Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:39 am


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Alright guys, I spent all day writing this post and tried to recount everything I experienced in as much detail as I could so that you could feel like you were in my shoes during the trip. In addition to mine, I've also used pictures from:

Rachel: Picture 20 and 24
Jade: Picture 2
Eddie: Picture 6 and 22
Yuyan: Picture 25
Mark: Picture 26
Carlton: Picture 17
SCANDAL: Picture 10 and 16
Sam: Picture 12

This entry is almost forty five paragraphs long so if you're up for the full Hawaii experience, enjoy!

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It all began on May 31st, the day of my flight. I fit everything I needed into one carry on and was ready to roll. While waiting to board my plane, I could see someone walking up to me and when I looked up it was Jeido! I met her and the others here in SoCal a couple weeks back. She had previously told me her flight was earlier than mine and arrived later which didn't make sense but she was guessing then, lol. She said she immediately noticed my orange hair and concluded that it was a Mami fan. She was right, but I don't think she knew it was me until she was actually standing in front of me. What a conincidence that was. I sat next to her and we talked about how excited we were about the trip until her row was called in to board. During the flight, I prepped myself up by listening to SCANDAL and eventually took a nap since I didn't get much sleep the night before for obvious reasons. It was a smooth flight and I was delighted to know that Hawaiian Airlines was the only airline carrier that served complementary meals and drinks. It was decent food too and wine was even included! When we landed, I checked my social media to find out that I arrived too late to greet SCANDAL at the airport and what was worse that the people already there missed out too. They waited hours for them at which turned out to be the wrong gate and found out they overlooked another possible one which some other members were able to find. By then, it was too late to communicate anything so the majority had to accept a tough loss. As a constellation, Rina retweeted the picture they posted of them and the banner!



They headed to a restaurant down in Waikiki and since I thought they were still going to be at the airport, I cancelled my shuttle the day before. Jeido and her grandmother had one ready for them already so they left ahead. I was fortunate enough to rebook my shuttle on such short notice although there was a bit of a delay. One thing that I didn't understand about the hotels in Waikiki was why a lot of them have similar names. That just spells out disaster. My hotel happened to share a similar name with two other hotels and I was dropped off at the wrong one. I didn't realize it until five minutes of sitting in the lobby and finally looking over to the sign. Fortunately, it wasn't too far away from my actual hotel but I wasn't able to check in since they needed the primary card holder of the room and he wasn't set to arrive until a couple hours later. I texted Jade for the address of the restaurant and after about walking a quarter of a mile in the hot sun with my luggage, I quit. I called her and we decided to just meet up at the lobby of my hotel. Pieter, one of my roomates, messaged me shortly after and said he was on his way to the hotel. What perfect timing. As I was approaching it, I heard cheering and it was none other than our SH group who, like Jeido, spotted me with my orange hair. I was so glad to see them.

The ones I hadn't met yet introduced themselves and we all talked for a little while. Little did I know, one of my roomates was among them! I tend to either forget the names of people that I'm mass introduced to or just unconsciously sail my way through the entire thing without paying as much attention as needed, haha. We then split up since some people wanted to go to the beach and others to their hotel room. I needed to meet up with Pieter still and found him checking in at the front desk. Mark, the one who booked the room, arrived early! Pieter was from Holland and had traveled twenty two hours to meet our idols. What a guy. He had a Dutch accent too, pretty exotic. We went up to our room to find Mark and a hotel staff member trying to configure the PS3 our room came with. The room was beautiful and Mark had paid extra to get both an oceanside and city view. It had a kitchen, counter with stools, sofabed, balcony, and two beds. We unfortunately didn't get to make use of the kitchen. We sat down and got to know each other before heading out to eat. Apparently in Holland, their meal portions are much smaller than that in America so Pieter begged me to help him finish his chicken katsu which went on to be an inside joke later.



After we ate, we met up with Don back at the hotel and had wine to celebrate the completion of our group. We headed down to the beach after further introductions. It suprisingly looked like sort of a mixture between Venice and Malibu back home. Because we weren't too familiar with public transportation around there, we decided to walk to the place dinner was going to be held at. It took us about forty minutes but I felt like it was worth it since we got to do some sightseeing and witness a marathon. One girl quit and hopped into one of the cars behind the runners, lmao. We reached the restaurant and our groups became one! It was nice to see so many SH members gathered together and sharing this experience with one another. We walked over to a korean barbecue place where we actually had dinner and I was able to get more acquainted with the others, namely Hubert. He was our self-sacrificing chef for the night and did almost all the cooking. He's a good guy in a cruel world. He also talked about how he walked there and as a result, got several blisters. Shortly after we began eating, Erich and Jade noticed a bug on the table. One bug turned into two, then two to five, and so on. Erich wasn't going to stand for that! He went up and negotiated a discount with what looked to be the manager who didn't look too happy either. It got to the point where they had to move to the other table because they just kept popping up. There were two because the biggest table wasn't able to hold all of us. It coincidentally ended up with all the veterans at one table and all the newbies at another. It was a good opportunity though since I met most of the others at the other table back home.



Jeido's hotel was farther away from all of ours and she needed someone to escort her to safety. A good number of us volunteered and before she knew it she had her own mob guarding her. And again, since none of us were used to public transporation there, we walked her to her hotel and walked back to find a bus stop. A bus arrived at about 12:10 P.M. and we all rode it back to our hotels. Mark was still ancy and went out to explore a little more while the rest of us stayed in. Don always has a story to tell and they were all pretty interesting. The guy can talk for hours and although I tried to stay up to listen, I eventually passed out. I woke up early in the morning and no matter how many times I tried to go back to sleep, I couldn't. I then realized that it was three hours ahead back home and I was used to the time there. I spent the morning talking with my roomies and going over the schedule until I got a call from Jeido. She told me that while eating breakfast, she said to her grandmother that SCANDAL could just be walking around and guess who she saw at the lobby shortly after? SCANDAL! What dumb luck! She was able to talk with the members and Tomo even called her kawaii. I was so jealous! I even scolded her for having a hotel so far away from all of us, how ironic. It was great that she was able to get that opportunity though! It was the day for the Honolulu Ekiden Expo and the Fan Meeting Check-In so we headed there right after.

At the Fan Meeting booth, we signed up and received a bag filled with everything we needed for later in the day and the day after. The yellow Honolulu Ekiden shirt was our ticket to the runner's banner signing and that along with a priority pass was what we needed to get front stage spots at the concert. We also found out that the seating at the fan meeting's acoustic live would be determined by a lottery so that it's fair to everyone. Me and luck don't usually get along so well so I worried a bit. After that, there was about a two hour time gap between then and the introduction of the bands on stage but most of us decided to stay in order to secure front row seating. We had our own table with the SH banner that daisukiscandal designed and used a good chunk of the time having people sign it. I got a great spot on Mami's neck, started a petition for a live Koe, and drew Funassyi since Mami-sama adores it. Tomo had the biggest fan base there so she was covered in writing. We also wrote songs each member was prominent in on their drawing. Daisukiscandal came later to sign the banner himself and few new faces showed up to sign it too. These included Jerry, Rachel, Nami, and Takahiro. What I wasn't expecting was many SCANDAL fans that didn't seem to be a part of SH or SM stopped by our banner and wanted to leave their mark as well. It turned out pretty well and was definitely ready to shine it's brightest for the girls.



The Ekiden Relay consisted of six legs measuring about twenty six miles and up to six members on each team. I had thought that either the fan meeting package came with an entry to the marathon or I could use the six unoccupied spots that Glenn had entered. Neither one became true. I found out that the members that were registered in the marathon did so prior to paying for the fan meeting package and Glenn had told one of the coordinators that his team wasn't going to run resulting the removal of the tracking chip from their sash. I knew they were accepting late entries so I had to recruit quick. Although I gathered six people, three dropped out because of financial and attire reasons so I had a solid three members. Me, Pieter, and Hubert. Pieter had no running shoes and Hubert had several blisters so I made sure that they knew what they were getting themselves into before signing the death pact. Their resolve didn't waver and a team was born. We went over to the desk, split the fee, and were able to enter with the regular fee. We named our team Runner's High to honor our idols and even nicknamed ourselves. I was the Human Torch, Pieter was the Flying Dutchman, and Hubert was the White Shadow. We each came up with our own pose and pre-battle cry which solidified our bond. None of us trained for it but we were determined to do our best, for SCANDAL!



On stage, a couple musicians were doing covers of songs and hula girls were dancing to warm everyone up for the main event. The girls were really good, they were so coordinated and had big smiles on their faces that you couldn't help but smile back to. Me and Neil were talking about cosplaying big so we were both saving our unveil for when the girls arrived. When the time came, Kimaguren was introduced followed by our one and onlies. It was my first time laying eyes on SCANDAL in person and they were beautiful. I took my cosplay out of my pocket and put it on. It was a tanktop that collaged several different outfit's Mami wore in her videos together. They included Playboy, Scandal in the House, Departure, Scandal Show, Best Scandal, Dobondobondo no Theme, Kagen No Tsuki, Pikachu x Canta x Funassyi, Standard, Taiyou Scandalous, Queens are Trumps, and Baby Action. Neil's cosplay was awesome though, he made a Doraemon costume with Rina's drumsticks! Props to him, he must've worked really hard on that. They were so tiny! Rina, being the tallest, was only 5'3! I spent a majority of the time looking at Mami-sama though. Her bold outfit, her hair, and her smile, it was all so much to take in! The people I listen to religiously and idolize were standing right there in front of my eyes. It was incredible. I briefly turned to Monkey Majik as they were being introduced and were surprised to see that two of their members were white before turning back to SCANDAL. Their time on stage was so short but the impact was still huge.





After the expo, I decided to rest back at the hotel with Don and Mark while the other two members of Runner's High went to buy running shoes for Pieter. At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to attend the banner signing since I'd be basically writing a message to myself but then it was announced that SCANDAL was going to be there as well and I also realized I could write something for my teammates along with the other SH group that was running so that sealed the deal. Before we knew it, we were in line and guided to the location of the banner where SCANDAL would soon meet us. I wrote something to cheer on both our SH teams including Glenn's even though they weren't running, haha. I think the words "SCANDAL will be watching you" was enough to fuel our athletic spirit. After everyone had signed it, we all waited patiently for the girls to arrive. A loud cheer was given by both the SH and SM fans as they walked out of their van. They waved for a bit and proceeded to sign the banner themselves. I thought it seemed a bit awkward and the girls looked a little bit serious because a group of fans were watching their every move. I think it would've been better if they signed it first and they watched us but that's just me! Their messages gave us all more inspiration to run what was sure to be a demonic path. While other people got to split the painful 26 miles onto six members, we had to split the nightmare three ways and take on two legs each which is roughly about 9 miles per person.



We walked over to the other side of the park to take a group picture that was said to be only for SCANDAL but I knew Rina wouldn't let that happen so I wasn't bummed about it. We all tried to line up accordingly but it was a bit more hectic than it should've been and the HIS staff didn't seem very experienced at taming a fan mob. Me, Erich, and Mark were in the back and were covered by people in the front. With a little pep talk from Hubert, we asserted our way into the middle and got decent spots in the picture! Jeido was moved to the front to make the picture's composition better and got to sit next to Mami-sama, that girl! It's like she ate four-leaved clovers for breakfast. After the girls waved goodbye, they walked away as fans screamed their favorite members' names. The Mami and Tomo fans were neck to neck and I heard a couple Haru calls but sadly no Rina. While Pao said he yelled her name, it was probably drowned out in the calls for the others. Me and a couple others felt horrible when I pointed it out so we were all determined to shout her name at the concert! Rina's my second favorite so I was more than happy to comply. While I could be wrong, I believe it was Mark who started to sing happy birthday to Tomo and the rest of us quickly joined in. She looked ecstatic! Haru whispered something to Tomo that probably was something along the lines of "they sang to you so go say something!" I'm not proficient in Japanese so I'm not sure what Tomo said but I'm sure she was expressing her thanks and everyone clapped afterwards. We walked back to our hotel rooms and waved goodbye to the Japanese fans as we went our seperate ways.




Our group split up as well and decided to meet up again for dinner which was in an hour. With so little time, the four of us headed back to the hotel room and were set to leave right after. Pieter began to feel the effects of Dutch jetlag and Don wasn't feeling up to it so they decided to rest for the remainder of the day while Mark and I ventured to the top floor of the mall where the restaurant was at. We finally began to familiarize ourselves with public transporation in Hawaii, lol. We thought we were going to be late but we happened to arrive at the small the exact same time the others did and made our way to the top together. The place was a buffet and I felt kind of hesitant to eat there because it was pretty expensive and I had a marathon to run in a couple hours but I pushed through anyways. Halfway through my first plate I saw Alan, Neil, and a couple of others head out to eat somewhere else. At that moment, I immediately regretted not waiting a little while and seeing if others felt the same way as I did. I was barely able to go through three plates before I got full and stressed over that fact that I spent almost fifty dollars for that. I shortly brushed it off though cause my motto is "what's done is done."

When it came time to pay, the waiter was taking the cards of all those that wanted to pay with card and everyone else threw their cash into one big pile that Hubert was so desperately trying to organize. Jeido wanted to pay with a card too and was unaware that the waiter was collecting them earlier which resulted in chaos. Instead of giving everyone a seperate check, our waiter tried to make things easier on himself by trying to jumble everything together and making the process last half an hour longer than it should have. Knowing that I put my share in, I went out to escape the madness and met up with everyone who didn't eat at the buffet. My regret resurfaced when they told me they only paid five bucks for their meal, lol. We walked over to the bench at Bubba Gump's that SCANDAL took a picture at and tried to take similar pictures. Me and Mark were able to get a shot doing Haru and Rina's pose! I walked back to the buffet with Bill who wanted to check on Allie and it appeared that everything was resolved. We gathered the rest of the troops and walked over to a quieter place in the mall. There we turned in our fan letters and distributed all the shirts that no one claimed yet. My fan letter consisted of a drawing of the girls as Bleach captains, a picture of me with a banner of messages to all of them, and a small letter written in Japlish on the other side that I hope to God they don't have trouble reading. I feel like Mami's tweet that said FULL ENGLISH was out of rage after trying to read my letter, lmao. Afterwards, me, Mark, and Jeido, all the the same bus back to our hotels. Upon reaching the hotel room, I started to prepare for the marathon and went to bed right after. I was able to get a good five hours of sleep until it was time for the big event.



