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Published: January 26th 2005
Well my friends, it has been a long time since I last updated my blog; and a lot has happened. I think that this first update will be for our time in Oahu only.
Jen and I left for Hawaii on the 11th of January, spent the night in LA and then arriving in Honolulu, Oahu on the 12th. Upon arriving we were greeted at the gate by a Hawaiian girl who had lei's for both of us (a little surprise I arranged for Jen). The first night we stayed
in a hostel in Waikiki, a pretty fun place that had a bunch of activities set up for its guests, but they only had room for us for one night. The rest of the time we stayed in a hotel called Big Surf. Which was nice they what I was used to, but not up to pare with what you would expect from an actual "hotel" (apposed to a hostel) they didn't change our sheets even once (we where there for a whole week).
We definitely did way too much for me to write it all down in one blog, so I'll just hit some of the
highlights and maybe jen can fill in some more in the comments section.
Oahu was fun; basically everyday consisted of some sort of activity in the morning (Pearl Harbor, Whale watching, watching surfers on the north shore, and the Polynesian culture center). A little beach time after that (the weather was always a little overcast and windy…..but jen and I where determined to get a tan, so often we'd be the only ones on the beach in the overcast chilly weather….cold but stubborn…"we're getting a tan no matter what!!". Eventually we'd give up and do some shopping (boy-o-boy jen was on a misson!!). The evenings where pretty chill in Waikiki, jen was sick for the first half of the week, so we'd normally have dinner and then walk around town.
Our whale watching trip was pretty fun. We joined a cruise that "GARUNTEED" whale sightings, got there early, and found a great spot on the top deck. But, the weather was bad, and swells where really big. The captain mention that it wasn't the best day for whale watching and that everyone should take their motion sickness pills. Long story short: We saw a bunch of water spouts
from the whales, one whale tail, and then everyone (except for jen and I) got sea sick so the boat turned around early. But the best part was that on the way back to the harbor we got to make our own lei's, so jen and I both got to lei ourselves (actually we switched, so I guess we lei each other).
Another highlight was the Polynesian Culture Center. I don't really know how to describe this place. Tickets where really expensive but you were there for around 12 hours (plus our bus driver gave us a nice guided tour of the whole island during the drive there). It was like a mix between Disneyland and cultural museum. The culture center was a group of small little villages that represented about 8 different countries/cultures (help me out here jen) Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Tahiti, Samoa, and I don't remember the rest. Basically you'd go to each area and they would put on a show for you, one that normally consisted of dancing, a little history, and then some sort of activity or game. It was actually a lot of fun. But the highlight of the night was the Lu’au
Flight to the big island
flight to the big island
and the show afterwards. All the food you could eat, fire dancing, hip shaking…man it was a show…and by the time it was done…we where done, and ready to hit the sack.
I will get some photo’s posted soon (we took over 600) and I will start working on the blog for the “Big Island”
(tomorrow I am off to Fiji --- right now I am in LA).
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