Today started out with a ride on the Pineapple Express, at the Dole Pineapple Plantation. Sadly it appears this part of the plantation is used strictly as a tourist attraction. The farm fields are in very poor shape, but the pineapple fields in the distance appear to be in use. What was very disappointing is that most of the Pineapple items for sale in the store are marked “Product of Thailand”. We are at the Pineapple Capitol of the World and they are not even selling locally produced pineapple. So sad- Shame on you Dole.
ok, Moving on the other things, we headed back up to Haleiwa on the North Shore. As the temperatures had risen significantly by this point, we needed something to cool down with. Dairy Products are very rare on the Islands. If its not local, it has come on a barge from the Mainland- there are no dairy products produced on the Islands. So Shaved Ice instead of Ice Cream has been the local favorite to cool off with. M. Matsumoto Grocery Store opened in 1953 and is still open today. Disputably the most popular Shaved Ice location on the North Shore.
No Visit to the North Shore is complete without watching some surfing at Sunset Beach
We are well into the afternoon (3:00pm) and in need of some lunch. Kahuku, Hi, is a short drive from Haleiwa, and home to dozens of shrimp farms. (remember the shrimp truck we stopped at a few days ago). Anyway, Kahuku is a surf town as well, little villages of food trucks pop up along the highway, most serve local Kahuku Shrimp, but some serve other stuff as well.
After viewing the offerings, we pulled the trigger at the Kahuku Superette, self declared Best Poke Bowl. (They have won some awards as well)