To our credit, tickets were at a pretty much all-time low of $330 dollars (after taxes and such). You can't beat that. And for further justification, it's always good for Sak to see his parents and family, right? :)
So we flew out Friday morning, and arrived in the afternoon in time to grab some lunch, check into the Ala Moana hotel, and stand in line for con registration. Now, based on Fanime's 6 hour line, and Otakon's 2 hour line, I figured we'd be standing in line for at least an hour. (For reference, Kawaii Kon is about 1/4 of the size of fanime, this year there were about 7,000 attendees.)
But, not so! Here was our reg line:
|Yeah, that would be, what, 2 or 3 people ahead of us?!|
The convention center was beautiful, and quite large. The convention barely used a quarter of the premises, so there's plenty of room to grow (which I hear they will be doing next year, yay!).
|Fun fact: the convention center was also used as the "airport" in LOST.|
They had the usual rooms - panels, videogaming, table top, artist alley and dealer hall.
|Taken in AA on the last day - it was full though!|
|Something new, they had impromptu art contests! I'm too chicken for contests but it looked fun!|
|Concert in the main hall|
|Random water cooler - loved that it had a cozy, hahaha.|
This Dalek was the best :)
The 501st was there too! I've never seen them officially represented at a con before, so that was cool. They were allowing little kids to try and shoot the stormtrooper guy with a nerf gun :)
Anyway, I don't think it'd be possible to have a better located convention. First of all, it's Hawaii. Insta-points. Secondly, it's so centrally located. There's the convention center, hotel (with microwave and fridge), gigantic Ala Moana Mall (and amazing food court and restuarants and grocery stores of awesomeness), and the BEACH. All within one block or so from each other.
|Loco moco, complete with orchid!|
|Breadfruit at the con|
|Sign to not eat that breadfruit|
|Had to buy the sticky tabs. My name and all, lol.|
|The hard rock pin was made as the official pin of the convention.|
Anyone want to go with us next year? Haha!