Not yet acustom to the new time we all woke up very early Hawaii time. Bart and Ashton woke up at 5:30 am and ate Breakfast with Gary and Trecie. We found out they were staying at a hotel only two blocks away. Hannah and I packed things up and also left the room at 7:30 and ate at McDonalds across the street. Trecie, Bart and Ashton also came along. Bart went to a store across the road called ABC store - they are all over the island (tourists trap - the locals call it the "A Bunch of Crap" store). He was proud to have bought 5 t-shirts for us and a Hawaiian shirt for him which he promptly put on at the first bathroom. We were now ready to see the Island. We walked to the Hilton to get Gary and their hotel (Hilton) was right on Waikii with beach access so we walked along the beach back to our hotel to get our car. We all packed in car (very tight sqeeze indeed) and headed to the west side of the island to sight-see. This side is not very popular nor has many tourist attractions. Mostly it is poverty stricken and the beaches are lined with homeless camps. We took pictures of the way they live. The road dead ends so we turned around and then headed north to our vacation home spot.
It was about 45 minutes from Honolulu to the north shore. It becomes a two lane road with speed limits of 45 mph so it takes longer to get there. We arrived at the home about noon. It is certainly in the "country" part of the island. The vacation home is a three bedroom home directly on the beach. We were a little dissapointed at the "BEACH" part because there is a 15' wall that you have to climb down to get to the water and the water is so close and the waves so turbulent that you can't really "play" in the water. We did not expect this. During the winter season it is surf season so the waves are extremely hight - up to 30 feet. The view was still spectacular. On the wall they made steps down to the beach out of lava rocks. We only stayed long enough to unload our bags.
We ate lunch in the nearest town of Haleiwa - a historic surfing town and the largest city in the North shore. We ate at Rosie's Cantina - a good mexican restaurant. We then drove on north and stopped at Sunset beach - a very popular surfing spot and watched some of them surf. Our destination was the Polynesian Cultural Center. This is a place ran by the Mormans. One of the top attractions on the island. They re-create 7 villages of the people that make up the Polynesian islands. We had a guided tour of the 7 islands where people demonstrate their arts and crafts. We enjoyed the villages but our tour guide was Allen from China and was not impressive. We did not get enough time to see all the villages so we will be going back again. Our tickets also incuded the luau. The entertainment was so-so and the food was even worse. From the luah we looked around at the shops until the night show began at 7:30 called "Horizon's". This was in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater and portrayed music and culture from the seven islands. It was a great show! We were pretty tired by the end of the show as we were still trying to get used to the 4 hour time difference. Gary and Trecie took the bus back to their hotel as they were flying out very early the next morning. We said our good-byes and we headed back to our vacation home for a wonderful night's sleep with the sounds of the ocean just outside our back door.