My Trip to Paradise

Discover a paradise without leaving the United States! Sarah shares her time and photos while sight-seeing in Hawaii.

It was January in New York City this last winter when I got fed up with snow and feeling cold all the time. There were horrible blizzards and this year had been considered the worst winter in the U.S. in two decades, so I decided to go to a warmer place. I have a friend who lives in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, so I thought to go right there, meet my friend, and discover this wonderful island. My notion about Hawaii was just portrayed by the famous movie Pearl Harbor. I also tried to prepare by reading about it before my trip. I booked the tickets to Hawaii through four airports. I took off from JFK airport in New York City, which is my favorite airport in the U.S., to Atlanta airport, then to Los Angeles airport, then finally my destination Honolulu airport and met my dear friend. When I was looking from the airplane window, it looked like an amazing island.

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First, I was stunned that there was no winter there. It is summer in January and I got to know that the weather on this island is summery and warm all year round. Second, they use this word “Aloha,” the original word of Hawaiian people which means “Hello” and “Mahalo” which means “thanks.” I was impressed by the common use of the exotic language.

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]”Aloha” means “Hello”[/typography]

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]”Mahalo” means “Thanks”[/typography]

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There was just an amazingly beautiful nature with all of the mountains and incredible beaches. Everything gave the impression that it was a tourist destination with all the Asian and Japanese tourists and all the fun and relaxation. I saw people from all over the U.S. and the world come to all the water sports, especially Waikiki beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the the world. There was everything from swimming, surfing, diving, boating, water skiing, parasail to sunbathing. Other tourists and I  had a tour of the coast in the boat and it was relaxation. I still remember the feelings of the experience. Part of my experience included the food. There was a very beautiful restaurant called Duke overlooking the ocean with a wonderful view. Due to Hawaii being a tourists destination, the expenses was very high, but the island was very safe all the time.

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I did not spend all my time on the beach. Hiking is a very popular sport in Hawaii due to the wonderful hills and mountains. I hiked to Diamond Head and what a wonderful view of the island from that place! Later, I took so many memorable pictures right there. I went to visit Pearl Harbor, the famous harbor, and I always wondered how it looked. I have been fortunate to be there.

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Hawaii was just like I had been one week in paradise. Hawaii deserves to be described as paradise. If you are looking for a fun, wonderful time and relaxation, you definitely should consider Hawaii (the real paradise) to be your destination.

international student voice magazine Sarah AlyasiriSarah Naji Alyasiri

ISV Magazine Correspondent, Region 10




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