I woke up at 3:40 A.M. and wore my entire cosplay with the exception of the gloves. If my hands were sweaty from wearing the gloves at the expo, imagine the marathon. Me and Pieter went ahead of the other two and saw some runners along the way. The fewest members we saw on a team was four and our anxiety began to grow but our resolve did not waver one bit! Mark, Don, and Hubert met us at the benches in front of the stage where we participated in the opening ceremony. We sang the national anthem and listened to a Hawaiian prayer that felt somewhat empowering. When the formalities were over with, our trio gave one last pre-battle cry and split. I took a bus to the third leg station and realized that I would be running something similar to that entire distance traveled. Not only did I not train for this marathon, I had never run a marathon in the first place! I made myself feel better by comparing the distance I had to run with other distances I've traveled. Like how it's basically four times the length of what we walked to get to the restaurant on our first night here and that it's much shorter than the distance from the mall a couple towns over from my high school that I had walked with my friends to. When I arrived at the station, I tried to look for other SH members but weren't able to find any. I spent my time stretching and looking around, mainly at the ocean. There were a lot of interesting people, both young and old. Some looked like they were in high school and others looked like they were about to retire. Quit a bit of people were in costumes. I saw some in tutu's and a couple with minion themed outfits. After about an hour, I was able to find Pieter then run into Robert and finally Alan. Since the fourth leg is the turnaround point, I just realized that I would have to run the exact same leg twice which seemed bearable at first until I found out that it had many uphill and downhill paths.



Alan was wearing Mami's Runner's High outfit and until now I salute him because I would never even dream of running in that. He had a wig and a long sleeved shirt on which I would absolutely die in. We stood at the sash exchange and waited for our respective team members while talking about the race. Erich was said to have breezed through the first leg and Neil was on his way. Hubert finished the first leg shortly after Erich but struggled after the second one. Neil came in and handed the sash to Robert while I kept on the lookout for Hubert. At about forty minutes before the halfway cutoff, I saw him coming! He looked exhausted and I was happy to take the burden off him. I took off with optimism and kept a steady stride until about halfway when the uphill portion began. My right leg began to cramp up entirely and in an effort to push on the way down I stumbled onto the railing. I basically had to limp jog the rest of the way and the worst part was the clouds finally subsided releasing the harsh rays of the sun. I could feel myself dehydrating as people began to pass me and tried desperately to keep up with the Japanese lady who was behind me for a good portion of the race. I stopped for only one cup of water because I didn't want to lose time and proceeded. Upon approaching the fourth leg station, I began to have thoughts of quitting. My legs were giving out, I was out of breath, dehydrated, and frying underneath the sun. I couldn't imagine doing it all over again. Then I realized that Hubert pushed his way through and left the rest to us. Pieter was waiting at the fifth station ready to bring us to the finish. I couldn't let them down. On top of that, I was running for SCANDAL so there's no way I could quit on them. I guzzled down three cups of water at the fourth station and a man rushed over to me to hand me a gatorade after the staff witnessed my limp jogging, potassium!



In my condition, I knew very well that I could end up sinking us down to last place so I pushed as hard as I could to avoid that but reality was slowly catching up to me. Suddenly, a Japanese guy started slowing down behind me. Misery loves company so I decided to befriend him. He spoke little English so I busted out as much Japanese as I could and he did the same with English. We didn't talk much but having him there kept my spirit from breaking completely. We ran together, stopped together, and walked together. We then saw a couple of the girls bunched up together in the distance so we knew we weren't too far behind. One person passed us and two police motorcycles started approaching so it was certain we were in last place. They said aloha and we said aloha back. Don't know if it was friendly or condescending but neither of us really cared. We caught up to the guy who had passed us earlier and I befriended him as well so we all began to walk together. I made a last place squad and we stuck it through together. When we saw the arcs of the fifth station, I told my two fellow runners that we should finish with a bang so we each sprinted to the end of the leg. Being a burst runner, I was able to put a good amount of distance between me and them to escape the clutches of last place. Upon reaching the station, I found no one there was scared that the cut off time had passed and I began to slow down. That's when I heard Pieter screaming for me and the second I saw him it was FLAME ON. I borderline strangled him with the sash and sent him off to finish what us two had started. I finished two legs in a marathon. I was so proud of myself and Hubert. I drank several cups of water and congratulated the two that ran beside me, we all did it. We got on a bus and we all celebrated our accomplishment, the guys and girls. I was drenched in sweat but I was so glad it was all over with and hoped the best for Pieter.

When the bus took us back to starting line, I saw many people finishing the race. I knew it'd be a while before Pieter finished so I decided to go look for the others. After a good twenty or so minutes of searching, I couldn't find anyone. Again. A food tent was passing out free food so I decided to head over and recharge. For something mass served, the food was really good! They had curry with rice, a stuffed cherry tomato, baked goods, bacon, and a drink. I had one of each and filled myself up with just that. After eating, I walked over to the finish line and froze. SCANDAL was there taking a picture with Monkey Majik after they finished the race. I was starstruck, I couldn't call anyone since I gave Don my phone so I just decided to capitalize on the opportunity. They and their bodyguards walked over to the beach so I dashed across to see them. I said hi to all of them and tomo called me kawaii! I went back to see if Pieter had finished and to look for the others but still no dice. I decided to just sit on the curb and wait for Pieter to finish. After about five minutes, I see someone coming but couldn't tell who it was because I'm near sighted. I thought to myself, it couldn't be Pieter cause that was way too fast and to my amazement it was him! I joined him in a dash to the finish. We ran like ninjas in Naruto for a while but our arms gave out and we began to sprint as hard as we could in a very awkward fashion! Pieter was actually running faster than me while still being on his leg, sugoi. Those long legs man, those long legs! Everything soon came into place after. We ran into Richard, then Hubert, and finally all the others back at the food tent. Hubert went back to the hotel to recover which was why he was absent for the finish dash but it was okay, he deserved it. We all began exchanging stories and celebrated our victory.

Pieter and I headed back to the hotel room to recuperate from the brutal leg torture we endured where we hoped Don and Mark were waiting since we had no key. Luckily, they were. Mark was sleeping and Don was just coasting. We talked about the race and other things that happened until I got a text from Hubert saying SCANDAL was doing a sound test. Although we really wanted to rest, we would be insane to pass up that opportunity so we headed out as soon as possible. When we reached the music festival stage, SCANDAL was already on stage and all the SH members were lined up against the railing staring in awe. Hubert and Erich warned us not to make any noise and to make it seem like we weren't there since we were requested by the staff not to bother the girls. Pieter and Don didn't hear about that so they called out to them once before being silenced by the rest of the group, haha. They did sound tests for DOLL, Runner's High, and I think one more. Their sound test for Runner's High was actually the entire song! What a treat. They were all nice enough to wave at us after the sound test was over though. We decided to chill on the beach until it was time to line up so we can secure the front row which rightfully belongs to us! I think it was Erich and Jade that brought umbrella's, mat's, and beach chairs. We all relaxed after a long day. A long day that was far from over. Me, Alan, and Hubert were dozing off while the others were conversing about all sorts of things. It was one of the most peaceful times I had there. I got to meet Glenn's niece and couple other members that I hadn't had the chance to meet yet. The sun's rays were piercing at the time which caused a lot of us to complain and we would wait for the momentary relief the clouds would provide but shielding us from them. Monkey Majik and Kimaguren did their sound test while we were coasting which made it all the more soothing. I even developed a huge appreciation for both bands while listening to them.



Although the message on our priority pass told us not to line up until 3:45, our fandom could not be contained. We started to line up about a quarter passed three after seeing a lady camp out right in front of the entrance. We were then told by HIS that we had to follow the rules and disband while the lady received no warning whatsoever. Jade pointed her out and the staff member promptly shoo'd her away. We then assembled into a "pre-line" and were warned by HIS again. They reasoned that if one person were to get a heat stroke, the entire event would be cancelled. Within seconds after that, it started to rain and no one moved an inch. Their silver bullet melted and at that moment they realized they were powerless so we continued to wait where we were. At exactly 3:45 they announced that they were going to begin admitting people into the closed off square in front of the stage. We all rushed to line up so we could secure our spot on our favorite members' side of the stage. When the first few were admitted in, they guided us to the front in a single-file fashion and upon releasing us they told us not to rush but we did. We found our bodies being sucked into the rails like a bunch of magnets. I got to stand right in front of Mami's spot and was so stoked. We had to endure tedious babbling from two radio DJ's but it gave us the opportunity to cheer as loud as we could everytime they mentioned SCANDAL in hopes that they would hear us in the back. After all the chatter subsided, the opening act was set to play. It was a local band called EMKE that I've been hearing a lot about. We watched a cover of Shunkan Sentimental by them earlier in the hotel room but I wasn't really impressed by it and therefore wasn't expecting much from them. Their first song was a cover of a song I knew the words to but didn't know the title or artist and they killed it. I couldn't help but rock out to them and there second song wasn't bad either. They admitted to be SCANDAL fans as well and as a tribute to them, played Shunkan Sentimental for their final song. It sounded much better live! The lead guitarist may have seemed like a bit of a diva during the sound test but man can she can sing and play. They're manager was on the side rocking harder than everyone else there, it was pretty funny.



Following EMKE was the awards ceremony for the Ekiden Race. They awarded the fastest male and female team, the fastest oldest and youngest team, the fastest team with the best costume, the fastest team period, and there may have been some other categories that I can't recall at the moment. I think the high school team was one of the teams that had a two-hour time which was insane. The one who won the best costume contest didn't have that intricate of a costume but I guess it was cause they finished faster than others who did. When that all the awards had been given out, it was time to set up the main bands. Monkey Majik came out and I finally confirmed that two of the members were white and that I wasn't just seeing things earlier. It was a bit odd since they were the lead vocalists but it was a bit refreshing too. As they played their first song, I couldn't help but tap my feet and bob my head. They had an easy listening summertime style that made the beach a perfect setting for their songs and it all flowed so smoothly. One of the vocalists messed up and sang the second verse first so they had to start the song over but they brushed it off like nothing. I didn't mind at all either. Even though they were between us and SCANDAL's performance, I genuinely enjoyed listening to them and am definitely going to check them out soon.

When Monkey Majik wrapped up their performance, four people came out to test each of the girls' instruments and the one setting up Rina's drums wasn't quite sure it was the way she wanted it so Rina was asked to come on stage! Everyone cheered and we were able to yell her name like we all planned to earlier. It was perfect. She did her own mini sound test while everyone watched and basked in her cuteness. Pao had me right RI on one hand and NA on the other so he could rep Rina and right before she went to the back, she saw Pao and gave him a smile. I can imagine how he must have felt. One of the DJ's went on stage and we immediately knew that it was time. He called SCANDAL to the stage and we all lost it. While there are a lot of people who said that SCANDAL should have been the last act, I disagree. Whether it was intentional or not, SCANDAL played right before sunset and played into the night. That was awesome and I would have much preferred that over a night performance. They had an amazing set list which included  (in order): Satisfaction, Taiyou to Kimi Egaku Story which is Pieter's favorite song, Runner's High, Awanai Tsumori no Genki De Ne, Departure, LOVE SURVIVE, and DOLL.




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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:46 am


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My post was too long so it will be continued in this one, haha. If you've read the entire first part, kudos to you! You and everyone else who finishes this will be the reason all the time I spent writing this won't be in vain, thank you. ^^

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I don't really know how to put it into words, they were perfect. It was my first time seeing them in concert and I rocked out harder than I ever had in my life. Not to brag but I think me and Pao were probably one of the craziest ones there. Pao even hit his head on the rail from headbanging! I came close to punching Don in the face several times too, haha. Although my body was destroyed from the marathon, all the adrenaline from the concert suppressed the pain so I could devote it to SCANDAL for their entire performance. While all the other bands played about four songs, SCANDAL played seven which leads me to believe that they were placed as the second act for the sunset setting and known to be the biggest among the three. I remember watching Japanese concerts and seeing people swing their towels during performances and was glad I got to get that whole experience by doing that for SCANDAL! LOVE SURVIVE was definitely a treat for me since it's one of my favorite songs and I know Neil was hoping they played it as well. There was a camera that was on us the whole time and I hope footage of us is aired somewhere so you can guys see what I'm talking about first hand.



In the middle of DOLL, I could feel my body giving out on me so I had to switch hands during towel swinging and go from big jumps to small jumps but I pressed on! Although they played seven songs, time went by so quick and it only felt like three. I was thankful for such a fantastic performance though and put the rest of the energy my body had left into cheering for them as they left the stage. Even though I would have loved to stay for Kimaguren, my body could not handle anymore and had to rest so me and Lale supported each other to the Jamba Juice tent where they unfortunately gave the last couple cups away seconds before. We made our way to the ABC store where we loaded up on water and other goodies. We had two groups sitting on a bench outside the store and talking about how great SCANDAL was. People had mixed feelings about Monkey Majik but the reviews were mostly good. We also talked about how most of us left after SCANDAL and the Kimaguren fans pounced on the front row like a pack of lions. They looked like hardcore fans but their eccentricity was no match for ours. Our two groups combined then split into another two, one going back to their hotels and one going to get dinner. Me, Pieter, Pao, and Allie decided to go with Jim to eat. It was my first time actually talking to Jim and he was very interesting guy! He shared stories of his trips to see SCANDAL as we searched for a decent restaurant to eat. I said I'd settle for Burger King but the others weren't down! After about a half mile walk into the strip, Jeido and Jim settled on the Cheesecake Factory but it was almost an hour and a half wait. The bar area didn't look too promising since people were pouncing faster than those Kimaguren fans.

Jim finally took us to a bar in what I believe was a Holiday Inn. He graciously offered to pay for our meals and told us to order whatever we wanted. Jim and Jeido went to the bathroom which was supposedly so far away that it took them a good five to ten minutes to get back. I was able to finish my meal before Jim got back, lol. Fortunately, Jim and Jeido stayed at the same hotel and took a cab together so she didn't need any bodyguards this time. The rest of us made our way back to our hotels were we and Pao went our seperate ways. We were so tired that we were walking in the wrong direction until one of us had a feeling we were and I had to pull out my GPS. We didn't realize how far we walked until the combined pain from the marathon and concert made the trip even more of an eternity than it already was. We ran into Neil and some other SH members when we were right across the street from our hotel. This trip was full of coincidences! We caught up a little and broke away since we were on the verge of shutting down. When Pieter and I made it back to the hotel room, we talked with Don briefly and knocked out.

