And the sultry Hawaiian air wraps its arms around you like a lonely lover....

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Honolulu Airport

My dad picked me up about 5am. We swung by Christian's and headed to LAX. At that time of the morning there was hardly any traffic so it was still dark when we pulled up to the American Airlines terminal. I said goodbye to my pops (he's alright, that old man) and we checked in pretty quick on those pesky automatic check-in machines. It's funny, they actually become a little less of a pain-in-the-ass the more you get used to them.

We were pretty early so we hit up the bar and I ordered a bloody mary. Chris ordered coffee and an american breakfast. I finished half my drink and asked the bartender to add another shot into the mix for me, so by the time we boarded the plane I had a little buzz going on. You'd think that, plus the god-awful hour which we were leaving would've sent me to sleep for at least half the flight.

Student art at Honolulu Airport
.. but no. About 30 minutes after take off we got some fairly gnarley turbulence that lasted pretty much the entire flight, so no sleep really - just a big knot in my neck.

We landed and walked into the world's greatest terminal. The windows were open and the warm Hawaiian air was flowing freely through the airport. The scent of some strange tropical flower wafted somewhere beyond our reckoning but lended to the calm settling in my mind. We headed to the baggage claim and looked at picture after picture of student art hanging on the wall. Messages like "Aloha means Love," "Equality is Attainable" and "Unlearn Hate" surrounded us and we knew we were in a very different place than home.
Christian and I, lei'd upon arrival
We grabbed our bags and walked outside...

And the sultry Hawaiian air wrapped its arms around me like a lonely lover saying... Why has it taken you this long to come home? Wow. I had to sit down.

I called up Terumi. Terumi was Dustin's fiance and she had left a message on my voicemail over the weekend that she would pick us up from the airport when we arrived. At least, I think that's what she said... because Terumi left the message in Japanese. I can speak decent Japanese, but I mean, it's been almost two years since I lived there so I've gone a bit rusty. In any case, I called her up. Fortunately she spoke as much English as I did Japanese and I understood her enough to hear that she COULD pick us up and that she would be there in ten minutes.

I saw that Terumi had two girls in the car with her as she pulled up to the curb outside the airport.
Terumi and Sophiya, our escorts into paradise
She stepped out and immediately put leis around our necks in greeting.  Chris was beside himself. I have to admit it was the only thing that could've made our arrival in Hawaii any more amazing. She introduced herself and then introduced her other two passangers. In the front seat was her friend from college, an asian girl named Sophiya. In the backseat was her younger sister, Jungin. They were also going to be staying at Dustin and Terumi's place until the wedding. Chris and I exchanged a "Dang these girls are hot" look, threw our bags in the trunk and squeezed into the backseat.

We made small talk on the way to the apartment. A lot of it was in Japanese and I felt a little sorry for Chris, but he was happy as a cat on your newspaper. I started talking to Sophiya, the more outgoing of the two sisters, in Japanese until finally Terumi told me that she was Korean and didn't have a clue what I saying.
Surfboard parking
For some reason this was unbearably funny for all of us and we laughed hard about it for a bit. That broke the ice and we started taking pictures of each other, cataloging our first moments the best we could.

We pulled into the underground parking garage of a huge 40 story high rise. I had a totally different impression of where I thought they lived. Seeing the high rise looming over us, it dawned on me that it was probably going to be a tight squeeze with so many people staying there until the wedding. Whatevs tho, a slumber party in Hawaii sounded like fun times indeed. We parked and as we were walking out of the parking garage I noticed a rack along the wall like you might see for tying up bicycles, except this rack was only for surfboards. Surfboard parking!

We got in and Terumi gave me Dustin's key in case we wanted to go out.
Our first beer in Hawaii
.. as long as we came back by 4:30pm to let Dustin in when he got home from work. That said, her and the girls left to go shopping. Chris and I dumped our things in the living room, where we'd be sleeping for the next week and opened a couple of beers we found in the fridge. It was only 2pm. Dustin would be at work for another couple of hours. Chris layed out on the couch and I sat back on the cuddle-chair on the balcony. The golden sun shining down, a golden haze collecting around my vision, lifting me up and out into golden oblivion...

BANG BANG BANG

"What the fuck you guys! Let me in!"

I awoke with a start, hot and sweaty and drunk with a midday nap. I looked at my watch. It was well after 4.

I opened the door and Dustin stormed in. "I've been calling you for the last 15 minutes! I had to wait for someone to come in downstairs.
The view from Dustin's highrise apartment
" He looked at me and must've noticed the bubbles of sleep still popping over my head. "Were you guys sleeping?"

"Yeah," I said and blinked a few times. He clapped me on the shoulder then and that award winning smile came back to his face. Christian was just waking up. We grabbed another beer from the fridge and caught up until the girls finally came back.

The three of us jumped in the car and Dustin gave a little tour around Honolulu. He took us to a place called Kua Aina Burgers and I had the most amazing 1/2 pound pineapple burger ever. We dropped off the car at Dustin's place and walked to a little bar around the corner called the Irish Rose. On the wall was a digital countdown timer ticking away the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Saint Patty's Day.
Irish Rose bar
I think it had around 41 days and some-odd hours left showing. We ordered a beer and talked about guy stuff.  We moved on to a little bar a couple blocks away called the Tiki bar. We ordered a beer before realizing the place had an unpleasant odor drifting about. It started raining as we finished the beer and walked a few more blocks to a wine bar. Inside was dark and red and an unbelieably hot and elegantly dressed group of girls were taking up the very center of the room. We pushed through them and bought a bottle of Tempranillo, and Dustin and Christian found a spot in the corner. I got stuck talking to a pretty little Hapa girl at the bar - I can't remember why - but she told me that it was one of the girl's birthday and dragged her over to introduce me. They were definitely on the young side of life, so I excused myself and found Dustin and Christian, who joshed me about immediately.
Tiki at the stinky Tiki bar
We resumed our interrogation of Dustin. I guess we were following our instinctual duty to make sure this was the right move for him. After all was said and done that night, Dustin had thoroughly convinced me that he was indeed in love with Terumi and that was enough for me.

We walked home along Kalakua Street good and drunk. We passed a statue of a hula goddess and I sidled up to her and asked her to be my girlfriend. The look of love came into her eyes, so I cozied into her lap and let her hold me. But the boys wanted to get home, so I took my leave of her and promised to return. It rained on us the entire way back to Dustin's apartment.

Rain!



Sheila_0808 says:
nothing like going on vacation with your buddy! priceless..lol!
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
ted332 says:
Cool blog!
Posted on: Feb 27, 2008
annthansten says:
lol, surfboard parking :D
Posted on: Feb 27, 2008
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Honolulu Airport
Honolulu Airport
Student art at Honolulu Airport
Student art at Honolulu Airport
Christian and I, leid upon arrival
Christian and I, lei'd upon arrival
Terumi and Sophiya, our escorts in…
Terumi and Sophiya, our escorts i…
Surfboard parking
Surfboard parking
Our first beer in Hawaii
Our first beer in Hawaii
The view from Dustins highrise ap…
The view from Dustin's highrise a…
Irish Rose bar
Irish Rose bar
Tiki at the stinky Tiki bar
Tiki at the stinky Tiki bar
Dustin and I at the wine bar
Dustin and I at the wine bar
The virgin princess protecting me …
The virgin princess protecting me…
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