March 9, 2013
Aloha Pirate Nation,
Welcome to Honolulu, Hawai'i, and the East Carolina softball team's spring break trip to the Aloha State.
We are now into our third day in paradise. The team started to actually begin playing games today (1-1 overall record) at the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in the afternoon, but were still able to spend the early portion of the day with time to themselves to enjoy the beach and other local activities. Following today's two games, the team had dinner at The Hard Rock Café. The music memorabilia on the walls was quite impressive for a rock music buff like I am. There were so many things to look at plus a live rock band was playing, which made dinner a little bit more pleasant (at least for me) plus a little distracting (again just for me I am sure).
Tomorrow, the Pirates continue play in the tournament and also plan on doing a team activity to the swap meet.
With that said, I will turn things over to junior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin to share some thoughts from her experience of coming back to the islands and welcoming the team to her home state.
"Coming home to play is such an amazing experience for me. For my family and friends this will be their first time ever watching me play at the collegiate level. I also love being able to share my culture and where I'm from with all my teammates. For some of them this is their first time ever visiting Hawaii and I want them to experience everything possible while we're here.
Today the team was able to relax and get our minds set for the afternoon games. The girls took advantage of the weather and hit the beach, while some walked along Waikiki and did a little shopping. Last year we went to California and we got to experience their homes so I was grateful for this opportunity to bring them to my home."