Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 5

Day 7 – Kualoa Ranch Raptor Tour and Ziplining, Chasing Big Waves and Watching the Sunset at North Shore!

Kualoa Ranch

Have you seen any of the following movies?
– The Karate Kid II (1986)
– Jurassic Park (1993)
– Mighty Joe Young (1998)
– Fifty First Dates (2004)
– Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle (2018)

We got to see film locations for all these movies plus about two dozen more! Kualoa Ranch is a nature preserve with more than 4,000 acres of lush greenery and mountains that look like the ridged back of a sleeping dragon. They ranch is home to many cows (their burgers are amazing, in unrelated news). And the views are absolutely breath-taking, Hollywood has brought their stars to this side of Oahu to film many, many movies and TV shows. Some of the movie sets, include one from Jurassic World, were left at the ranch so crazy people like us could pose with the dinosaurs! And sit in the truck where Chris Pratt sat.

Entering Kualoa Ranch!
The ranch is home to beautiful horses that you can take out for guided rides!

Utility Terrain Vehicle Raptor Tour at Kualoa Ranch

Our first adventure of the morning had us jumping into utility terrain vehicles and zooming down the trail behind our hilarious guide. We caught glimpses of signs all over the ranch, showing where different movies were filmed. While Fast and Furious wasn’t filmed here, we sure were driving like it!

These are the utility terrain vehicles we drove, with the mountains in the background!
Look. At. That. Lusciousness.
Most of the ride was within the trees and valleys, but we got a couple views of the ocean too!
An old World War II bunker!
I’m glad the ranch is a nature preserve, so this beauty cannot be destroyed.

Movie Sets a Kualoa Ranch

Move over, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, a new star is coming on the scene!

AHHH! HELPPP! The dinosaurs have escaped!
A movie set from Jurassic World (2015)!
The exact same truck from Jurassic World (2015). Let’s take it for a spin!
This is where they filmed the ATV scene in Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)!
A film location (AND THE PENGUIN) from Fifty First Dates (2004)!
Welcome to… Jumanji!!!
We used to LOVE watching Magnum P.I. (1980-1988), and this is from one of the episodes!
This is one of the statues that National Geographic used when they filmed “Walking with Giants”
This was a real WWII bunker. Look familiar? Maybe you recognize it as a DHARMA station from the show LOST (2004-2010)!
We came across the bones of a dinosaur and King Kong!
Giant foot prints! Dun Dun Dunnn (I think these are Kong: Skull Island (2017)
A replica from Mighty Joe Young (1998) – my little sister’s FAVORITE movie!

Touring the Lush Valleys and the Jagged Mountains

We started our tour early in the morning, so this is a shot of the sun rising over the mountains.
Along the trail, we stopped at this picturesque view of the mountain, the valley and the ocean!
There is a story that this mountain was once a live dragon/lizard and it got its head cut off, which fell into the ocean below!
The jagged mountain range really does look like the back of an ancient sleeping dragon.
The island to the far left is called Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat). The two man-made pools of water on the right house fish for the luaus!
A closer view of the mountains at Kualoa Ranch – it’s so majestic I could cry.
Wild piggies also run around in thise valleys, but we didn’t get to see one
They ranch is home to many cows (their burgers are amazing, in unrelated news).

Ziplining at Kualoa Ranch

After getting muddy and dusty and having a mountain-size amount of fun, we were ready for the next adventure! Who doesn’t want to soar through the island air, suspended hundreds of feet above a lush valley, swinging in between the incredible mountain ranges?!? I felt like Tarzan and George of the Jungle and an airborne version of the Karate Kid all at once! Hiiiyaaa!
There were seven ziplines, and my partner and I got to race each other side-by-side! And for some reason, he was way more scared of the suspension bridges (even though we were still clipped in, so if we fell, we’d fall like 5 inches)!

A loose dinosaur greeting us at the beginning of our zipline adventure!
yeeeeeeee haaaawwww!
Not only was this adventure a blast, but the views were better than I could have dreamed!
To the right of the ocean, there sits on of the zipline platforms we got launched (pushed?) off!

Chasing some Big Waves on North Shore

Lāʻie Point State Wayside

On the news, my parents heard that there were 40-foot waves approaching North Shore! So what does that mean for my adventure-seeking family? Let’s go chase them!
First stop was the panoramic Lāʻie Point State Wayside! (Don’t ask me how to pronounce that, I know I’ll butcher it on accident.) We took lots of photos and videos as the waves crashed up and over this cool tunnel/holey rock out in the ocean. Another family (probably tourists, pshh) stood a little too close to the edge and they got hammered with a sneaker wave! A salty shower left them walking away soaking wet and laughing their heads off.

Lāʻie Point State Wayside at North Shore

Sunset Beach

To continue our chase of the massive waves, we drove to Sunset Beach on North Shore. Apparently there’s this famous tree that started growing half it’s trunk parallel to the ground, then was like naaah boiii and then started growing straight up like a normal tree. I thought it was cute that they put several signs on the tree, telling people not to climb on it, since it was over 100 years old and it needed to be shown some respect. What people will do for the gram, am I right?

