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Jan 15, 2020 - My Amazing Experience in Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most tropical, beautiful states in America, and so I was thrilled when the stars aligned and I was finally able to take a vacation to experience its beauty for myself. Looking for a few fun things to do when you go yourself? Look no further than the fantastic experience that I had! Day One My girlfriend and I left The Modern Honolulu, our hotel, to explore Honolulu. I felt like I had to dress the part of an excited Hawaiian tourist, so the first things I bought were a Hawaiian shirt, a bucket hat and a pair of fun socks...

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Nov 19, 2019 - Day 5

Woke up by heavy rain and thunder. I had to change plane. I was going to Aiea Trail to look for Hawaiian endemic species. It is a dirt trail located high up in the mountain in the middle of Oahu. The birds who live high up than where mosquito can live survived. The mosquito transmits avian malaria to the native birds who has no resistance. Well, it is just good to slow down the pace. After breakfast I decided to do my laundry while it was still raining hard. The condo has a laundry place but requires $5 of coins. It took me some creativity...

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Nov 18, 2019 - Day 4

Still woke up at 6:30am and got ready to leave at 7:30am. When I got to the Lyon Botanical Garden, to my disappointment it was closed. It only opens during weekend. I could hear many bird sounds at the parking lot. Pretty soon I saw a group of Leiothrix that I just saw in Chengdu in February. There were several White-rumped Shamas besides normal suspects such as Japanese Whiteeye and Bulbuls. After I parked the car and began to walk in the parking lot, a group about 30 Red Jungle Fowls appeared from underbrush and ran towards me. Somebody...

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Nov 17, 2019 - Day 3

Got up at 6:30am. The two-hour time difference from Seattle works positively. Kurt got up to say goodbye to me. I asked him if car breaking in is a worry at Ka’ena Point Trail parking lot. He said it happened before and I should leave the luggage at his place just to be safe. After finishing packing, I left my camera bag and the large suite case at a corner in the living room. I gave Kurt a calendar with my photos since he seems interested and loves nature. He said he went to South Africa with his grandmother 5 years ago and remembers...

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Nov 16, 2019 - Day 2

Woke up by bird’s chirping at 6:30am. Groups of birds flew over the house. There were variety of sounds, but I could only tell the sound of Common Myna. Near equator everyday sunrise is 6am and set at 6pm. After a simple breakfast with fresh orange juice, a pastry and a couple of pieces of smoked marlin, I left the house at 7:15am. The first stop is Turtle Bay Resort that is close to James Campbell Reserve. It is an ebird hotspot. It looks like a nice snorkeling place because I saw people in the water already and there is a snorkel gear...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Day 1

My flight was early at 7:30am. At 5:30am I called an Uber and it showed up within 5 minutes. The Alaska flight was on time and smooth. It landed at Oahu at 12:00pm. After I got the rental car, I headed over to Hawaiian Country Club that is only 7 minutes from the airport. It is a golf course and there is a small community park next to it. Just after I pulled into parking lot, I saw two beautiful Red-crested Cardinals on the grassy area. There were lots of bird activities. On the sport field, a large group of Common Myna were feeding mixed...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Hawaii

A year ago Larry won the grand prize at the 2018 Aloha Hawaii Tourism event in Vancouver - return airfare economy on Westjet, two nights at an Aqua Aston of our choice in Waikiki, three nights at the Marriott North Shore, Ambassador package at the Polynesian Cultural Centre and Zip-Lining at Kualoa Ranch, North Shore. We added on an extra night at the Marriott and three weeks at the condo we stayed at last year in Waikiki. We chose the Waikiki Beach Towers in Waikiki for the first two nights (because it was valued the highest). On October...

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Oct 4, 2019 - Nawiliwili to Honolulu

4 October 2019 Our last full day on board, and we have had a very relaxing day. Woke to some rain, and looked like there had been quite a bit of overnight rain as well. Lots leaving the ship for various tours, but we opted to stay onboard. A very leisurely breakfast, and then we visited the jewellery shop (they had announced some discounts), all very nice, but everything is still in the shop! Started a game of cards near the Pink Bar, but soon found we were being surrounded by the setup for the art auction later in the day. No other tables...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 27, 2019 - Vancouver to Hawaii

27 September 2019 We spent a leisure morning getting sorted and packed. Did some washing so that was all up to date. Arranged to meet at 11.30am to do checkout and have a last walk around Vancouver. We were both ready before that, so left our bags at reception & headed down town. Had a walk through Hudsons Bay shopping centre, sat and chatted over a coffee and then walked back down to Canada Place. A lot quieter today with no cruise ships there. A couple of volunteers from the Information Centre chattered to us for a bit. They do a great...

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2019 Bear Hunt

Sep 14, 2019 - Day 3

Today we start our cruise. We were up early (although we are getting closer to normal) and headed to the Tropics Bar and Grill for breakfast. It's normally a bar with entertainment, but does full breakfast in the morning. The nice thing is it's right on the beach. Lovely view. We were seated, and after a few minutes put in our order. This restaurant had one issue. There were a number of birds and pigeons that frequented this establishment. Usually the wait staff cleared the tables as soon as possible, but there was a table near us that had...

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Sep 13, 2019 - Day 2

Today is our day of relaxation to adjust to Hawaii time. We had no plans, except to take it easy. The day, for me, started ridiculously early (not adjusted yet). Cheryl stayed in bed much later. We got going and went to breakfast. We went to a buffet breakfast here at the Village Resort. The food was very good, but as with many things here very pricey. Fortunately we had a food credit from Hilton. Breakfast complete, we went back to our room, changed into bathing suits, and wandered around, checking out the 5 pools and walking along the...

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Sep 12, 2019 - Day 1

Today began very early. We needed to be at the airport at 6:30 AM, so we stayed at the Home2 Suites at Newark Airport last night. We missed the airport shuttle, and the next one was 30 minutes out. With a few clicks I had an Uber pick us up and take us to terminal C. The airport was not real busy, so we were able to get through TSA Pre aided security very quickly. Next up was breakfast. I remember not too many years ago when you had to choose between McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, a Jersey diner, and a few other restaurants for breakfast. These...

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