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Trip Start Nov 02, 2007
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Trip End May 16, 2008


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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tuesday 4th March 2008
The flight from Fiji to Hawaii crossed the timeline so I gained a day... very strange! The flight was good. We stopped at Christmas Island. I managed to get 3 seats to myself so managed to sleep most of the 4 hr flight and I had a dream about what Christmas Island would be like. I had no idea and dreamt it to almost be like Disneyland!! I woke up to pretty flat, boring land... never mind! More people got on the plane here so I had to go back to my seat but it was ok.
Landed in Honolulu on Oahu. The airport seemed like an old educatinonal building with solid wood everywhere, quite nice. I got interrogated at customs which I kind of expected but it was 8am and I was tired!! They wanted to know about all my bank accounts which was weird. Normally at customs it's like 'travelling alone? Yes. Ok Have a nice time!' Crazy Americans! They also took my finger prints which I didn't like. I can't escape now... if I want to do anything naughty I need to use my thumbs! Haha!
Anyway, I got a shuttle to Waikiki Beachside Hostel and checked in. It was average. The rooms fit 6 girls and have a little kitchen and bathroom and tv's which was cool but it was quite dirty and seemed like student digs... just randomly put together. I went for a wander around Waikiki. It is beautiful and really clean. The weather was gorgeous and the hostel was round the block from the beach. I could tell I was in America. Tall buildings, palm trees, lots of people... really cool! I met 3 Aussies who seemed cool and we went for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and I had salad... hmm... The aussies had booked a skydive which was cool, wish I could do another one! In the evening we went on a pub crawl which was rubbish but lots of fun. The three aussies are called Daniel, Tim and Les and they turned out to be lots of fun which made the pub crawl fun! 

Wednesday 5th March 2008
The boys had hired a convertible for the week so they took me to Northshore and to Pipeline where the major surfing competitions take place. The waves were huge and the photos really don't do it justice! Afterwards we went to the Polynesian Cultural Centre. We managed to get there in time for tea so watched a Luau and had a buffet dinner. Afterwards we watched a show which was really good with lots of fire and tribal dancing. It was a fun evening and the boys managed to get us lost on the way back... I won the bet on the time we'd actually get back! Turned out to be a motif in the time we spent together.....me winning that is! haha

Thursday 6th March 2008
Dan and I went to the Sea Life Park and interacted with Dolphins.. something i'd really wanted to do. We went in a tank and touched, kissed, danced, learnt and fed the dolphins. They are amazing creatures! We watched a show before we went in and they are so so cool!! They span basketballs on their noses, did awesome flips and other tricks!
In the evening we all went on a catamaran cruise which was awful! We got soaked, drinks were limited and we had to pay for them, the sunset eventually got blocked by a boat and I had to go to the toilet in a tiny little tank type room. Hilarious though because everything went so wrong! We had a pizza dinner once we got off the boat then played crazy mini golf! You wore 3D glasses and it was really psychodelic! Bought a new dress on the way back. More clothes!! Uh Oh!

Friday 7th March 2008
The boys went and did their skydive so I attempted a run. Attempted being operative! I went exploring and was following a shelf wall along the coast and got stuck in private property but they let me through. I went for a swim after then chilled out at the hostel, talking to the people there. I had arranged to meet the boys late afternoon to play Centurian. Centurian is a game where you drink 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes. It took us ages to prepare but once we were ready, we were so ready!! Until uh oh... 19 minutes... Daniel flopped fantastically out of the game and threw up... shocking performance from the aussie! At 27 minutes (i think) Les retired from the game... dropping like flies! It was between me and Tim, obviously the Aussies were rooting for Tim (rooting in our sense, not theirs) but he had to admit defeat to the Pommy girl! Oh the shame!! Very very funny. After the boys recovered we went and hit the town. I had been recommended a club called lotus but it was full of Asian (chinese etc) people but it was a good laugh. Another aussie joined us for the night called Ant who had the same birthday as me!

Saturday 8th March 2008
The boys had booked a round of golf and asked if I wanted to go along to be caddy and drive the cart. We were all feeling slightly errm.. sleepy?? The course was amazing though!! Set between mountains, the drives from hole to hole was an adventure through forests! It turned out to be a really good day. 5 hours and I didn't complain once. In the evening we got some food and went to the cinema and saw 10,000 BC. Not very impressed with it to be honest. Had an early relaxed evening, well the boys needed to recover from the centurian!! Haha!

Sunday 9th March 2008
We went to Pearl Harbour today. It is a really cool place. We went on a submarine, stationary of course. The photos explain it all. We went across to U.S Arizona which is one of the ships which got sunk at WWII attack from Japan. You watch a video then get a boat across to the memorial which is a raft type thing over the ship which you can look over the edge of and see parts of the boat. I thought you'd see more of the boat but it was slightly overcast and the water wasn't as calm as it could be. Never mind. Can't win them all. I'm really glad I did it and it made me want to watch Pearl Harbour! Afterwards we went shopping then headed back. We watched the sunset which was beautiful then chilled out and spent our last evening together. The boys go back to OZ tomorrow and I fly to Maui.

It has been a brilliant week!!
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