We woke up in the morning and realized that it was going to be the last day for most of us. I talked a little with my roomies until I got a message from Glenn inviting us to go with him and Geoff to the zoo and aquarium. At first, I was reluctant because my wallet was in critical condition and it was hot outside but said to myself that this was my last day there and I had to make the most of it! Mark was MIA and Don decided to grab some breakfast instead so it was just me and the Flying Dutchman. Pieter and I arrived in front of the zoo first and Geoff and Mark Lee met up with us about fifteen minutes after saying Glenn would be a little late since he's waiting for Lale. We saw a lot of beautiful birds in the cages near the entrance and a small, slender, white bird out in the open that we made into a joke. I suggested that he was visiting each animals' cage and relaying information about a madagascar-like prison break at night. To our suprise, we saw that bird about five or six times throughout our entire time at the zoo at different animal habitats! Whether it was the same bird or a different one, it was hilarious. There were a lot more animals and kinds of animals than I thought there would be for what seemed to be a small zoo. There were lions, tigers, hippos, giraffes, monkeys, and even a komodo dragon that I didn't get to see because it was hiding. There's also this adorable deer like animal that looks like it has four eyes called a Klipspringer that I wanted to take home with me. We met up with Glenn at the tiger habitat and proceeded to explore the rest of the zoo.



Some of the others were up and wanted to join us at that aquarium so we decided to grab some breakfast before heading there. There was a hole in the wall place in a hotel alleyway that Glenn claimed had cheap food and big portions. There was nothing indicating that it was even a restaurant at first so it felt kind of shady. When we walked in it was no bigger than the bedroom part of our hotel room. It consisted of an extremely small kitchen that couldn't even fit two people and a place for about four people to eat. As bad as that sounds, it felt kind of homey and the lady there was really nice. She was a one-man army and took on two dishes at a time before serving the next person. Kudos to her. The drinks were one dollar and I ordered a breakfast special with spam, sausage, eggs, and rice for only three dollars. It was ridiculously cheap and Glenn was a man of his word. I wanted to tip her but she took back the tip jar. After we finished eating, we headed to the aquarium which turned out to be really small. It had four small exhibit areas and an outdoor area containing a tank with several different fish and a tank with sea lions. It was still pretty cool though, we got to see interesting species of jellyfish, seahorses, fish the size of us, sharks, and a sleeping sea lion. We met up with the others at the second exhibit and rested in the outdoor area for a bit. I also found the cutest stuffed octopus in the gift shop that I bought as a souveneir for my manager.



Time was drawing near to the fan meeting and everyone decided to return to their hotel rooms to get ready for the big event. Me and Pieter were having trouble figuring out what to wear and spent a ridiculous amount of time in front of the mirror making sure we looked good for the girls. Mark suited up and looked very sharp. Blazer, bowtie, and everything. I ended up wearing my cosplay underneath one of the SH shirts so my love for Mami-sama could shine on her. Don always knows what he's going to wear in a matter of seconds and slapped on his outfit quicker than any of us. Pieter still had trouble picking out an outfit so Mark let him borrow his red blazer which looked great on him despite the difference in their body sizes. After a couple of last minute touch ups and pre-game prep talk, we were ready to roll. We met up with the others at the Marriott and check in began shortly after. We were all given an index card where we had to write our name, city we live in, and a question for SCANDAL. The question part proved to be one of the most difficult tasks of most of our lives but I managed to squeeze one out quicker than I thought I could. My question was asking if Mami could say my name out loud and if they could please play Koe live at least once. We went around sharing questions with each other and talking until the bus finally came.

As we boarded the bus, we turned in our index cards and received an envelope. I was quick to conclude that the letter number combination in it was going to be our assigned seat at the venue. It almost didn't seem like a lottery because they combinations for the most part were in order as me and Rachel pointed out. On the ride over there, we took pictures and conversed as we inched closer and closer to meeting the girls. By the time we stopped, most of us were confused because we seemed to be in the middle of a residential area and started making wild conclusions like the whole thing being a trap or HIS booking someone's backyard for the event. After a couple minutes, the Japanese fans got off the bus behind and entered the venue first. A lot of people were upset but I totally understood. This whole thing was originally meant for them and we only came after so all was fair. After the last of them entered, we got off the bus and it was our turn. Passing through the gate, I was shocked to see the place was actually very beautiful. It had a Japanese feel to it with all the ponds, bridges, and gazebos. Halfway through, a huge plot twist had us all fidgeting. Right before the entrance into the main venue, there was a table where all four SCANDAL members stood waiting to greet everyone. It was so sudden and I began to be very anxious. In a couple minutes I'd be standing right in front of SCANDAL!



I'll never forget how I felt when I was next in line. My chest was tightened and I was in one of the most nervous states I've ever been in in my life. The HIS allowed me to go through and I dropped off Mami-sama's present. It was a hamster but it was cutest and closest thing I could find on such short notice that ressembled a cat. She loves kitties. I crossed out the word hamster and wrote neko on the tag then put happy birthday Mami san in Japanese on the cardboard band. I really hope she liked it. The first one to greet me was Haru. Her hand was so small and she gave me a big smile, it was heavenly. Next up was Tomo who looked at my shirt and yelled kawaii! I laughed and thanked her. Then it was her. MAMITAS! My heart immediately dropped. I put both my hands over my mouth and gazed at her in amazement. She laughed, looked at the others, and looked back at me. I think she glad to see someone so happy to see her. Then she pointed at my hair and said "orange hair!" AH! Being acknowledge by her was breathtaking. I told her it was just for her and she laughed. I got to hold both her hands, they were so tender! Finally, it was Rina. She was adorable. She picked out the orange lei because of my hair and put it around my neck as she said aloha! I squealed her name and shook her hands. It honestly felt like time stopped when I met all of them and that is a feeling I will definitely never forget.

I jumped up in excitement before I walked into the venue and was directed to my seat. To my amazement, it was in the front on Mami's side of the stage! I couldn't believe it. At first, I sat on the wrong seat which happened to be Lale's. I had a good view from my actually seat and Lale wanted to trade me but I said no later realizing that Lale's spot was the closest to the stage. Even though, he is my fellow Mami fan and I'm glad he was able to sit the closest to Mami-sama! We were each give a cup of either guava or orange juice which wasn't really much of a choice. This is Hawaii, we have orange juice back home! I'm guessing most of the people picked Guava as well. Rachel, Mark, Lale, Erich, Jade, Don, Jesus, and someone else were at my table which I thought was a pretty good team. After we all got settled in, the MC introduced herself. She was the DJ of the only J-Pop station in Waikiki which made me really want one back home but sticking to my SCANDAL playlist is good enough for me! She prepped us up a bit and called the band on stage. I never got tired of seeing them. Each time was like the first time and I couldn't get enough of them. They all greeted us and spoke in Japanese while the MC translated. I feel a bit cheated though. Some of the girls went on talking for almost a minute and the MC translated it into a two second message. Curse my lack of Japanese! SCANDAL shared a few more words with us and went to the back to prepare for the acoustic live.



We were then invited to take part in the buffet in the back which was really good. They had fried rice, kalua pork, macaroni salad, sweet and sour pork, tiramisu, and more! I can't remember all of it but I liked everything except for this fish salsa looking salad. It was okay but I wasn't really feeling it. I remember there was one piece of tiramisu left and I didn't have the heart to take it so I cut off a quarter of it and took that, lol. A little more than halfway through my plate, the MC announced that the banner from the Ekiden race was posted outside the venue and we would all be able to take pictures of it. Most of us made our way outside and just started taking pictures of the banner. Then we all started to take pictures with it. My Runner's High team was one of the first to do so and did our signature team poses! Many group pictures were taken, of SH members, of SM members, and even both. Although us and the Japanese fans weren't really mingling yet, it was inevitable. After a couple more rounds of picture taking, we were all urged to return inside for the acoustic live was going to begin soon. Everyone finished off what was left on their plates and the MC played an audio interview with SCANDAL. I didn't understand most of it but just listening to them was good enough. Although a translation would've been nice.



Once the interview was over, the MC reintroduced SCANDAL and they came out in Hawaiian outfits! They, were, gorgeous. Mami-sama was wearing my favorite color! All four of them were eye candy and got very positive feedback from all the fans. Due to the small window of time, they selected five out of the 70+ index cards that were turned in. The questions that were selected included why Haru was afraid of birds and if they were planning on doing a World Tour. Eddie and Jesus were among the SH members whose questions got picked. They were definitely thinking of a world tour though which pumped everyone up and I didn't catch the rest of the questions or answers. The MC wasn't being very clear but I think they posted it up somewhere, I'll have to see. After the interview, it was announced that we were going to play a game with SCANDAL and everyone was excited. The game consisted of the eight tables being split into four with two being designated as the team of each band member. I got team Tomo! Which is okay, even though Mami is my favorite I love them all. The band members were given a Hawaiian word and we would be given the meaning to act out in a charade like fashion. I can imagine how stupid we must have looked, haha. But the band really looked like they were enjoying it!

The words were ocean, house, mountain, something else and finally water spouting. I was so scared Tomo was going to ditz out on us! When she guessed oyogu the first time, it was the cutest thing ever but it was wrong. She then guessed it a second time for the second word and was wrong again! It's most likely because my team kept doing swimming motions. Jeido and her team took the house win when did an opening a door gesture and took off her shoes. Team Rina scored first question too and Team Haru took the mountain one. Tomo guessed the one I forgot and then it came down to the last question which turned out to be sudden death. Although the score was Team Tomo: 1, Team Haru: 1, Team Rina: 2, and Team Mami: 0, the team that got this question right took the whole thing. To put even more incentive into winning, the prize was a bumper sticker of the MC's radio station autographed by SCANDAL! I was set to win. The guy who revealed what each word was was standing on the opposite side of the room from me and I couldn't read the signs since I'm near sighted which made me useless for the first couple rounds. All I could do was imitate the others but for the last couple rounds I had Erich whisper to me what the word was. We tried to do a fountain gesture with our hands until it seemed like Mami guessed it. We all groaned but Eisuke shook his head and had the game proceed until a better answer was given. I went full on fish mode and Erich used his hands to spout water from my back. I saw Tomo look at us and even though I'm not sure whether it was our charade that made it happen, Tomo guessed it! We won! We couldn't believe it and our tables all gave each other high fives. The MC passed out autographed bumper stickers to all of us and we fanned as we stared at our prize. Although I must admit, I do feel like Team Rina was cheated!

I can't recall when this occurred but the MC announced all the teams in the Ekiden Race that represented SCANDAL and unfortunately, my team wasn't called. Only the ones that had SCANDAL in their names had the glory of being clapped for which was kind of disappointing but that's okay. It's the thought that counts right? After the game, the stage was set for the acoustic live and everyone was anticipating which songs they were going to play. We talked about it all day and it was finally time for the big unveil. Tomo had her bass, Haru and Mami had their acoustic guitars, and Rina was given a Hawaiian box instrument that she sat on and tapped between her legs. It was pretty exotic and I didn't know how well she was going to do with it but she KILLED it. She closed her eyes and got lost in the music as she pounded away at it. It was enough to say I spent almost as much time looking at Rina as I did all the others. It seemed like she practiced with that instrument for years and I would really love to see her perform with it in the future. I originally thought the list would include any of either Haruka, Bitter Chocolate, Koe, Switch, or Harukaze but we were in for a suprise. The first song was Fireworks which seemed to be a bit too jingly to be converted into an acoustic version but they definitely pulled it off. It was smoothened out and given a much more thoughtful tone to it. The second one was Hikari. I never paid too much attention to this song until they played it right then and there. Tomo shined in this song. She nailed the bridge and sent shivers down my spine. Speaking of which, we're suspecting that she was sick during the performance which makes her performance even more impressive. She had a thermos with her aside from the water given to all the girls and she would cough in between each song. Poor thing, I hope she's okay now.

The last song was no suprise to meet and even though everyone said it wasn't going to happen, it happened. Told you Glenn! It was none other than Departure which I thought would be perfect to play acoustic although I wasn't prepared for it as I thought I would be. Haru performed the entire first verse and chrous by herself and it was magical. She put so much emotion into the song that I could see and feel it. I came close to tearing up cause it was so beautifully played and I've never had that happen to me before. I developed a new love for the song after hearing them play it and you could how immersed they were in it during their performance. It was hands down the best acoustic song I've ever seen played and it was the perfect way to end such a wonderful night. In fact, it was so good that I wasn't the least bit upset that they only played three songs and was satisfied. After the acoustic live was over, it was time to take our pictures with the band. We went in order by table so we were the third ones set to go up and solidify the memory.

I had the same feeling I had earlier when I was next in line and when the staff member gave me the green light to go up to them, I got excited all over again. I clenched my fists close to my chin and smiled really big which caused them all to laugh. I made SCANDAL laugh, ah. I stood in between Haru and Rina and put both hands on my cheek doing the suprised gesture until Rina bumped me. She said "do aloha pose!" It was so cute and how can I say no to Rina-sama? I said "okay!" but in my head I said as you wish my lord. So I did a double hangloose sign and before I knew it, they snapped the picture. As I was being escorted off stage, I turned around and made the I love you gesture which made them laugh a second time. Knowing that I was able to contribute to their happiness in Hawaii made me feel great and I soared over back to the bus on cloud nine. Upon reaching there, Lale and I gave each other a gigantic hug out of disbelief about what had just happened. Everyone was still wonderstruck. We were then allowed to board the bus as we waited for the others and they each came on one by one with big smiles on their faces. We all showed each other our pictures and I let people take pictures of my autographed bumper sticker.



Once everyone was on the bus, an HIS member boarded and told us that the band wanted a picture of all of us! He had one of their phones and we all posed for them. In addition to that, he announced that the band had a little something for us in return and pulled out a denim bag with the band's name on tropical flowers. Even though I couldn't really make use of it, it was such a nice gesture and I will treasure it always. The bus took off and a couple of us broke into speeches. We demanded one from Erich who proceeded to thank all of us and tell us how great it was to have us gather from all over the world under one band. Glenn gave a shoutout to Jade and all the others who made the trip possible. I too am thankful to them, this whole vacation was definitely one of the best times of my entire life and I wouldn't have gotten to experience it if it wasn't for them. Hubert wanted to add that it wasn't fair that Runner's High wasn't called and agreed for the most part because I really wanted to band to know I was running for them. However, Neil tried to make up for that by expressing his proudness of us and I added that I also ran to represent our forum which took the sting out of not being announced. 

We got back to the Marriott and started planning an afterparty which we wanted to invite Scandal Mania to. A couple worked their Line magic and before we knew it, we had an official afterparty scheduled at the upstairs bar of the Marriott. We all went to drop our stuff off at the hotel room and make our way back to the Marriott. On the way back, I heard that a few of our SH members were shoo'd away by HIS staff after chasing the band. At first, it sounded pretty bad and a few people got upset because SCANDAL had just thanked everyone for respecting their privacy but I later found out from Arif that it wasn't that big of a deal. They simply tried to catch up with the band and went away as soon as they were given the red light. Mark Lee said he was able to say goodbye to them and it helped start a hunt. A small group of us ran into some SM members standing in the front of the Marriott who we asked for directions to the bar. When we started walking away, they told us that SCANDAL would be leaving soon and they were on the lookout so after reading more of Mark's texts, we decided to join them in their hunt. We scoured the halls of the Marriott looking for places mentioned by others until we reached a dead end and gave up. I wasn't disappointed at all since the fan meeting was more than enough for me.

