There are no racial or ethnic majorities in Hawaii. There are about 32% Japanese-American, Filipino-American about 16% and Chinese-American about 5%. In the summer of 2008 me and my soccer team traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii for two weeks for AYSO national finals, it was the most memorable trip a person could ask for, the flight was about eight hours long from Dallas, Texas but we had a connecting flight from West Palm Beach, FL to Dallas Texas. There were about 22 of us and we were living a two story house with four bedrooms it was a pain living in a house full of teenagers with one only three parents.
While on the trip we visited many great attractions such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, Battleship Missouri Memorial, Wet n Wild Hawaii, and Dole Plantation: The Maze. My favorite attraction was Diamond Head Hiking trail, it remind me of home back in Haiti, because I used to walk up tall mountains and over look the city, and when I got to the top of Diamond Head you could see the whole island of Honolulu. It was the most beautiful view I ever seen in my life. Traveling around the island was difficult because we only had to two vans for everybody, it feel like a slave ship in the van that’s how close we were.
The Hawaiian people were the nicest humans on earth the welcome everyone and I was the only black person on the soccer team. While traveling around the island we stop at subway and one of my teammate was talking to this girl we was 20 years old and he was 16, it was funny because he lied to the girl and we were laughing the whole time. We did all of stupid stuff because we were in Hawaii and we were willing to have a lot of fun. We went to the beach every afternoon such as Waikiki beach, but I couldn’t swim and I still can’t swim now, that’s what I need to learn because all my teammates was in the middle of the water and I have a life jacket while they was laughing at me.
On the other side, There was an open ceremony for all the teams in United States, it was like the open ceremony at the 2006 Olympic in China. We won every single soccer game we played but disqualified from the tournament because we score to much goals and they said we were travel soccer players not recreational player, but we didn’t let that kill our trip we made it even fun. Finally, the trip was magnificent and I learned a whole new culture within the American region and learned the historic facts about Pearl Harbor and the wars. Living with 20 people was not a good idea it was like a reality TV show, one thing I can say this trip did to me is that I learned how to live with 22 people for two weeks some of them were very messy.
One of the craziest thing that happen during the trip, one night three of my sneak out the house and went out to the club and the chaperons were going crazy and when the kids came back they called their parents and sent them home earlier.
Our last day on the island was so fun, we went to the flea market it was the biggest thing on the island, I brought so much stuff that I went home with no money, I was broke. Over all it was a fantastic journey.
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