For those of you who don’t know, I am a young woman with a multi-ethnic background of Filipino, Japanese, French, Italian, and German descent; born and raised in what is arguably the most diverse, racially mixed state in the nation. I grew up with and befriended people of every background imaginable, and although I am always yearning for more, it is so nice to be able to return home for the holidays.
I have never experienced a white Christmas because I am lucky enough to be from a place where it is paradise year round. So when I discovered things like chains for your car tires, subzero degree weather, and black ice, I was in shock. Luckily, I didn’t have to spend this Christmas in Indiana. Andrew and I went home to Hawai’i for the holidays and had an amazing time with my family and our friends.
We spent most of our time at our favorite beaches on the north, south, and west shores of O’ahu.
Ke Iki’s, our go-to beach on the north shore, just past Shark’s Cove is always painstakingly beautiful. The salty air blew us away as the winter swells crashed onto the shore. During the summer time, this a great place to lounge and snorkel because of its clear and pristine waters. But during the winter, this beach is more of a place to have picnics and only enter the water if you dare, or if you are very experienced in rough waters.
Another cool fact about the winter swells is that tons of these little guys wash up onto shore. So be careful where you step!
For a while, Cromwell’s was a hidden gem among the south shores of O’ahu because it is located in a secluded area among homes in Kahala. It was also known for its little lagoon which had a wall that daring teens would jump off of. Since then, the wall has been fenced off and now is just a calm beach. When venturing its waters, you’ll find it to be very lively because of all the beautiful underwater life it contains.