My favorite day in Hawaii was Sunday, two days before we left for home. We started our day by walking over from the Hotel to Ruffage Natural Foods, a little restaurant and grocery on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki.
Ruffage Natural Foods
Lunch at Ruffage Natural Foods
Me at Ruffage Natural Foods
Ruffage had several vegan meal options and were very helpful in giving suggestions. The hubby ordered the Totally Vegan Special with Veggie Chili, Avocado, Brown Rice and Salad. It was really good and I loved how much avocado they gave you. Many of the meals are based around Boca or Morning Star frozen foods, which is okay. The chili Mark ordered was way better than the Vegan Burger I ordered which was a vegan Boca burger patty on sliced bread. I normally prefer homemade vegan burgers or fresh vegetables over frozen. I do recommend their fresh fruit smoothies, but I would skip adding dates.
Matsumoto Shave Ice
Angela at Matsumoto Shave Ice
Angela with Matsumoto Shave Ice
After lunch we caught a series of buses to the North Shore, an area of Oahu known for its incredible beaches, surf spots, and shave ice. Matsumoto’s was recommended by our friend Ryan, who had given us lots of advice before our trip (Post: Dinner with Jenn & Ryan). The line was long, but moved pretty quickly. I ordered a Piña Colada and Mark ordered the Matsumoto, which was a combination of lemon, pineapple and coconut. We enjoyed our shave ice as we walked down to a nearby beach spot. To me, the shave ice was just like the raspas I had as a child. After a quick phone call to Ryan for another recommendation, we caught a bus up to Waimea Bay.
About to jump off the Rock at Waimea Beach Park
Waimea Beach Park was by far the most beautiful beach we visited while in Hawaii. We laid out our Hotel pool towels and tried to soak it all in. After a little rain I got the courage to climb up on the giant rock (shown above). Lots of people were already on top and were jumping or diving into the water. It took a little while, but I finally jumped off the edge. It was crazy and fun, but I’d never do it again. The sun began to set as we walked back up to the bus stop. A nice couple from Uruguay informed us that the bus route changed in the evening, so after several more buses we finally got back to Waikiki around 10pm. We were starved, exhausted and nearly froze to death on the bus, but the trip was totally worth it. How often do you get the chance to take photos like this?
Sunset Waimea Beach Park
An extra big thank you to the hubby for his beautiful photos.
p.s. My sister Sarah made a delicious dinner for us Wednesday night, which I’m hoping to share soon along with one final post about Hawaii!