Hubnuggets in Hawaii

Finally some time off...

It was time! After three months of grueling paperwork, mysteries and adventures, I felt it was in the HubNugget Team's best interest to have some down time. After running my idea past our Marketing Manager, Jason, Group Manager, Maddie, and Woman of all Fixing, Simone, it was agreed that we (the Team) should take a week off.

As it was my idea, it fell to me to decide a destination.

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Travel arrangements

I looked up the quickest (and least expensive) travel arrangements, and finally decided on the family plan. Next came the invitations. That part was easy, all I had to do was send everyone an email, but I wanted them to be special. This was a vacation, not just another globe/universe trotting expedition in search of HubNuggets!

I finally came up with what I thought was an awesome idea! Who could resist a vacation with Hawaii 5-0? Time to get the tickets - Book 'em Danno!

Aloha HubNugget Team

We landed on the island of Oahu, stepping out onto the 80 degree, palm tree lined tarmac to the accompaniment of ukulele music, and beautiful grass skirted natives brandishing stunning, fragrant leis. What a great start to our holiday!

After we collected our bags, we were met by a chauffeured driven, black limousine and were whisked away to the Rainbow Hilton. We had the executive suite on the 24th floor - actually the whole floor - with connecting rooms. Inside each suite was a fruit basket with our name and a dinner invitation for 7 pm to meet the 5-0 team.

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So much to see

We had a few hours to kill before our dinner meeting, so we ditched our suitcases and hit the streets! We had heard that Hawaii boasted the largest outdoor mall - the Ala Moana Center - and it was chock full of awesome bargains - obviously our first stop!

By the time we finished 'browsing' we needed extra suitcases just to bring back all our bargains, but it was well worth it. As it happened, there was a vendor selling luggage, so we stopped and each bought an extra suitcase to bring home. Ripplemaker found the perfect bag to compliment her rainbow luggage! By the time we lugged everything back up to our suite, we figured maybe a quick rest would be good, before getting ready to meet the 5-0 team.

RedElf and I (Enelle Lamb) decided we would get our purchases squared away and packed for the return trip - just in case we decided to do more shopping, so we opened our new gear and started packing. After about 5 minutes of sorting and packing, RedElf poked her head into the room and cleared her throat.

"I, uh, found something in my luggage. Are you sure this is supposed to be a holiday?" she asked, brandishing a sheaf of paper.

"Of course it's a holiday! Why would you think it wasn't?" I answered.

"Because I just found a list of HubNugget Wannabes in my new luggage." RedElf explained.

Sure enough, there in her paw was a list of the first six Wannabes.

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Supper time!

I had absolutely no explanation why or how that Wannabe list ended up in RedElf's new suitcase. I called Maddy and she assured me that no one except the other team members knew we were in Hawaii, and after all, "...weren't we on holidays?"

I hung up more puzzled than ever. As I sat mulling over the days events, trying to figure out if someone had slipped the list in the bag when we weren't looking, ripplemaker bounced into the room and announced it was time to get ready for our dinner date with the 5-0 team.

Once again, we were met at the front doors of our hotel by a chauffeur driven limo, and whisked off to our dinner at Hy's Steak House. We arrived to discover that not all the 5-0 team could make it - duty called - but surprisingly Steve Garret and his partner Danny Williams (Danno) made it.

We had a great time - Zsuzsy Bee and KoffeeKlatch Gals steered the conversation in the direction of mysteries - one of their favorite subjects - and one thing led to another, so that by the end of our meal we were discussing the mystery of the "Appearing HubNugget Luggage List", which was quite a switch from our usual mysteries.

Both Steve and Danny assured us they would look into the matter for us, and left us with a nice surprise (besides picking up the check for dinner.) Since Kono and Chin hadn't been able to make it for supper, the 5-0 team had decided Kono and Chin would meet us at Diamond Head Beach after breakfast for some surfing lessons!

After another quick limo ride, with our very own chauffeur, we were once again in the lobby of the Rainbow Hilton. As we were about to climb into the elevator, having reassured RedElf that it was indeed safe, ripplemaker dashed up to the doors waving a manila envelope.

"This is for KoffeeKlatch Gals," she breathlessly exclaimed, thrusting the envelope into her hands just as the elevator doors slid shut behind her. "The front desk clerk said it was delivered this morning."

"That's strange," remarked Gals "I wonder what it could be?"

The rest of us urged her to open it - after all, we were as curious as she was to see what the envelope contained. Gals ripped it open and a single, thin sheet of paper slid into her hands.

"Oh my," she exclaimed, holding out the paper for all to see. "It's a Wannabe list."

Indeed, it was the next list of candidates.

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Surf's up!

