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Gotta admit it...I've never seen Waimea this flat before. Hardly a ripple. Not quite the image you may have of this famous big-wave beach. Ah, well.

On the other hand, the kids were able to play in the water. Again, Yoko and I had to watch them carefully, as the beach was steep and the receding water could easily pull Michelle off her feet.

See that tower in the background. There was something different about it that I couldn't put my finger on. I could have sworn that there used to be a bit going from the top to the ground at an angle. Sure enough, I recently saw some old '60's footage of surfing at Waimea Bay, and there WAS a bit hanging off the tower. Anybody know what happened to that bit and when it disappeared?

A popular Waimea Bay activity is diving from this large rock just offshore. The rock can just be seen in the picture below.


Flashback Dept.: The last time I was in Hawaii, 13 years ago, Waimea was really pumping. The surfers were out and drew a large crowd.

Compare this picture with the one below. Same bay, different worlds.

One time I was at Waimea, and the waves were pushing white water all the way back to the main road, at the back of the parking lot about 100 meters behind these people here!

The sunsets off the north shore were magnificientt, with brilliant, clean, crisp light and golden and purple-pink colors -- without the false reds you get from smog and other pollution.


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