Hawaii visit to finally meet Cherry and Keith

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cherry and I @ golf course resto

Where to find photos and storyline: Cherry has started a very nice blog about my stay in Hawaii. So I will let that blog speak most of the story, I may add a few words and touches here myself , but lil miss nanipu can speak for me on most of it :)  check this out = http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/70227/mrshanets-Debis-arrival-1

Preface to story: Cherry and I have been friends online for about 2 years, shortly after I started being active on TB. After a while of chatting(tb, fb , messenger, etc) , we agreed we could probably do a trip together and likely get along just fine with similar interests in regards to traveling(trying new foods , meeting new people, learning about cultures - not laying on beaches and drinking and partying all day and night, etc).

me and chinamans hat - there is a story behind this photo :)
We tried to meet 2 times prior to this but it did not work out because of my work schedule changes and other things("would be fun to meet but not a big deal" type thing).  I believe we were right, we will be able to travel in the future no problem if wanted. If you have not met Cherry, you can expect this = soft spoken, polite, easy going, etc.. She is low key and generally easy to DEAL WITH ;) she might give you an "oh whatever" occasionally if you are being funny, but thats about all the attitude she seems to have in her ;) Oh and she is great cuz she is not one of those "that was innapropriate" type girls = I can make silly jokes and say stupid stuff and she just laughs. Which means I could be relaxed and be myself and not stress about things..

Next time we meet: If all works out I will repay my kind host in the next 3 months when she might visit Seattle area and I will play host.

had to get my pic with ronnie once in life :)
So keep your eyes open for that blog(might include with this), I suspect she will write it and I will do it this way again and include it in my Seattle blog as well, to help people visiting the area. Generally I think Cherry and I both are more the types to meet people and show them around for some hours(part of the day) or maybe 1-2 days of hanging out at most. But I would consider her one of my good friends, and so it is a bit different. Just dont expect the same treatment from either one of us (if I can speak for her) if you visit our areas and we have just met. Just depends on connections you make with people and a comfort and interest level. Also depends on how busy a person is at that time. She is also like me in that we both appreciate honesty, i might not like what you say but prefer you speak honestly than to sugar coat something too much and especially, please dont be fake!

MEETING KEITH: Same thing as with Cherry, a couple times previously we were not able to link up at certain TB events.

DAMMIT!! ;)
 I think Keith is similar to Cherry and I in regards to SOME of the likes and dislikes when traveling. It was cool to be able to meet him on his turf, see the kids(animals) and relax a bit and not a typical coffee shop meetup. He is very friendly, helpful and his easy peasy relaxed style makes you feel quite comfy :) As cherry's blog says, we were able to see him two times. The 2nd time we went for a 2 hour hike , and more time at his place relaxing and Tb stuff(uploading/sharing pics before my flight out, etc.) He also took us to lunch which was a nice time on the back deck of a little eatery. Oh ya and we were able to quickly meet his nice wife before I had to leave. Keith, his Wife, silly dog, a nice cat, a grumpy bi-polar cat, some fishies, etc.. thats the story in that house :)  Thanks for the cookies and vitamin waters and good convo, etc.
pin of a girl who died on flight 93 (9-11-01 plane that was supposed to hit the white house) pin left by loved ones **RIP**
Hope to see you again one day my friend. haha i think i will just copy some of this when I write his vouch ;)

This trip was a lot of fun, the best parts would be meeting my 2 friends and also the Polynesian Cultural center was worth the money(I was skeptical at first). Food wise, I loved the shaved ice and the fried calimari I tried at another place with the special sauce they had was great as well.

WHAT I HOPE TO ADD LATER: I might add some reviews to this entry. Below i will make some notes, which i might later use for those reviews or maybe not. Also maybe add a few pics that cherry has not, or maybe even the same(we exchanged pics before I left/uploaded to each others laptops)

Hawaiian Airlines, was great.

SEE THE PIN IN THE BUSH? lower/middle .... found it at the top of the trail we hiked
I almost got delayed coming back with a $400 voucher to give up my seat but bummer they did not need me to :( i wish they did not charge $150 to change though, and you have to pay for all checked bags(none free).

Polynesian Cultural Center - educational and fun, $45 price was worth it, many hours of smiles/laughs and learning(includes evening show and is good to admit you for 3 day span). $60 if you want dinner with the evening show.

Shaved ice place - mmmmmmmm good :) met a cool ex officer there also, had a good chat!

other places we ate, golf club at turtle bay - place with calimari, the shack, etc.

hotel and turtle bay condo area thoughts

waikele outlet mall review

 

 

 

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cherry and I @ golf course resto
cherry and I @ golf course resto
me and chinamans hat - there is a …
me and chinamans hat - there is a…
had to get my pic with ronnie once…
had to get my pic with ronnie onc…
DAMMIT!!  ;)
DAMMIT!! ;)
pin of a girl who died on flight 9…
pin of a girl who died on flight …
SEE THE PIN IN THE BUSH? lower/mid…
SEE THE PIN IN THE BUSH? lower/mi…
hungry anyone?
hungry anyone?
plaque for statue = important Hist…
plaque for statue = important His…
i crossed the road from my hotel
i crossed the road from my hotel
and this is what i saw
and this is what i saw
u pick your favorite :)
u pick your favorite :)
keith chillin on the shacks back …
keith chillin on the shack's back…
keiths multi personality cat :)
keiths multi personality cat :)
the nice kitty :)
the nice kitty :)
if only my neck was longer ;)
if only my neck was longer ;)
keith and spaz attack :)
keith and spaz attack :)
not her intelligent look :)
not her intelligent look :)
hawaii flag on bottom
hawaii flag on bottom
love the blue stop signs :)
love the blue stop signs :)
cherry has good ones of this
cherry has good ones of this
the duck was coming to be a bully …
the duck was coming to be a bully…
lil girl trying hard to ring it
lil girl trying hard to ring it
baby foal on the ground resting :)
baby foal on the ground resting :)
trying to block my big nose ;)
trying to block my big nose ;)
mmmmmm shaved ice - awesome place
mmmmmm shaved ice - awesome place
all these taken by cherry
all these taken by cherry
cherry took this
cherry took this
wutchyou talkin bout willis
wutchyou talkin bout willis
haha funny story bout this on cher…
haha funny story bout this on che…
my fake tats
my fake tats
lil fuzzy - but i think girls digg…
lil fuzzy - but i think girls dig…
HILARIOUS GUY!!
HILARIOUS GUY!!
i lost my hat :(
i lost my hat :(
Oahu
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