I will always remember the summer of 2010 because it was the best one I’ve had so far. It was the year I turned 16 and the year I traveled the most. My family (Dad, Mom, two sisters, and grandma) and I took vacation to Oahu, Hawaii. We were so excited because we hadn’t taken a family vacation in so long. We were so nervous on our way to the LAX airport. While we waited for our flight we made some friends. Once on the airplane, we waited for the actual takeoff. I particularly love the takeoff because it feels like a rollercoaster but I hate the landing because I get an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach and my heart beats so fast that it feels as though it were to fall out of my chest.
We traveled on United Airlines and the plane was particularly small and didn’t provide the audience with individual screens or free movies as did Delta Airlines on our way back home. We arrived at Hawaii, rented a comfortable Chevy van, and headed to the Waikiki Hotel. The hotel wasn’t glamorous and we had to switch rooms because we weren’t satisfied. We were all pretty disappointed of the hotel. We were to stay in Hawaii for 8 glorious days. The day after we arrived was my birthday and I had forgotten. My parents drove us to meet up with some friends who were also on vacation in Hawaii and we had breakfast at IHOP. After that we went to the beach and then had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. I had a good time overall and was tired by the end.
The next day we went with our friends to the Dole Plantation. Let me just say that the pineapple ice cream is delicious and pure. I was literally in heaven. We went to the beach again because that is what Hawaii is all about and we bought some tie dye shirts, which I had been wanting. For dinner we ate at the Kahuku Fumis Shrimp Truck which serves the best shrimp in the whole entire world. I hope to find a place like this near Los Angeles because it is just so delicious. I ordered the spicy shrimp and the sauce went perfectly with the steamed rice. We actually went back there to get some more. We also went to the Polynesia Cultural Center where tourists pay to see shows of the Hawaiian Islands and eat at a buffet. This was a wonderful experience. There were some shows that were funny others were soothing and they were all informational. We got to eat Hawaiian food and ride a canoe. We saw a musical about a young Hawaiian boy and then a fire show. It was absolutely breathtaking. It’s amazing how they can turn off fires with their feet and how they can do all these tricks.
We also happened to run into some other friends whom we didn’t know were there. We went to the stores together and ate Vietnamese food. We did a lot of shopping and site seeing. It was great getting to know about the culture. We also went to the Kailua Beach Park which is the best beach in the world if you ask me. It has the bluest water and the softest sand. It was so beautiful and supernatural. Overall, this trip was so amazing because we got to spend time together as a family and we learned so much. It was an incredible experience that we will never forget.
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