On our fourth and final day on the island we got up early, packed our bags and checked out of the not so swanky Royal Grove Hotel. We grabbed some breakfast at a convenience store on our way to our car. Our flights didn't leave until late that night so we had a good part of a day to explore the north shore. We drove north and stopped at the Dole plantation where we ate giant pineapple confections and learned some interesting facts about pineapples.
When we had finished our cones we continued on our way to the north shore. We stopped in Haleiwa and did a bit of shopping and (upon multiple recommendations) checked out Matsumoto's shaved ice. As we were still digesting our Dole Whips, we decided that we would come back later. We continued north to Shark's Cove (don't worry Abbey, we saw no sharks and it was really to shallow for sharks of any threatening size).
I'd read that this was an excellent snorkeling spot but we ended up just wading through the tide pools. The water was so clear that we had a pretty good view of the fish while staying dry from the waist up. You wouldn't know it from the picture but it was a rather rainy day - we were glad that it cleared up for a bit so while we were in the water.
After we'd had our fill at Shark's Cove we went back to Haleiwa and had lunch at a fabulous little place called Grass Skirt (another fabulous recommendation). I had a hebi sandwich - the hebi (which I learned from the owner is similar to mahi-mahi) was caught fresh that morning and it tasted absolutely delish.
Before we headed to the airport we checked out all the shops (didn't buy anything but I generally like the looking better than the buying). And we went back to Matsumoto's for their famous shaved ice. I think that I would have liked it a bit better if it had been a hot day, but it was pretty good.
It was a really good trip. I was so glad that my mom could meet me over there. She is so good to me and we had a really good time exploring Oahu together. I should also mention that she was a really good sport to do all the driving and was really patient with my poor navigational skills.
I'm pretty sure this was the best birthday present that I could have given myself this year and for that I should thank myself - Thanks! I really needed that.