The 808 Mentality

The people of Hawaii are described as being relaxed, genuine and kind. These are all qualities that may be attributed to a single common phrase you may see while touring the islands, whether on a tshirt, a bumper stick or perhaps even a tattoo — “Lucky We Live Hawaii”. This well-known slogan perfectly represents the carpe diem lifestyle of the islands which promotes savoring each moment of the day. Instead of being impressed by one’s salary or home size, Hawaii residents are more concerned with how one lives. This mentality is one of the many reasons our humble group of islands in the middle of the sea is known for being one of the least stressed, most happy places in the world. You’re considered a little bit richer each time your child touches her toes to the sand, you catch the set of the day at your favorite surf spot or you’ve beat your best time to the top of Diamond Head to make it for the sunset.

Below are a handful of principles by which Hawaii residents live:

NATURE. Many researchers have confirmed that having close contact with nature has positive impacts on both mental and physical health — and Hawaii is overflowing with green spaces. “As humans become less connected with nature, we lose an essential health buffer,” said Mardie Townsend, PhD, an honorary professor at Deakin University in Australia. It is well-known that fresh air and sunlight are beneficial, but Townsend goes on to say, “[nature] is associated with reduced levels of stress … reduced levels of depression and anxiety, increased resilience, increased engagement with learning for children and adolescents … improved self-esteem and increased capacity to engage socially.”

ADVENTURE. Research has found chronic stress to be related to a higher risk of dying from stroke; however, while chronic stress is incredibly harmful, not all stress is alike. When our bodies undergo immediate stress, the adrenaline hormone takes control, helping us to take action. “A single adrenaline burst that comes and goes very quickly is a good thing … it gives you energy and gets you ready to mobilize for immediate action,” says Esther Sternberg, the director of the Integrative Neural Immune Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. While some may say skydiving or jumping waterfall cliffs is dangerous, we think it’s just the way to give your adrenaline a good kick (after you take all the necessary safety precautions).

SILENCE. It is not easy to find alone time in a time where our lives are ruled by technology at our fingertips; but, solitude and silence allows us to relax and restart our brains, causing us to be far more productive. Solitary time can be used for reflecting on life which leads to better relationships all around, including the relationship we have with ourself.

FAMILY. Ohana is a principle that, for most Hawaii residents, takes priority. Family sits on an entirely different pedestal than work, allowing the people that matter most in our lives to come first.

Whatever “Lucky We Live Hawaii” means to you is irrelevant to us here at Big Wave Shrimp. We welcome all to enjoy time with us in Haleiwa, and will always do our best to help make your lunch, dinner, day and lives a little better. Mahalo a nui!

Shrimp – The Most Popular Seafood In America

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the U.S. So popular, in fact, that it represents more than a quarter of the United States’ annual per capita seafood consumption. Shrimp, which may occasionally be sold as the term prawns, is so versatile, nutritious, and tasty that it has the average American eating about 4 pounds of it a year.

There are a variety of different types and sources of shrimp available in U.S. markets – below are just a handful that you may be interested in knowing:

COLD WATER. Cold water shrimp tend to be smaller and are normally harvested in northwestern and northeastern U.S. ocean waters. They are known as Pandalid shrimp – commonly used in salads, soups or chowders. According to, cold water shrimp are only available previously cooked and peeled.

WARM WATER. These shrimp are harvested and farmed in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world, and are more commonly sold by reference to basic white, brown, and pink shell colors. Additional names for warm water shrimp may include tiger, banana and hopper. Shrimp buyers are normally enticed by the different tastes, textures, sizes and costs which will vary from one species to another.

FARMED SHRIMP. Farmed refers to warm water varieties of shrimp that are raised in both open and closed pond systems supplemented with formulated shrimp feeds. Production rates and sensory attributes of the shrimp are influenced by the shrimp’s diet and pond water. More than 90 percent of the shrimp consumed in America comes from farmed sources around the world.

