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Hawaii Day Three…..

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Had another GREAT day here in Hawaii. Today we went to the USS Arizona memorial at Pearl Harbor! It was very moving. It started with a 20 min film about the history of Pearl Harbor. Then we boarded a boat and headed out to the USS Arizona memorial. The ship is laying just under the surface of the water with a few parts above the water line. The memorial is a bridge like structure that is built over top of it to allow you a close up view of the ship. Inside the memorial there is a wall of names of people who went down with and are still in the ship. It was very emotional to be there and remember some history of our country. A funny side note…. Some people at Pearl harbor thought we were the brothers from last seasons “Biggest Loser”. People were telling us how good we were looking and telling us what fans they were. There was Japanese people asking to take their pictures with us. A small glimpse into what it would be like to be “famous”.

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After a touching morning, we walked a few blocks to the Aloha Stadium. At the stadium on Wednesday’s is a swap meet. A lot of people told us we “had” to go to the swap meet. So we spent a few hours walking around in there and spending money. Was pretty neat place with TONS of stuff to look at and buy.

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After that we needed a bit of a rest, so we headed back to the hotel. We then walked over to Waikiki beach and walked up and down the beach and let the waves crash on us. While walking down the beach we came across a open patio bar/grill. We went in and had a great lunch. Met and talked to some people. Was a nice time. Another quick trip to the hotel room for a wardrobe change. Then we headed out to do some more shopping and site seeing. Aloha tower was on our list of things to see. Aloha tower was a pretty good distance north. So we took the bus. On our way to the tower we knew of a store that we wanted to stop at.

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Aloha tower turned out to be closed when we got there. We were disappointed but made the best of the surroundings. Watched the sunset from a dock on the ocean. took some pictures around the area.

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As we were heading back out to catch the bus we came across Hooter’s of Honolulu. We could not resist. So we had a few wings and enjoyed some live music. The waitress gave us some menu’s for souvenirs. After dinner number two we head out to the bus stop.

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Took the bus to the Hard Rock Cafe. LOL, we had deserts there and got a couple souvenirs that some people back home requested.

That made for a long day. Its now about 11pm and we are back in the hotel and tired. Our conference starts tomorrow at 7am. So we need to hit the sack. I don’t have time to add photos to this post right now. So check back later after I have had some time to look thru today’s pictures.

Aloha!

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Hawaii Day Two…

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Today we hiked a volcano! It was a LONG and strenuous hike. And being so heavy and out of shape did not make it any easier!! It was about a 2 mile journey which took us up to about 800 foot. The view was breath taking and it was totally worth the pain and fatigue to get there. The way down was easier but still a bit rough. We are now in the hotel getting a bit of R&R before heading back out on the town. So this blog post will be updated later this evening. Just wanted to share this shot I took from the top looking down into the crater. If you look in the center of the photo you will see a tunnel that lets you drive into the center of the valley. That little spec is where we started walking! Off for now, look back here for an updated post in a few hours!

UPDATE:

Ok, so we are back in the room. Went out and checked out the Apple store that is near the hotel. Then we did a little shopping followed up with dinner. Dinner was at The Sea Side Grill. New York strip steak, Jumbo fried shrimp, Corn on the cob, and a salad. Was a great dinner.

Here is another shot from the top of Diamond Head Crater. It was so beautiful! You could see 360 degrees from the top.

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Hawaii Day One…

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Well…..we made it! It has been such a long day. We have been up for just shy of 24 hours now. The flights were what was expected…Long, cramped, and unpleasant. But we endured and it was a small price to pay to walk out of the airport and see the beauty before us! It is so wonderful! We arrived here at about 3pm Hawaii time. We caught a shuttle bus that turned out to be a long ride. It made 21 hotel stops! So by the time we got in our hotel room it was about 5:30pm. We were pretty worn out and ready for bed. But the sun was up and we came to enjoy every min. So we did not even unpack our bags. We dropped the bags and headed out. The first thing we wanted to see was the Duke Kahanamoku statue. I have daily checked the live web cam that points at this piece of art leading up to this trip. After seeing “the duke” we needed dinner. We chose to stay close to the hotel. The closest thing was Chucks Cellar. I can honestly say, I don’t know that I have had many ribs that were as large and meaty as these ribs! They were awesome! After dinner it was a quick stop in a store for soda for the room. So here I lay, tired, belly full, and in paradise. I thank God and everyone who helped make it possible for me to be here. I am truly blessed to experience such a beautiful place.

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Tomorrow is the big day! Tonight we are in a beautiful hotel room right in front of the Columbus airport. We had a great dinner at a very nice hotel restaurant. We eagerly await what tomorrow will bring. The day will begin at 7am when we board our flight. Stay tuned to this blog for daily updates and photos of my trip. But for now…its off to sleep!

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