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instructed the Scouts—the difference being that shave ice consists of thin slivers, whereas snow cones use crushed chunks. Semantics aside, at least one satisfied customer discovered that shave ice with a generous dousing of rasp- berry syrup and a scoop of macadamia nut ice cream in the bottom of the cup goes a long way toward easing tired muscles, sore joints, and the loss of a perfectly good pair of shorts.


Despite Hawaii’s celebrated laid-back lifestyle, not every visitor succumbs to the “hang loose” mentality promoted by the islands’ ubiquitous hand gesture. Known as the “shaka sign”—fold down your three middle fingers and wave your thumb and pinkie—it’s easy enough to pick up. But, no surprise, it failed to induce any slacker behavior among the guys in this troop. True, the complexities of transporting 12


boys and four adults more than 4,800 miles, then creating an itinerary that would keep them excited and engaged, might have been a good excuse for taking it easy. But the troop had something different in mind. What the guys needed was a hand sign for “hang tough.” From the night in late 2007, when Scout


Ross Alan Cole first used a PowerPoint pre- sentation to sell the boys and their parents on making the trip, to the day they finally touched down in Honolulu last summer, they expected some action. “This was not a vacation,” explained Ross’s mom, Joanna Cole, the committee chair who acted as the trip’s treasurer, primary planner, and travel guide. “We wanted adventure.” Aligning themselves with serious hikers


Kokee State Park (Camp Alan Faye)


Waimea Canyon KAU AI TROOP 315’S ITINERARY


DAY 1 Arrive Honolulu; check in at USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor; participate in flag-lowering ceremony; tour ship.


DAY 2 Tour USS Arizona Memorial; visit park in Pearl City; fly to Lihue, Kauai; drive to Camp Alan Faye.


DAY 3 Sightsee at Waimea Canyon Lookout; swim at Salt Pond Beach Park; swim at Brennecke’s Beach; buy provisions at Costco.


DAY 4 Hike Pihea and Alakai Swamp trails; eat shave ice at JoJo’s; shop for souvenirs in the town of Waimea.


DAY 5 Snorkel at Queen’s Bath in Princeville; eat lunch, sightsee, and shop at Hanalei village; drive to Haena Beach to snorkel, swim, and camp overnight.


DAY 6 Hike the Na Pali Coast Trail to Hanakapiai Beach; snorkel at Kee Beach; drive to Kapaa for pizza.


DAY 7 Boogie board at Salt Pond Beach; play keep-away football at Lydgate Park Beach; attend luau and show at Smith’s Tropical Paradise.


DAY 8 Hike Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls; drive to Waimea for lunch; walk to JoJo’s for shave ice; attend evening campfire at Alan Faye.


DAY 9 Sightsee at Spouting Horn; fly to Hilo; spend night in Namakani Paio Camp in Volcanoes National Park.


DAY 10 Tour Kilauea Visitor Center; drive Chain of Craters Road to dried lava flow; visit the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum; drive to Thurston Lava Tube; take evening hike to Kilauea lava flow viewing area.


DAY 11 Drive to Rainbow and Pe‘epe‘e waterfalls; fly home.


. LIHUE


KAUAI OAHU Pearl Harbor Honolulu LANAI Haena State Park Alakai Swamp Trail


Na Pali Coast Trailhead at Haena Beach


MOLOKAI MAUI


Volcanos National Park


HAWAII Hilo


Chain of Craters Road


Kilauea Volcano


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