Cody had class yesterday until about 2:00 PM, so until then I was on my own. Of course, I updated the blog, and then I ventured out to take some pictures.
First stop, the beautiful BYU-Hawaii Campus.
Next, I ventured over to the temple, which is right next to BYU-Hawaii. I thought I would show you all some views of the temple you'd never see unless you were here. At least, I know I've only seen it from one angle.
I had to throw a self-portrait in!
Next was Hukilau, a favorite among the college kids.
After that, I went and got some food at the local L&L. By then, Cody was done with class, so we rendezvoused at his place and headed out on the day's activities. Our first destination was Haleiwa, but that didn't stop us from stopping along the way to take some pics and take in the sights.
This is Kahuku, where Jack Johnson went to high school. His music dominates the radio here in Hawaii.
The Sugar Mill, made famous by Jack Johnson's song, "Mudfootball."
People jumping off a rock at Waimea Beach
Up the road from Waimea, we found a beach where sea turtles hang out and catch rays. We'll definitely be going back there for some snorkeling and sea turtleing.
These are my new friends, Mike and Lena. Mike's from Kansas, Lena's from New Zealand.
My first night here, I ate dinner with people from the following places: Australia (born in New Zealand), Arizona, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Tennessee, Missouri, and probably a few other places I don't remember. BYU-Hawaii's very diverse.
Next stop was the north shore town of Haleiwa and Matusmoto's Shave Ice, world famous in the world of shave ice. Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, and, of course, Jack Johnson have visited and subsequently had their pictures placed on the wall.
Here's one more picture for the wall, Matsumoto's!
Have you ever seen such a complicated procedure. Leave it to the Japanese to make an efficient shave ice shop.
After Haleiwa, we headed to the Dole Plantation.
My whole life, I thought I could only get Dole Whip at Disneyland. Yesterday, my reality was put in check when I found a second place on the planet to purchase the delightful treat. I should've known. You're a sly businessman, Mr. Dole!
I was almost as excited to get this as I was when I found out Vampire Weekend was playing in Hawaii.
After the plantation, we headed into Waikiki. Yesterday was the Cheesecake Factory's 30th anniversary, and to celebrate, all of their cheesecake was only $1.50. I hope my friends in the mainland took advantage of the boon that is cheap cheesecake from the Cheescake Factory. The food, unfortunately, was regularly priced.
Oh, so delicious.
And now, the craziness that is Waikiki at night.
Today we're going to the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Disneyland of Hawaii. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.