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Arizona Memorial – Pearl Harbor, HI

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arizona memorialI have been to the Arizona Memorial several times and every time it still strikes your heart. When you first arrive to the memorial you can pick up your free tickets to view it then you are welcome to explore until your starting time. There are many different things to look at but my favorite is the submarine circle which is a collection of all the ships that have gone down. There is also the Bowfin submarine that you can pay a little money to tour but I personally have been on a submarine many times so I’ve never been too interested.

Once its your viewing time you enter into a small theater and view a small film about Pearl Harbor. This video is what really sets the tone for the remainder of the viewing. It goes over how we came to be a part of the war and the Japanese strategic planning that struck us so abruptly.

From there you load up on a ferry type boat and ride over to the actual Arizona Memorial. When you first walk onto the memorial you don’t really realize how big the ship is but especially how much oil is still floating in the water from the ship. Its a very strong reality about what happened and the 2,042 souls that lie entombed below you. When you walk to the furthest end of the memorial you view the wall of names of all the brave men and women who lost their lives during the attack.

The memorial is something I believe you will never forget. Even after you’ve left it, the feeling holds tight to you. I would highly recommend everyone taking part in viewing the memorial.

  
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Allegiant Air Lines, the Cockroaches of the Sky

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First off, let me say that I do take in to consideration that things just don’t always line up but sometimes there are just companies that don’t care. Well, maybe not care but they don’t take action on apologies on something their company may or may not have slacked on.

 
Now for Allegiant Air Lines, the “cockroaches of the sky.” Yes, that is a direct quote from another passenger on board. I knew I had strong feelings about Allegiant but I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one. I also have to admit that I thought that statement was very accurate and ridiculously funny. Minutes had passed and I was still giggling at the nickname.
Anyways, let’s start from the beginning…

We were getting ready to book our flight to Hawaii when we saw that Allegiant had the best rate hands down. We had never flown Allegiant but we’ve never had any truly bad experiences and it was cheap. Well once booking the tickets we found out that you have to pay to pick your seats. That was a bit crazy but whatever, we would rather have the seats we wanted. So we’re going through the menu screens and see that we can pay $35 each way for checked bags which is to be expected. What wasn’t expected was that the checked bags could only be 40lbs(5lbs less than every other airline) and the kicker…you have to pay for CARRY ON bags! It was $25 each way for a carry on bag. Our minds were blown but I guess we then saw why the tickets were so cheap. 
We pulled up at the airport exactly 1.5 hours ahead of time to give ourselves plenty of time to get through security, etc. since we have never been this airport before. As soon as we stepped out of the cab we heard the announcement..”flight 1234 to Honolulu has been delayed 3 hours.” I was like sweet, I could have stayed at work longer or slept longer but it was what it was. We get up to the ticket counter and ask why the flight was so delayed for them to inform us that the flight our crew  was on last night came in really late(2am) and its FAA rules for them to have 12 hours off. Now, this is when I started to get really irritated. Yes, I agree with that FDA rule BUT you mean to tell me that they knew since 2am that the flight was going to be delayed but didn’t both to tell the passengers or update the website until we were there?! That was absurd to me considering we were dropped off by a taxi and the closest place to eat, drink, entertain ourselves was over 2 miles away in the 110+ Arizona heat. 

We decided to “make camp” for the next 3 hours on the hard tile of the airport since there were only 15 or so seats available for all 100+ of us to sit in. Not including the fact that 1-2 people were laying down in 3 seats which was just so thoughtful. After a while I needed to go to the bathroom so I went and when I was coming back I noticed a sign that stated there was a little restaurant and 2 paradise bakeries after the gates. So we packed everything up and headed over in hopes of finding a place to sit. Once we go over there we saw the one little burger place and a tiny open table. We didn’t care though, we took it. The best part was that they had a bar to keep us company and so it did. We had ourselves 1 or 6 drinks that the bartender so awesomely prepared. 

Finally it was time to line up to board the plane. For whatever reason Allegiant makes zones 1-4 for 10 passengers and zone 6 for the rest of the plane. Not good planning but whatevs. We get our boarding passes scanned and walk through the door to outside which totally caught me off guard. Since it is such a small airport you actually walk over to your plane. I honestly liked it in a way since it was so different from walking through an enclosed walkway that always makes me slightly claustrophobic if there’s a line. 