We headed up to the bar where a good chunk of SH and SM members were waiting for the rest of their groups. We started to mingle a little until eventually we had enough people to start sitting down. It was a poolside bar in an open area on a balcony and I can imagine the anxiety the bartenders must have had when they saw our giant mob coming. There was probably a good forty of us and I was starting to imagine forty drunk SCANDAL members. I had a shirley temple since alcohol didn't seem appetizing at all at the moment but was tempted after tasting pao's lava flow which a lot of people got. Our small vicinity contained Rachel, Pieter, Pao, Hubert, and Mark but it didn't stay that way for long. Everyone was exchanging stories and expressing their love for the band. One of the SM fans was drunk and came to our side asking questions. He was hilarious, he even broke into song several times and everyone joined in. SCANDAL songs of course. When he started to sing Koe, I got so excited. I joined in even though I didn't know most of the lyrics. I tried to get him to sing Koshi Tantan which is the only song I know a majority of the lyrics of but he only knew a little of it. While we were celebrating, we read a tweet from Jade saying she got to be alone in an elevator with Mami and I became more jealous than I had ever been in my life. That's MY fantasy! Although Jade would've made more use of that time than I would with my pathetic Japanese, but still!



We mingled some more until we turned into one big SCANDAL family. It was amazing. There were no seperate groups, no language barriers that stood in the way, there was just a group of people that shared the same love and it was a great thing to be a part of. I met one person who dramatically showed me my place in the Mami fandom. His name was Yuyan. I went hardcore dying my hair orange and making a collaged Mami outfit but this guy took the cake. Although he refused to dye his hair orange, he died his hair every color Mami did prior to orange and had thousands of pictures of her on his phone. He even had a certain item of hers that I couldn't help but hail to him for. The shirt he was wearing was even the exact same one Mami wore in one of the pictures he showed us. It didn't end there, he took professional pictures imitating ones that Mami-sama and the others were in. In no way was he bragging though, Team Mami fans gathered around as they wanted to see more and he gladly offered his pictures to everyone. He asked for everyone's line and made a Mami group which he sent several of his pictures to. He was really nice and it was nice to see someone fan harder for Mami than me. I aim to get on his level when I speak more Japanese and meet up with him again!



We started taking pictures and breaking into groups based on favorite member. Team Mami took a picture together and Hubert, being a Team Tomo fan, kept sneaking in! Where's your allegiance man!? Tomo had the biggest fan base there and had a pretty big group picture. I'm pretty sure there was a Haru Team too but I haven't seen any pictures of one. Unfortunately, no Rina group was formed. Nothing against Rina-sama of course! She just happens to be everyone's second favorite! We stayed well past closing and were eventually asked to leave. Freddy served as our line leader and guided us down the stairs where everyone was just minding their own business until suddenly something miraculous happened. I heard Hubert say "is this really happening right now?" I looked up and there SCANDAL was at the ABC store randomly shopping. None of us could believe our eyes and we stood there blankly. The others made their way downstairs not knowing what was to come and their reactions were priceless. We were actually collected enough not to cause a big commotion but we cheered and waved at them. We got to say goodbye to them! After many people being jealous of the chance encounters of others, our collective fan base got to have one together! It was unreal.



The drunk guy that broke into song ran in and started jumping up and down. We were scared that he was going to get us all in trouble and ruin future chances of them having another fan meeting tour but even as he picked up Eisuke and spun him around, SCANDAL loved every second of it. Everyone watched in amusement and we started enjoying a show with SCANDAL. It took a while for our group to disband but who can blame us? Some people were able to snap some pictures and Tomo even posed for one! It was great, we eventually herded everyone outside to talk about what had just happened. After about fifteen minutes of conversing, we decided to go to another bar down the street but upon reaching there we found that the line for it was enormous and some people were turned off by the look of it. Plus Rachel was only 16! We would've found a way to sneak that little munchkin in though, right Glenn!?  We then decided to end it where we began and met up at what was left of the Ekiden Music Festival stage. I walked with Rachel and looked up to the sky to see it filled with stars. If you're from L.A., you know the sky is so clouded with crap there that the most you'll see is 5 or 6. There were probably hundreds of stars visible and it was pretty dazzling to see that many in so long. Upon reaching the stage, I found Neil and some other members jumping up and down singing LOVE SURVIVE and had to join them! We all talked near the remnants of the stage and recapped some of the events from earlier.

We found that a couple others were sitting on the stones near the street because they weren't wearing shoes that mixed well with sand so we moved our party over to them so they wouldn't feel left out. Those who trailed behind joined us shortly after and Yuyan went to switch shoes thinking we were still hanging out in the sand. Our numbers dwindled but that didn't stop us from having fun. It was well past midnight and we continued talking into the night, both SH and SM members. Eddie was drunk and flopping everywhere. I couldn't understand 80% of what he was saying and he drifted back and forth into different topics. He was also used as a demonstration for Rachel's self defense maneuvers! Pieter and Jeido were apparently left behind after the group decided to move onto another bar and called me numerous times but I had forgotten to switch my phone off silent after the acoustic live. They met up with us at the rocks and disappeared again shortly after, oh la la. The clock struck two and everyone was ready to call it a night. It was a long, eventful, and satisfying day for all. It was Rachel's turn to get the bodyguard treatment so a handful of us escorted her to the escalator of her hotel and made sure she was safe! This service will be avaliable to you again during the next tour Rachel!





We went back to our hotel room, briefly conversed with the others as usual, then went to bed one last time in that hotel. We woke up the next morning and had made plans the night before to go to an udon place that everyone was talking about for breakfast. Don passed so I told the others to meet me there while I go on ahead to buy souveneirs. I met Geoff along the way and we went to the ABC store that we had seen the girls in the night before. The store still had their aura and I wish I knew what they bought so I could've bought it too. I bought two shirts and a thermos then jet for the udon joint. We met up with Glenn, Mark, Pieter, Rachel, and Pao. I had the niku udon, shrimp tempura, and chicken tempura all for under ten bucks. Upon eating, I realized why this place was so popular. The food was cheap for how good it was! We talked about all sorts of things while we were there and I inquired about SCANDAL's reaction to Glenn's Canta tattoo which I was really curious about. He said they loved it and I'm glad he was able to show off something no one else had done too. On the way back, I realized I got the wrong size shirt for my dad and went to return it while Pieter and Mark booked their skydiving session. Glenn and Rachel escorted me and when I wrapped up my business at the store, we said goodbye. It was so stereotypical since all three of us all went in different directions, lmao. Man, I miss them and everyone else already.



I made my way back to the hotel room and the two had already embarked for their skydiving journey. Couldn't blame them, they had to be punctual! I left a little note for Mark on an envelope with the money owed him for spotting me a couple nights before and told him to relay a goodbye for me. He and Pieter actually texted me before I left which I was happy to get. Don and I exchanged stories one last time. He showed me a lot of interesting things and I actually learned a bit from all our conversations. As my shuttle arrived, a gave Don one last good handshake and bid him farewell. I went back to the airport wearing the lei Rina had given me because I didn't want it to be crushed by everything I smashed together in my luggage. After crossing the checkpoint, I took some time to write a message on facebook to all the SH and SM people I had the fortune of meeting during the trip. Before I boarded the plane, I decided to listen to a song fitting for such a bittersweet departure. You already know what it is, I just said it. Shortly after the song ended, I boarded the plane back home and to reality with the hopes of having another experience like this in the future.






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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:59 am


IndoLegend

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^That was a touching story. I actually read every words of it despite being there lol. It took awhile, but I enjoy reading it while reminiscing of what happened. I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like playing VN the more I read account stories. It's like there's a main story where we hang out on Friday, Expo on Sat, Concert on Sun, and Live concert on Monday. There's also individuals' story where you guys go on separate ways into smaller group for a little bit. Each version has their own routes and endings. Keep it coming guys. I'm looking forward to read everyone's story. =D


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:23 pm


Crei

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@fredrikfx thanks for relaying your experience to us unfortunates who can only dream of doing what u guys just did. haha xD

I've read it all and enjoyed it. even tho I don't know who's who. I was like OK >_>

anyway.. too much MAMI and TOMO fans. where are the HARU fans!? D:

and RINA too ._.


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:19 pm


HaRuRiNaMaMiToMo

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@fredrikfx  OMG  did you just write a book about it lol =P

Thanks for that huge story for us, I couldn't read it completely yet but will do it later!!


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:34 pm


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@alviners

Hey man I'm a pretty hardcore Rina fan and I totally repped her as much as I could as told in my story!

@Indolegend

LOL this guy, visual novel HAHAHHA! That's so perfect. Yeah I just finished reading Fred's story and it really was like a VN, comparing it to my own "timeline". We all have our very different and very similar encounters that only reading each of our side can experience.

@frederickx

Very nice write up man. Merging our stories together really brings out the full experience of the craziness and paradise that was of the days May 30 - June 2 2014 in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii. Several interesting little things:

-You totally remembered the last question in the fan meeting Q&A that I missed (and you didn't remember all the other questions and answers that I did lol. Time to read my story ;p)! Rejoice! Now allow me to complete it that I remember what you're talking about:

Haru's fear of birds: A japanese fan asked Haruna why she was afraid of tori (birds)! The translation was very fuzzy, but it was something like when she was little when she went to some place she dreaded and there were birds there so from then on she would always dread birds for whatever reason. The members commented how they would intentionally leave Haruna alone with a flock of birds during the trip to Hawaii which was hilarious.

-I'm a Rina fan, and yes my cheers for her were totally drowned out by the raucous Mami and Tomo fans...sigh.
-During the rehearsal/sound test SCANDAL also played a little bit of SCANDAL BABY (only instrumental)

Haha it's so interesting piecing everything together from the stories coming in, especiallly with my own! For others who haven't attended, you must read everything together as well!


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:44 pm


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@fredrikfx oh man everyone's personal entries are bringing back soooooo many feels. I got lil tears forming lol. This trip was seriously worth every penny spent. I'd sell my 1973 Gibson again and again for this experience each time. I met so many great people from SH and SM and of course SCANDAL! It was magical how SCANDAL united so many people with various backgrounds. I feel you on Departure man such a powerful and fitting performance from the girls. 


I did start the Happy Birthday singing for Tomomi! I remember well because I was the only one singing for the first 3-4 seconds even after I asked you and a few others to help me out prior to the singing. You left me hangin for a bit Fred! It was embarrassing at first but totally worth it in the end.


@alviners999 I AM A HARUNA FAN!!! although not gonna lie. Tomomi is my second favorite but after this fan tour meeting she is creepin in into my number 1 spot.


P.S. Does anyone know the name of the crazy Japanese dude that lifted Eisuke? I forgot it! All I remember was that he was a Haruna fan lol. I want to be next to him at a SCANDAL concert in Japan!


Also if anyone hasn't done so yet I plan on having a translation of the interview at the private fan tour meeting posted later tonight. 

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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:53 pm


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macrx78 wrote:@fredrikfx oh man everyone's personal entries are bringing back soooooo many feels. I got lil tears forming lol. This trip was seriously worth every penny spent. I'd sell my 1973 Gibson again and again for this experience each time. I met so many great people from SH and SM and of course SCANDAL! It was magical how SCANDAL united so many people with various backgrounds. I feel you on Departure man such a powerful and fitting performance from the girls. 


I did start the Happy Birthday singing for Tomomi! I remember well because I was the only one singing for the first 3-4 seconds even after I asked you and a few others to help me out prior to the singing. You left me hangin for a bit Fred! It was embarrassing at first but totally worth it in the end.


@alviners999 I AM A HARUNA FAN!!! although not gonna lie. Tomomi is my second favorite but after this fan tour meeting she is creepin in into my number 1 spot.


P.S. Does anyone know the name of the crazy Japanese dude that lifted Eisuke? I forgot it! All I remember was that he was a Haruna fan lol. I want to be next to him at a SCANDAL concert in Japan!


Also if anyone hasn't done so yet I plan on having a translation of the interview at the private fan tour meeting posted later tonight. 

His name is Yuki, he bought us breakfast the next day after that crazy night LOL. 

I am currently writing my memories but the videos in YT take so damn long to edit WTF


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:59 pm


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Sweet thanks Noodles! I shall hunt him down in Line.
Haha if I recall correctly you really hit it off with the Scandal Mania fans. So much so that Yuyan gave you his string bag! And now breakfast covered by Yuki? You sir are a great ambassador of SH lol



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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:59 pm


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macrx78 wrote:
@alviners999 I AM A HARUNA FAN!!! although not gonna lie. Tomomi is my second favorite but after this fan tour meeting she is creepin in into my number 1 spot.


Lol Haruna just became my #1b (#1a is still Rina Wink ) after this. She just looks so cute and happy in the private meeting and she kept looking my way during the game  LOVE. When she was commenting on the game and how great we all were and how much the members were taken back and how much they enjoyed our participation, she was smiling SO HARD!


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:13 pm


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@Kaitanuva It sooo hard to remain faithful! Tomomi and I had so much eye contact! And the accounts of her being cute in person was true! Like x100 true. From her tripping and catching herself in adorable fashion at the press conference to the Fan Tour Meat and Greet when she reacted to the game answers  in a cute voice with "えええええええ!?" (Whaaaaat?)  after repeatedly saying "Oyogu" and being told wrong! hehe that was my fault though sorry guys. 
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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:15 pm


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@IndoLegend: It's kind of reminding me of movies like Crash, haha. But yeah man! Can't wait to read everyone else's stories and weave them together into one giant one. Together, we can recall all the missing details! Speaking of which..

@kaitanuva: Thank you for the added information! I'm starting to remember the Haru's answer a little more now and I'm 73% sure that the place was some sort of shrine. Anyhow, there's also a picture of a bird in Rina's blog. I wonder if Haru ran away from it, lmao.

@macrx78: My bad! I know I did, it was a late reaction but I was one of the first to join you if that's any constellation! And yeah, Tomo got so many plus points with me during the trip too. We're forever in her debt for winning us those autographed bumper stickers!

Thank you everyone who took the time to read or partially read my post! I know it's long but believe it or not, I tried to condense it as much as possible, haha.


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:28 pm


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Oh yeah, for people who's confuse on who's who.. there's a reference on this page.
http://www.scandal-heaven.com/t10104p140-scandal-fan-meeting-tour-in-hawaii
Although, instead of my nick Arman. i went with my real name Arif during the meetups with SH members.


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:17 pm


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it's really sweet to see that international fans and local fans of the girls have bonded and had a good time together Happy
it's like the best of both worlds ahaha xD


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:01 am


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I read the entire write-up Fred! As if I could stop once I started aha. Really captured everything - seemed like you were at about every stop in Hawaii! You made me remember just about every moment and man, I regret missing out on everything else! I really enjoyed reading every word of it ^^ Hopefully, there will be a time when I am actually of age and join you guys for a drink (and try out some of those.. flavoured beers)! 

