Waikiki - 6 Degrees of Seperation & Traveling Alone

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This Duke statue is a great place to stand, call your friends, and have them look at the live webcam feed to wave from Waikiki.
In April of 2008 I chose to cash in my frequent flier miles for the grand opportunity to visit Hawaii for the first time and scheduled the trip as a birthday present to myself in November (I give myself great gifts!)

I was optimistic at the time that I could find SOMEONE who wanted to go with me in the span of six months, but I was wrong.  So, I did what any independent, determined woman would do... I joined Travel Buddy, then I packed my bag (yes, I meant singular, how odd, right?) and headed for the land of palm trees and hula.

The trip was planned using a variety of travel guides. I used O'ahu Revealed for the hotel, Frommer's Honolulu Day by Day, and a couple others produced by AAA.  Ok... so maybe I planted myself at Barnes & Noble and studied a few extra.
This is Mel. Help me find him by 6 degrees of separation. A captain for American Airlines, based in Dallas.
.. does that make me weird?

The first two days I barely uttered a word, but logged a whole lot of miles by foot exploring Waikiki taking in the sensory overload.  Taking in the sites of Waikiki Beach along the beach trail, I meandered through several hotels along the way making mental notes as to which I'd like to stay in upon my next trip to this lovely island.  In short order I managed to take in Pearl Harbor (by bus - about 1.25 hours from Waikiki), Chinatown (go see the open air fish market and get a lei for only $3.50), and visited the terrific views (free) from the historic Aloha Center. 

On day three the flood gates opened and I suddenly met several people who were also visiting the island for the first time.
Everything was for rent on Waikiki at this stand.
  First was an email from my soon-to-be travel buddy, Chris from England who was traveling with his entire extended family of 12.  Next was a nice, young couple also from England. I "picked them up" at a bus stop. I was carrying a map that I shared with them and we decided to take in the sights together.  Next, while eating breakfast at Cheeseburger in Paradise I met a nice guy who was a Captain pilot American Airlines, named Mel.  We ended up leaving the restaurant and catching a cup of kona coffee down the street at the Surfrider hotel and chatted about a variety of subjects for a few hours before I had to leave.

By the way, I would like to test the theory of 6 degrees of separation here.  Mel asked for my card and said he would pass on some information he had about Paris.
This is part of the reason the island smells delicious.
  Mel never sent the info, so now I have no alternative except to hunt him down :o) ... can you help?  I'm including a photo here.  He is based out of Texas, Dallas, I think.  If you know him, tell him to email!  I take my information seriously!!!

Every person who passed me by during the week I was on the island gave smiles very generously and it was one of the easiest places on earth to start conversations with people.  It was fascinating to see the locals come to the water in droves to surf.  All the side streets were jammed with cars with carrier racks on top, specifically for surf board carrying. 

Every day in Waikiki was an adventure and I am astonished how much I was able to see in just a week.  It is amazing just how relaxed a person can be with no-where to be.


sylviandavid says:
Love your adventurous spirit..... Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 27, 2009
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