Hawaii. Finally. A few quick observations. Surf is good on the Big Island. Mellow Locals and helpful. Nothing like I was expecting from the stories. I could catch waves in a crowd. Everyone was pleasant. Of course this was in Oct. I understand it will change nov 1.
Oahu: The North Shore. Too cool for me but I can see the attraction. Just drive down the road till you see a break you like and paddle out. Like kayaking in Chile. drive down the pan american and when you cross a river drive east until it become too difficult.