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Walker News - Update
Final update: November 20, 2007

Welcome to October Edition of the News

This month was the big Hawaii vacation that we've been planning for the past year, with Pam's Mom and sisters Valarie and Diana. The itinerary included four days in Honolulu and ten days aboard the NCL's Pride of Aloha. The vacation overall was great, with a few exceptions that were somewhat disappointing.


October 6, 2007

The first travel day was just a harbinger of things to come, as the Supper Shuttle was late for our pickup. The shuttle service, appears to be running as a 20th century model, that has not embraced the 21st century GPS technology. The driver was lost, but we did allow extra time to catch our Delta Connection aboard a ExpressJet Embraer ERJ 145 flight to LA.

The layover time in LAX allowed Pam, Millie and sisters to visit Pam's cousin Michele, and her husband Wayne and their daughter Rachel. But due to our limited time, I kept vigil over everyone's carry-on luggage during their visit.

The second leg we boarded Delta flight 885, a Boeing 767-300 wide-body that would transport us over the Pacific Ocean on our five hour and 48 minute journey from LAX to Honolulu. The local time upon our arrival was close to 10pm, but our internal time clocks were still four hours ahead, and we were tired as we headed off the jetway.

The baggage claim trek begins in earnest, as we all trudge through the concourse dragging our carry-on. Oh, how we miss the good old days when husbands, wives, family or friends (and tour guide) could celebrate your arrival as you walked off the jetway. The special moments have been taken away from the peasant class, from the flowers, balloons to the pop of a champagne bottle are from a bygone era, which now belong exclusively to the Gulfstream class.

Baggage claim is a chaotic endeavour, as everyone elbows there way around the carousel hoping to acquire that elusive grab and run position, but it's always to no avail. The crescendo is reached as luggage starts spewing forth ad nauseam, as our YMT tour guide finally arrives, herding everyone to together for that sleepy eyed lei pose. The travel day finally ends as we are checked into our new digs at the Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki.

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October 7, 2007

Today we toured Waikiki beach, and walked by the famous Statue of Duke Kahanamoku and checked out the International Market Place.

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October 8, 2007

Pam and did our snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, while Millie, Valaria and Diana toured the USS Arizona Memorial.


October 9, 2007

Today we all attended the Polynesian Cultural Center.

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October 10-11, 2007

Today we checked out of the Ocean Resort Hotel and headed over to Pier 2 Cruise Ship Terminal at Honolulu Harbor, The embarkation check in process went smoothly on the Pride of Aloha, except for our staterooms were not available until later in the afternoon, and ended lugging our carry-on through the buffet line amongst the hords. The next day we had our required munster drill and set sail for Maui by 6pm.

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October 12-13, 2007

Today we arrived in Kahului, Maui and rented a van, and drove the Hana coast road. The drive is only about 52 miles and takes about three hours, as the road is very winding, narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one-lane bridges.

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