31.05.2008 - 31.05.2008 30 °C
After 10 weeks of no hiccups it took our final check-in at Honolulu Airport for things to change. Our plane had not arrived and we were to spend the next 6 hours twiddling our thumbs in Honolulu! Could have been worse, we were given 5 lots of food vouchers valued at $15 each so when the kids asked for milkshakes they were pleasantly surprised with a positive reply!
The hours passed quite quickly but the delay in our flight leaving Honolulu meant that our connection onto Perth later that night was not going to be met. We were scheduled to land 30 minutes after the Perth flight was to leave plus we had to clear customs. So even with a quick flight time, we were less than likely going to make it.
Eventually we left Hawaii on a smaller plane than we expected so no in seat movies or games. Nine and a half hours later, we were more than happy to get off that plane and not have to get on another. Instead we were given cab and accommodation vouchers for the night at Brighton on the Beach in Sydney, where we enjoyed some very comfortable beds while Perth was apparently ravaged by one of the worst storms for the year.
Our new flight was scheduled for 8.45am so following a great breakfast, overlooking the sunrise on Botany Bay we went back to the airport and boarded our 747 home. In hindsight, the stopover was actually a blessing in disguise and we got home without any huge struggles with jet lag.