DOMESTIC and IMPORTED SHRIMP. Wild shrimp harvested on the various coasts of the United States are referred to as domestic shrimp, while imported shrimp refers mainly to farm-raised shrimp from productive regions in many Asian countries, the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific coasts of Central and South America.

Whether your taste buds are craving fresh shrimp or some of our other ono-licious options, the savory plates at the Big Wave Shrimp truck are sure to satisfy! Pay us a visit in Haleiwa town on the North Shore of Oahu to sample our mouthwatering goodies. We look forward to seeing you on the north side!

Shrimp Are Swimming In Healthy Nutrients

Shrimp are the “small fry” that deliver a big nutritional bite. Delicious in pastas, stir-fries, salads or just on their own (and at a mere 25 calories per ounce) shrimp offers healthy amounts of protein and fat, making it a nutritious, low-calorie option for any meal. On top of it being a nutritious option, like other forms of seafood, shrimp offers a boost to brain health, serving up generous doses of vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids. Various studies show that as our brains age they need more protection, with increased fish consumption, including the Omega-3s they provide, that added brain protection is achieved. Some research has focused on one of the three types of Omega-3s — DHA, short for docosahexaenoic acid — which research chair in brain metabolism and cognition during aging at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Stephen C. Cunnane, says could be part of the answer. “The brain absolutely needs DHA. I don’t think anyone can give you a truly simple, direct, clear answer to ‘What does DHA do?’ It’s present in large amounts in the brain. It’s present at the points where brain cells talk to each other, called synapses. But what it does there is not clear, and how it gets there isn’t clear,” he says. Cunnane adds that the topic is “a field of intense interest to a lot of people around the world.”

Consuming whole foods is often more health effective than supplementing a single nutrient via pill, not to mention tastier. This only adds to the reasons why shrimp and other sea foods make great meal options. Cunnane — who writes in his book Survival of the Fattest that seafood may have been a key component of human brain evolution millions of years ago — says that there could be something else in these food items that complements the nutrients or helps our bodies absorb their goodness, making them more effective than a pill. Or maybe people who regularly eat seafood make other smart health decisions too. In any case, Stephen C. Cunnane says what we eat is just one healthy piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is our brain. He insists that we must also include moderate physical activity and a healthy social network.

We at Big Wave Shrimp pride ourselves on delicious and savory plates that will keep you coming back for more! Whether you visit us for the nutritional benefits of our shrimp or for the mouthwatering treat that will feed your cravings, we look forward to seeing your beautiful faces on the north side of Oahu and don’t forget to Eat Ono, Hawaii!

A Closer Look Into Haleiwa Town

This sleepy little town, nestled comfortably along Oahu’s North Shore, is the polar opposite of the busy cityscape of Waikiki. More than a hundred years ago, entrepreneur Benjamin J. Dillingham opened one of the first hotels in Hawaii. He named the lodge Haleiwa, its literal translation meaning “House of the Iwa”. The graceful frigate bird, he said, best exemplified the ambience he wanted to create for the hotel.

At that time Haleiwa was in the middle of nowhere. Dillingham’s plan was to start a new railroad connecting his sugar plantations in Waialua to Honolulu. The Haleiwa would be the railroad’s last stop. For years and years tourists and locals alike enjoyed vacationing at The Haleiwa. Eventually, the entire town adopted the name.

The hotel is gone now, but this old plantation town continues to welcome visitors. Designated a Historic, Cultural and Scenic District in 1984, Haleiwa Town has maintained its simple charm and laidback environment with aging storefronts lining its main street. This is definitely a “shorts and slippers” kind of place.

Haleiwa offers a nice selection of surf shops, art galleries and eateries, all of which are in addition to the beautiful beaches and world renowned surf spots (Vans Triple Crown). Whether you’re spending a week on the North Shore or just a day, Haleiwa is a must. Make sure to plan a visit and don’t forget to stop by the Big Wave Shrimp truck to fuel up for your adventure!


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