Honolulu, Hawaii

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Going from LA to Honolulu, the plane took straight to the sky above the ocean.

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Looking back at LA coast.

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About 5 minutes after leaving the LA coast, we found this sail boat all by itself, shrank into a white dot on an endless blue sheet.

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The plane was flying at an lower altitude, where you could spot land here and there.

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Finally, we saw Hawaiian coast.

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The gigantic Diamond Head volcano.

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A pink Spanish building stood out in the crowd of downtown skyscrapers and towers.

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Looks like there is another volcano behind the city.

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Port.

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Vajra, an old colleague who happened to be a Hawaiian, was also on Chinese New Year vacation at home.  He took me to the island’s stable food restaurant, Zippy’s.

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Apparently they had their headquarter here.

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Fun local food, kalua, or steamed pork wrapped in leaves.

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The sunset.

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People paddling.

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Mr. Vajra, one of the most talented translators I’ve met.  The young man has a bright future ahead in financial translations.

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A dual-colored leaf.

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Evening was coming.

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I found Vajra’s car exactly the same as my mom’s car – 2001 Corolla, turns out he has a 2002 Corolla, just a year younger.  Those Toyota cars have proved themselves tougher than they look, years of tantrum does not wear them out.

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The downtown light.

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Apparently Hilton has fireworks for their guests every night.

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Went to Leonard’s for some bakery goods. You would never guess this old, torn-down looking shop is actually the most popular bakery on the island.  Residents often found themselves in long queues but never gave up.

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One of their all-time favorites is Malasadas, or what I consider a mouthful of sugar Smile

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Awe, our hostel’s event was cancelled, I’m sure the few that signed up were disappointed just like the sad face.

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The pink-Spanish looking building turned out to be a high-end hotel/shopping mall right at the heart of the downtown tourist shopping strip.

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Vajra mentioned one of his favorite places is a cliff right in Windward district.  Sometimes  the wind can be so strong it would blow you away.

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At the cliff a legendary battle took place, where the unfortunate losing side was crushed over the cliff.

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Unfortunately, you can’t see much of the drop because the cliff was covered in rain clouds today.  It was still sunny and calm at the beach 20 minutes from the mountains, much can be said about the moody weather in Hawaii.

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The few little chickens live around this area freely.

 

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