During Spring Break in March of 2010, my marching band took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii to participate in the Prince Kuhio Parade held in Waikiki. The Century High School Marching Band only travels to Hawaii every four years, and I was lucky enough to attend during my sophomore year! We stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Waikiki, Ohau, Hawaii.
On our first day, we visited Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. We also visited the USS Missouri Battleship and gave a tribute performance. Pearl Harbor was a very sobering experience for me because of all of the lives that were taken. It was also very sad but awe inspiring visiting the USS Arizona Memorial because there is a marble wall that commemorates all of those who lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. Our tribute performance at the USS Missouri was very cool, and afterwards, we got to take a self-tour of the battleship.
On the second day, we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Dole Pineapple Plantation, and got to drive by the North Shore. First, we stopped at the Dole Pineapple Plantation. It was really cool, and they had EVERYTHING pineapple! There was pineapple shaved ice, pineapple ice cream, and pineapple smoothies. Then, we went to the PCC where we attended “HA! Breath of Life”, which was a fire dancing show. We also got to go to a real luau, where they served fire roasted pig and showed us how Hawaiians had their luaus in the early days.
On the third day, we went on a KBOS Fun Cruise and participated in the Prince Kuhio parade. The Fun Cruise started in Kewalo Basin and we ended up n Turtle Canyon. We got to snorkel in the coral reefs, and my friends and I saw so many amazing and colorful fish. I also got to go out on a separate boat and go turtle watching, which was another amazing experience. After the Fun Cruise, we had a bit of free time to prepare for the parade. Around 3 pm that day, we had the Prince Kuhio Parade. Everyone in the crowd loved us, and we were the only non-Hawaiian band that performed. Afterwards, we went to a barbecue provided for us and received a Tiki man trophy for our participation.
On our fourth and final full day, we had a free day. My friends and I went to the International Market Place and spent time on Waikiki Beach. The International Market Place was really cool. There were all sorts of shops and stands, along with many places to eat. I ended up buying some skirts, and we went to Jamba Juice and Subway for lunch. After returning to our hotel and relaxing for a bit, we went down to the beach to play in the ocean. The water was so warm, but a bunch of us got cut on the coral, so we just transferred over to the hotel pool. For dinner, we went to the Planet Hollywood, which was very unique. After dinner, we walked over to Coldstone to enjoy some dessert in the humid weather.
Overall, my trip to Hawaii was very rewarding. I loved the weather, the performances, and the sights. If I ever go back, which I hope I do someday, I really want to go back and do all of the things I did during this trip and more. Our hotel was very nice, and all of the places we dined at were very tasty. I love Hawaii, and it will forever be one of my favorite vacation spots.
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