Shortly after arriving at 1 p.m. that afternoon, the family began to plan out their
activities for the day. Of course, the vacation had been planned out for weeks, even months before the flight, but where to begin the new adventure was the question of the day. Visiting a new place, there was so much to take in. Thankfully Hannah’s dad, Douglas Lee Byerley, had been there before, so he knew more about the island than his companions.
During the expedition about the islands, Hannah and her family experienced many new and exciting experiences, such as snorkeling, touring a submarine, exploring many different reefs, beaches, volcanos, parasailing, as well as many others exciting adventures.
Before leaving, the family eagerly prepared for their trip, including “Tanning to prepare skin for the more intense sun, and shopping for the trip,” said Douglas. Many preparations were done to get ready for the exciting vacation around the islands of Hawaii.
Out exploring, Hannah’s family saw many people walking or biking to their destinations, even for miles, Rather than taking cars or buses. “People are really fit there,” said Hannah. “Every morning and all day long you’d see surfers out in the ocean riding the waves.”
One of their favorite activities was heading to the beach to go snorkeling. They were excited to see the fish and what the reefs had to offer. Later on after going snorkeling and hiking Diamond Head, they visited different beaches, tried a new restaurant every day, and attended the Hawaiian Luau on the Fourth of July.
The family found the celebration for the Fourth of July a little different than how they typically celebrate the Fourth of July on the mainland. At the luau, there was an array of different foods and activities that are prepared differently than on the mainland. What they came to find different is that there are not only hot dogs and hamburgers, but also lots and lots of rice, vegetables, chicken, many types of seafood and a whole roasted pig. “Many of the seasoning and spices are of a sweeter blend,” said Douglas. “It was fun. Hangouts at the beach there in Honolulu with hundreds of other people. Fireworks were pretty great.” Soon however, the family was ready for a new adventure: Parasailing.
Since Douglas had been to the island before, due to being sent there while in the military, he knew where to go to prepare for the parasailing. They were off to Hickam Air Force Base to take advantage of some of the military discounts for the different activities on the island.
Heading home on a late night flight, Hannah was filled with sadness with having to leave, but was happy for having the opportunity to go on this trip. Hannah came away with fond memories and check marks off her bucket list.