Saturday, August 29, 2009


Hello from Oahu! I’m staying at Kanoa’s house in the Kalihi valley, about 20 minutes from Waikiki. His house is gorgeous, and the view from the window shows the lush green sides of the valley. Yesterday Kanoa and I went to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in the morning. The ticket included a 20 minute movie and then a boat ride out to the wreck. The movie was great and had lots of original footage from the footage. It was very sobering, and the memorial itself was amazing because you could see the wreck under the ocean.

We then went to the Outrigger Canoe Club, where Kanoa is a member, and chilled at the beach for most of the afternoon. The water was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and it was super super fun! I wish I’d taken more photos but it was pretty unbelievable. Then we went to a dinner at the Halekulani Hotel to celebrate Kanoa’s grandmother’s birthday. It was PERFECT. We could see the sunset and there was live Hawaiian music and hula. Kanoa’s family was good friends with the men in the band, so we could request songs and had really great seats near the stage. The food was also great and his family is really fun and friendly! Afterwards, Kanoa and I met up with some of his friends to drive up to a viewpoint over Waikiki and then walked around the Waikiki strip. His friends are really friendly and it was just a fantastic day. Oh Oahu!!

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