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The true stars of Oahu’s famed North Shore aren’t the actors fake louis bag in ABC’s “Lost” or top selling musician Jack Johnson. They’re the monster waves that roll in every winter. But the rest of the year, when the 30 foot surf and the crowds are long gone, the North Shore returns to its usual laid back, country lifestyle. It’s perfect for swimming, golfing, hiking, snorkeling or a lazy day at the beach with family.

The remote coastline stretches for more than 20 miles and seems a world away from the high rise jungle in Honolulu. But it’s actually only about an replica louis vuitton bags hour away by car, or two hours with a stop to stretch at the Dole Plantation.

While driving along Kamehameha Highway, keep an eye out for the colorful Haleiwa sign directing you to food, gas, shops and beaches. If you spot the sign replica designer handbags , featuring a boy catching a wave, take a picture while it’s still there. The signs are fake designer bags stolen more often than unattended bags on the beach.

The town of Haleiwa is the gateway to the North Shore. There are several gift shops, surf shops, restaurants, art galleries and real estate companies all peddling a piece 1:1 replica handbags of paradise.

You won’t find the Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton brands that dot Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. The big names here are Local Motion, Billabong and Quiksilver.

Haleiwa is where Queen Lilioukalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, spent her summers.

A trip here is never complete without stopping at Matsumoto’s, known for its shave ice, Hawaii’s version of snow cones. There’s usually a line out the door at this place that has served Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks and Adam Sandler, who wore a Matsumoto’s T shirt in the film “50 First Dates.”

Two bucks will get you a giant cone with vanilla ice cream or azuki beans inside. There are dozens of flavors, but rainbow (strawberry, pineapple and lemon) and the Hawaiian (pineapple, coconut and banana) are top sellers at Matsumoto’s, a North Shore favorite since 1951.

Another must eat North replica louis vuitton Shore treat is fresh Kahuku shrimp. Cooked and sold from large trucks along the road in Kahuku, a plate costs about $12 and includes a couple of scoops of rice and about a dozen shrimp. There used to be only a few, but now there are at least a half dozen all claiming to be “world famous” or the “original.”

I’m still a fan of Giovanni’s, next to the old Kahuku Sugar Mill. Its signature dish is the shrimp scampi, which is covered in garlic. I always get it with a side of fiery hot sauce.

Giovanni’s white truck is covered with graffiti and messages of customers from around the world.

There are many activities to build your appetite, even with no cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk waves to surf. Shark’s Cove is one of the great snorkeling spots. It’s across the street from the Foodland supermarket.

You can go skydiving or take a glider ride from Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia, bird watch at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, hike at Kaena Point, tour the sleepy former sugar town of Waialua or simply relax and watch the sun go down at Sunset Beach.

The Polynesian Cultural Center, the top paid attraction in the state, is also located on the North Shore in the Mormon settlement of Laie. Visitors can walk through seven villages representing different Polynesian cultures and watch a spectacular hula and fire dance show. The center provides jobs for students at adjoining Brigham Young University Hawaii.

As breathtaking as the beaches are , the rugged, green Koolau and Waianae mountain ranges are just as impressive. They often serve as backdrops in “Lost,” which has a base camp next to Haleiwa.

Creators of the hit castaway drama needed a remote, unspoiled location with scenic stretches of sand and dense forests for their mystery replica louis vuitton handbags island. They chose the North Shore.

Actor Daniel Dae Kim said he looks forward to going to the office every day, or in his case, the beach.

“Since moving to Hawaii, I have a vision of paradise now; it’s the North Shore,” Kim said. “The incredible water, the wildlife, the beaches and the surf. It’s really high quality designer replica handbags wholesale something you really can’t find anywhere else in the world.”

The North Shore is a popular place for filmmakers and was even the name of Fox’s short lived hotel TV drama. It can also be seen in films such as “The Big Bounce” and “Blue Crush.”

The only major hotel on the North Shore is the Turtle Bay Resort, featuring 443 rooms and guest cottages.

There are two golf courses on the resort’s 880 acre property, including the Palmer Course, which hosts a Champions Skins and LPGA tournament every year.

Currently, there are plans to expand Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku. The plans include 5 new hotels, adding 3,500 rooms and condominium units. Despite the promise of thousands of new jobs, residents in Kahuku say the expansion of the resort and replica louis vuitton bags the proposed development of 2,000 acres of former sugar plantation land for a new housing development would increase traffic and Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags change the rural charm that makes the North Shore special. Their motto is “Keep Kahuku Country,” which can be seen on signs in the area.

The surf culture lives on here throughout the year, even in the so called off season. This unpretentious place is all about comfort louis vuitton copy bags uk , with rubber flip flops the dominant footwear.

There’s no rushing here. The pace is as mellow as the folksy tunes of Jack Johnson, who Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica grew up surfing these beaches and went on to become a multiplatinum, Grammy nominated musician. Johnson always returns home when he’s not touring and can be spotted in the waters or riding around on his bicycle, with a surfboard tucked under his arm.

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