Monday, January 7, 2008

Friday, November 30, 2007

Pounders Beach

Recently, we visited Laie Beach Park which is called Pounders Beach by the locals for the pounding waves against a rock cliff. A great place to boogyboard and bodysurf, it is also nice to just splash in the surf and build sandcastles. As with all beaches on the windward (eastern) side of the island, there is always a breeze, but on a relatively calm day you won't really notice. Keep in mind that the mountain range behind you means that the sun sets earlier on this side of the island than elsewhere.

The Princess and I splashing in the surf:

The Princesses wanted to see the inside of a coconut. Surprise! More shell inside the husk. We took the coconut home after removing the husk and cracked it open the next day. No milk, though.

Some links associated with Pounders Beach:

A Map (item 521)

Someone else posted a video of Pounders at YouTube

100 Steps To Pounders Beach From This Well Furnished A-frame Vacation Rental

Laie Beach Park... AKA Pounders Beach

There's even a short hike there.

And here's a few moments of zen... a coconut at Pounders Beach:

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Three Tables

Stopped by the beach the other day (23 Nov 07) to take some pictures. This time of year the swells from the north create huge waves that are great for surfing, but not for swimming at the North Shore beaches. Great opportunity for some fabulous wave photos, though:

Three Tables

Here are some sites about Three Tables:

A great description of the beach by the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources

SCUBA Reviews of the beach

Pictures and a brief description at

Vacation Property near the beach

And a short video of the surf on "Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving 2007:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

La'ie Point

Located on the northeast side of Oahu, the town of La'ie is quiet, quaint and if you blink as you drive through, you'll miss it! Kidding, though it is small. La'ie was founded by mormons and is the home of the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Anyway, we visited La'ie Point yesterday after lunch at the McDonald's there. Beautiful place, worth a stop for anyone that visits the island.

In fact, the header of the blog (at this time, it may change, who knows?) is a picture of one of the islands just off the point. The arch was created on April Fool's Day in 1946 when a tsunami hit the island and punched a hole through it. It's gorgeous to watch as the waves sweep over and through it, especially this time of year with the huge waves.

Here are some photos we took at La'ie Point:

Kids jumping off the rock:

The plaques at the point:

The plaque reads:

Laniloa at the Mo'o, a legend of Oahu
This point of land that extends into the ocean is called Laniloa according to legend. This penisula was originally a "Mo'o" or giant lizard standing upright ready to kill any intruder.

After Kana, a legendary warrior, and his brother had rescued their mother from Moloka'i and had taken her back to Hawai'i, Kana set off on a journey to kill all the Mo'o in the islands. In time he arrived at La'ie where the Mo'o had been killing many people. Kana easily defeated the Mo'o. Taking his head, he chopped it into five peices and flung them into the ocean. The peices of the lizard's head can still be seen today as five small islands lying off-shore. Their original names were Xithewamoku, Moluaaniwa, Pulemon, Malualai, and Keauakaluapaaa.

Source: "Hawaiian Legends" by William Rice
Bishop Museum Bulletin, Honolulu, HI 1923

Adjacent plaque:

Another island off the point:

The most beautiful view at La'ie Point... in a red shirt!

Here's a satellite view from Google:

And some links about La'ie Point:

Secrets of Hawaii - La'ie Point

Honolulu Advertiser Galleries La'ie Point


About This Blog

This is a companion blog to the blogs JACK ARMY and JILL ARMY to document our exploration of Hawaii while stationed here at Schofield Barracks. The posts will mix history, reviews, fun and interesting facts and trivia about what we find here. Admittedly, most of our posts will be focused on sites and activities on Oahu, but we'll definitely update you on any adventures to any of the other islands.

It is important to note that this blog reflects our opinions and impressions of what we see and do here. If we take "freebies" or money from someone to review their business here in Hawaii, it will be on the condition that it does not influence our review. If it's a great place to visit, then we'll tell you that. If it just plain sucks, then we'll tell you that, too. But we're not trying to hurt feelings or fish for freebies, just laying the ground rules.

The primary purpose of this blog is to have fun. That means that this isn't the place for political, religious or anything-else arguments or even conversations. Want to tell us what it was like when you visited in 1976? Bring it on. Want to tell us that what you think about the president (any of them) or the war (any of them) then buzz off. This ain't the place for that.

Having said all that, there's only one think left to say:

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