Many of you know that I used to live there in Honolulu, so it's not like it was a "spectacular tourist's experience" like it seems to be with many folks. April 15th was when Eli took off from his home to fly out to Hawaii, and I was able to take off the day after. When you're taking Space-Available like I did, it's a real blessing to see two KC-10s with 60+ seats on each one heading to Hawaii the very day you need to be there (people who do not understand Space-Available flights, read up on military stuff).
So, on April 16th, around 4:30 Pacific daylight time, my family and I took off to Hickam Air Force Base Hawaii. I text messaged Eli and told him that I'll be there by evening. It was a smooth 4-5 hour ride. There really wasn't any turbulence at all, which was awesome for my mother..hehe. I even got to sit in the cockpit for about five to ten minutes of the flight; nothing that I haven't done before, but it was fun :) As I boarded the bus on the airfield (military transport has many differences compared to commercial flights) from the plane, I called Eli and told him I made it (it was about 6:00pm hawaii time). He said that it's been raining where he was at; so I looked over at Waikiki from the airfield and kind of laughed. There were rain clouds over the resort area, which was where he was staying. Where I was, it was pretty clear. Anyhow, that evening became a little tough with getting settled down for the night, but we figured something out, and were fine :)
On the following day, which was Sunday, I woke up like 4:30 in the morning there, because of jet lag, and I don't think I was able to go back to sleep. I got up and washed, came back to the room and spoke to Alina a little bit (she's naturally an early bird). We watched tv for a while, and after some hours passed (around 8am), I made my way with my dad to go get a rental car. We came back an hour or so later. From there we talked about what we can do for the day. My parents decided to let me see Eli that day and hang out with him. We all gathered in the car and went over to the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange. There, I stayed in the parking lot with my father while everyone else went into the store. He gave Eli directions to where we were. So after like 20-30 minutes of waiting, Eli made it (he rented a car too). Him and my father talked a little while I was still getting my things situated in the car. Then I came out and pretty much glomped him :) It felt so good to hug him again though. I missed him so much from when I last saw him in Anaheim. I was so happy to finally see and be with him again. From there, my father went to go join the rest in the store, and I put my bags in Eli's car, and Eli and I first went to church. We went to the church I used to go to when I lived there. After the service I introduced him to some old friends of mine. And as we left he told me how much he liked how the church is so diverse in culture and such. I was happy he liked it so much. After church, we went to the Commisary and Exchange in Pearl Harbor (me being his sponsor in the military area). We bought some essential items, and some cameras. I ran into my parents at the Commisary, so we spoke to them a little. When we left Pearl Harbor, I wanted to show him what Jamba Juice is all about, and I bought us a couple smoothies. Eli decided that he liked Jamba Juice :) After that, we made our way back to his hotel. He was telling me the way I was showing him how to get back to Ala Moana was easier than what he was told by the rental car person. We stayed in his room for a while and watched anime. Later in the evening, we went to Waikiki to go hang out and have dinner. I took him to the Hale Koa and Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. I showed him the flamingos and Koi fish ponds around the Hilton, and showed him a little bit of shops around there that had a Japanese look to it. When we went to the Hale Koa, I showed him Gus, the lit up Banyan Tree. He was in awe of it all. I have always wanted to share this with him...all of it. It was a definite dream come true to finally show him some of the beautiful things God's blessed me to see. After all that, I started to get kind of tired, and Eli and I realized we really haven't ate all day. We decided to eat at a nice restaurant at the Hale Koa called Bibas. This is where Eli had his first experience with a couple exotic drinks from Hawaii :) He ordered a shaka, and I got a Chichi. We tried each others, and it was all really good. My parents called while we were there and asked me if I could meet up with them around 9:45, because they were getting sleepy. (I was getting sleep too) So, after dinner, Eli and I met my parents in the Moanalua Shopping Center parking lot. I gave him directions to get back to his hotel, and from there, we said goodnight.
That was an awesome first day :)
I'm going to write about the rest of the week later.