We took a drive to the North Shore to enjoy the sunset. It’s the start of big wave season here in Hawaii. The flat ocean summer days are over. It’s how we know we’re entering a new season. Here in Hawaii, we don’t have huge temperature drops or the changing of the leaves. We find the season changes in our ocean.
Before we got to the beach, we stopped by our favorite Acai bowl spot in Haleiwa – Haleiwa Bowls! Our personal favorite is the mana bowl – a base of frozen acai puree (like a sorbet), topped with granola, local bananas, raw coconut flakes, and local raw honey. So ono and refreshing. A perfect end to a beach day.
Welcome to the re-designed Happy Haleiwa Blog. To launch the new blog, we wanted to tell you about our different Happy Haleiwa Characters.
Happy (aka Happy-chan) – Happy represents everything in Hawaii. She is the leader of the pack. She has fiery red hair and was our original character. She’s the OG of Happy Haleiwa and is full of the Aloha spirit. Happy designs are found at both our store locations – Waikiki and Haleiwa.
Hokulani (aka Hoku-chan)– Hokulani means “heavenly star”. Hoku embodies the North Shore of Oahu. She loves going to the beach. Surfing and paddle boarding are her favorite hobbies. She has orange hair, chocolate brown eyes, and a golden tan. Hoku-chan has a laid back personality. You can find our exclusive Hoku designs at our Haleiwa store.
Hau’oli (aka Hau’oli-chan)– Hau’oli means “happy” or “joy”. Hau’oli embodies the lively cityscapes of Waikiki. She loves to dance hula and is usually pictured with Diamond Head. Hau’oli has light blonde hair, bright blue eyes, and a lovely bronze tan. She has a cheerful attitude and a warm smile. You can find our Hau’oli designs at our Waikiki store.
Who is your favorite character? Let us know in the comments 🙂
Hawaii is known for it’s beautiful atmosphere with crystal blue oceans and empowering green mountains that I am fortunate to call my home. But what is in our oceans? This past weekend on Earth Day, we got to take part in a huge annual beach clean up to celebrate earth. It was an awesome experience to be a part of, but it was heartbreaking to see the amount of plastic there was along the beach.
The Friday before Earth Day, our high school hosted Earth Fest, which was entirely ran by students. We had set up several different booths to bring awareness to environmental issues all across the world. We had a special booth just for Hawaii, where my friends and I shared the issues of plastic waste and had students sign petitions to end single-use plastic. The picture shown above is our micro plastic board, where we glued several pieces of micro plastics that we’ve collected from previous beach clean ups to create art.
Students jammed out listening to their classmates perform local songs with their band, learn about why and how we can take care of our earth, and enjoyed some locally grown papaya ube frozen yogurt! (So good)
Wheeling a tire across the beach…how did that even get there?
This is only a portion of the trash collected, on only a portion of the beach. We collected all of this within 20 feet around us. It is not difficult to be plastic free, you can start by purchasing a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles! Refuse straws when you go to restaurants! Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store! Anything helps.
We found part of a fence and a large fishing net rolling in the sand. There are a lot of times where there are sea creatures caught in these nets, still alive, just trapped. We’ve rescued several deep water crabs, starfish, and coral. These nets are like tumbleweeds and will pick up anything that is in its way.
Its crazy how much trash you can pick up within a couple hours and a dozen people. This is unfortunately not even close to how much there actually was on the beach. It is important that people are aware of what we do in our everyday lives affect our earth, our home. If not, by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Would you want to have a piece of a plastic bucket for dinner? BE THE CHANGE.
Have you tried Happy Haleiwa Cafe yet? If not, you’ve got to check it out. Come in for a refreshing local iced tea, acai bowls with locally made granola and honey, homemade ice-cream, shaved ice, coffee and espresso drinks for a boost, or grab a hot original panini sandwich!