Aug. 30, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team traveled to Hawaii Monday in preparation for the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic beginning Thurday.

Kelli Barhorst-Port Columbus to Hawaii International Airport was the longest flight of my life. But flying over the ocean was worth it. I saw my very first volcano today (Diamondhead) which brought me back to 7th grade Earth Science class. We then headed to hit the waves and learned how to surf! I also inhaled a lot of ocean water falling off my surfboard, and attempted to surf even though I haven’t done it before. Still had a blast! Thank you Palileo family for a wonderful feast. 🙂

Taylor Sherwin-Today I woke up at 3:10 a.m. to meet with the team for a 3:45 a.m. adventure to Honolulu. After boarding in Columbus, it was a little over a two hour flight to Houston. It felt like hours before finally boarding the plane to Hawaii because of all of the excitement for the trip. On the plane I sat next to Alyssa (Winner) and Amy (Schwarzwalder), and we watched the Source Code. After the 8-hour flight to Oahu, we finally landed and there were palm trees everywhere which reminded me of home in Florida. There were also a bunch of brightly colored flowers, and we were lucky enough to be greeted by some of the University of Hawaii staff and they put purple Orchid leis on the team. As soon as we got to the hotel we were informed we were going to learn to surf and we were so excited we ran up to our rooms immediately to change. When we got to Waikiki Beach we split into two groups for the surfing lesson. Kenny was the best instructor ever and was extremely encouraging, and he helped me to catch my first wave ever! Thank you Kenny! The girls then got cleaned up and we went to Andrew’s (Palileo, OSU volunteer coach) home. His parents prepared a delicious meal of chicken, rice, salad and fruit. And of course there was desert at the end, coconut over banana cream. Day 1 has been amazing so far and we can’t wait to play Hawaii on Thursday.