Senior midfielder Alyssa Ables has been documenting the Ball State soccer team's experience in Hawaii on this blog. Today she writes about the team's last day on the island. Without a game on Sunday, the team was able to take in more of the sights.
Ball State wrapped up play Saturday night at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Classic with a 1-1 draw versus Detroit. The Cardinals also earned a 1-1 draw versus Hawaii in the first game of the tournament.
Blog Entry #4 (Sunday) - Final Day in Hawaii
Photos from Day 4
Our last day in Hawaii was a blast!! With no game to prepare for, we were able to relax and just enjoy ourselves. The morning started off with Emma Crenshaw and Maimee Morris greeting the team at breakfast with their grass skirts and coconut bras on! They showed off a few hula moves, and we all laughed as we ate our breakfast.
First thing on the itinerary for the day was snorkeling! The team was so excited to spend some time in the water and on the beach for the first time. We took lots fun, goofy pictures with our snorkeling gear on, and many of us joked about looking like Scuba Steve from the movie Big Daddy. We snorkeled for a couple hours and saw lots brightly colored fish, a sea turtle, and even an octopus. We all loved this experience, especially Amada Dreyfus who said she thought she was in heaven!
After our snorkeling fun was over, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for a nice Hawaiian lunch. We all put on our cute outfits and left for lunch. We went to an amazing restaurant, where we had the opportunity to try various types of seafood and Hawaiian desserts. We all enjoyed getting the chance to try some Hawaiian cuisine and were stuffed at the end of the meal.
After lunch it was time to head back to the hotel one last time to pack and prepare for our journey back to Ball State. The team had a great trip, and we all feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity. We grew together as a team in Hawaii, and as a senior I can honestly say the memories I have made here are ones that will last a lifetime!
Blog Entry #3 (Saturday) - Pearl Harbor and Another Game
Photos from Day 3
Day three was another adventurous day in Hawaii! We started the day off by going on a team jog along the beach near the hotel. It was a great morning, and the weather was really nice. When we were finished with our jog and stretch for the day, we loaded up the vans and we were off to our first destination.
Our first stop for the day was at Pearl Harbor. The tour began with a documentary about the days before and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. We were then taxied by boat out to the memorial site where the USS Arizona sank. We had the chance to see what remains of the ship and learn more about the different aspects of the memorial. This was a great time for the team to learn more about our country and reflect back on history. We all soon realized how blessed we truly are.
After leaving Pearl Harbor, the van ride to our next stop was filled with conversation about World War II. Hearing the different perspectives on the war from players from different countries made the conversation much more interesting. After this time of reflection, we were all ready for some shopping to lighten the mood.
We were all excited when we pulled up to a giant market filled with tons of vendors selling a variety of things. It was time to get a souvenir from Hawaii! I loved all the Hawaiian jewelry and couldn't hold back from getting a few things. Many of the other girls found fun shirts or post cards, and a few even tried a variety of island fruit. We all had a great time at the market and spent the car ride back to the hotel showing each other our purchases.
When we arrived back at the hotel it was time to start preparing for our game against Detroit. We soon loaded back into the buses and were off for the field. Today's locker room fun was full of solos from Maggie Brown singing Sugarland, Skylar Chew singing One Direction, and Jasmine Moses singing Mariah Carey. The team laughed and cheered as they sang their hearts out.
The team was in good spirits after the game and went out for Cold Stone to celebrate the improvement we made in Hawaii. It was a nice way to treat ourselves after all the traveling and hard work we put in the past two days. All in All, it was a great third day on the island, and we are all ready to enjoy our last day tomorrow.
Blog Entry #2 (Friday) - A Little Sightseeing and a Big Game
Photos from Day 2
Today was our first full day in Hawaii, and it was filled with excitement. We started the morning off with a fun kick-around in a nearby park. As we walked to and from practice, we were able to explore what surrounds our hotel. A really nice mall with plenty of shopping and restaurants fill the area, along with the ocean where people were enjoying the surf. It was a great way to start the morning, and begin to get a taste of what Hawaii is like.
Later in the morning we all piled in our vans and took off for North Shore. We had a great time in the car ride staring out the windows at all the interesting plants and trees. We also spent the time getting to know our teammates better and telling funny stories. When we arrived at North Shore we were able to walk the beautiful beach. The sand was so soft, and the ocean was so blue. We didn't get the chance to get in the water today, but we hope we'll get to on Sunday!
On the way back to the hotel from North Shore we stopped at the Dole Plantation known for their "Pineapple Experience." We had the opportunity see the pineapple garden, taste coconut peanut butter and pineapple ice cream. We all loved the pineapple ice cream, and wished we had it back in Muncie.
Following the Dole Plantation it was time to begin to prepare for the game. We had a great day so far, but now it was time to take care of business. We had some pre-game fun in the locker room where Maimee Morris, Emma Crenshaw, and Pavla Benyrova showed off their ballroom dancing skills. We were all so excited to play a night game under lights, and we truly enjoyed ourselves out on the field. A hard-fought game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Following the game we had dinner at the field with the Hawaiian team we had just played. We learned a little more about the Hawaiian culture as we spoke with the girls, and compared our college experiences. It was a great second day in Hawaii, and we can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!
Blog Entry #1 (Thursday) - Arrival in Hawaii
Photos from Day 1
Today was a long but exciting first day. We began our journey to Hawaii at 3:30 in the morning in Muncie, and arrived in Honolulu at 2:00 in the afternoon Hawaii time. Although there were many sleepy eyes on the bus, and in the airport, the team was all smiles. Many of us could not hide the excitement of traveling to Hawaii for the first time.
Landing in Hawaii was an exciting moment, and just as many of you would expect, we were all camera-happy. With leis around our necks, palm trees all round, and cameras in hand, we were reading to set out on our Hawaiian adventure.
Today's adventure was short and sweet after a long day of traveling. Our first stop was at the field where we will be taking on the University of Hawaii on Friday night. Next we stopped for dinner near our hotel where everyone was in good spirits. There was a lot of joking and laughing around the dinner table, as we all began to get more comfortable with our environment.
The highlight of today was seeing a beautiful rainbow overlooking the outskirts of the city. We all laughed when someone commented, "Only rainbows are this bright in Hawaii!" Although it's early morning at home, it's bedtime here! We can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store, and we hope to gain another victory for the Cardinals!