|The 3rd Engineers built Schofield's Kole Kole Pass in 1937.
Aloha! I am feeling great ... so I asked my family to take me out on Saturday! We ventured to the North Shore, first stopping at Schofield Barracks for gas. Schofield is a historic Army camp located in the middle of the island - it sits at the foot of the Wai'anae Mountain Range. It is absolutely gorgeous!
|Hale'iwa is Hawaii's Surf Capital.
We continued north to Hale'iwa - Hale is home and iwa is a bird. Hale'iwa previously hosted a missionary school patronized by Queen Lili'uokalani. Now it is home of the winter surf season. We ate lunch at Cholo's Mexican Restaurant - a popular eatery with both kama'aina (residents) and malihini (tourists). After lunch, we drove over to Turtle Beach - a cove along the North Shore where the Hawaiian sea turtles congregate. It is illegal to touch the sea turtles but families still frequent the beach to swim with the turtles or admire the turtles when they beach themselves for a few hours in the sun. Today, the turtles were snorkeling ....
|Hawaiian Sea Turtle "snorkeling" at Turtle Beach!
We drove back to Hale'iwa for our primary mission - taste test the shave ice from Aoki's versus Matsumoto's.
Shave ice is a island treat enjoyed by kama'aina and malihini. You can eat it three ways:
- plain: shave ice plus flavoring
- shave ice atop of ice cream
- azuka beans atop of the shave ice
(or all three)
We opted for plain as shave ice is refreshing on its own.
|David at Aoki's.
Aoki's is a general store that has served shave ice since 1981. It is probably the favorite for kama'aina as it has easier parking and less lines. Aoki's shave ice is 25 cents more than Matsumoto's but they serve it with a plastic spoon (Matsumoto's serves its shave ice with a flat wooden spoon).
|Hubby and Andrew in line at Matsumoto's.
Matsumoto's is also a general store that has been open for business since 1951. President Obama has taken his daughters to Matsumoto's ... and the tourists have followed. Thus, the lines are longer and parking is difficult.
|Too many choices ...
My children ordered plain with cherry, vanilla, and sour apple from both stores. Hubby and I ordered plain with cherry and lime from both stores. After careful consideration, we all agreed that Matsamoto's flavorings were stronger in the "ice". Once both ices melted into the cups, it was negligible which tasted better. We preferred Aoki's plastic spoon to Matsamoto's wooden spoon. I prefered Aoki's shorter line but hubby said it was worth the wait at Matsamoto's.
|Taste testing shave ice.
I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into the North Shore! I am giving away a North Shore souvenir to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about a local delicacy in your neighborhood.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, September 3, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winners on Sunday, September 4.
Kim in Hawaii
|I didn't see any coconuts in the tree.