In March 2017, my girlfriend Cristy and I went on our first trip to Hawaii. I am originally from the west side of the island of Oahu, a city called Waianae. Cristy has never been to Hawaii, so I was full of excitement to introduce her to all my friends and family, and to show her all the amazing beaches. As soon as we landed, we got our rental car and zoomed to Waianae. It has been my tradition to go to a very specific beach in Waianae each time I return home: Tumbleland.
Tumbleland is a beach located on the west side of Oahu. It is about a two mile long stretch of sand where families camp, fish, and overall enjoy themselves. Tumbleland got its name since everyone “tumbles” as they bodyboard there. This wave breaks on very slippery reefs during the summer months. Like most beaches in Hawaii, Tumbleland is known for its beautiful, warm waters and amazing weather. Pictured above Cristy and I got lucky to see a very green Waianae coast. Typically, the west side of Oahu is known for its dry weather, so most of the time the mountains are of a yellow tint.
I grew up exactly across the street from Tumbleland. As a child to teenager, I spent most of my childhood at Tumbleland. I would go fishing with my friends all the time. I learn how to do my favorite pastime (bodyboad) at Tumbleland. I basically lived on this beach.
My grandparents both passed away a few years ago, and both of their ashes was spread at the beach I hold closes to my heart. I felt a spiritual bonding moment when I introduced my girlfriend to where my grandparents ashes where spread. My grandparents never seen me with a girlfriend, so it was a very unique experience to present her to my grandparents in spirit. Randomly a bunch of flowers floated towards my feet, so I gathered a bunch and gave them to my grandparents as pictured below. It was an amazing day.
Cristy and I occasionally return back to Hawaii, and as per usual, we have to make a stop to Tumbleland. Tumbleland will always have a special place in my heart. This beach has shaped me to be the person I am today, and I am thankful to be able to call this place my home.