We finally board the plane and get comfy then realize everyone is seated and nothing is happening. About 20 minutes pass and someone comes on the intercom to inform us that one of the restrooms isn’t working. This really set well with everyone considering the plane had been delayed 3 hours already and no one thought to maybe check the plane within that time period?! Good plan. 
Four hours after our flight was suppose to depart we finally get up in the air with no apology from the captain nor the flight crew. Things were going well until I freezing and went to turn my air nozzle but wait, there isn’t one. The whole plane gets to enjoy the frigid air. Then I was like, oh well, I’ll just lay back in my wooden backed seat and go to sleep. Oh wait, I can’t do that either…the seats don’t recline! Yes, you heard me correctly and if I had paid attention to the nice white sticker in my face I would have realized that.  


Time passes and I do fall asleep for a quick 20 minutes then awake to the glorious air cart full of its overpriced, hunger inducing snacks. I decided I wouldn’t like some peanut m&ms and ask for a water to go with them. The flight attendant so nicely responded “water is two dollars.” I was like water isn’t free?! That seems slightly illegal but maybe I’m just assuming. So I forked out my money so that I could quench my dry mouth from the cold frigid air that I’m unable to control. Oh and you know that bathroom they had to fix? Well good thing they did because they closed off the front two bathrooms to everyone on the plane. So in good safety, 7 people would hover around the only bathrooms constantly the whole flight.

Finally we reach our destination and instead of being let off we have to wait for them to escort a guy off the plane because he apparently was refusing to fill out his agriculture form. Annoying but I understand. 

The best part for airlines, when traveling roundtrip, is that if they always get a second chance with the return flight to change my mind. So the time finally came for us to head home from Hawaii and we notice all of the same passengers we travelled to Hawaii with. 

The seats were all taken so we made camp on the floor at the airport again. Flights from Hawaii are usually pretty packed so this was expected. Time for boarding comes and goes. As we’re waiting to board we are listening in to everyone’s conversations about Allegiant. I can tell you out of the 4-5 different conversations I heard, not one was in praise for the airline. Almost an hour later we board and take off. The passengers are still ranting about how much they dislike the airline and it was their first time flying with them. We were in the same boat and felt the same way. The captain on this plane at least offered an apology for the delay and also made up the time in flight to get us home on time. We land and even with us being the only plane there it still took 30 minutes for everyone’s luggage to come. 

When I got home I decided to check out their facebook page for complaints and funny story…they have responded to almost every positive comment on their page but not one complaint or concern comment that is on their page. I find that very interesting and to me continues to show their lack of care regarding the way they treat their passengers. I do have to say that I really did get a kick out of some of the comments on their page though. They asked if everyone could guess what their big new is..here are some responses:



Moral of the story is, don’t choose an airline just based off price. Make sure you research the airline if you’ve never flown with them so that you know what to expect. Sometimes its worth paying the extra $100 or so for comfort and stability. 

This review is my own thoughts and opinions. Allegiant did not compensate me for this post which is probably for the best. 

Shark Cage Diving in Haleiwa, Hawaii

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Even though I use to live on Oahu and still visit frequently, shark diving is one of the few things I have never done. So on this trip the boyfriend and I decided we were going to go on my birthday and mark another thing off the bucket list. I’m not going to lie though, seeing that the cage was just bars kind of freaked me out but in a good way.

The day came and we excitedly loaded up and headed out to Haleiwa. We boarded the boat and was instructed on what to do and were put into groups. I had previously read on another blog that the last group usually gets the most time so we were hoping for group 3 but ended up in group 1.

  

Eventually we reached our destination of 3 miles from shore and it was go time. You could see a couple sharks swarming the boat which was really exciting but it didn’t seem like too many. We got our snorkel masks on and headed in as the first people in our group since we were pretty stoked.

The water was freezing but as soon as I looked down and saw the sharks I completely forgot all about it. My mind and thoughts were immediately in awe. I was expecting to see 7-10 of the Galapagos sharks max but I was blown away when I saw closer to 30 sharks of all sizes swarming the cage.

We spent about 20 minutes or so in the cage just taking it all in. I had my GoPro strapped to my wrist so I did my best at trying to take video and photos while swimming in the cage. Overall shark cage diving was an extraordinary experience that I think everyone should try. The boy and I have decided that next time we are wanting to go without a cage!

For anyone interested in shark cage diving please check out North Shore Shark Adventures in Haleiwa, HI. They were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and overall gave us the best possible experience. Not to mention they have an outstanding safety record!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: “mano” meaning shark

This post was orignally on my running site but has found a new home here. :)