On July 16th, 2007, my family and I were on our way to a fulfill a life long dream, trip to Honolulu, Hawaii.
We departed on a plane from Nashville, Tennessee, to Houston, Texas, early the next morning. The flight was fairly short, a little over two hours. When we arrived at the Houston-Bush International Airport we decided to eat a quick bite before boarding our next flight to Honolulu. We departed from Houston at 11:25 A.M. central time. After a long 12 hours later, we arrived in Honolulu. As you can imagine, when we arrived we were very hungry and suffered from jet lag. My family was greeted by a hula dancer with leis made of fresh flowers for each of us. A man from our resort met us at the luggage conveor belt, he loaded our luggage and drove us to the resort. We checked into the Wakiki Shore Resort. After checking in we decided to go find a restaurant. Luckly, we found a nice restaurant in the neighboring hotel. The Outrigger Reef. Afterward my little cousins and I played in the ocean.
The next day was spent at the Polyneisin Culture Center (Polynesia.com). Our tour guide met us at the gate. His name was Hashi. Hashi was an Hawaiian native so he knew the culture well. The day was full of learing and fun. He taught us how to do the hula, play Hawaiian games, and climb a palm tree. It does not matter how many lessons I get I will never be able to climb a palm tree! We ate supper at a fresh seafood buffet which was included in the ticket price. As we ate our dessert we watched a show of Hawaiian dancing.
A cruise was next on our agenda. A lunch cruise to be more exact. We took a boat ride out to the sea. When we reached a certain sea depth we were allowed to go deep sea snorkling. It was way more tiring than it sounds. For lunch we had a variety of hamburgers, hot dogs, and brownies. It was a delightful expirience.
We decided to attend a luau during our stay in Hawaii. We arrived at Germaine’s Luau in late afternoon (germainesluau.com). We were served a main course of a pig roasted in the ground. The sides were served on a buffet we drank our non-alcoholic maitais and watched a traditional hula show.
We took a submarine deep into the ocean they showed us an abandoned ship wreck that had settled on the ocean floor. The sea and plant life was magnificent. The submarine was known as the Atlantis IV.
The following day we spent at Pearl Harbor, it had to be the most moving expirience I have ever witnessed. We rode a tour boat out into the bay where all the warfare had taken place. The ship the Arizona has been made into a memorial since it sank upright. A structure has been placed on top of the ship with all of the deceased soldiers’ names displayed, that died there that day. A quart of oil still leaks out of the Arizona each day. If you ever make it to Hawaii this should be on your agenda.
Our trip to Hawaii changed my life forever. It was my first plane ride, the first time I have set foot on an island, and the first time I have been able to get fresh seafood off of the coast. My experience was unforgetable!
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