What a glorious morning! I have seen the sun come up many many times, but I have to say, a Hawaiian sunrise is an experience like none other. For me, at least, it has the perfect combination that makes everything feel right...ahem...so sorry....I digress...

It was the perfect morning to hit the beach! All thoughts of the HubNugget mystery evaporated as we ordered a picnic lunch, grabbed a quick croissant and coffee, and climbed into our luxury limo (cats do love being pampered,) to Diamond Head.

It was like Frankie and Annette's Beach Party, with boards sticking out of the sand, monster waves, boogie boards and glass bottom boats paddling in the shallows.

Kono and Chin were there to meet us, and the lessons were on! RedElf and I stayed closer to shore on the boogie boards and the rest of the group opted for the big waves further out. Patty surprised our 'surfing coaches' by shooting the pipe, and managing to stay with her board the whole way through. One by one we all ended up very wet at which point RedElf and I decided to check out the glass bottom boats!

After a couple of hours enjoying the water, it was time for a rest and some much needed sustenance. Unfortunately, Kono got called back to work, but Chin graciously offered to show us some Island sights. Chin snagged us a tour bus, pointing out everything of interest on our drive to the Polynesian Cultural Center. I must say I've never seen anything like it. The colors, the dancers and the food were absolutely amazing! There was so much to see, we were hard pressed to take it all in at one time.

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The mystery strikes again

Chin dropped us off at our hotel with a promise to get together before we had to leave, and we straggled our way to the elevators - a quick nap was in order...at least for this cat.

Patty Inglish and LadyJane1 announced they weren't tired, and were off to the Ala Moana Mall again. As they turned to leave, they nearly collided with an elderly couple stepping off the elevator next to us, and LadyJane's beach bag slipped off her arm, dumping it's contents onto the lobby floor.

We were grabbing up the spilled items so LadyJane could repack her bag, when she picked up a piece of paper lying in the midst of her things.

"This isn't mine," she said, scanning the piece of paper. "What in heaven's...this is a HubNugget Wannabe list!"

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A puzzlement

While Patty and LadyJane were off stripping the mall bare, the rest of us gathered in the living room to discuss the mysterious appearance of HubNugget lists.

"I don't get it," Zsuzsy Bee declared. "When we want to find the lists, we have to go looking for them, but now that we don't want them, they mysteriously appear! What is going on?"

"I'm calling the front desk!" RedElf stated. "Someone has to know who delivered that envelope."

"See if you can find out about that elderly couple we collided with in the lobby. Maybe they know something about the list," said ripplemaker.

"Maybe we should call the 5-0 team," I said. "They might be able to help us with some information."

"It couldn't hurt" Gals added. "After all, they do this kind of thing all the time."

So, while RedElf called the front desk, I placed a call to the 5-0 team. After we hung up, we were still no further ahead to solving the mystery. The front desk didn't know the elderly couple, or who had delivered the envelope, but they did inform us that there were seven tickets to tonight's luau at the desk. The 5-0 team had no clues either, however, they promised they would look into it for us.

When Patty and LadyJane arrived back at the suite, Patty informed us that the vendor who sold us the luggage was nowhere to be found - another piece of the puzzle that didn't make any sense.

After much discussion, it was decided that we would put the mystery aside for the rest of the evening, and go enjoy the luau. We arrived to find the 5-0 team waiting for us. They ushered us to the head table, where we were seated as guests of honor! They then explained to us, and everyone else, that they had concocted the whole "Appearing HubNugget lists" mystery as a welcome to the Island surprise for us, and introduced the elderly couple, luggage vendor and desk clerk who were in on it from the get go!

So with the mystery solved, we kicked back and enjoyed the luau, eating a wonderful roast pig (not so keen on the poi however,) drinking mai tais and watching more fabulous dancers. Tomorrow was another day in paradise, and we could relax and enjoy all the Islands had to offer.

Case closed! Book 'em Danno!

This video was taken when the original band members rejoined to re-record the Hawaii 5-0 theme song.

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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

A vacation in Hawaii! Wwwhhheeeee... what a grand story for this week's Hubnuggets Enelle :)

Congratulations to all the nominees Be sure to read and vote as you enjoy Hawaii with us!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Wow what a great adventure and great story. I read and voted and also voted up.....good luck to all the nominees. Cheers.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Read and visited the Hubs...so many good hubs! Now I can go and get my beauty sleep after our lovely dinner :)


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The Farmers Wife 5 years ago from Turkey

Awesome!! I'm so jealous, Suites, Surfing, Shopping and Limos.....go people!

