Hele Maika'i (bon voyage)

I was eager to go to Hawaii as soon as it was announced that we would be moving there for the next few months. We only decided to move there about a week in advance, and it was craziness trying to get flights, a house, and a car in Hawaii. I said my last goodbyes to all of my friends, and on October 12 at 3:42am, I woke up to start the long day of travel. All my worldly possessions were now packed in three bags, and I carried them to the car. My grandparents drove us to the airport, and we said our last goodbyes to them, then hauled all our luggage to the check-in for our flight. I was very nervous and excited to get on the plane and see Hawaii, and after going through security, we finally got onto the plane. Eli (my little brother) sat next to me, and we were buddies for this trip. I took a lot of videos of everyone during the flight so that I could remember it. 

At the Phoenix airport

At the Phoenix airport

When I first saw the islands, it was amazing! They look so cool from up in the air, and they are way bigger than I thought. We got off the plane, and the first thing that hit me was the humidity. It is very humid here, and it takes a while to get used to. What is cool about the airport in Honolulu is that it is open to the outside, because the weather is so nice. We had another flight to catch to the Big Island (we landed on Oahu), so we hurried across the airport to get on the plane. 

Eventually, we landed on the Big Island in Kona. I was amazed at how green everything was, and within 5 minutes of landing, Eli had found a gecko chillin' on one of the plants outside (it wasn't much of an indoor airport)! I couldn't believe that I was actually in Hawaii! It felt so great to finally be here. From the airport (in Kona), we took a rental car around town, and made a trip to Costco while we were there. I had a couple of fruit smoothies for lunch (at the food court), and while my siblings and I were eating (or rather drinking) our lunches outside, Eli spotted a chicken just walking around. We asked a local if a rooster in the Costco parking lot was normal, and he said that there are chickens everywhere in Hawaii that run wild. 

Everything barely fit!

Everything barely fit!

After our lunch, we drove to Hilo. It was an amazing drive, and I got to see a lot of cool things on it. Hawaii actually has 11 out of the 13 major climate zones found in the world, and during the drive we saw lava fields, deserts, jungles, and mountains! I saw lots of fruit trees and trees that I had never seen before. Once we got to our house, we were all very tired from a long day of travel, and we drug our bags inside, then Eli and I went outside to explore a little before bed. We found a frog and located a few coconut palms on the property, but then we had to go back inside and sleep. It was kind of hard to fall asleep, not because we weren't exhausted (it was almost 10:00 AZ time), but because there were frogs croaking very loudly. That day was the longest day I think I have ever had, and I was glad it was over and we are all safely in our home. 

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