After a 7-hour flight, I made it back safely.
The procedure to check-in at the Honolulu airport was crazy! There was a line to check-in our baggage then another line to get our boarding passes. It took me 30 minutes just to check-in my baggage...I think the problem stood with the Japanese tourists having to re-pack their bags to fit the weight restrictions.
All the while, the baggage handlers were literally kicking and flinging luggage around....sigh. (so much for packing with care...)
Then going through immigration in Japan, they changed the system.
Before, we (foreigners with visas) could go through the line with the Japanese nationals. I stood in the re-entry line (which was with the Japanese nationals) and got to the counter only to be told I needed to stand in the Foreigners line...sigh.
A Chinese woman (with a visa) decided that she was in a rush and had to cut in front of me...sigh.
I think she got even more impatient and antsy as the guy from Africa who was in front of her took a long time at the immigration desk because his paperwork wasn't in order...ha! (she shouldn't have cut in line)
Luckily Satoshi was able to take off to meet me at the airport. We caught the limousine bus to the train station near our place and went to buy something for dinner.
As we were walking in our shopping arcade the rain came down in buckets! (thank goodness our shopping arcade has a roof!) We caught a taxi but got soaking wet taking our bags out of the taxi's trunk.
Hopefully tomorrow's weather will be nicer...at least my luggage/belongings made it in one piece.