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Hawaiian Islands – Eegads its hot!

September 14, 2010

I arrived to Oahu on September 11th and promptly started melting like the Wicked Witch after her bad encounter with Dorothy.  It is a good thing that I decided not to pack any long pants.  After a lovely dinner, my swimming friend took pity on me and let me go back to the house and go to bed which I thought if I laid very very still that I would stop sweating as I wasn’t putting out energy.  No such luck.  I continued to melt.  I only hoped that by coming early I would acclimate to the warmer temperatures but not so much as to completely chuck out 3 years of turning myself into a human popsicle. 

Sunday September 12th I was introduced to the Hawaiian waters.  Holy smokes much warmer than I thought.  We had a nice 3.5 mile swim from Sunset beach to Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore.  When I was told that we were headed to the North Shore to swim, I was a little bit more than worried.  The last time I had seen the North Shore I was around 13 years old and Hawaii was close to having the Eddie Aikou Big Surf competition.  Big hairy waves.  I was curious as to how I was going to swim through that.  Plus I started thinking “these Hawaiian swimmers are super bad ass!”   What I found out was that during the summer months the North Shore becomes this beautiful swimming oasis.  There are turtles, dolphins, rays, fish, etc.  Just amazing.  So while I slowly boiled like a lobster in a pot I enjoyed all the natural beauty around me.  Even on finishing the swim the spinner dolpins rolled through. 

These last few days have been spent trying to get all pilot, kayak and crew things squared away.  Some minor snafus which my Hawaiian friends keep assuring me…don’t worry it will all work out.  I don’t think they realize that worry is my middle name.  However as Monday comes to a close I believe that we have everything set.  Pilot – Check.  Crew – Check.  Kayak – Check.  Flights to Molokai – Check. 

The swim should commence sometime around 8pm on Wednesday evening Hawaii time.  I will be swimming through the evening and if all goes according to plan arriving around Sandy Point Oahu in the early afternoon.

I’ll try to post more about the swim tomorrow.  However it is dinner time and the pizza has arrived.  YAY PIZZA!

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2 Responses to “Hawaiian Islands – Eegads its hot!”

  1. Forgive my ignorance, but what are you swimming in Hawaii?  I understand your finish point is Sandy Beach on Oahu, but I was not sure where your starting point is from reading your post.  Am I safe to assume it is Molokai?  Is it safe to assume your swim will start THIS Wednesday, September 15th?  Am I safe to assume you are well on your way to be the first person to complete the Ocean's Seven?  After doing the English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and, perhaps now, Molokai Channel, you would only have to do the Strait of Gibraltar (piece of cake for you), the Tsugaru Channel (piece of cake for you) and the North Channel (a bear for anyone) and you would definitely make a mark on history that has never been done before.  Or, am I jumping to conclusions here?  Anyway, good luck on your swim (if it is the Molokai Channel this Wednesday).

  2. Sarah says:

    What a switch from Alaska!

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