AHA yes Yuki, man he was awesome xD He was always shouting out for a Haruna cheer or song but there weren't enough Haru fans to join him :p 

I look forward to reading everyone else's entries, too! 

@macryx78 I understood the gist of their answers based off of anime knowledge and logic but wahhh translations would be so awesome T^T Please do! And I agree, Tomomi will always be a bias wrecker... I don't think she's even second place for me anymore. Timo's in first alongside Mami :3 (Haru and Rina tied in second)

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Posted on Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:25 am


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@fredrickfx. Thank you so much for that writeup. It was really fun to read those whole 45 paragraphs. And cheers for running that marathon! I would've liked, literally died if I went in that ekiden and had to run with no training at all. Really awesome writeup, man. It totally made me feel like I was there. Happy

Oh someone finally asked a question regarding Haruna's phobia of birds, haha. I was waiting for someone to bring it up and here it is. I remember Tomomi mentioning something about her fear of birds in a blogpost lol. Can't wait for the response to the interview questions.

All the recounts and writeups people've been writing are really awesome! Keep 'em coming~


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Re: SCANDAL in Hawaii Memories
Posted on Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:58 am


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Okay here goes my "blog post", I will try to talk about the things that happened to me in general.

Spoiler:

Thursday May 29th:

I arrived on Honolulu on a thursday morning and decided to meet up with whoever was also in town that day, ended up meeting Geoff first and going for some food first! Had some pretty good Kalua pork at the mall and then went on to meet the rest of the peeps! Met Don for the first time, then later on met Allie and Hubert! It was pretty awesome hanging out with everyone, since we had no plans and we didnt know where to go we just kinda chilled for a while and we got to hear some of Don's stories! After only a few minutes of hanging out after we were all together I had to leave to meet with Freddy as he had just arrived from the airport! After I met with Freddy we had a few hours before the rest of the gang showed up so we decided to just walk around town, we ended up finding another side of Waikiki beach that was almost like a boulevard of private beaches behind the fancy hotels right next to the beach, the water was so clear it mesmerized me, I've lived in Peru for 18 years and I know what a Pacific ocean beach is like but god damn these waters were like nothing I'd seen before, I wanted to jump right in but decided against it as I had no swimsuit. 

After our walk around the beach I received a call that another friend Matt had arrived! Me and Matt go way back since Am^2 where we first saw SCANDAL live in the US and also realized we both shared the love and passion for Dr. Pepper as the superior master race soft drink. Of course as soon as we let Matt into the hotel room we dropped the bags and walked out for some food, ended up trying to find a restaurant that either had incorrectly placed their address on yelp or something was up with my phone but we ended up not finding it after it sounded so good too, bummer. We ended up eating at this Japanese place that was fairly expensive and I wasnt feeling too good as hawaiian food didnt go too well with me either, tried the ahi poke and did not enjoy it, ended up having some fried chicken after watching Glenn order it, so good! After eating we went back to the hotel to meet with Neil and Alan and after that everyone wanted to go out and do some more walking but I was exhausted so I went to sleep!


Friday May 30th:




We decided to go to the airport to try and welcome SCANDAL to Hawaii! We did this when they arrived in California and it was awesome, so we went to the airport with the Banner, Glenn got some flowers somehow to do a Lei greeting for SCANDAL and we had the SCANDAL HEAVEN shirts ready to give them as well, we did a raffle as to who would be the lucky guy that would give the Lei to which member and luckily we managed to raffle out 4 people and each one of us had a different favorite member! 
After this we were waiting at the gate for a couple of hours and then we checked the forum and realized we had just missed them as we didnt know there was another arrival location for international flights. We were very dissapointed but mostly angry at ourselves for not bother to check and ask around someone who may know better than us, we know we are better than that, in the end we didnt get to see the band today but we got a retweet from RINA saying she wanted to meet us! That would come to be the next day. 
After that huge disappointment that happened earlier in the day I dont exactly remember what we did or what happened after so I fast forward until dinner, we went to meet with as many of the other SH fans as possible as we wanted to get ready for the next day which would be the first time in the weekend we would see SCANDAL! The place we had originally set for eating was packed with reservations so we had to improvise, we were a pretty large group so we decided to hit up a Korean barbecue place in the area. We were eating some pretty good food and enjoying a few beers and we got to meet everyone, I got to meet Mark from Florida who was a pretty chill dude with a cool camera, I always like knowing more about other people, it is always cool when I say someone that I like something and then when they remember it makes me feel good, I'm pretty sure Mark is somewhat similar as he was asking some questions about ourselves, I enjoyed my conversation with Mark, Don and Allie greatly, after I finished eating I decided to get up from the table and walk towards the rest of the group who arrived a few minutes later than us and therefore got setup on the next table right next to us, I shared a glass of beer with some buds and then we got to hear a pretty epic speech from Erich and we got motivated to move onto the next day! 


Saturday May 31st:

Finally the day we would see SCANDAL for the first time in the weekend! Hype! Very exciting moments when we all met at the Waikiki Marriott hotel room where we had to provide our name and we would receive our awesome yellow shirts and a few other goodies! We saw quite a bit of people from SCANDAL MANIA sporting some awesome shirts, towels, bags, etc. So jealous! After I went to the store to get some lunch we came back and we saw that the banner was out for everyone to sign! I remember doing this at Am^2 and it was so cool! I wanted to sign again for MAMI to see, in orange of course! We made a petition in the banner for MAMI to sing Koe but we knew it was just a joke, I wish she would sing that in the US! After we all signed we got some seats and enjoyed a show set-up by the Ekiden expo peeps! Some japanese dancers appeared in hawaiian clothing and performed some dancing to some pretty classic japanese tunes! I recognized a song from a Ghibli film somewhere in there but couldnt remember which song it was. After the ladies were done, they introduced the bands! Monkey Majik, SCANDAL, Kimaguren! Most of us were there for SCANDAL, it was great! They briefly introduced themselves and then promptly left after saying a few encouraging words for the runners of the Ekiden!
We had to meet back at the same place for the staff of Ekiden to take us to the secret location where we would do the banner making with SCANDAL for support of the Ekiden runners! We signed and drew on a white banner that was to be hang on the rails of the start line of the Ekiden race for the runners to see! After that SCANDAL appeared and they also signed the banner and put ALOHA on the top! While all the members were signign Tomomi was talking to the Japanese fans, then when MAMI grabbed the Orange sharpie everyone went crazy on our side, it was fun times! After this we took a picture with them holding the banner and some of our group got to be really close to the girls! After the picture was taken and the band was leaving everyone started singing Happy birthday to Tomomi and it was AWESOME. Everything after this I dont remember, I think this was the day where we had buffet and I tried crab legs for the first time and I got hurt by them, its so complicated -_-


Sunday June 1st:

Today is race day! SCANDAL was going to be there early so everyone in my group decided to leave at 4:20 when the race started at 5:30 just to be there with enough time to see the band, etc. I went on the lazy side and decided to sleep in a bit more, ended up leaving the room in a rush and barely made it! After I had finally arrived where I saw the start line and a lot of people, I was on what I thought to be the wrong side of the street as I could see Neil's Doraemon costume on the other side, I considered going to the other side when I turn to my right side and I see Freddy there, I say hello to freddy, then I stick around and I see Sam also there, I say hello to Sam and at this point im a bit concern because nobody seems to be saying hi, then I see Jade to the right! I approach and I say hello, and suddenly I see that SCANDAL is 2 feet away from Jade! Then I knew why nobody was saying anything everyone was focused on the band! I managed to take this picture of RINA screaming some encouraging words for the runners! Fight-oh! is what I picture she would say.



When the race started everyone was on their way and we knew Erich was going to run a few feet with his Canta head on so SCANDAL would see so we stuck around and the girls all laughed and cheered canta on the race! Go canta! After this the band left and we had free time all the way up until the afternoon concert as we didnt run. After a few hours we see a tweet from SCANDAL saying they would be doing a sound check at noon! We of course decided to get up and approach the rails that they had set-up in order to be as close as the staff would allow us! The staff played a recording of Everybody say yeah! so I thought that would be on the set but ended up not being the case! After the sound check was over we waited until concert time and then they let the gates open and I managed to grab 2nd row right behind Sam and Jerry! This is how close I was from MAMI 



As the MC kept announcing some new stuff and some of the winners of Ekiden the crowd started to get more and more packed! 



Then EMKE and Monkey Majik played! I really enjoyed their setlist, EMKE played Shunkan Sentimental as kind of a "tribute" to SCANDAL, I thought it was pretty sweet and sounded good! One of the brothers from Monkey Majik seems very familiar to me but I couldnt figure out where exactly I had seen him or if I knew him from somewhere, I doubt it. After this they announced a lot more winners of the Ekiden and I was really really tired at this point after waiting there for most of the day, after that was over the MC finally introduced SCANDAL and as the sun was setting we got an AMAZING setlist with some songs in there we didnt expect to hear but it was a summer-like setting so we kind of were hoping they would play them! The setlist has been posted before so I will not include it here but it was awesome. After the concert was over I was extremely tired so I just left for some beverages and walked back to the hotel with a huge smile in my face! When everyone else went back to the hotel everyone kept saying how awesome it was and "What a time to be alive" which I wholeheartedly agreed, then I found out that TOMO was dancing in the side of the stage while Kimaguren was playing and I missed it! Blargh! No big deal! I will get my chance! After this I passed out and it was already Monday.

Monday June 2nd:

Woke up pretty tired after such an awesome concert the day before but excited for the meet  & greet! Decided to have some breakfast first and then meet-up with Glenn and Geoff at the aquarium, the Aquarium was pretty awesome! 



After we were done with the Aquarium we had to go catch the bus to go to the secret location for the meet & greet! Shirley, the awesome lady STAFF from Ekiden festival who helped us then gave us a piece of paper to put our names and ask SCANDAL 1 question that the MC would ask them later on. When we got in the bus we got an envelope with our seats for the tables set up at the meet and greet, this was done in a raffle kind of way so people wouldnt fight over seats, etc. I got 3-A! While we were on the bus everyone was exited to arrive and see what was in store for us! We arrived at a restaurant and we got off the bus and made a line to get inside, once we were inside the place we saw SCANDAL behind a table giving handshakes to all the attendees! Exciting! I am usually really shy when it comes to saying anything at these kind of things so I didnt say anything in particular to the members, then RINA was the one doing the Lei greeting and after we said hello to all the members Matt and I saw Eisuke (the bands manager) at the end of the line and had previously agreed to shake his hand also and thank him for the opportunity, as I did it he seemed a bit shocked but shook my hand and bowed a little, that was pretty cool.

Once Inside it was time to find my seat, I went towards table 3 and realized It was the one closest to the stage right side, where MAMI usually plays! then I had to check for the letter A, which meant, which chair I was on, A happened to be the first one in the clockwise rotation meaning I was the closest one to the stage! This is a view of how close I was to the stage



It was intense! After we were seated SCANDAL came on stage after the MC introduced herself and we had a little "cheers" moment with our Guava juice! The girls got Orange juice because Eisuke was very confused and I dont think he wanted to take any risks by choosing the Guava juice instead so he went with the safe choice. After that the band got backstage and we got to get some pretty good hawaiian food in a buffet style dinner, after we were done eating the MC played an interview she had done earlier with SCANDAL as she is the DJ for a Japanese music station in Hawaii I believe. 

Before that was done we rushed outside to get a quick picture with the banner that the girls used to encourage people at the Ekiden that we had made a few days ago.


After we were back on our seats SCANDAL came on stage again but this time they were wearing Hawaiian dresses! It was such a crazy sight nobody was expecting it and they looked so beautiful! MAMI! After this the MC chose 5 questions that we previously wrote down for SCANDAL but due to time reasons was only able to read 4, 2 out of those were from SH peeps! Great questions everyone! We got to hear the story of why Haru is scared of birds, we also learned that Everyone prefers the beach to the mountains except Mami! Also got to hear that SCANDAL does have a world tour in mind but we all know that most of the times whenever bands are asked about tours they always have to leave it open ended to make sure hope doesnt die out for the fans, although this is the 2nd time SCANDAL has been in the US and an actual tour would be INCREDIBLE.  

After the questions were asked we got to play a game similar to Charade, the MC separated our 8 tables in 4 teams, one for each SCANDAL member, I got TEAM TIMO! It was a blast and everyone was having a good time trying to recreate the words so they would guess them! It was a really tight race between RINA and TIMO but Eisuke said the last word was worth 100 points so our tables went CRAZY for Tomomi to try and guess it, it was something related to water and spouting or something like that, in the end Timo gave the right answer and we went CRAZY, we had just won an autographed bumper sticker with SCANDAL signature in it! TEAM TIMO!


After the game the band got their instruments out and got ready to play some acoustic songs for us, it was incredible. Rina was playing the Cajon which is a Peruvian instrument! Me being peruvian I couldnt believe it! I kept dreaming something would happen like Rina would suddenly stand up and ask if anyone around knew how to play the Cajon and I would jump off my seat and said MEMEMEME and we would jam together!!!! That didnt happen unfortunately but it was ok, I had a pretty incredible sight of MAMI and her acoustic guitar and some crazy jamming going down. Hikare acoustic was INSANE, the vocals were incredible in my opinion and it really shows you how dedicated the band is at creating music and performing. After the concert was over we got to take a picture with the band! The organizers decided to go in order of tables so it would be Table 1 then 2 all the way up to 8, table 1 and 2 were all Japanese fans so that meant I was the first non-japanese person to go! They were taking the pictures with a polaroid camera which I thought was odd but on the other hand, we got to take the pictures with us immediately which was kinda cool I guess! After table 2 was done Eisuke hand signaled me to approach the band and was greeted with Alohas from everyone! I was shaking with excitement and replied aloha to them! Then I heard everyone from table 7 or 8 scream as I was the first non japanese and SH member that would take the picture! I got between Rina and Haru and my elbows were brushing their shoulders! I couldnt stop smiling and you can clearly see on the picture I put above that is the true definition of happiness! 

