Posts Tagged ‘times picayune’

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Regan and me at Aloha Stadium cheering on the Warriors as they defeat the Washington Huskies in the final game of the season.

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make. Even though I booked the travel for me, my family, and my friends for the Sugar Bowl, I really never stopped to add up all the time it would take to get there. I’m not quite sure why I never did, but it probably has something to with the fact that I knew deep down inside that it was going to take “a while” to get from Hawaii to New Orleans. A little case of denial.

So when I saw my buddy Regan quoted today in a Sugar Bowl story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune titled “Cultural Shift” by Stewart Yerton, reality settled in. It’s going to take almost 20 hours to get from here to there and another 20 hours to get from there back to here. HOLY COW! Quoting from the story (sweet…second story in the paper we’ve been included in):

Regan Onikama is typical. A Honolulu mortgage broker, Onikama plans to leave Honolulu on Saturday at 9 a.m. on a four-hour flight to Los Angeles. In L.A. he will switch planes for a two-hour flight to Phoenix, where he has another connection to Houston. After arriving in Houston at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Onikama plans to rent a car and drive to New Orleans, where he hopes to arrive by 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Factoring in the five-hour time difference between Honolulu and New Orleans, that’s more than 19 hours of travel time. Onikama’s return flight leaves Houston at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 so he will have to leave New Orleans on Wednesday night to drive back.

Altogether, that’s about 40 hours of travel time for the chance to spend about 80 hours in New Orleans, where Onikama says he plans to hit Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and Bourbon Street and enjoy some good food.

But his final quote in the story sums up our attitude about this trip:

As for the travel hardships, Onikama shrugged it off.

“I figure this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “Win or lose, everybody’s just excited to go.”

Well said my man! Three days until departure…

GO WARRIORS!

-NGK

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With all the excitement of the University of Hawaii Warriors football team making it to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, there have been no shortage of news stories locally and nationally. I still can’t believe I’m actually going.

So to memorialize the trip down to The Big Easy even more, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be interviewed for a story in yesterday’s The Times-Picayune. Details about our trip (which I wrote about in a prior blog) were included in a story titled “Hawaii bowled over by ticket requests” written by Stewart Yerton, a very talented local freelance writer whom I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years. Pretty cool!

I also heard my other pal Kirk Matthews (KHON 2 Morning News) talked about our trip to the Sugar Bowl during the morning news today. I’m tracking down that clip and will try to post it later.

Who would have thought our little expedition to the Sugar Bowl would get so much attention? Only makes us all more anxious to get to New Orleans for the game of the century.

-NGK