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Island Fun: Waimea Bay and Anahulu’s Shave Ice

Waimea Bay Haleiwa

On Saturday morning we decided to headed over to one of my favorite parts of the island, Oahu’s North Shore. Since we live in the central part of the island, the North Shore is pretty accessible. The key to making it out there hassle-free is leaving early. If you don’t, plan to be stuck in traffic for who knows how long with everyone else that decided to sleep in. I am all about making excursions easy, why should you have to balance the frustration of traffic and whiny, anxious kids on your day off? Seriously I deal with enough of that during the week.

We left our house about 7:45AM to pick up a friend and her kiddos with the goal of beachin’ at Waimea Bay, a popular spot in Haleiwa. We made it up there by 8:30AM and to my surprise was a mostly empty parking lot! This is very rare to see being such a popular beach, its typical to see a line of cars waiting for a space to open up. (In that scenario we just head to another beach) So easy peasy, love it.

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Beach hair, don't care.

Beach hair, don’t care.

We spent almost 4 hours playing around in the calm water. The girls had boogie boards and floaties, and we all just chilled out. We packed sandwiches, fruit and snacks to tide us over. Great morning at a surprisingly uncrowded North Shore spot. Around noon we decided it was time to pack up and headed off to grab a cold, sweet treat. Next stop Anahulu’s Shave Ice!

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I love this low-key shave ice spot. It’s small and chill and never crazy crowded like Matsumotos a few blocks away. It’s $2 for a small, which for me is more than enough sugar water. There is also a beautiful Colette Miller angel wing mural right out front. Almost everyone you see will be snapping a pic with the wings. It’s like a right of passage at Anahulu’s it seems.

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Anahulu's Shave Ice Haleiwa

Coconut and bubblegum

Overall a great, relaxed day with the girls. Leave early to avoid any stress and hit up a treat spot that is a little less known. You’re kids and your sanity will thank you for it.

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27 Comments

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    justine
    September 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    i would fly all the way to hawaii for some matsumotos shaved ice.. but if you say that this is on par with matusumotos, i’m down to go again! how are the mochi balls? mochi matters! <3

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 9, 2017 at 11:17 AM

      Not sure if they offer mochi at this spot, but the basic shave ice is fab!

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    D at Be you and thrive
    September 8, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Looks like a wonderful adventure! Thanks for sharing. (Makes me want June – August back!). xo~D

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    Brittany Comeaux
    September 7, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    I always love coming to your blog and your instagram. I get to live vicariously through you! One day, I’m dying to take my husband and kids to a beautiful island spot like this!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 9, 2017 at 11:14 AM

      Aww, thanks so much! You need to get out here, Hawaii is a lot more approachable than people think.

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    Kenya
    September 7, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    I truly need to learn how to do more of this. Great inspiration. Glad you guys enjoyed!

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    Courtney
    September 7, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Beautiful pictures! Glad I got to read this, because we’ve been considering going to Hawaii.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      September 9, 2017 at 11:07 AM

      Yes! Definitely visit!

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    Sarah
    August 23, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    I am heading to Hawaii next Spring and have definitely heard about shaved ice. I am excited to get a chance to try it when I am there!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      August 23, 2017 at 9:39 PM

      Yes!! There are quite a few places that are worth checking out!

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    Lyndsay // Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen
    June 2, 2017 at 6:46 AM

    Looks like you had fun!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      June 3, 2017 at 5:49 AM

      Always the goal, thanks Lyndsay 🙂

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    Bailey
    April 19, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    Waimea Bay is one of my favorite spots too!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 19, 2017 at 11:41 AM

      Love it, just need to get there early! Aloha

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    Nina
    April 19, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    Looks like a great day at the beach 🙂 you must have tons of those tho since you live on a beautiful island!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 19, 2017 at 11:41 AM

      There are so many beaches to choose from, we have so much more to explore even though we live here 🙂

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    Rachel Hough
    April 19, 2017 at 4:39 AM

    Love shave ice! It’s our favorite treat when we go to Hawaii. I’ll have to remember it on our next trip to Oahu. Ululani on Maui is my FAVORITE.

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 19, 2017 at 5:55 AM

      I keep hearing about Ululani, must check it out! Thanks for stopping by, Aloha!

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    Veronika Sykorova
    April 18, 2017 at 8:48 PM

    Oh how I wish I could be by the sea somewhere warm! <3

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 19, 2017 at 5:55 AM

      I don’t think I could go back to a cold environment after living here. 70 degrees is chilly at this point!

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    Harmony, Momma To Go
    April 18, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    we miss our hawaii shave ices, we love ululani on maui! we really need to get to Oahu too!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Ooo, I’ll have to check it out next time I go to Maui, thanks!

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    Melanie
    April 18, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    What a fun day!! I want to try Hawaiian shaved ice in actual Hawaii!!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM

      Yes! More authentic, lol. Aloha!

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    Apryl @ heart, hope, & hustle
    April 18, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Wow this place looks so cute and fun! Hawaii is on our to do list and those wings may have just sucked me in to visiting this little token of love!

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      julie@alohalovely.com
      April 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM

      One of the many charming spots in Haleiwa! Anahulu’s is also a lot less crowded than Matsumotos, and just as good! Aloha 🙂

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    the adventurer
    September 30, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    Sounds like such a fun day! I can’t believe you found parking in Waimea bay, we always leave from Kailua and it takes us a while before we get ourselves in the car and drive out, there is hardly any parking left!

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