on earth while they passed pot back and forth.
We headed very far West, where apparently most of the Hawaiian poor are marginalized. Tents line the shores and beaches where the permanently homeless and the unknowing campers find themselves side-by-side. They spoke about the drug problems in Oahu, and reminisced about the most "chronic" people they've seen on the island. Apparently the U.S. government used to also send the institutionalized and homeless on boats to Hawaii so that they wouldn't have to deal with the massive problem.
We went to a market which had a deli of yummy local items such as octopus, raw crab, poki, and other things. They all looked SO DELICIOUS. Well, except for the poi. I just don't get poi. But I could eat poke for the rest of my life, raw tuna with green onion, salt and sesame oil with maybe some spice has got to be the stuff of life - healthy, tasty and easy to come by!
We took our food, some drinks and some rapidly melting ice cream along a rocky beach that we had to get to by foot after off-roading in his huge monster truck for a good 10 minutes.
Afterwards, we hiked back to the truck because the conditions at this beach were not conducive to swimming and it was blistering hot here. We gathered into La'au's monster truck again and went to a beach where we could actually swim and where Cotton could have some fun playing in the surf. We headed further west to a gorgeous surfing beach. I don't know the name of it except there are a few surfs that coincide with some dips in the road. Therefore they are called "First Dip", "Second Dip" and "Third Dip".
The sand was very deep here and I didn't realize why until I basically ate it on the beach. There's like this little 3 foot precipace of sand and then this rolling clear water was ahead of you. I guess the surf was super strong because I would lie close to the edge of where the water would come and the wave was strong enough to push me back and then pull me forward which definitely freaked me out.
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