Super old (like, over a century old) tree at Sunset Beach
Multiple signs posted on this poor old tree, making sure hooligans don’t climb on it and disturb its peace.
This was the path through a tunnel of greenery to get to the beach – how magical is that?!

Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park

Did you ever go through a phase of wanting to be a super cool surfer after watching the movie Blue Crush? Or maybe even Lilo and Stitch? Well, I definitely did. I wanted to ride the waves and do all the gnarly things that I don’t know what they’re called, but look super cool. I never attained that dream, primarily due to a fear of being eaten alive by a shark or a group of hungry fish.
But if you ever want to watch daredevil surfers tempt the incredibly strong ocean waves with their tiny boards, head to Ehukai Beach Park to watch these athletes take on the Banzai Pipeline. We sat on the sand, completely transfixed by the beauty of the sunset, the ferocity of the waves crashing relentlessly, and the surfers, chasing the ride of their life. This was the first time I had ever seen a wave curl over so you could see through it like a tunnel, which is were the best surfers would ride through and pop out the other side.

Surfer looking out at the ocean waves at sunset.
This guy was super good – I think he was using a bodyboard instead of a surfboard.
Ehukai Beach Park as the sunset casts its final array of colors in the sky.

Killer Tacos

This was a long day, and by the end, we were HUNGRY! So we stopped at a place at North Shore called Killer Tacos, and man oh man, they were killer!! I got a fish taco and a shredded chicken taco. But I felt a little guilty about the chicken taco while a random wild chicken was pecking around our feet while we ate outside!

Tacos from Killer Tacos at North Shore!

Thanks for reading!!!

Check out Part 1 of our trip, when we landed in Oahu and watched the sunset at Sand Island on Day 1. Then on Day 2, hiked to the Lanikai Pillboxes and went on an epic beach tour, ending at Waikiki Beach for a swim in the ocean and sunset with pineapple dole whip.

Check out Part 2 of our trip, when we went snorkeling at Shark’s Cove, devoured shave ice, toured a few more beaches and watched the sunset at Barber’s Point, all on Day 3.

Check out Part 3 of our trip, when we hiked the Pink Pillbox trail, snorkeled with turtles and watched the sunset at Secret Beach, and ate katsu chicken ramen. Then spent the following day touring the magical Aulani Disney Resort, ate all the goodies from Liliha Bakery, and watched the sunset at Ala Moana.

Check out Part 4 of our trip, when we walked out to Ka’ena Point and saw all kinds of wildlife, then paid our respects at the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Utah Memorial and learned a great deal at the Pearl Harbor Museum.

Stay tuned for Part 6, the final days of our dream-come-true adventure!

Published by strawberryandcream

Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

23 thoughts on “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 5

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!! Have you ever been to Hawaii?

      1. I have not. But I can’t wait to go! It’s my #1 place to visit. It’s 12 hours from Boston AHHH lol

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          Omg and I thought my 6 hour flight was long I hope you get to go soon!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Hahaha! Thank you I’m still waiting for them to call my for the next Jurassic movie

  1. This place is unreal and the pictures are magnificent.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you so much! Have you been to Hawaii?

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!! It was definitely a packed day full of fun and adventure and learning.

  2. singingandsauerkraut – Hello, I'm Josh! I am a writer and singer based in Germany. I like to write about lifestyle, longevity and health, as well as about the arts and opera in Germany
    singingandsauerkraut says:

    Seen them all! I would have found that extremely exciting What a busy day you must have been exhausted!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Oh yes, that night we slept reallll good after all the walking! I’m pretty sure my smart watch said I had walked like over ten miles that day

      1. singingandsauerkraut – Hello, I'm Josh! I am a writer and singer based in Germany. I like to write about lifestyle, longevity and health, as well as about the arts and opera in Germany
        singingandsauerkraut says:

        Good going!

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you so much!!

  3. Hawaii is on my bucket list of places to visit. Your pictures look lovely! Hopefully once the pandemic is over, we will be able to travel again. I haven’t once stepped foot on a plane since the pandemic started.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      I do hope you get to go soon!! Which island(s) do you plan to visit?
      It was a little scary going to the airport on on planes during this time, but we were pleasantly surprised at the level of sanitizing as well as the lower traffic of people in the airport

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Haha thank you! Same here, I like looking at the photos to help remind me what warm sunshine feels like

  4. The Ranch was one of the few things we didn’t get to do on Oahu in 2019. Beautiful scenery for sure.

    BTW, you also have a strange idea of “cheap vacations” too, LOL. The honeymoon cost as much as the wedding. O_O

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Hopefully you can go back and experience Kualoa Ranch!
      It’s much cheaper when your room and board and meals are covered by family living there

what do you think? :)