And....omg I got a nomination! Really, thank you so much from an honored and smiling hubber in Turkey :-)


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

I voted up, too and found out I was a nominee at the same time! Thanks!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Congratulations, DIY, and to all the nominees! Glad you enjoyed our awesome Hawaiian vacation, ripplemaker and ladyjane1!


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Zsuzsy Bee 5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Them there Mai Tais are mighty tasty. I can't get the song out of my head.... After this week in Hawaii I will be able to scratch "learning how to surf" off my 50 gallon barrel sized bucket list. Thank you Enelle, Hawaii was a great idea. Great hub once again.

Congrats Hubnuggeteers on some super duper hubs. To choose just one hub out of each category is always such a tough job but after some major contemplation I was able to vote. Good luck and remember to promote your hub. Share with your family and friends so they can all read and vote too.

Another round of Mai Tais, please Waiter. I sure love those little umbrellas and those curly straws...


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Wow, a vacation in Hawaii. How did you know I needed it. Great idea. And what great company.

We had some really good wannabes to choose from. I read, loved, had a drink or two (afterall I am on vacation) and voted.

Good luck to all of our HubNugget Nominees.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Congratulations to all! Excellent hub. Thumbs up! Shared and Voted! :) Good luck to all! :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

I had the grapefruit punch instead - very tasty, but it did not help me to walk on those Lady Gaga 12-inch heels at the mall. They should just put tiny ladders on the bottom of our feet. LOL

Read, voted, rated, Up'd and shared. Aloha!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I'm kind of upset that you all didn't come out to the North Shore to see me when you were here in Hawaii. Oh well, I will still read and vote on the Hubnuggets, although it may take some time for me to forgive you!


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salt 5 years ago from australia

Not bad surfing!!! Are you girls going to surf or sit on the beach? Aloha and please wear a lei for me and enjoy!!


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graceomalley 5 years ago

Great to go on this trip with you!


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gypsumgirl 5 years ago from Vail Valley, Colorado

Great hub! I'm looking outside my window at 6 inches of snow on the ground, thinking about Hawaii!!

Good luck to all the nominees. I enjoyed the hubs and put in my vote! A lot to choose from and think about....


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Congrats The Farmers Wife - you are already on vacation! Drop us a post card :D

Zsuzsy - could you please pass that pineapple? I simply adore them :D They go so well with the little umbrellas lol

Gals, after standing outside in lousy weather for the last two months, I figured if I needed a vacation, Everybody needed one! :D

Thanks Cags, and thanks for voting :D I can see the hub was in good hands while we were gone!

Aloha Patty - I think I found your shoes!

I'm soooo sorry elayne if I had paid better attention, we could have at least gone shopping :P I bet you know all the best places!

Hi salt, I'm sure Patty and the rest are gung ho for the surf, but it does play havoc with my fur...LOL

Glad you enjoyed it grace :)

I hear you gypsumgirl - I was standing in it yesterday...was really looking forward to some fun in the sun!


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

a little glimpse of summer on what is a very grey English winter day


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dobster1 5 years ago

Oh, yes! One can certainly appreciate a sunny hub like this one from overcast and gloomy Europe!

Good work!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi,

A great hub , I didn't move until I had read the last word.

Thank you so much for sharing this great hub which I found brilliant because one of my favourite pastimes is armchair travelling.

Take care,

Eiddwen.


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

I couldn't agree more CASE1WORKER and dobster1 - we all need a little sunshine at this time of year!

Thanks Eiddwen, happy to have you along in our travels! I hope everyone remembers to vote, vote, vote!


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Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

My daughter was married on a beach in Northern Oahu in 2005. I was there with bells on. Itr was one of the most beautilful places on earth with a rainbow every day over the water. My girlfriend went with me and we shopped to oujr hearts content. Thank you for taking me back. A wonderful vacation for all of us. Congrats to all the Hubnugget nominees.. I am hoping to join your ranks and walk in your shoes one day soon.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

The Hawaiian vacation sounds grand. Read and voted on the newbies. Great hub on the Hawaiian events.


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

My pleasure Golfgal - I agree, there is nothing like a trip to Hawaii!

Thanks Pamela99, glad you read and voted! :D


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

Congratulations again to all the nominees!


cookingdiva 5 years ago

Great, I voted for each categories, some were hard to choose just one!

I like Hawaii theme as I can use virtual vacation! Thanks.


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas

Love your hub Enelle, now I'm ready for a trip to Hawaii. :) Congratulations to all the nominees!


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Bronson_Hub 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

So many hubs, so little time! Time well spend reading quality material!


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Enelle Lamb 5 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

I second that RedElf! Congrats to all!

Thanks cookingdiva - it was tough choosing them too! A great selection!

Ah Money Glitch - you are so kind :D

I agree Bronson_Hub (watches to see if you bring out the scissors...)

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