Hawaii Re-cap

Things I/we did:

* Drive around the island (via Kamehameha mostly) in a Jeep with the top down
* Hike a mile, ascending about 800 feet, to see a really tall and pretty waterfall (via the Manoa Falls Trail if you’re curious)
* Go to Diamond Head (and Scott went all the way to the top)
* Swim in the ocean
* Swim in a pool
* Win 14 of 17 bridge match-ups, earning over 25 masterpoints (half of which are gold)
* Travel in a naturally lit submarine, seeing fish, stingrays, and turtles
* Watch a surf competition at Sunset Beach
* Be amazed by the lack of turtles at Turtle Beach
* Drive up Tantalus drive (which is a super curvy and narrow road akin to Mulholland Drive except going up a mountain overlooking Honolulu)
* Speak Japanese to tourists (and win a friendship bear from the JCBL!)
* Eat fresh pineapple almost every day
* Get turned away from swimming in Waimea Falls because the stupid Audubon Society closes the stupid park at stupid 5pm which is stupid way before dark (I’m only a little bitter over it)
* Visit the Byodo-in Temple and bang the gong
* Spend $7 a 12-pack for coke (and thank goodness we were smart enough to pack a few 12 packs in a spare suitcase that became the souvenir suitcase for the trip home)
* Get a massage for free (I won a contest)
* Eat with military folk at the Hale Koa for much less and getting much better food than the Hilton (Yay ACBL for getting us passes to go into Hale Koa officially)
* Watch fireworks over Waikiki beach
* Eat coconut pancakes
* See a hole in a stone island that was created by a tsunami
* Watch Scott get tossed around by giant huge waves (and pour sand out of his shorts afterward)
* Eat at exotic restaurants like Burger King, TGI Friday’s, and Round Table Pizza
* Meet lots of cool bridge players and 2 really horrid and evil ones (they reminded us of Jonathan and Victoria from TAR)
* See Kapena Falls, which we think might be the waterfall that Kate and Sawyer swam in on one of the Season 1 Lost episodes
* Shop at Ala Moana shopping center, which is the most Japanese-esque shopping center I’ve ever seen in the US
* Drive the H3 and the Pali Highway (and as promised by the guidebook, the H3 is much cooler)
* Take around 240 pictures, which I will get around to uploading soon I think