Glad you are having fun! I love that your dad is ziplining.
Sorry about the layoff. That always sucks.
He loved it. It was 7 lines, progressively getting bigger. The last one was over a half mile long, 250 feet above a waterfall. The group we were in really got into it for my dad, cheering him on. At each one they clipped you in and you had to run or walk down a ramp or a few steps to get into the air. My dad is a bit unsteady so he held the guides hand and took careful steps until he was at the edge, then just jumped off.
Overall it's been a great trip. The Polynesian cultural center was a lot of fun, and a great buffet luau at the end followed by their Broadway-level show, Ha: the breath of life.
Pearl harbor was also on the agenda and that was powerful for me and my parents both. We were on the battleship Missouri standing where the Japanese signed the surrender papers and my mom and dad told the tour group about hearing the news about the pearl harbor attack and later hearing about the end of the war in the news when they were both kids. I learned my dad had an uncle that was serving on the Missouri during all that and was on the boat in Tokyo harbor when the surender was signed. His other uncle had died as a POW in the Pacific, they were brothers. It was pretty emotional for my dad and mom and then for all of us. You could tell for the younger folks there that hearing from someone who was alive at that time it was very impactful.
We were on Oahu for the first 6 days and on the big island for 4 days and we fly home tomorrow. It's been a great trip with my parents, especially considering I'm sure there aren't very many more trips like this left for them.
We've always gotten along very well with my parents as a couple, and really my dad is my best friend. We've taken them on many family vacations and the 4 of us have gone on a few trips like this as well, and it's hard to accept we don't have many more like this left.
But this one was a lot of fun, exactly what we wanted in a Hawaiian vacation. Got to see all the main things my mom and dad wanted to see and my wife and I as well, including the Dole plantation on Oahu and today we are going on a driving tour of volcano national park to cap it all off.
Then, in other good news, I have a third interview for a job scheduled for Tuesday, on site. And I'm very hopeful it will come through, as I've already interviewed with the primary hiring manager, and we clicked right off the bat. Wish me luck!