After the picture was taken we all went back to the bus and started sharing our photos with each other and sharing the experiences we had just gone through! Some people got to do special hand signals at their pictures which I thought was cool! Bill was laying on the floor and the girls were pointing at him, that was awesome! Then Erich shared some words and we thanked everyone for attending and being super awesome! After we got back Neil and some other SH peeps had been bonding with SCANDAL MANIA fans from Japan so we decided to go for a drink together to celebrate such an AWESOME event. I went back to the hotel to freshen up and then was running a bit late but decided to go out anyway, I'd been craving a beer for the longest time. Arrived at the bar on top of the Marriott hotel about 25 minutes before they closed so I had to order quick, ordered 4 beers and some sweet potato fries and the party was going, we were all mixed in with the Japanese fans, we found out a couple had just gotten married not long ago and we were celebrating with them, it was also Takahiro's birthday a few days before so we were also celebrating that! Then the bar closed out and they had to kick us out but we had to figure out the bill first so it took us about 30 more minutes, in these 30 minutes I met Yuya from Tokyo, huge MAMI fan too so we had that in common, we were talking even though my Japanese is literally crap and I kept repeating the same words over and over and his english was good but not good enough to stablish conversation, while at the bar before we left it we all decided to get some pics going with other respective fans of the same member! Here is the MAMI-SAMA picture group:


I swear I was happier than what I look on that picture! Then we spent like 30 minutes talkign with Yuya about Mami pictures, since I didnt use twitter too much at the time I hadnt seen/saved any of the pictures he was showing me and I was truly surprised with each one! We ended up creating a LINE group named MAMI to share stuff related to MAMI haha, here is the pic of the MAMI fans of that group!


As you can see Yuya has MAMI's shirt, after we had shared all these pictures and stories we decided to move the party to another location as this bar was closed, so we are walking down the stairs of the Marriott hotel and on the first floor at the ABC store there we happen to run into SCANDAL, unreal, I couldnt believe it! Everyone kept sharing random encounters they had with SCANDAL over the days of the trip and it was finally happening to me! Then Yuki, a Japanese fan who was a bit tipsy it seems, rushed Eisuke and started hugging him and holding him up in the air, I kept wondering what exactly was happening. After some waves and hellos from the band they left to do their business and we continued on to the streets of Waikiki to hang out for a bit and talk about what had just happened. So I am here walking the streets of Waikiki talking with Yuya somehow with my anime-learned japanese and then he busts out his wallet with this SCANDAL MANIA card, he also showed us a bag that he has with 1 single MAMI hair, from a LIVE concert where she headbanged or shook her head the hair fell out and he grabbed it in the air and saved it, CRAZY! So jealous, he also told us stories about how MAMI high fived him twice and asked him if he was OK at a live! Then he asked me about our purple shirts and he thought they were cool, so I told him I would get one for him and send it with Neil who was travelling to Japan soon or mail it to him as a present for being awesome! Then I also realized I had 2 SCANDAL stickers that they gave us for free at the registration so I also gave one to him, then as it was getting late we decided to head back as most of us had to catch a flight the next day and before we leave Yuya hands me his SCANDAL blue bag with the New year's special messages signed by SCANDAL and he says its a present, I couldnt believe it, I refused to accept it but he wouldnt give in so I accepted it and gave him a huge hug! Here is the bag! Ignore the cat! I would take a better picture but I am lazy right now. 

After that there wasnt much more left, that was pretty much the trip related to SCANDAL. I have a few videos I want to post but Youtube is being stupid to me right now so those wont come out soon. Hopefully I can update it later on!

Okay I think thats pretty much it, I'm not very good at writing and if I didnt put something that happened is probably because I was shocked/tired but you can be sure I remember!



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As promised here are all the photos of the Fan Tour!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/124449427@N07/sets/72157644662565140/
(Check out the photos of SCANDAL cheering on our fellow SH runners! They seemed to really have a blast supporting our runners!)

Problem with being the photographer is that you capture all the great moments but are evidently left out of most of them. 
 CANTA Depressed 

Also here are the translations for the Fan Tour Meeting Q&A session. Translation is not exactly spot on but I'd say it's fairly close. I also checked with my second mother (She's native Japanese) who told me I was pretty much right. If anyone catches something wrong please let me know so I can edit.

Question 1: "At what age do you girls plan on getting married?"

Rina: We plan on getting married but eventually someday we'll get married. Maybe next year we'll actually think about it.
Mami: I hope to have a family and kids someday so I can bring them to our concerts together. 
Rina/Haruna/Tomomi?: You are gonna make them (Mami's kids) listen to us right?
SCANDAL: (All laugh) just kidding. 
Mami: But right now we need to focus on the band. 
Someone in the crowd: We have a married couple on their honey moon! 
SCANDAL: woaaaaaah so jealous! That's amazing! Forever happiness! That's very good isn't it?

Question 2: "Any chance for a world Tour Soon?"
Tomomi/Rina?: There will be! We want to! But before we do we need to go back to Japan and practice in Japan first so that way we'll do our best in the world tour. 

Question 3: "Haruna you are always running away from birds please tell us why you hate birds?"

Haruna: In Japan doves will probably fly away when you go near them but here in Hawaii the birds just stay or come closer to you! So I have to hide behind the other members or cars. For me it probably all started when I was little. There was a lot of doves at a local shrine when a friend of mine pulled my hand against my own will and we ran into the flock of doves. The swarm of birds flying up all at once really scared me!
Rina: There was also a guy here feeding the birds bread too so that didn't help in making them go away. 

Question 4: Which one do you like the most? Snow and mountain or the beach?

Mami: Mountain! ummm I like the feeling/aura of the mountain for its natural environment and the scenery.
Tomomi: Beach! I don't even know why I like it.... ummm well its scenery is very pretty with the water and you can also swim in the water.
Haruna: Beach! I love the beach during the summer because the beach is so full of life and the waves also make it feel so alive compared to snow.
Rina: Beach! Because you can swim and the scenery is beautiful.



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Dayum Marc(k?)!! You're the man!! The picture of the Girls' expression when they saw Erich wearing canta.. PRICELESS!! I thought I wouldn't be able to see it since I was still asleep that morning  Tears of Joy 

Looking at them again, we really had a blast. You captured a lot of amazing pictures. Even though you weren't in most of the pics, I'm sure a lot members of SH including myself is thankful that you've became our eyes, a witness to miracles (Corny much? lol)


On the 1st question, seems like Mami was more interested in answering that question than Haru. Even though Haru is a bit older than her.


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I've been away for a few days but I finally have the time to post this now~ Before I do, I want to ask please don't repost the recap OR the photos. What I posted on FB was meant to stay on Facebook only and, unfortunately, was reposted to SH and Tumblr without my permission. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed to find out that people did that even when I publicly said I didn't want them posted anywhere else so please just this time, don’t repost this recap or the pictures unless I give you permission to, okay? =^.^=
 
Also, most of you who met me in Hawaii might remember me as Allie... You know, shy girl who mainly stayed in the back the entire time. x) Probably not lol.
 
Honestly, this experience has been one of the best ones I've experienced. I've never done anything like this before and I can't lie, I was terrified going into this. The nerves that set in when the plane was landing in Hawaii were terrible. I am not a very sociable person. I'm very quiet and shy so it's hard to make friends. I guess I can say for that a majority of the first two days, I did feel really uncomfortable. Everyone seemed to know everyone that it felt uncomfortable to be there. But once I was able to put my irrational thoughts behind, I realized how nice everyone was.
 
Even though I was quiet and didn't talk much, a lot of people put in the effort to get to know me and didn't let that phase them from speaking to me. Everyone there was really nice and really sweet. I know I didn’t make close memories like others did but I still made memories because you all definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone a lot during this trip lol. Everyone taught me a lot on the trip and it was the most fun I had had in so long. It was really nice to see how SCANDAL was able to bring such an array of different people to the same place and help all of us get along. c:
 
I'm very glad that I got to meet everyone and this is something that I'd definitely do again if SCANDAL comes back to the U.S~ So as cheesy as this intro has probably sounded, thank you to everyone who came to Hawaii~ c: And thank you to SCANDAL for coming of course~ ;3
 
First, I'll post the picture I took with SCANDAL before getting to the recap:

 
I’m so awkward in photos
 
I must warn that the recap is rather long. Definitely not as long as Fredrick's was though lol (which was definitely a good read and brought back lots of memories!). I wrote this in word and it clocked in barely under 7,500 words so there's your warning on the length of it haha. I do hope it's a good read. It has been posted on other websites but this one is edited specifically for SH only. That means no reposting, okay? ;3


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The recap was supposed to be here but SH said the post was too long.  Wooden Plank So I guess we'll split the posts~ The recap will be in the next post. ^^

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Here is the recap! Please don't be too long again lol


Spoiler:
Before we get into the whole big recap, I thought it would probably be good to do a little table of contents for people who are only interested in certain things. Standard stuff. Look at the table below and press CTRL+F to find what you desire.
 
Day 1: Arrival in Honolulu
Day 2: Greeting SCANDAL at the airport and meeting everyone
Day 3: Press conference, banner making, getting close to Mami, and seeing Haruna randomly
Day 4: The Ekiden (with pictures of SCANDAL), hearing SCANDAL sound check and the live
Day 5: The fan tour (handshake, lei, acoustic, talk, and picture)
  
Day 1/May 29:
 
The flight left SFO at 9:30 am (hello 5am wake up) and I arrived at the Honolulu airport at around 11:30 am. The person I was staying with had arrived at around 11:20 am, so he was waiting for me. Now let me tell you: Honolulu's airport is awful (in my opinion at least lol). I thought SFO was bad but man, HNL is even worse. I landed at the other end of the airport and had to take forever to make it to the baggage claim. Or perhaps I’m just lazy…. You know, that’s probably pretty likely. x) It was the same way coming back. Gate was at the other end of the airport from the check-in. Although, I gotta say, they’ve got a neat check in. SFO doesn’t have electronic ones. owo
 
My roommate and I ended up at separate baggage claims that were basically on separate sides of the airport (or at least I think they were; didn’t really care to find out aha). I stayed at my baggage claim and he came and found me, which was our first meeting. I think it was a bit awkward. But which first meeting isn’t? Honestly, I don’t think me and him hit it off too well, but it’s probably because we’re separate personalities. He’s very outgoing and I’m very shy, so we’re just really opposite of each other. He was a really nice guy no matter.
 
Anyway, we hitched a taxi to the motel which was in Waikiki. All we did at the motel pretty much was drop off out luggage and left because our room had no air conditioning (I underestimated Hawaii’s heat when I booked the room, okay?). The Royal Grove Inn is a really nice, family owned hotel. It doesn’t have any luxuries but that’s not something I’ve ever needed. I do most things on a budget so it works. The motel was super clean for a supposed one-star motel and the staff was super friendly. The room was like $60. It’s definitely a great motel to stay at if you’re traveling to Waikiki Beach on a budget! Just get a room with air conditioning lol.
 
Anyway, we went for lunch at a small Japanese place across the street before deciding to head to Safeway for some snacks and water. Hawaii has some sweltering heat. It changes between breezy and humid. The day we got there, it felt like a humid 85 degrees. Then again, I am from Daly City (which is right below San Francisco). Daly City is also lovingly known as “Fog City”…. I think you get the idea now on why Hawaii felt so hot to me when I first got there haha. I came from like 65 degree weather to 85!
 
Along the way to the Safeway, we went past a really beautiful canal. Here are a few pictures from the walk:



 
Cut a few hours and some more people had arrived. We went to meet them and hung out for a while. We met up with three more people, so there were a total of 5 of us by then. Forgive me if I forget you but by this point, I believe we had me, Geoff (please tell me I spelled your name right), Lale, Dan, and Hubert. Pretty sure it was just us 5 by this point. Really, we randomly wandered Waikiki until we found ourselves at the beach for a bit.

 
Two of the people decided to head back to their hotel for some rest and I did the same thing after a while. I didn't go back out that day; it was around 7:30 pm when I went inside. Like I said, the first day had me really intimidated and uncomfortable. Everyone was so outgoing and acted like they knew each other and I already fail in social situations, so it really scared me at first. It took me a bit to get used to SH people. =^.^=
 
Day 2/May 30:
 
By the end of the first day, there were around 13 people in Hawaii. Many of us met up at around 8 am and we headed to the airport. Some had deduced what flight SCANDAL could possibly be arriving on. It was our best bet so we went with it. We went in groups but we all met up outside the international arrivals exit.
 
We had a lot of stuff for SCANDAL. We had a large banner with a drawing someone from Japan created upon request (I honestly don’t know his name). We also had fresh leis for them and SCANDAL Heaven t-shirts to give them. There was even one point where we did rock-paper-scissors to decide who got to give the shirts to them haha. We were really excited to be welcoming them into America (again). I say again because some people did this for them when they came to AM2.
 
This is a photo that was taken at the airport when we were waiting for SCANDAL:

Photo is totally not mine, it was taken from the tweet sent to Rina.
 
We never did see SCANDAL though unfortunately. It turns out that there was a second exit we didn't know about. We found this out when someone from Hawaii posted about greeting SCANDAL. We were taken aback at first and really disappointed at the fact we had missed them. We were literally like 20 seconds away from SCANDAL. We didn’t know there was another exit and didn’t really search for one, so it was disappointing we missed them when there was a lot waiting for them. Although, I guess I can’t say much on the airport since I’ve never tried doing anything like that before. I was just following the people who seemed much more experienced haha. Follow the leader.
 
So after we failed at greeting SCANDAL, we decided to go back to Waikiki and we kind of just explored. We ended up at some shops, the beach (some people actually got into the water), and a place called Zippy's for lunch. After a few hours, more people were present so we went up to the Ala Moana shopping center for food. We actually ended up at a Korean BBQ a few blocks away, it was the only place that would serve a party of 20 without a reservation.
 
Here is a picture of the beach since I didn’t take any at the restaurant:

 
Dinner was fun, there was a lot laughs. I was slowly becoming more comfortable around others by this point. It was becoming easier to talk to people. I think this was where I met most everyone else that had come to the event (from SH at least). After dinner, I and a few others walked helped someone back to their hotel.
 
I think we actually got lost on the way back to the bus stop (once again, just following the ones who seemed more experienced lol) and ended up having to catch what I guess was the last bus for the night. I didn't get back to the motel until like 12:30 am but it didn't bother me too much because it was kind of fun to be around the people who came with. I think it did take a while for people there to see past my quiet ways but I felt like at the end of the second day, people were accepting me as part of the group even if I was really quiet.
 
Day 3/May 31:
Day 3 is really when the big SCANDAL events began. May 31 was registration for the Honolulu Ekiden and it was registration for us who were going on the SCANDAL fan tour. We all went there pretty early at 10 am to get everything registered and set. Once we were all registered, many of us went to kill a few hours. We were all back by noon for a press conference starting at 2:30 pm, we wanted good seats to see SCANDAL haha.
 
While we waited, we had people sign the banner for SCANDAL. International and Japanese fans all signed it and wrote a small message for the girls. The plan with the banner was to give it to the girls by the end of the trip so that's why we signed it.

