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The chc's Hawaii visit

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A few weeks ago, I've had the chance to go to Honolulu to present 2 papers at the IEEE VTC 2019-Fall Conference. I've never been to Hawaii before, so I was actually quite excited. Here are some photos of the adventure :)

Pictures are either from my iPhone X or iPhone 6S, since I didn't lug around my dSLR most of the time. The iPhone 6S is my spare phone, which I used with a US SIM card.

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I landed on Saturday, Sept 21 night and I rented a car to get myself around, given taxi was very expensive to use and driving myself is much more reliable. The side benefit is I can actually go around and explore more places in my free time. And what car was it? A nice red Honda Accord. To save money, I found free parking on a nearby street.

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Lol more pics of the car. Visiting the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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It was a rainy day, and I got very soaked. But nice campus and I bought a couple of T-shirts, since my dad studied here back in the days.

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Given it was a work trip, there is no doubt I had to do some presentations as well. My first paper was a poster presentation, which I had to bring a 36x48 poster on the plane from Calgary to Hawaii via LAX. I also brought it back safely, which is now in the lab.

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In my personal off time, I had a chance to drive all around the island of Oahu. I went east on Kalaniana'ole Highway and looped around places like the Lanai Lookout, Makapu'u Lookout, past Waimanalo Beach. At the Castle Junction, I turned right to hit the Kamehameha Highway to get some very scenic oceanside views. The full loop of Oahu is about 100 miles.

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Sunshine and beaches and Honda Accord, what more does one need?

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Being a tourist, I decided to hit up a classic shrimp truck, Giovanni's. Everyone talks about it, but I was not sure what the craze was all about. It's $14 USD for a plate of food, cash only.

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It's literally just a very greasy plate of food with two scoops of rice. I was still wondering why I paid almost $20 CAD for something like this and still had to sit at a picnic table, but my first bite explained everything. The taste was amazing.

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Of course, I also drove to North Shore to go to Matsumoto for shave ice. The lineup was about 15 minutes, but for $3 USD, it was worth it.

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The conference also had a banquet for some classic Hawaii performance.

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How can I miss a nice walk on Waikiki Beach at night?

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Me presenting my second paper.

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Went with a couple of friends to try out some traditional Hawaii cuisine that real locals go to. I still don't have much idea what I ate; I just got whatever they recommended.

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What's a visit without going to the local Costco, my favorite store? Apparently, there are 4 Costcos on the island and I ended up visiting 3 of the 4. Gas was also 50 cents a gallon cheaper. Good thing I brought my membership card along.

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A really expensive meal that ended up costing me $42 USD. At least the sushi was great!

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Visiting Pearl Harbor. Got lucky and found 1 parking spot -- it was busy even though it was a Thursday in September.

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I walked in at 10:20am and they gave me a ticket to the memorial for 10:30. Glad I made it!

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The USS Arizona memorial is located over the sunken ship and you have to be ferried out. The whole program lasts about 75 minutes, where you first start off with a 20 minute film. The historical presentation was very well done and educational.

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The actual memorial.

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I also hiked to Ka'ena Point, which is the western most part of the island. You can approach it from the north or from the south, which is separated by a big mountain in between. Since I've already done the northern stint, I decided to approach from the south, which is something a tourist does not normally do. The advice I was given was to bring lots of water. At first, I was like, "How hard can it be?" It was only a 2.5 mile hike and there was no elevation gain at sea level. Since I'm from Calgary, I thought it'll be an easy hike. As it turns out, I brought 2L of water and drank 3/4 of it by the time I got there. 32c heat in at 2pm is serious business and by the time I got to my car, I had to down another 2L of water with the A/C maxed out to cool down.

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Visited another Costco lol. They sell sushi here.

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And Poke.

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Ended off the day at White Plains Beach. It was almost time to fly back.

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Returned the car at around 8pm. It was a great trip -- I didn't get to do everything like hiking the Diamond Head, but overall it was a great trip and I took the 10:25pm flight back to Canada.

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Looked like a fun adventure! I was on Oahu a few years ago and definitely a great sight. A short flight from LA too and great place to visit, totally different vibe as CONUS but still America.

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On 11/5/2019 at 10:34 AM, chconline said:

Definitely worth a visit. Sure had fun over there and it's way warmer than Calgary.

🤣 A lot of places are warmer than Canada.

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On 10/27/2019 at 11:14 PM, chconline said:

Sure was a fun adventure :) Didn't get to go surfing though haha. Maybe if I go back!

You're missing out definitely try it for Next time.

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