Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My Favorite Things in Sunset Beach

Three spots that every person needs to visit while at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

1.) Ted's Bakery

The absolutely best thing about Sunset Beach isn't the beach it's Ted Bakery! I love their pies and the Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie is utterly to die for! We ended up making two trips to Ted's. This would explained why I gained ten pounds on our trip to Oahu.

Drooling...seriously, the best thing ever created!
2.) Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site

A little less than two miles past Sunset Beach on the Kamehameha Highway (and before you get to Waimea Bay), watch for Pupukea Road on your left (across from Pupukea fire station). This road will take you up to the Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau State Historic Site and O'ahu's largest Hawaiian heiau (temple), covering almost 2 acres.

The name is translated as "hill of escape". Believed to have been constructed in the 17th century and expanded in the 18th century.

As indicated on the park's website, "Undoubtedly, this heiau played an important role in the social, political, and religious system of Waimea Valley which was a major occupation center of O'ahu in the pre-contact period."

Pu'u o Mahuka Heiau was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962 in recognition of its importance to Hawaiian culture and history. Also in 1962, the 4-acre property encompassing the heiau was placed under the jurisdiction of State Parks to preserve this significant site for future generations.

Human sacrifices took place at this Old Hawaiian Temple but don't let this scare you off.

3. Old WW2 Bunker and Lookout

This is the most amazing part of the Old Hawaiian Temple site is the little path that leads down to an old WW2 bunker that over looks Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. This part of the site you will not find in any travel book. We use to come to this very site when we used to live in Hawaii over 11 years ago. The view is breath taking and down right beautiful. The pictures don't do justice. Plus, if you come to this site you can spot whales during the winter months. We use to stop off at this very spot to spot whales and it's amazing to seem them out in the ocean.

One of the best kept secrets on the North Shore. All three places are worth stopping at plus don't forget to check out Sunset Beach! So, instead of three places it's actually four! A little bit of pie, breath taking views, killer waves, whale watching, and a very interesting historical site. If you ever get a chance...check it out. You wouldn't regret it!

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