It's all a very humbling experience but every time these client's (very close friends now) come to Hawaii, I seem to learn and experience new things about the island I live on.
I've lived here on Oahu, Hawaii for the past 28 years, since I was 6 and have experienced and done a lot of different things but everytime they come here, they seem to have something new up their sleeves. My girlfriend and I have had the pleasures of showing them local places and foods but we've also had the pleasures of learning something new about our island every time they visit.
They're a wonderful couple from California that just loves Hawaii. I believe they listen to our radio stations and even get our newspapers. They buy season tickets to our college football games here and give us whatever games they can't make. Ever since I've met them about 4 years ago, they've been coming here about 4-6 times a year.
We've done so many different things here with them but some of the most memorable ones were:
- Laugh Factory Comedy Show - a couple of comedy acts for around $30 with drinks.
- Cirque Hawaii in Waikiki - Hawaii's version of Vegas's Cirque du Soleil for about $60.
- Horseback riding at Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu - This was a nice 45 minute ride along sandy beaches and tropical forests. Prices were around $50 dollars for adults and $30 for children 7-12 years old.
- Parasailing off of Waikiki - It was a cool way to see the Waikiki coastline for about $40. We were out on the water for about an hour and a half and I got to see a turtle from the air.
- Dolphin excursion and snorkeling off of the Ko Olina Resort on West Oahu - The boat took us out from the Ko Olina Resort Marina and took us to the very west tip of Oahu to Ka'ena Point where we got to snorkle for about an hour. Got to see a lot of small tropical fish, a moray eel and a couple of turtles. The water there was beautiful. About $100 for adults which includes lunch.
- ATV riding at Kualoa Ranch which is on the north east side of Oahu - $94 for a half day activity tour. You get a to do a couple of different activities which included a buffet lunch. We rode a boat around Chinaman's Hat (a tiny island off of Kualoa which looks like a "chinaman's hat") for about an hour, had lunch then rode ATV's into Kualoa Valley where they filmed a bunch of movies like Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, Windtalkers, You Me and Dupree, etc.
We've also been to a bunch of great restaurants and bars to fill in any gaps between activities.
If it wasn't for these out of town friends of ours, we would have never experienced any of these things. Also, by playing host to them, it's like we took a little vacation ourselves and learned that much more about our own hometown.
We've become such wonderful friends and I always look forward to seeing them again. These types of friendships aren't made everyday and we will treasure the time well spent in the near future also. They are lifetime clients and friends.
I heard something about shark cages on their next visit.....