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We woke up really early since we're not yet accustomed to the time difference. We wound up waking up around 4 a.m. which would've been 9 a.m. in Chicago, so actually we woke up at what would be normal time. There are perks to this wakeup time, though, we got to see a very incredible sunrise outside our room over the ocean. You really can't beat that. Afterwards, we went out for breakfast only to come back to the hotel to discover that our minivan was in the process of being swapped with a Firebird. Score.

So, what do you think we did the rest of the day? We went out in the Firebird and drove the entire length of the Kuhio Highway all the way from our hotel in Kapa'a to the northwest of the island near some rainforest. We also stopped out at the Kilauea Lighthouse and got a gorgeous view of the northern cliffs and the Pacific. When we came back, we hit a bunch of shops in Kapa'a and I bought my first pair of Birkenstock sandles. Katie also got a nice pair of dressier Birks. Both pairs were pretty cheap compared to how much they cost in the states (sorry, bad habit I developed. Islanders tend to call the 48 contiguous states "the states" even though they are part of said "states" and should actually call it "the mainland" or some such name).

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