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The Day After I Do

We were supposed to stay up all night, and then hike up Diamond Head to see the sun rise... but Corey and John "pooped out" early, and so the rest of us caught some shut eye before getting up at 4am to meet up with Architecture by 5am. They ended up leaving without us, but we caught up to them at a gas station. Then the race was on, through the night streets of Oahu, into the tunnel at Diamond Head Crater, then up the mountain climb itself. You know that phrase "No man left behind," well I guess that only applies in a time of war, because we booked it up those inclines and stairs to catch sunrise like our vacations depended on it. Chrissy's feet were still suffering from running barefoot on the beach a few days earlier, so she fell behind with a few others, and on Captan Jacks orders: "Whatever man falls behind, is left behind."

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I was in the second group to make it to the top. My legs weren't tired (I've been training for months with bags on my back), but I woke up this morning sick as hell, and I felt like tossing my cookies the whole power hike up. But when we finally made it to the top, we realized that we would have another 15 minute wait until sunrise. It got very light outside, but the sun hadn't peeked itself out from the horizon. And when I say top, I mean as far as we could get. The Japanese had in fact, over run
Diamond Head.

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I know, I'm really un-P.C. But I feel like I have a right to be, because I really love everything about Japan. And they seem to really be casual about the war, so I feel like I can be casual too, especially because if I had a choice as to what culture I would be born into in my next life, I would be Japanese.

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Then, when we were all finally at the top, the moment we had all been kicking our butts for:

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We would wait another 15 minutes to see.

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The clouds bought the night a few more minutes as they blocked the sun at the horizon. But like all things, what goes down... must eventually COME UP!

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Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it's a lion]

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Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
Ingonyama

Siyo Nqoba [We're going to conquer]
Ingonyama
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

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I betcha you didn't know what the words were to the opening of the Lion king. Well, now you do... and the more you know... Yeah, I think I've used that one before. And that thing about the leopard, I don't remember a leopard in the opening scene. Chrissy? Lion King trivia? Whats the veridic?

Anyways... sunrise was pretty well worth it. Nice idea Corey.

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And now that the people on top were starting to head back down... we peaked!

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And Queen Claire oversaw the kingdom that was hers,

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After a battle where scars were taken like badges of honor,

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We took in our victory, and then headed home.

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Well, not quite yet. First we decided to do a little swimming to cool ourselves off.

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And we got to see the Hanauma Bay video with music like:
"Don't step on me... Under the see..." to the beat of Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid. And then the 80's ballad:
"Haaaaanauuuuuuuumaaaaaaaa, where the water is beautiful..."

We got 5 snorkel sets and split them between the 10 of us so some people could lay out on the beach while the others snorkeled. Unfortunately when we left we were missing a snorkel (don't ask me how that happened), so we had to pay for that. But other than monsters stealing our snorkels, the day was pretty dang good. I started to feel a little better now that I had a nap in the sun, but it was starting to get a little cold and cloudy, so we decided to really go home and figure out what we wanted to do for the rest of the day.

Joe was still not feeling like heading out with us, and so many people felt like doing different things that we split into groups again. The group I was in decided to head up to the north shore to see some of the big waves.

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And then we found the awesome tide pools Claire had been wanting to see the whole trip.

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And then hit up some shave (no -ed) ice before calling it a day on account of rain.

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Fantastic photos! I especially loved the one of two people in the surf with rocks in front of them. Gorgeous!

by Sheryl S

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