March 10, 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 fourth day in paradise. The Pirates had their first team activity of the trip and went to Aloha Stadium for a swap meet during the mid-morning. The swap meet is held at the facility daily when Aloha Stadium is not in use and it allows merchants to sell their items directly to the public. Plenty of t-shirts and other Hawaiian-themed items were for purchase and the prices on things were low enough where many of the players loaded up on souvenirs and other items to remember this year's trip to the islands. The parents on the trip provided lunch from Zippy's for all the players and members of the coaching staff. Since we had a game against nationally ranked Hawai'i later in the afternoon, the meals were brought directly to the swap meet by the Oshiro family to save the team the time of having to go to the restaurant.
The team again had time to go to the beach, but were limited to more of an early morning appearance before the team activity.
Today was the first day that we experienced anything that could be considered non-perfect weather as it rained for about three minutes while we were traveling to the swap meet and again it briefly sprinkled for about two minutes later in the afternoon. Hard life we are living right now, I know.
Tomorrow, the Pirates continue play in the tournament with a few games starting at 6 p.m. (ET) against Portland State. ECU's second game of the day against Hawai'i has been moved back to 10 p.m. (ET) to accommodate the travel schedule of Portland State and allow them to play back-to-back games instead of the first and third contests on Sunday.
With that said, I will turn things over to junior Kristi Oshiro to share some thoughts from her experience of coming back to the islands and welcoming the team to her home state.
"Aloha Pirate Nation,
Today was another beautiful day in Hawaii and we are definitely making the most of our time here on Oahu. This morning we went to the swap meet at Aloha Stadium to do some shopping. The girls loved it. Many found their luau dresses, gifts to take back to Greenville, and everyone left with a good tan! After the swap meet we tailgated in the parking lot and ate some local favorites, Zip Packs from Zippy's and poi glazed doughnuts from Kamehameha Bakery.
Although I've probably already gained 10 pounds since coming home and eating all the good food (LOL), I cannot express how truly grateful I am to be back home and being able to share it with such an incredible group of girls. Many of them have not been here before and it's exciting to show them around and have them experience the "Aloha Spirit" I was so fortunate to have grown up around.
The best part of being home is having the opportunity to play college softball in front of my family and friends. Being back at UH Stadium and seeing so many familiar faces is so refreshing. The support we have is incredible and greatly appreciated. This is honestly a dream come true and I am so thankful for this opportunity!"