We started off with a visit to the Dole Plantation. Mama was able to see the pineapple cutting demonstration - which prompted her to buy the "special" pineapple cutting knife. After much debate we gave in and tried the pineapple ice-cream at the plantation. IT WAS DELICIOUS! The four of us couldn't stop eating it!! However we settled for sharing just one bowl of ice-cream so that we could save room for the shrimp trucks!
Afterward we went to Waimea Valley - courtesy of our special discounted tickets! It was a 30 minute walk from the entrance to the falls. Along the way there was various plants & fruits. You are constantly reminded not to touch any of the plants or eat any of the fruit because some are poisonous. There were chickens, roosters, peacocks, and various other wild animals running around. As my bro said "you are one with nature" on the walk to the falls.
Once we reached the falls we took some pictures and dipped our toes in the water. There was water - unlike Manoa Falls - but not the usual amount because there hasn't been a lot of rain.
For lunch we went to the famous Giovanni's Shrimp Truck - I can't get enough of this place! Mama & Lil Bro loved the shrimp! They settled for the scampi and lemon butter shrimp. They were not interested in trying out the hot & spicy one at all!
After lunch we went to the beach for some relaxation time. My mom attempted to swim but the waves were rather rough. Doc zonked out [she had every right to because she worked the night shift], my Bro hid in the shade because he has a fear of getting sunburned, and I enjoyed the view and listened to some music.
Around sunset we went to Turtle Beach to catch a glimpse of the sea turtles. Luckily there were two sea turtles resting on the beach!
Before heading home we went to Aoki's Shave Ice in downtown Haleiwa to get some Shave Ice for Mama & Bro. They loved it! My brother got this sour trio of flavors that was absolutely delicious!
It is winding down to my last three days in Hawaii - I really don't want to leave. I'm contemplating just staying here forever. I love the sun, the beach, the shave ice, the people, the food, and everything else. I love Oahu and wish I could stay here permanently.