Hello everybody. Let me tell you all about Hawaii. We finally got on a plane in San Francisco and flew to Honolulu. From there, we went to Maui, where we met up with our friends, Ken and Jill, and their kids, Jake and Justin, who live in New Jersey. One of the first things we did was take surfing lessons. During the lesson, our instructor, Nick, taught us how to get on the board and stand up on it, so when we got out in the water it wouldn't be so hard. It was actually pretty easy because the waves were not too big.
Speaking of water, another thing we did was go snorkeling. We went out on a zodiac boat to all
these cool places with amazing fish, like trumpet fish, puffer fish and even a sea turtle
. The ride on the zodiac was probably just as much fun as the snorkeling, since the waves were pretty rough.
One of the best things we did in Maui
was drive to the Road to Hana, where we did all types of cool things
like play in waterfalls, see tropical plants and visit a beach with
It was black because the sand was formed from broken down
lava rock instead of seashell, which is what most beaches are made of. At
one of the waterfalls, we all went swinging from a rope that was hanging from a tree. In
Maui, we also went to a luau, which is a traditional Hawaiian celebration
with hula dancing, a feast (with a pig they cooked
underground for four hours), and fire dancing, which you always see pictures
of on all the Hawaii brochures.
Maui, we went back to Honolulu for two days. During that time, we went to Pearl Harbor National Park and the USS
Arizona Memorial, where the attack occurred. We also climbed up Diamond Head, which is the highest point
on a huge volcanic crater overlooking Waikiki Beach.
So now it's off to China ...