Days Four & Five:
The next few days, I got some volleyball in at the beach (Hooray!!) and also used a rainy day to do a bit of local shopping at the island's biggest shopping center (called Ala Moana), which reminded me a lot of San Diego's Fashion Valley.
Two things that stood out to me about shopping in Hawaii:
1) Tourists out here LOVE Abercrombie and Fitch (a lot of Japanese specifically it seemed like). I had no idea, but there just seemed to be a ton of people walking around with those bags and in fact, when I walked by that store, I saw multiple people taking pics outside of the storefront...random.
2) I had seen that the mall had a T&C Surf Designs Store. To be honest, I was pretty excited to pick up a shirt here as I pretty much wore those t-shirts growing up as a kid with the various cartoon characters (Tiki Man, the surfing Gorilla, etc...) on them. In fact, I even had the Nintendo game where you'd skateboard and surf the entire time - it was pretty awesome. What I found was a little disappointing - the T&C logo remained, but the cast of characters was gone and thus I could not find anything to my liking. Seriously though, they need to bring those characters back and put them on their merchandise. They'd make a killing with those for people like myself who grew up with those characters.
It so happened that the time of my trip coincided with the "Honolulu Festival." So what exactly does that mean? Well, basically that there was a huge parade that went through the city presenting the different cultures of the island, a bunch of floats, a pretty sweet inflatable dragon (didn't have my camera on me at this time) and a bunch of fireworks to close the event down.
I found that sharing a space with others is not necessarily conducive to catching a shuttle at 5:15am to Sydney, Australia. Trying to finish packing in the dark while not waking others up is difficult (even having done much of it before). Thankfully, I made my shuttle and said goodbye to Hawaii until the next time.