A Travellerspoint blog

January 2010

Broken Heart, Lost Identity

Who are you without a name? What are you without your passion?

I am going to fast forward to today, January 10th, 2010 in a moment.

First: Dec. 10th 2009

We slept at the airport waiting for our flight to Hawaii from San Francicso. The night before we stayed at the Travellodge next to the airport where we did our laundry before leaving the continental US. All of my cloths, including underwear and socks were stolen from the dryer. All of Joe's clothes were still there.

Second: Jan. 10th 2009

2 days ago we met Luna from Germany at the Hilo Backpackers Hostel and we agreed that none of us could afford to stay for long there. So the 3 of us got camping permeates and bussed to the park. The next day we hiked to the Akaka Falls. There we got picked up while hitchhiking by a university student and his little sister visiting from Montana. We left our bags in hi car and looked at the waterfall for about 10 minutes. When we got back to the car to get Joe some snacks before the long hike up to the top of the falls, we couldn't find our backpack, Luna's backpack, or Hana's purse. Hana's best friend who drove up separately saw a shady guy in a van, and Guyer (the university student) said that his friend from down the street has had stuff stolen from him as well. We called the police, and it appeared that the guy broke in the back of the truck (that sliding window) and got into the cabin (small guy) and pulled out the bags from there.

Joe and my passports and all our valuables were stolen. Our laptop, passports, credit cards, cash, cell phones, backup hard drive for the laptop, iPod, GPS, everything was taken. I am just so grateful for this blog where we have about 90% of our photos. Unfortunately about 90% of the videos we took are not on the blog, so those are just gone.

I cry about my lost videos and photos now, but I've stopped crying about not being able to make it back to Oahu for Corey and John's wedding because the police gave us signed papers saying who we are so that we can still make our flight on Jan. 23rd. We have not herd back from the police about getting our stuff back, but supposedly they believe that a guy who is addicted to crystal meth was at the waterfalls when we were there, and he has done this sort of thing in the past. Unfortunately he has never been prosecuted for it because of some sort of community thing where white people simply have no place or power, not even the police.

As of right now, I do not hold my breath that any of our things will ever get back to us. Guyer had his mom staying at his place (she was on vacation visiting him). We met her for a bit, and she said that we could mail our birth certificates to his place so we could get our passports. Then Guyer drove us to his friends house where there was more room and we spent the night there. They fed us and gave us beer and smokes. The mom taught us about Mia and Karma and that everything happens for a reason, and to just accept what happens and move forward with our lives. She also said that she would help us write a newspaper article about the incident and how the police aren't doing anything about it, and that we could mail our birth certificates to her too. I liked this idea better since it is just her and her son living there, and Guyer's place is a rental home with 2 levels and 6 or so different people living there all going to university. I know Karen will be responsible for our things, not that college students would loose them, but things happen, and I don't want them to happen to me just now. The next day they drove us to a western union where our parents wired us money, and then to at&t where we have a new prepaid phone with none too many minutes. But here is the number in case anyone really really needs to get in touch with me quickly: (808) 430-1483, but for all other things please email us at vanran@gmail.com or leave a comment on this blog.

Lastly, we will try to finish blogging about California and Hawaii sometime, maybe at the library (now I am on the hostel's computer), but since we don't have the laptop anymore, it will be slower. Also, possibly difficult for me right now because we won't have any pictures from the Big Island to put up on the blog since they are gone. Well, I have to go. We are going to a Hare Krishna shrine to see if we can help out in exchange for a place to stay. We met them last night singing in a bike shop, and they gave us Indian desert and chi.

We will blog again to keep you updated on whats going on with us now, and then slowly start trickling back to the past month's travels.

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