We left campus yesterday around noon and headed to the beautiful North Shore.
During the winter, surfers from around the world flock here to take advantage of the massive surf, or "wild water," as they call it. Between October and February, the shore might greet you with something like this.
It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from the movie Orange County: "Lonny always said he wanted to die eating foam in a massive wipe out." In the movie, Lonny's wish came true.
Luckily, during the summer, the waves disappear (almost), making the north shore just another ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and catching some rays, all of which I did yesterday.
Before we hit the beach we stopped at a little shrimp shack in Kahuku. Kahuku is where Cody's dad went to high school. The musician Jack Johnson also went there. If he wasn't on tour in the mainland, I just know I would've seen him.
Romy's Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp, Inc.
The line was really long, and naturally I was the last one in it. Don't you hate being the end of the long line? You almost wish that people would keep flocking in just so you don't have to be the only one to endure it.
Next was Sunset Beach.
Just ignore the really white guy standing next to the guy that's been in Hawaii for five weeks.
After hitting two or three beaches, we went to the Turtle Bay resort. The beach there is public access. The pool, however, is for registered guests only. We went to the pool, but as we were trying to remain inconspicuous, no pictures were taken. Let me just tell you that the resort was breathtaking. This one I googled almost does it justice.
After Turtle Bay, we went home to wash the sand out and get ready for Vampire Weekend. This was their first show in Hawaii. I felt very privileged to have been the biggest fan in the room, having seen them in the mainland and here. You're welcome, Vampire Weekend.
We went with three girls Cody knows from school. The show was at the Pipeline Cafe in Honolulu.
The opening band was Linus, the only all-Asian rock group that sings in English I've ever seen. Only in Hawaii!
They made good use of the saxophone.
The ironic part is that Linus has been together for six years, while Vampire Weekend formed in 2006 and released their first album less than a year ago on 29 January 2008. Poor Linus.
Anyway, I sure like 'em.
Now, I know that I formerly swore off of concerts until November or Weezer at the end of this post. I decided that Vampire Weekend in Hawaii was an exception. I'm on vacation!
Also, I know that some of you hear the name "Vampire Weekend" and think about these.
Be assured that Vampire Weekend concerts are devoid of fangs, blood, and people that shimmer in the sunlight. They formed at Columbia University in New York, and sing upbeat songs that sound like a cross between Weezer, the Beach Boys, and Elvis' Blue Hawaii, with a pinch of African vibes thrown in. The band's name is derived from a movie that the lead singer made while in college. That's about as Vampire as they get.
Welp, I'm off to enjoy Hawaii now!