Aweoweo Beach Park – Honu Sightings
A look to our left revealed a drainage pipe of some sort and a beautiful coast line. Our friends were actually invited by another family, so we all stood and chatted for a bit. We were informed that this exact beach is quite a good place to see turtles, and just then we noticed a large mass down by the end of the tree line. We couldn’t tell if it was a big rock or possibly a honu, but we definitely wanted to check it out.
Look at that! No idea if it was a male or female, and I’m completely ignorant when it comes to turtles so I couldn’t guess an age. But it seemed weird that it was just hanging on the beach. It kept opening its eyes to look at us. But otherwise, it didn’t seem to be concerned.
Looking at this photo, I have to honestly say that it feels odd. I can’t help but worry that the poor creature wasn’t just resting. And here we are posing next to it. But according to this website, it’s become pretty commonplace to see these beautiful things sunbathing on the shores of Hawaii – particularly on the North Shore. So that’s good to know. We made sure not to touch it at all, but I’d like to see James’s foot move another six inches away for the comfort of everyone.
Still, I feel kind of bad. The poor thing is exhausted and wants to take a nap, but here we all are running up to it to take pictures. Totally acting like tourists. Go us. (We know better now than to do that now.)
And then our friend came up to show us a tiny dead jellyfish. Eek!
And more! We probably saw at least 20 as we were walking. It was absolutely incredible.
Here you can see three just riding in the surf.
And I decided to stick my waterproof camera under the water to catch a glimpse. Clearly that didn’t go so well.
This is a view as we were walking back toward the beach park. See the windmills?
But at that point, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to get back down to the beach and look for more turtles. Aidan even came with me. We walked along the coastline and caught this video.
And then I tried once again to get some underwater shots. This was the most successful. But I am SO excited to go snorkeling up here. Swimming with them has to be even more incredible than this was. And this was pretty great.
Look at these babies! Wow.
And then I decided I’d taken all of the photos that made sense. Although let’s be honest, I could have taken a hundred or two more. So I went back up to the beach park. But at that point, Audra and Austin decided they wanted to spend some time in the water. So back down we came. However, because the waves are so powerful here and we don’t know much about the current, they were only allowed to walk a few feet into the water.
Safety first and all that.
This boy lost his perfect little shell in the water. Grumpy face.
Grumpy face times two when he got slammed with a wave.
But Mommy can fix anything. So he got happy. He’ll find another shell.
And then he spent the next hour or two reading. And this picture gives a small glimpse of how many people were actually at the park. Thirty, maybe? A lot. And most were homeschooling families. The community here is so big!
This is our new friends’ little girl. She and Audra have majorly hit it off. I think Hawaii is fitting us just fine.