Hawaii Trip – Part 1 – Toronto to Honolulu via Dallas

I stayed up all night Saturday booking and packing for my trip. I’ve traveled to many places but Hawaii proved a challenge just because of the logistics of deciding which islands to go to and evaluation the cost benefit analysis of car rentals and accommodations. I finished everything around 12:30am and was tempted to pull an all-nighter to catch my early morning flight but decided against it. I went to bed and set my alarm for 3:00am. I was worried I would oversleep or be such a deep state of sleep to hear the alarm.

As 3:00am comes around and I woke up, had coffee and caught a ride to the airport. My flight was at 6:55am and I arrived at the airport at a reasonable 4:30am. I checked- in and proceeded through security without any problems. At the gate, there were not that many people waiting for the flight. I could have had an entire row t myself if I wanted. I’ve never been on such an empty flight before. Maybe it’s because its Labor day?

It was a 3 hour flight from Toronto to Dallas. Upon my arrival I saw that my departure gate would be D22. In Dallas I had 4 hour layover which I spend surfing the free internet, shopping and having lunch. As 12:30pm rolls around, I notice there were few people at the gate. Then my instincts tells me something is wrong. I checked the flight departure screen again and discovered that my gate has been changed to A24 instead. Realizing this error and with only 25 minutes left on the clock, I ran towards the trains that link the terminals. I had 5 stops to get to my terminal area. With each stop, I try to remain calm while mentally saying “hurry up, hurry up”. When I finally arrived at the stop, I found that my gate was at the other end of the stop. As I ran with my luggage, I heard my name paged on the intercom. Definitely not a good sign. I ran faster and yell “That‘s me!” The lady at the counter told me that the flight was about to leave and quickly scanned my ticket. She looks at my backpack and gives a disapproving look.

“That’s a big backpack” she says.

I informed her that it met the regulations for carry-on luggage. She lets me know that because it’s a packed flight I may have trouble finding an overhead bin with room.
As I boarded the plane, everyone stared at me because I’m the last one to board. I have also have a big backpack. I walked to the back of the plane where my seat is, only to be told that the overhead bins are full. I walked up 15 rows ahead and found some space in the overhead bins. With some heave-ho-ing, and punching, my backpack fitted perfectly. As I walked back to my seat, the gentlemen sitting beside me says “Damn girl, that deserves a high-five” and gives me a high five before I settle into my seat.
That was a close call. I almost missed my flight to Honolulu. Not sure what I would have done.

While we’re waiting for the plane to take off, I noticed Hawaiian music already playing in the airplane sound system. Wow they really know how to create a great atmosphere. Tired and stressed, I chose a seat by the window. The seat beside me was empty, which meant more room to sleep or stretch out.

Hawaii is 6 hours earlier than the time back home. When I arrived in Honolulu, it was 4:00pm in the afternoon. The humidity is heavy. One of the first things I noticed about the airport is the beautiful gardens and open-air style. A note to the smokers, even though it’s open-air, it’s a non-smoking facility. So don’t light up until you leave the airport, or head to the ground level.

Throughout the airport you’ll see stands of Hawaii booklets and brochures with useful information for last minute additions to your trip. I recommend grabbing each one, because they cover different topics and each has different quality of maps.

I hopped on the city bus and headed to Waikiki beach where I checked in, snapped some sunset photos and headed to bed.

Prices of common items
Marlboro pack of 20 cigarettes are $10.25
1.5 Liter bottle of water is $0.99
A long sarong is $9.99
Postcards are $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00
Snorkels without the dry tube are $9.99

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