Day 3 - Green World Coffee Farm, Snorkeling at Shark's Cove, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Sunset at Barber's Point Lighthouse
Welcome back to Holiday in Hawaii - December 2020. 🙂 Here's Part 2! We did so much on Day 3 that I could only fit the recap of one day into this post!
Green World Coffee Farm
Our first stop of the morning on Day 3 was Green World Coffee Farm on Oahu's North Shore. I treated myself to their golden milk latte, which included turmeric and coconut MCT oil in it. It was delicious AND healthy! They roast all their coffee on the farm, so the shop inside smelled incredible. We taste-tested one of their freshly roasted and brewed holidays blends, and while I'm not normally a fan of plain black coffee, this stuff was undeniably good!
We walked around the farm a bit and were greeted by chickens! It was an equally energizing and peaceful way to start the morning.
Snorkeling at Shark's Cove
Confession - Before this trip I held onto a debilitating fear: being in the water with fish. I went snorkeling eight years ago and I thought I was going to be eaten alive by fish! But I didn't want this fear to stop me from having an enjoyable and adventurous time with my family. So I gave myself a pep talk: "Carissa, if a fish tries to eat you, you can just punch it and eat sushi in front of it. It's going to be ok, you're not going to die..."
Lo and behold, once I got in the beautiful lagoon water, I wasn't hyperventilating and screaming! Yippee! By facing my fear head-on and keeping my cool, I found out something I never knew about myself. I LOVE SNORKELING! I even want to get my scuba diving certification now!
After just a couple minutes in the car driving away from Shark's Cove, my mom pulled off to the side of the road across from a church and told us to get out and walk down to get a glimpse of the famous Waimea Bay. This bay is home to one of the world's biggest surfing competitions known as The Eddie. While Winter is the time of the massive waves and surf competitions, the water was calm when we saw it. Wouldn't it be so exhilarating to watch the surf competition in person?!
Refreshing Matsumoto Shave Ice
As you may know, facing and overcoming a fear can be quite draining. All that swimming while the ocean waves were shoving me directly into sea urchin-infested rocks took all the energy out of me that the coffee had provided earlier in the day. And you can't truly appreciate the food in Hawaii without enjoying shave ice!
We went to Matsumoto Shave Ice, which I think is the most popular shave ice on North Shore. Shave ice is sort of like a snow cone, but the ice is so fine that it melts in your mouth like cotton candy! It's the best.
Mokule'ia Beach Park
In the late afternoon, we drove to Mokule'ia Beach Park and watched impressive kite surfers ride the wind and the waves. It was a really interesting beach because it went from sand to slippery algae-covered rock that lead at least 10 feet into the water. We watched in amazement at the kite surfers way out in the ocean.
Sunset at Barber's Point Lighthouse
To end the day, we followed the sun to watch it set with all its glorious colors. We drove out to Barber's Point Lighthouse and walked along the sharp and jagged rocks to find the perfect spot to watch the sun fall behind the ocean.
If you've ever watched the sun set over the horizon, it's pretty amazing how fast it seems to set. Even though the sun travels at the same speed the entire day, during the last 10 minutes as the sun makes its way down, it seems to move so fast that you can actually watch it fall.
We saw these glorious plumeria flowers on our walk back to the car from the light house. These flowers smell absolutely incredible! They make all kinds of lotions, candles, etc. with plumeria scent. And it's so gorgeous when ladies wear them in their hair. <3