Hawaii part II

Trip Start May 26, 1999
Trip End Jun 20, 2005

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Saturday, June 21, 2003

Dude, this trip has been totally rad.  I'm definitely coming back to Hawaii one day (when I dodn't have to share a room with my brother and dad who snore).  Everything is just so chill around here, except for the really touristy areas, and the people are very friendly.

On Wednesday, we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore.  The area was divided into sections featuring each island culture.  There was also an IMAX film on aquatic life.  I wish we had more time to explore, but we would be returning (we have a 2-day pass, I think).  The guy in charge of the Samoan section was hilarious.  He and his co-horts had a sort of comedic show going on that involved climbing palm trees and getting milk from coconuts.  My favorite section was Tahiti because they are awesome dancers.  That evening, there was a show called Horizons, which had each culture showing off their native dances and music.  In one of the dances, they were twirling sticks and poi balls that glowed under black light.  There was also fire twirling and walking (which turned into a comedy routine thanks to the Samoans).  The drumming was just as awesome as the dancing; it was 100 times cooler than our drum line.  I had a great time, but it was a long day since the drive took a couple hours to get to the PCC.

The next day we just chilled on the beach.  I was happy because I've been wanting to relax and play in the water ever since I got here.  We went to the beach closest to the condo, which had less people.  I still haven't gone surfing or bodyboarding yet.

Yesterday was the best day of the trip.  We went ocean kayaking at Waimea Falls Park, also on the North Shore.  Mom kept freaking out over the possibility that Eric and I, who were sharing a kayak, would flip over.  It was fine since our guides/instructors were very competent (and hot ^_~).  Eric and I did argue a lot over who was doing more work and which way to go.  Although we didn't go in sync, we manage to make it without any accidents.  It was quite a work-out, especially when we got out into the open ocean.  I hate having glasses, but it was better than not seeing things.  Still, salt water splashing on them was annoying.  We stopped and rested at a secluded beach, which the clearest, most beautiful water I had ever seen (I probably said that when I was at the Philippines, but this one wins).  I wished I could've snorkled in it.  The sweestest part about the whole kayak trip was seeing wild spinner dolphins up close.  Only their dorsal fins were above water, but still, wild dolphins! There was a giant turtle that Eric and I missed due to wet glasses.  We also went by Elvis' summer home and the place where they filmed some of George of the Jungle.  I wound up getting sunburned really badly, but the whole trip was worth it.
After the kayaking trip, we went back to the PCC.  On our way, we passed lot of surfing spots (it's the North Shore after all, but summer is off-season) and a motocross track.  One day hopefully, I'll be at those places.  At the PCC, we saw a canoe pageant of all the cultures.  Then Eric and I got Maori tattoos...well, paint with a Maori pattern.  We also learned about Tahitian dance and hula, which are two totally different things.  Tahitian dance is the one with crazy hip motions while hula is slower and a lot like sign language.
Tonight we're making the long-ass overnight trip home.  I'll be glad to have my own room again (and be able to sleep in), but I'm definitely gonna miss Hawaii.  I'll be back so alooooha!
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