Hawaii : Sunset sailing

After our eventful 6-mile Charity Walk this morning, our day was far from over.  Papa Steve scheduled a relaxing sunset cruise for us later that day.  We had a few hours to rest and get ready for our afternoon on the catamaran.

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Quick group photo in front of the hotel before we left

We walked to the beach where the catamaran would be picking us up

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Lots of people enjoying the sun

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Signing some waivers for our sunset sail

We were told that the catamaran hasn’t returned from its previous cruise yet, so we walked around the beach and took photos while waiting

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Kurt with his precious glidecam again

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We found a summer Santa walking around

After a few short minutes, we spotted the catamaran returning to shore:

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Before allowing us to get on the boat, our captain briefed us and gave us some simple do’s and don’t’s for the cruise.

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He also told us that we would be out at sea till the sun goes down, and that it would be a dry cruise with unlimited drinks on board.

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Footwear wasn’t allowed on board so we left our sandals and slippers on the shore

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We got to board the boat first so we got good seats in the front

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We sat on the floor while the “adults” got to sit on the bench
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Long line of people still waiting to come aboard

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The “floor” of the boat is actually this net type thing.  Which meant that sometimes water would splash up on us when the waves got too strong.  It made for  a nice a breezy ride though.

Once everyone was seated, our captain told us to sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise

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His co-captain told us that he would be providing us with drinks later.  And if we want more, we just had to go as him for a refill

The cruise started off really nicely.  The breeze was refreshing and the view was lovely.  Our only complaint was that Tita Rachel and Papa Steve got stuck sitting next to this vain, obnoxious couple who kept talking about how much money they have.  Tita Rachel and Papa Steve tried to come up with a plan to change their seats, but thankfully they didn’t have to suffer for very long. You’ll find out why in a minute.

Our cruise took us to this spot where the surfers were:

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Of course, if the surfers liked this spot, that only meant one thing – huge waves!

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Here comes one now

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Getting closer

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And closer
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And closer …

And BOOM!  (Sorry, no picture for the “boom” part)

Yes, we got drenched!  As in soaked down to our underwear drenched!  The captain didn’t expect it either, he just wanted to show us the waves.  Well thank you captain.  Not only did we see them, we felt them too!   The wave that hit us was so big that there was no way for us to avoid it.  Even our cameras were not spared.  I tried raising it above my head in hopes that the wave would not reach it, but no luck.  It was dripping wet!  I dried it off best I could (there wasn’t really anything I could use to wipe it with since everything was soaked), and thankfully it’s still working fine to this day.

Now the funny thing was, the obnoxious girl who was sitting next to Tita Rachel got full blast of the wave because she was sitting right in the very front.  She was wearing a tube top so when the wave hit us, it pushed her top down and showed everyone her boobs!  Well, I guess not everyone.  I didn’t see it because it happened so fast (Tita Rachel did because she was sitting right next to her), but I did see her outburst afterwards.  She stood up and started yelling “I thought this was a dry cruise!”, then she ran to the back of the boat and stayed there for the rest of the afternoon with her boyfriend (who rushed after her to calm her down).  I understand why she was so upset – her hair, which was perfectly straightened before she came on board, as well as her makeup was ruined.  Oh, and the fact that she flashed everyone on board must not have sat well with her either.  I do feel sorry for her, but we were just thankful that we didn’t have to hear another word about her very expensive purse.

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 Soaked yet relieved passengers 😀

Anyway, we spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying our peaceful cruise. There’s nothing much to talk about so I’ll just share some pictures we took on the boat:

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Tita Rachel and Papa Steve toasting to their good fortune 😄

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We hung up some of our clothes to dry on the side of the boat. (Papa Steve told us to bring a cardigan because it will get chilly later that evening, but I guess they’re not much use to us now.)

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The little black square thing I’m standing on is actually the entrance to the on-board rest room.  Going down there seems scary so I tried not to drink too much during the cruise because I didn’t want to have to use it.

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Kurt didn’t have a problem with it though

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 Neither did this guy

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 Ninang pretending to be shy and demure

IMG_7724Then laughing at herself because she realized how crazy that was 😄

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 Now being her wacky Donya Asela self 😀

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That’s more like it

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Ezra wanted to do the Titanic pose, but she wanted Kurt to hold her steady because the boat was pretty shaky

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In the end Kurt couldn’t help himself

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They played music during the cruise so lots of people were dancing

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Ninang got in on the action too

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Weee~  (I think she had one too many mai tai’s XD)

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Papa Steve had fun dancing while filming us

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Pretty soon the sun started to set

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Beautiful

After this it was time for us to get back to shore.  And not a moment too soon, because with the sun gone, we were starting to feel a little chilly in our damp clothes.

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It was dark by the time we made it to shore

We were pretty tired when we got back to our hotel (remember, we woke up early that morning for the Charity Walk), but we also wanted to have dinner at BLT Steak since Papa Steve said the food there was really good.  So we quickly changed into something nicer (and dryer) and made our way to the restaurant.

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Waiting for Papa Steve and Tita Rachel at the lobby

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Beef chart~ Fancy!

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Of course we ordered steaks, but we also tried their seafood platter

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The restaurant gave my parents this dessert platter since their anniversary was the week before

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The food was really good, unfortunately it was around this time that I started to feel bad.  Between the early start of the day, the charity walk, the soaking and the chilly evening, my body couldn’t take much more.  It took everything I had not to fall asleep at the dinner table, and same went for Ezra as well.  Eventually the “adults” took pity on us and suggested that we go back to the room and get some sleep.  I drank lots of water before going to bed, but I still woke up with a fever the next morning. But, despite getting sick, I had a wonderful and memorable day, which I wouldn’t trade for anything 😀

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And if you prefer watching videos to reading long blog entries, then you can check out some videos that Kurt made of our Hawaii trip by CLICKING HERE.

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