 
Here are some pictures of the performers before the press conference:


 
Eventually the press conference did start. Some of us actually saw the girls before they came into the room. There were plants concealing the entrance the bands came in through but Mami's orange hair made her easy for us to spot the band despite it. Even if Mami’s hair was a bit faded in Hawaii, she was still really easy to spot. How many people do you see walking around with orange hair after all? x) Those of us who saw kind of just looked up and saw the orange hair randomly I think.
 
The press conference started and each band said a few words. Only one member of each band spoke and Haruna was chosen to speak for SCANDAL. Before they spoke, people were waving to the girls. Tomomi was the first to notice and she just kind of raised her hand a bit and shyly waved back to everyone who was waving to her. Mami got in on the waving too, she seemed really happy during the entire conference. Rina and Haruna seemed a bit shy at first. They hardly waved and seemed really nervous. By the end of it though, they had both loosened up and seemed a lot happier. I just think being this far overseas had them a bit nervous; I’d like to think seeing us were able to make them happier and less scared haha.
 
When the conference was happening, the people in the front row were holding the now signed banner. I believe it was Rina who was the first to notice and pointed at it. They all seemed so happy when they saw the banner.
 
Anyway, the girls spoke and Haruna just said a few words about the ekiden, how they were happy to be in Hawaii, and how they hoped people would come out to see them at the music festival.
 
Below is a picture of the girls from the conference. It is not mine as photography was not allowed. It's an official photo:

 
The entire conference was like 10 minutes long. Once the bands left, the staff actually blocked the doors probably to prevent us from trying to follow the bands. Honestly, we were really respectful. We completely behaved ourselves the entire time and respected SCANDAL. I’m very happy with how people acted.
 
I can openly admit that my attention was largely focused on Haruna most of the time. It was just really surreal seeing Haruna in person. She is so beautiful in person. Yes, Haruna is my favorite. Although by the end of the trip, Rina had quickly crept up into being my second favorite. She was so utterly sweet and happy and kind during the entire trip. ^_^ As SCANDAL left the stage, we all waved to them and they of course waved back at us. The fangirl in me would even like to think Haruna waved to me haha.
 
Anyhow, the conference ended and we broke into groups until 5 pm when we had to be back for the banner making. I went with some people to an udon restaurant a few blocks away. That was the first time I had tried curry udon and it was actually good. Back home, the only flavor I usually have is chicken….And it’s usually microwavable so I’m not sure if you’d consider that ‘real’ udon lol.
 
We had our lunch and then went back to the Marriott to wait for the first of the events to begin. The tour took over the Japanese fans first at 4:30 and then took the international fans over at 5 for a banner making. The banner was a white one that was for the ekiden runners to support them. We put sticker type images of SCANDAL on each side of the banner. The Japanese fans signed the left side and international fans signed the right side.
 
Here are some photos of the banner making (and the trip there) :



 
After we all finished writing on the banner, we were asked to go sit down while they brought the band out. Before they did, they made sure to instruct us to clap when SCANDAL held up the banner. Of course we would clap. It's SCANDAL. We clap for everything they do lol.
 
The band came out to sign the banner as well. Haruna was the first one to get started and Rina followed her. Mami and Tomomi waved at a few people and in the crowd, some shouted happy birthday to her. Tomomi actually kind of just stood there, waving and talking to the fans. It took Haruna pushing the markers toward her to get her to actually write on the banner lol. She was a bit too into interacting with the crowd to focus on what her actual task was supposed to be aha.
 
Once they wrote their messages, they put 'aloha' in big letters at the top. Mami chose the orange one and when she did, the fans kind of giggled. Someone from the international side made the comment along the lines of 'she's using orange like her hair' (not exactly what was said but you get it). Mami heard and looked up; she smiled at us and we laughed again. She laughed as well before finishing writing. I’m not sure how much English Mami understands but she seemed to understand that.
 
Once the banner was done, SCANDAL held it up and of course we clapped. We were then led over a bit to take a picture. They placed the short people and girls in front. They had us kneeling. Where they put me, I was one spot from Mami, just beside Jaido (lucky girl lol). Mami is a really sweet and happy person; she’s excited and happy pretty much every time we saw her. At one point, the wind blew the banner up and Jaido held it down for her. Mami turned to us and, through my bad Japanese, I believe she thanked us and, obviously, something else after that. I’d translate the rest but given that this is SH and people probably speak better Japanese than me, I’d rather not embarrass myself if it’s wrong lol.
 
The picture was done and as the girls went to leave, someone from the international side began a Timo chant. Everyone joined in to get her attention before we sang happy birthday to Tomomi (I don’t really know who started the song). She looked like she was blushing when she went to turn and leave again but Haruna stopped her from leaving. She whispered to Tomomi and gave Tomomi a push back in our direction. From what I understood (remember: bad  Japanese here), I believe she thanked us for the mini celebration and said she was happy to get to spend her birthday with us. Something along those lines.
 
The girls left after that and we all went our separate ways for a bit until dinner time and the “SH Meet Up”. I followed a friend back to his hotel at the Marriott. As we were going up to his room, the elevator stopped at the 7th floor (his is on the 9th floor). I wasn't paying too much attention but my friend was. He stopped the doors from closing and said 'Haruna?' in a surprised tone. I looked up and sure enough, Haruna was walking past the elevator. I don't know if he actually meant to call her or if he just said it out of surprise and she turned around from hearing her name.
 
She did give us a confused look when she turned to look at us though lol. Honestly, I didn't say much to her. A bit too nervous seeing her randomly like that. I believe the only thing I managed to say was ‘good evening’ in Japanese, with a lovely stutter from nervousness of course. We let her get going again pretty quickly since we didn't want to bother her too much. It was just nice to be able to see her randomly like that and say hello to her. Mainly because, as an American fan, I never thought I’d actually see any of them randomly like that.
 
A few hours later, people wanted to meet up at a fish market and restaurant that I forget the name of. Personally, I wasn't feeling the place chosen simply because it was nearly $50 per person. I don't like fish as it is but I could have put up with it had it not been so much. I was in Waikiki on a budget so paying that much for dinner didn't sit well with me. I and a few others (around 6 of us) went down to the food court and found a little Japanese place that was going out of business and selling their bentos for cheap. So we had those and then headed back up to the restaurant to be with everyone else.
 
Everyone went back to their respective motels after that.
 
Day 4/June 1:
The big day haha. This was the day of the Ekiden and the opening ceremonies began at 4:20 am. So the runners had to be down there by then. I wasn't running so I didn't head down until a bit later. I was up by 4:00 am and at the start line by 5:15 am. I got there just barely before SCANDAL made their appearance.
 
It took a bit but I was able to run into other SH members. SCANDAL first appeared at the start line, surrounded by their staff. It's nice to see how much their staff truly does care for them. SCANDAL did something I couldn't see before being led through the crowd. They were moved to the railing where they draped the banner over the edge to cheer on the runners who were getting ready to depart.
 
Naturally, we followed SCANDAL. We weaseled our way to the barricades and a lot of us took photos. No staff or officials told us that we weren't allowed to photograph them so we all took the opportunity to get some photos of SCANDAL. The girls stayed for a few minutes before moving farther down and we followed them.
 
We waved to them and kept up with the photos. We didn't call out to them though. I think we all understood that the ekiden was the ekiden and not about SCANDAL, so we wanted to respect that and didn't call out to them. We just waved. SCANDAL was the only band that didn't run the ekiden, Kimaguren and Monkey Majik both ran.
 
At one point, Mami pointed at Neil wearing the Doreamon costume. That was actually an accidental photo but I'm glad I got it because he seemed really happy when he was showed it~ The photo is below (a bit enhanced, as much as I could) :

 
Here are some other photos of SCANDAL from the ekiden start: (if these aren’t allowed, I do apologize but I figured they would be allowed here since no one said photography was banned from the start of the ekiden)






 
Once the runners departed, SH's first runner went and had the Canta head on for a few meters. When he went past the girls, they noticed instantly and cheered for him. They seemed really happy to see someone running in a Canta head. Rina, I know, loved it. She was laughing really hard when she saw the Canta head. As mentioned, I do have video of their reactions and will post it soon.
 
After that SCANDAL left and those of us not running left as well. We put the other runners on the shuttle before deciding to meet up at IHOP for breakfast. People came little by little until we had a fairly large group. This was where we heard 'Your Song' for the first actually, sitting in the middle of IHOP lol. Well, it was my first time hearing Your Song and I think it was a lot of others’ first time as well.
 
After we had breakfast, I and a few others went back to our hotel rooms for a quick break. It was 8am by now and many had been up since 4-5 am. Others headed straight down to the beach to reserve spots for the live. I do commend the people who began waiting at like 8:30 am. c:
 
I joined the wait about 10:30 am. We kind of just sat around on the beach and talked. Just in general hung out and had fun. About 11:30, someone saw that Rina sent a tweet about doing a sound check at 12:30 pm. Around noon, one of the staff came out to speak with us (people had their scandal heaven shirts on so it was fairly obvious why we were lounging near the stage) and told us that we could watch the sound check but SCANDAL didn't want us disturbing them. We needed to stay quiet if we wanted to watch and of course, photography wasn't allowed. It is SCANDAL after all. >v<
 
We kept our promise and were very respectful. We talked among ourselves but we never disturbed the girls. It was neat to see. I really liked being able to see how the girls work and how they get ready for a show. I remember at one point, Haruna sat on the edge of the stage with her guitar and a few moments, it looked like she was looking out at us. Rina definitely did. She came off the stage, walked a bit towards us and smiled before heading back. Tomomi came off the stage as well and took their cameraman’s camera and started taking pictures haha.
 
It was a wonderful treat to be allowed to watch them sound check. I loved seeing how the girls prepare themselves for a show. Once the sound check was over, they all turned and waved to us before leaving. Naturally, we waved back at them too. We kept our promise and didn’t call out to them or anything the entire time. We were good little fans. :3
 
 
We went back to waiting and some people went to get food, but I just stayed on the beach. It felt nice; we don't have warm beaches like that here in San Francisco; ours are usually foggy lol. I do have a wicked sun burn on my arms though. Even with sunscreen, I got burned. The woes of super pale skin. It was worth it though for the sun and for SCANDAL. The sun felt so nice~
 
At around 3:15 pm, we started to line up for the early entry. We got sent away again though lol. We didn’t exactly listen and still hung around the area. The H.I.S people did try to scare us off by saying the event would be cancelled if someone got heat stroke…. We still didn’t leave. We were all plenty hydrated. We were able to fully line up at the correct time of 3:45 pm. It took Emke a bit longer to sound check though so we weren't let in until around 4:15 pm.
 
The event started at 4:30 with talk from the hosts that was pretty much just stalling. They came up later and introduced Emke to the stage. Emke did three covers. One was Pretender by The Foo Fighters and another was Shunkan Sentimental by SCANDAL. I didn't know the third one. The band is really good. Their guitarist can really play; I was impressed by how good she was. They band as a whole has got a good future ahead of them. I’m hoping for good things for Emke.
 
After Emke, the hosts came up again. They talked about the bands to perform and when they mentioned SCANDAL, the host jokingly said that SCANDAL brought a legion of fans with them... To which we cheered lol. He continued to joke by saying every time he said 'scandal' people cheered, so we cheered and did that whenever he did mention SCANDAL. In our defense…. The host did start it. x)
 
They did the awards ceremony next (SH teams and SCANDAL's teams don't win anything unfortunately). After the awards, Monkey Majik played. I had never heard them before so that was a first for me. They're a Japanese-Canadian band so it's an interesting set up. The band is really good, I was impressed with them. People were a little lacking energy for Monkey Majik but honestly, a majority of us (like the entire two front rows) were there solely for SCANDAL. Many of us did try to participate and show Monkey Majik some energy even if we didn’t know their songs or what to do during their songs.
 
After another intermission for set up, SCANDAL was set to come out. Rina had actually come out earlier to help set up the drums. A few people I heard said they could see SCANDAL peeking around the corner haha. By this point, we had all been standing for at least two hours waiting for them so I'm sure many of us had pained feet, but we all knew SCANDAL would be worth it. The hot sun beating down on us didn't help with the pain lol. The clouds were teasing us. They were constantly coming and going. It even drizzled on us a little bit at one point…. Which is something I was not expecting to feel in Hawaii. I imagine bright, sunny weather in Hawaii…. Not rain. owo
 
People also say they saw SCANDAL stretching before the show and just all around being the dorks we know they are haha. I was in the middle, right in front of where Haruna stood so I couldn't see that. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make though to get such a spot close to Haruna (I might love her a bit too much if you couldn’t tell). Being near her in the live was the one thing I absolutely wanted to do and had to do. I was standing off to the left, kind of between Tomomi and Haruna. So it was kind of hard to see Mami, unfortunately. Rina was as easy to see as Haruna was though~
 
Set list:
1. Satisfaction
2. Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY
3. Runners High
4. Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne
5. Departure
6. Love Survive
7. Doll
 
They did an MC between Taiyou and Runners High as well as between Departure and Love Survive.
 
SCANDAL was incredible. I had high expectations for their lives but it was much more than I was expecting. This was my first time seeing SCANDAL. In fact, it was my first concert ever. I'm happy to say SCANDAL was my first. And I’m happy that a beach concert was my first ever concert! The live really was incredible in so many ways. The girls were so happy and enjoying themselves so much. It was great to see them having so much fun; I'm glad we could make them so happy!
 
Satisfaction was a great opener. I hadn't been expecting them to play a song like that during the live so it was a great surprise when we heard them begin Satisfaction. The crowd got into SCANDAL's live really quickly, but that's not surprise haha. It was awesome to see them opening with a more B-side song~
 
Taiyou made us even more excited I think. I remember heard a number of people say they wanted Taiyou or Taiyou SCANDALOUS to be played so SCANDAL definitely fulfilled the wishes of their fans with this one. There was a lot of jumping and the whole towel thing as well. I used my towel as well but I think I was pretty bad at it. It's a lot harder than it looks haha. The girls had such bright smiles on their faces; they seemed really happy with our energy for them. I noticed that Haruna and Rina were smiling the entire time during the live when they would look out at the crowd. Of course, Haru got the typical concentrating look on her face she gets so often when she played but when she would look out at us, she would smile and even if she didn’t, you could see how happy she was.
 
Runners High was great! It was really energetic song and Haruna sounded amazing~ During the 2:21 to 2:32 clapping part of the song, I'd say we did pretty well. I think we got a bit messy when it sped up at the end but the slower part went really well! It was pretty neat to see how that whole clapping thing came together at the live. The girls seemed happy about it as well. Mami rocked her solo during Runners High too!
 
During Awanai, there was a lot of loud singing going on. During the chorus part, it sounded like at one point, we had gotten louder than Haruna was singing~ That might have just been the sound system of course. I forget if it was during Runners High or Awanai but at another time, it seemed like we sang a small part for Haruna. Small as in a few words before she came in again. She had a pretty big smile on her face after it~
 
When the girls began departure, they had that little sound that's at the beginning of the track to open the song. Departure was really good and Mami did awesome at the solo. I was so happy to hear this song live. I’ve always wanted to hear SCANDAL perform one of their softer songs live.
 
