Every year for the past four years my father has taken a business trip to Hawaii, and usually took my mother with him. Last year in September of 2008 I finally got to accompany them and miss two weeks of school. Needless to say I got the homework done on the 16+ hours of flight and layovers from my home in Ohio.
Overall, the travel was uneventful except on the return trip we had to switch aircraft because one of the loading doors was hit by the ‘new guy’ who was driving one of the baggage carts. We did rent a car in Hawaii so we could drive around and get away from the resort we stayed at to enjoy Hawaii instead of just camping out at the resort, even though the resort was amazing by itself.
We stayed on the North Shore of Oahu at the only resort on the whole northern side of the island called Turtle Bay. Every room was situated so that the balcony had a view of the ocean, and either a sunrise or sunset. Basically it sat on a peninsula that jutted out into the ocean, and had a bay on each side of it and the resort was laid out in a Y shaped manner, and the only rooms that faced inland were the larger conference halls and meeting rooms. Rooms were very mellow in color, beds and facilities were great, and the staff was extremely friendly.
The restaurants at the resort were amazing, so we always had dinner close by. We also found a small hole-in-the-wall place called Breakers’ about five minutes away that had a killer breakfast menu and was pretty cheap.
Our room had a sunrise view, and seeing as there is a six hour time lag between Hawaii and Ohio, I was witness to every sunrise for the ten days we were there. After the ten days, we moved down to Wakakii on the southern side of the island, where it basically looked like any high-rise city where my father had his meetings and presentations for three days. I also learned how to surf, and the North Shore is renowned for surfing.
Overall I loved Hawaii, but who wouldn’t? I love to read, so in the mornings I would just lay in the bed and read while the sun came up, and then I would spend most of the day either out on the balcony or on the beach relaxing and enjoying life. This trip allowed my mother, father, and I a chance to really relax around each other and just enjoy the surroundings.
We also took a tour at the Polynesian Cultural Center, attended a Luau, and a performance by Firedancers, a traditional group that uses fire in their dancing routines. The coolest part of that was when it seemed like one of the main dancers lost control of the staff he was whirling (while trailing flames) and it flew off to the side and then someone that was in the dark caught it and threw it back to him like a spear.
After the dancers left, three men came out wearing traditional palm-leaf skirts and tried to put out three separate fires by trying to sit on them. Palm leaves are fire retardant, but that doesn’t keep fire from being hot, and if one of them put theirs out, the other two would wait until he got up, and then used a brand from theirs to relight the one that went out.
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