I leave Wednesday, July 2nd at 10:00am from Austin Bergstrom. My friends Sharon & Erika leave on a different flight at 10:40am. Right as I was about to board, they came and found me at my gate and gave me a holla and a see-ya-soon. Good to see them before I head out. My flight there consists of Austin -> DFW -> Maui -> Honolulu. A bit of a pain, but I don’t have any major layovers. However, the DFW -> Honolulu bit is an 8 hour flight. I didn’t like that much. Next time, I would rather break it up at LA or something. 8 Hours is a really long time, and I didn’t have the greatest of seats. Nothing awful, like a middle seat, but it wasn’t a window.
I get into Honolulu at 4pm-ish local time. The ladies aren’t due in Honolulu for another hour or so. I realize that since I came in on Hawaiian Airlines, that I’m nowhere near where I need to be to meet the girls at their baggage claim area. I find someone and they tell me that I can take an airport shuttle that will take me over to the other terminal. I wait for about 15 minutes where they tell me to, but no shuttle seems to be coming my way. I find a map of the airport, and it looks like I can walk to it easily enough. I start walking with my bags, and after what seems like forever, I find the American Airlines baggage area. Just in time, after a bathroom break and a quick phone conversation with Mike, I see the girls headed down the escalator. We do the hello hugs, and talk about flights and all that, and get their bags. Just as we get the bags, Sharon’s friends Dorothy and Michelle come running up to us with gorgeous fresh leis. I got lei’d! I didn’t think I would get one. It’s not like an automatic sort of thing, yanno.
We cram into Michelle’s “Island Beater” as she calls it, and head to our hotel. It’s a bit of a drive in the evening traffic, and less than 5 minutes out of the airport, we have a bit of a funny thing happen. The three of us girls are in the back, Sharon is in the middle and I’m on the driver side. A mustang pulls up next to the car on the passenger side and the driver dude sees we have on leis. Well, of course that clearly indicates we’re fresh on the island, so the following exchange takes place:
Mustang Guy: You need real leis.
Sharon (pulls up and looks at her lei): These are real.
Mustang Guy: That’s not the type of lay I’m talking about. <light turns green, and he drives off>
That has us laughing for quite a bit. We definitely start our trip off interestingly. We head to our hotel – ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel – and drop off Sharon & Erika and all of our bags. You see, I’m a bit of a stowaway. We didn’t happen to tell them about me, the third person. So, I need to make like a tree and get out of there. Michelle, Dorothy, and I go to park her car at her place, and then we walk back to the hotel. I finally take a very needed shower, and we head out to dinner at Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar just across the street. It was very good, we have a lot of fun… well, as much fun as three girls that are jet-lagged and about to pass out. After eating we immediately go back to the hotel and crash.
Travel day over.