Westside Sunset

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Kekaha Beach

Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This morning Ron, Brendan, and myself loaded up the jeep and charged it to the west side of the island. We were planning on camping at Polihale State Park, which is basically the end of the road before you get to the Napali Coast. The west side is neat because it is a completely different terrain and climate from the rest of the island. Instead of thick jungle, it is more temperate forest and much of the land was cleared. It also much drier. It reminded me of what Ireland would look like (even though I've never been to Ireland.) On a side note, I went to the last gas station on the highway and got to pay $4.59 a gallon for gas. I'll never bitch about paying for gas on the mainland again.

The way to Polihale is an adventure in itself, as the final 7 miles or so were on a really beat up dirt road. However once we got there, we didn't stay long. There was plenty of swell but the winds were very strong side-shore making it all chopped up and not inviting at all. It was obvious it also wouldn't make for a good camping spot. I did get to watch some wind surfers getting crazy in the surf. I've seen wind surfing before, but never in big waves so it was really cool to see them getting sick. 

We ended up backtracking back to a place called Kekaha Beach and a break called Intersections. The waves were awesome! It wasn't very big, but it was glassy and the water was almost crystal clear. It was so beautiful. The wave ended up forming a funny little wedge that was pitching some little barrels. There was this Japanese looking guy who was surfing like he had this small wave completely dialed in. He would drop-in, get barreled-come out-then bust numerous maneuvers until the wave petered out. He was pretty cool to watch, and had obviously surfed this wave or one just like it many, many times before.

The rest of the day was spent lounging in the sand on this beautiful beach, eating hot dogs, drinking beer (me), surfing, and just straight chilling. We were able to drive the jeep right down on the beach and use a tarp to set up some shade. There was an amazing sunset that evening, and we ended up just passing out on the beach under the stars. It was great. Also, I got my first view of Ni'ihau, the forbidden island. I've been intrigued by this island ever since I first learned about it. It is one of the major islands in Hawaii, but it is much more wild then most of the other majors. There is a permanent population of around 200, but foreigners are forbidden to step foot on the island unless given permission. The natives have managed to keep outside interference to a minimum. I instantly wanted to go, and I soon would! 
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