My Trip to Hawaii
Last month, I attended IEEE INFOCOM 2018 in Hawaii. It is really a fantastic experience so I want to write something about this trip here.
Go to Honolulu
My flight from Beijing to Honolulu departed at 01:00 on April 15 (GMT+8) and arrives at 16:25 on April 14 (HST). At the first sight of the island from the view on the plane, it is covered with green plants and there are rugged terrains everywhere. However, skyscrapers gathered in busy areas shows the modernity of this island.
The hotel is situated right by the Waikiki beach and the scenery outside is very beautiful.
Hanauma Bay is situated in the south-east corner of Oahu island. It is not a large place but a good place for snorkeling.
Diamond Head is like a mountain but it is actually a volcanic tuff cone. It takes not much time to reach the top of it. During the hiking, I really feel the unique tropical climate. It is hot and wet but meanwhile it showers from time to time.
Iolani Palace is a great place to know the history of Kingdom of Hawaii.
Shopping & Beach Walk
Oahu island is not only a tourist resort but also a shopping paradise.
Pearl Harbor is an important historic site of World War II. It may be the most famous and popular site for both American and foreigners. There is a long queue even though I get there early before the site is open.
Back to China
My flight from Honolulu to Beijing departs at 23:30 on April 19 (HST) and arrives at 16:25 on April 21 (GMT+8).
It was my first time to USA though Hawaii is far away from the Mainland United States. I also do all my travel arrangements on my own. As always, when I am on a trip, especially to one unacquainted place, what I pursue and cherish is that the lifestyle of the local or the core spirit of the place. And what I like to do is to behave like a local and integrate myself into the local culture and surroundings. When it comes to Hawaii, I feel it is a palce with dual identity, that is, a mixture of the Aloha spirit from the old times and the relatively modern US spirit. In my feelings, Aloha spirit is passion, courage, etc, while US spirit is confidence, equality, liberty, etc. Finally, as a conclusion, I make a list of how I feel different when I was in Hawaii:
- The weather is really changeable in the island but umbrellas are rare in the streets. I guess the reasons are that the rain normally only lasts for a short time and then the sunshine will be enough to keep your clothes dry.
- More than once, I pass by Apple Stores and find that there are all kinds of people in the stores, including cleaners and vagrants without decent clothes, watching videos on Youtube or listening to music on Soundcloud.
- In comparison with eating in China, meals cost much there but the price of fast food such as McDonald’s seems the same internationally.