For me, Love Survive was the highlight of the live. I love seeing Love Survive be played live. The rock breakdown was killer. Haruna came close to the front of the stage and just all around rocked the stage. I never thought I'd be able to witness that song live so it really was a treat to be able to see it right in front of me. A little gushing now... Haruna looked so very gorgeous on stage during Love Survive (and the entire performance of course). She really has an amazing stage presence and I'm glad to have gotten so close to where she was.
 
Doll was the final song of the night and I was so glad to hear it. Five years ago, Doll was the first song I had listened to. It is the song that I me started on SCANDAL and I've always wanted to hear it live. There was a wave of emotions hearing it at a live I was actually present at. Of course, we did the towel swinging thing again (and I was still terrible at it). I’m just all around glad and thankful that SCANDAL chose to do Doll and end it with Doll.
 
The girls left the stage after Doll. They waved to us of course and some of us called out to them. I called out to Haruna a few times and got a wave out of her. Haruna was the first one to leave the stage with a wave and a “bye bye”. Rina followed her and then Mami and Tomomi left. We started chanting “encore” but unfortunately didn’t get one.
 
The show, overall, was completely amazing. It was everything I’d heard it was and a lot more. It was a great experience and it was a great place to have a first experience. A live on a beach? I tend to love the beach so it was really awesome that my first concert and my first SCANDAL live was held on the beach.
 
After SCANDAL’s set, some of us slowly made our way out of the crowd (and I hear Kimaguren had quite a lot of fans take our spots when we left). I left my spot mainly because I was practically dying of thirst from the shouting and singing haha. The bottle of water I brought didn’t last me very long. I went over to the Jamba Juice that was selling their stuff for $5. It was pineapple and while I’m not too fond of the flavor, I didn’t really care. I just wanted something to drink. The flavor doesn’t really matter when you’re that thirsty.
 
I went with a group of people over to the ABC Store across the street from where the live was so we could all get some drinks (the smoothie wasn’t very filling). We never did go back to the live area. We sat outside the store, listening to Kimaguren from afar for a while. Kimaguren is actually pretty good, all of the bands were. We did leave before Kimaguren’s set was finished. We took our little group down the street a bit until we found the Honolulu Surfing Museum where we had dinner together. If I’m remembering correctly, the people that went were Peter, Jaido, Jim, me, and Pao…. I feel like I’m forgetting someone there. I’m sorry if I am! And I’m sorry if I misspelled your name…. Or just got it completely wrong aha.
 
We all went back to our hotels after the dinner and I think other SH/SM people did the same thing as us. I couldn’t stand any longer; my feet were killing me from standing for so long. Rest was needed to prepare for the next day~
 
Day 5/June 2:
My fifth and final day in Honolulu. I woke up at the usual time of 7:30 am to take my medication but fell back asleep soon after. I didn’t really get motivated until around 10 am. There were people who I heard did go to the zoo but I was still sleeping when they did so I didn’t attend. My roommate left to go somewhere I forgot and around 11 am, I decided to go find something to do. I just wandered around Waikiki until about 2 pm where I found myself back at the Marriott. I ran into my friend again and we went back up to his room to watch a movie.
 
I left his room around 3:30 to go to the Hyatt to hang out with some other people (Lale, Glenn, Geoff, Matt, Robert, and Robert’s brother I believe). We kind of just hung out, talked, and listened to SCANDAL until we had to leave for the 4:30 meeting for the fan tour. We all met in the lobby of the Marriott and were checked in. When we checked in, we were given a card where we had to write our name, location, and a question on it. Thinking of a good question to ask SCANDAL can feel like so much pressure.
 
When we were getting on the bus, we handed in the card and were given an envelope with a random number in it. The number was where you got to sit during the dinner and acoustic show. It was a lottery and completely up to luck. I got pretty lucky you could say. I was sitting in a spot where I had a good view of Haruna and Tomomi. Mami was seeable as well but it was kind of difficult to see Rina. A bit disappointing, I wanted to see her playing that new instrument. I mean, I did see it of course but it was harder to see than I would have liked. But overall, I was content with where I was sitting.

 
The fan tour began with us being bussed to a secret location (which was a small restaurant in Honolulu). They allowed the Japanese fans in first probably to keep things organized due to the language barrier. Once they were in, we were let in. The staff did a quick search of our bags because, as they said, they didn’t want someone trying to attack SCANDAL like AKB48 was recently attacked. Thankfully they didn’t find anything so that was good.
 
When we got closer, we saw the girls standing outside of the restaurant. I think that’s where the nervousness set in for a lot of people who had never seen or met SCANDAL before. Before we met them, we were allowed to give them a gift if we wanted to, which you can see the ones I gave to SCANDAL below:



I wrote them letters and beaded them a bracelet~~


Yes, Haruna’s is in Japanese while the others’ are in English with a bit of Japanese. The reason for this is that I had a friend translate Haru’s letter and the fan letter for everyone into Japanese. I couldn’t ask her to do Tomo, Rina’s, and Mami’s as well. I asked her to do Haru’s and the fan letter in just a mere three days. Asking for three more would have been unfair to her so I chose to do them in English.
 
You didn’t have to give them a gift, it was just if you wanted to and I did. The start was being given a handshake from each member. Oddly enough, their hands were kind of cold… With the exception of Mami who had hot hands. I’m not even sure how that was possible in the Honolulu heat but somehow, they still had cold hands. I could also say that their hands were really soft. owo At the end after you shook hands with Rina, she would put a lei on you. The leis came in pink, green, and orange. Rina gave me a pink one. I don’t know how many people kept their leis but I still have mine.
 
It’s a lei from Rina; why wouldn’t you keep it?
 
When she gave me the lei, she pointed to my shirt (I was wearing the purple SH one) and said “SCANDAL Heaven” kind of like a question and with a smile. I nodded to her and told her yes, because I was too nervous to say anything else and I sadly was too nervous to remember any of my Japanese. It was nice that she noticed the shirt and does know who we are~ And she spoke to me! So there’s that as well. >v< Rina is so adorable and sweet. Seriously, I don’t know how anyone can dislike her, especially after meeting her. The woman is just all around extremely likeable.
 
We went inside and waited a few minutes. The girls soon came into the restaurant as well and talked with us. Honestly, the translator was terrible. Half of the time, she wasn’t even translating anything and when she did, she did shortened versions of what SCANDAL actually said. I guess I’m a bit luckier since I do speak some Japanese. My Japanese is bad but I knew enough to get the general gist of a lot of what SCANDAL was saying. Definitely not enough to translate it for anyone though.
 
After SCANDAL spoke, they left again and we were allowed one table at a time to go to the buffet in the back. The food they served was pretty good and they had a decent variety. The desert was really good as well~ As we were eating, we were allowed to go out and take a picture of the banner we had helped make with the girls.

 
Also while we were eating, we got to listen to a radio interview that hadn’t yet aired. It will air on a Hawaii radio station soon but we got to listen to the interview early.
 
Once dinner was finished and everything was cleaned up, SCANDAL came out again, this time dressed in Hawaiian attire that I think surprised people. It surprised me. The girls really did look very gorgeous in their Hawaiian attire. I guess it won’t be a surprise when I saw Haru was my favorite! Her orange dress really looked lovely on her and the flower in her hair made her beauty spark out that much more. I’m a complete lover of Haruna.
 
The next activity was a Q&AA session where five of our questions were chosen to be asked to the girls. The first question was about marriage and what age the girls wanted to marry at (it was actually asked by a fan who had recently gotten married themselves; really sweet honestly). I don’t know what Rina said (she was speaking a bit fast for me to understand) but whatever she said really seemed to be something Haruna enjoyed. She was laughing a lot and pretty loudly too; she was having a lot of fun with Rina’s answer. Haruna was actually the one who pushed the question off to Rina who tried to push it to Mami who didn’t really respond so Rina kind of got stuck with it, it seemed.
 
Actually, Mami was pretty quiet during the first half of the tour. It was odd to me because the entire they were in Hawaii, she was probably the most excitable one. She was always smiling, laughing, and talking but it took her a bit to get talking with the fan tour. By the end of the tour, Mami was back to her happy self again~
 
These were the questions and they are probably in the wrong order (and paraphrasing a bit) :
1. At what age do you want to marry? (I didn’t understand any of their answers and the translator didn’t translate any of it, I’m sorry)
2. What is your power? (Tomomi: Everyone | Haruna: Food (she answered “gohan” which I believe can mean both “cooked rice” and “meal”, but I believe “meal” is the more common meaning. Someone please correct me here if I’m wrong) | Rina: Everyone and the sound of their instruments | Mami: The band and the fans)
3. Why doesn’t Haruna like birds? (I have honestly no clue what her answer was; I couldn’t understand it at all)
4. Does SCANDAL prefer a snowy mountain or a beach? (Tomomi, I believe, raised her hand for both a snowy mountain and a beach. Rina and Haruna both said a beach and Mami answered mountain)
5. Is there a chance of a world tour? (Rina answered that they want to do a world tour and will try hard to make it happen)
 
After the Q&A session, it was game time! The game was that we would be given a Hawaiian word. However, the girls would not be told what the word meant. Only the fans would be shown what the word meant in English and Japanese. However, we couldn’t actually tell the girls hat it was. We had to do charades to try and get the girls to understand what we were trying to say.
 
The fans were split into four teams: Team Tomomi, Team Haruna, Team Mami, and Team Rina. I was on Team Haruna (yay! ). We all did our best for our girls! Honestly, we looked like a bunch of fools but we had so much fun with it. People were doing the funniest gestures trying to get them to understand. I think one of the best was the first one “Wahine”, which means girl. A lot of people took to pointing at the girls themselves but other people were doing some really hilarious gestures. All of the words had some really hilarious gestures. There was a lot of jumping around and shouting; it got really loud during this game.
 
Haruna was really confused and so was Mami. I noticed that Haruna kept looking in between the two tables assigned to her; she was so confused and couldn’t figure out what either table was trying to tell her haha. It really was very cute to see her so confused. Mami seemed just as confused as Haruna while Rina and Tomomi seemed to be throwing out whatever came into their minds.
 
In the end, Team Tomomi won and they got a bumper sticker signed by the girls. So lucky aha. After it was all said and done, the girls said the game was a lot of fun and it was especially fun to watch us from the stage. After the game was probably the highlight of the night… The acoustic live! The set list for the live was:
 
1. Uchiagehanabi
2. Hikare
3. Departure
 
I was really surprised to hear Uchiagehanabi and Hikare acoustically; those definitely weren’t songs that I was expecting to hear be played at an acoustic live so it was a really good surprise. Hikare is such an unknown song so it was really awesome they played it and gave it a spotlight. Although, I guess it wasn’t unknown against any of us since all of us were big SCANDAL fans (we paid how much for the fan tour after all haha). I think most if not all of us there know all of SCANDAL’s songs.
 
Uchiagehanabi sounded really good acoustically. It actually didn’t sound too much different from the regular version. It was a really amazing song to hear. Hikare was just as awesome. The opening was playing by Rina and Mami; they both did amazingly well. Rina actually played an instrument she said she had never played before (I don’t know what you call it). She said she had practiced really hard with it for the acoustic live and she really did amazingly with it. Hikare truly showed Mami and Rina’s skills.
 
Departure was a great song to hear acoustic. Actually, for the first half of it, Haruna sang and played it alone. The other girls came in later in the song. It was really a moment where Haruna shined and shine she did. She did amazingly and it showed how strong of a musician she is. She really captivated my attention with that performance. You could hear the emotion clear in her voice. She really is a breathtaking performer who has so much talent.
 
During each song, the audience was completely silent. We all stayed silent and simply listened intently to SCANDAL’s music. Once each song ended, we clapped for them and let them continue the live. The live ended far too soon (haha) but it was a great live and it truly showed how talented each and every one of the girls is. They are all amazing musicians.
 
After the acoustic, the girls spoke again, each saying something about the night. I don’t remember what the other girls said but I do remember that Haruna said the night was a treasure for the band and for the fans they got to share the night with. She also mentioned how she was happy that the fans had been so respectful of SCANDAL in Hawaii. If we saw them randomly, we did say hi to them and things but we tried our best not to bother them. So Haruna seemed happy that we respected them and their privacy.
 
The girls also said that they were happy we listened to their acoustic performance with our hearts. They were watching us as they played and were happy to see how intently we were listening to them. I think everyone in that room was doing just that. It was a very rare chance to hear SCANDAL acoustically so we were all listening intently to the girls play.
 
Anyway, after the girls said their parting words to us, the staff set up for the picture. The girls were stood up against the waterfall like structure that was on the stage. Tomomi and Haruna were on the left and Rina and Mami were on the right. We were allowed to stand in between Haruna and Rina. We weren’t allowed to touch the girls; they said specifically ‘no hugging’. When I saw we got to be between Haruna and Rina, I can admit that I got a bit nervous to be that close to Haruna. I was nervous to be that close to any of them.
 
We did the picture fine and I thanked them softly for coming to America and hoped that they come back again (I did my best to do so in Japanese but ended up finishing that in English). I did also say softly to Haruna something that is probably embarrassing (“daisuki, Haruna-chan”). I don’t think she heard me though haha, and I might just be a bit glad if she didn’t. I said it way too low for anyone to hear. I had wanted to say that to her the entire trip so even if she didn’t hear, I’m just glad I managed to finally get it out.
 
After that we were sent back to the bus where we were given the official gift which ended up being a denim bag with an exclusive Hawaii design on it. I love it; I’m actually using it as my bag now. I needed a new one anyway. It was a really good gift, much more than I had been expecting. The host guy took photos of us on the bus, saying that SCANDAL wanted them.
 
This is the bag:

 
After that, we left and as they took us back, there was a small speech and mini celebration to commemorate what was the end of the trip for many. Many people headed home on June 3 (myself included) so June 2 was our last night together. When we got back to the Marriott, there was an ‘after party’ at the bar. I did regrettably leave early because, even though it wasn’t a real bar, the bar scene is not my thing and I wasn’t comfortable. So I just left early. I wish I had stayed longer to be with everyone for more time but I just couldn’t handle the whole bar scene thing.
 
Headed back to the motel, I honestly felt like I was in heaven. The entire weekend was perfect in every way and was definitely one of the best weekends of my life. It was definitely the “vacation” I needed. Being with SCANDAL and members of SCANDAL Heaven and SCANDAL Mania made it so much better than I had expected. I had a lot of new and exciting experiences on this trip and I met a lot of amazing people from SCANDAL Heaven, