Thursday, July 19, 2007

Waxing Nostalgic

For the last week or so I've been thinking back fondly on my college experience in Hawaii (this dates me, I know). I absolutely loved the time I spent at BYU-Hawaii, and one of the best jobs I ever had was at the Polynesian Culture Center as a Japanese tourguide right next door. Thanks to the Pinks and Blues Girls, Thursday is the perfect day for me to wax nostalgic. Here's a picture of me with some of the other tourguides (I'm on the very left).

And here I am leading a canoe tour.

Once, while taking a very unimpressed group of tourists, I tried to loosen things up by sharing one of my more successful Japanese jokes. As we neared the bridge I said, "And the greeting word for this bridge is ALOOOOOOhashi [the Japanese word for bridge]." At this point I was supposed to remain standing and nearly hit the back of my head on the bridge while all the tourists warned me of the impending work-related injury. This particular group could have care less whether or not I hit my head and so I misjudged the bridge and actually did nearly knock myself from the canoe trying to get a laugh. Of which, I got nothin'. Except from the canoe-pusher at the back--he nearly fell off the canoe himself. Laughing.

Oh, how I LOVED Hawaii. *sigh*


Erin said...

Nice pictures. I love the dress-please tell me they let you keep it :) It looks like so much fun!

shauna said...

No, sadly I didn't get to keep the "uniform." I felt soooo native. (It was actually kitschy tourist-wear).

Dawn :) said...



pinks & blues girls said...

You are so lucky that you got to go to college in Hawaii! My friend went there for a semester "abroad" and loved it.

You look so tan and beautiful in these pictures! I love the flower in your hair and the color of your uniform. You can tell it was a lot of fun!

Thanks for sharing!

Jane, P&B Girls

My Wonderful Men..... said...

I want to go! Sounds like you had a little fun!

Anonymous said...

Sigh. Looking back at those twenty something pictures always reminds me how fat we thought we were at that age. I would so give a million dollars to be that fat now. You were a hot young babe, Shauna! Hawaii must have been dreamy. Except for the bugs.

Gustogirl said...

I am late in responding, but I love the pics and the story. I have never been to Hawaii, but am taking a trip there this fall!(sans children!!) I am very excited.

Anonymous said...

You look beautiful!! How fun! I am sooo jealous I would love to spend some time in hawaii. I may just have to move to Hawaii & be an RN there for a year or two. love ya, Denise