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A Turtle Bay Staycation and a Weekend North Shore Itinerary

Over the last two years, my wife and I have taken advantage of the long Thanksgiving break to explore our neighbor islands (see some of our Lanai and Hawaii Island posts). This year, however, we weren’t able to leave Oahu…and so we decided that since we couldn’t hop on a plane, we would instead jump in our car for a sweet little staycation.

First, coffee at the brand new Brew & Foam in the North Shore’s quaint little town of Waialua. The cold brew was on point.


Just a few steps from the Coffee Shop is Jerry’s Pizza, and so a 12-inch Margarita Pizza would be our pre-drive snack.


Of course, when you’re in Haleiwa you always make a stop at Matsumoto’s Shave Ice…no ifs, ands, or buts (despite the 21st century renovations).


Once we had ALL of that in our tummies, we were set for the 30-minute drive to the Turtle Bay Resort.

Check-in was a breeze…though, we didn’t get a puka shell lei this time around. I remember getting one the last time that I had a staycation here. By the way, they let us into our rooms two hours before our check-in time…sweet!

That ALOHA pillow, though…can you send me one, Turtle Bay? Please? 🙂


The view from the lanai. We went with the Deluxe Ocean View. Worth it. Also, shout out to our friends at The Aloha Exchange.


Beach…pool…lanai. I ended up hanging out on the lanai, reading the latest issue of Kikaha, Island Air’s in-flight magazine, while overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Not bad at all. [Note: we like Island Air]

And then we built up our appetite and headed down to Roy’s Beach House. I went with the Mahi Mahi Sandwich and she enjoyed the Kalbi.



Surfers were catching waves as the sun was getting ready to set.


And then this view happened along Oahu’s fabled North Shore.


Those colors…


Dinner at Pa’akai meant one thing…an order of the whole, deep fried, opakapaka. This, was a highlight. I would come back again just to order this.


We followed up dinner the next day with the complimentary breakfast buffet at Kula Grille. I really enjoyed the coconut sticky buns!

And then, after recovering from the sizable breakfast spread, we headed over to the Turtle Bay’s Nalu Kinetic Spa. So worth it. Relax and enjoy the view and waves they said…done.


With our bags packed, and our body and mind refreshed, we jumped back on Kamehameha Highway in search of Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. It’s been two years since I’ve had a bite of shrimp from Kahuku’s original purveyor of rich shrimp scampi. Amazingly satisfying.


We wrapped things up with a 45 minute drive to the Valley of the Temples to pay respect to our loved ones. Along the way, we passed the stunning Byodo-In Temple. Weekend staycation, complete.



Brew & Foam
67-292 Goodale Ave
Unit 105
Waialua, HI 96791
Phone number (424) 234-2244

Jerry’s Pizza
67-292 Goodale
Waialua, HI 96791
Phone number (808) 637-8866

Matsumoto Shave Ice
66-087 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712
Phone number (808) 637-4827

Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Phone number (808) 293-6000

Roy’s Beach House
57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Phone number (808) 293-7697

57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Phone number (808) 293-6000

Kula Grille
57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731
Phone number (808) 293-6000

Nalu Kinetic Spa
57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
56-505 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, HI 96731

Byodo-In Temple at the Valley of the Temples
47-200 Kahekili Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744