As I reflected on my Winter Break in school today I realized I had a lot of fun. What I think would be the highlight was my trip to Hawaii. I was hesitant to go because I fear flying but the flight there was smooth and short.
Once we landed my mom, sister and I checked into the Marriott Hotel, which caused us several problems during our trip. The Marriott did not have hot water on occasion, lacked room service and while watching a movie, the T.V. stopped working because of wind and rain.
Nevertheless, we continued doing fun things in Hawaii. Wind, rain and cloudy skies plagued our visit, although some sun managed to shine through on occasion. This was somewhat upsetting.
The first day in Hawaii I had the opportunity to play golf at the Ala Wai golf course, which was enjoyable because of the views of Waikiki and mountains in the middle of the island. The next day we rented a blue Camaro convertible and drove around Oahu, visiting beaches, shrimp trucks, the Dole Plantation and the Disney Resort Aulani. On the third day, we again rented the car and again went around Oahu visited several shops and beaches we found of interest.
The fourth day was very relaxing as we did very little. I got my hair cut and then we all met up for dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. The next day we awoke early to get on a bus which took us to a dolphin/snorkeling tour. Dolphins flew in the air spinning acrobatically just a few feet from us on the boat. After seeing dolphins we snorkeled over a coral reef and saw many fish of size and color. On the bus ride home, I began to notice the many solar panels on homes and did some research on Hawaii and solar panels.
Hawaii is the second largest consumer of solar energy per capita, something I must applaud as a man with an eco-friendly attitude. Tired and content, we boarded our 10 p.m. (midnight L.A. time) flight to rush back before school started the next day.
As we flew away, Hawaii gave us one last reminder of its presence by engulfing our plane in turbulent winds which shook our plane for more than 90 minutes. This kept me up, leaving me no time to sleep on the plane. We rocked back and forth as we left Hawaii and landed in L.A at 5 a.m.
Later that day, I looked back on all the fun we had. Although I enjoyed it very much, high costs, shaky planes and cloudy skies will keep me away from Hawaii for at least a year, when I’m sure we’ll forget all the bad parts and just remember the blue skies and water and the Aloha spirit.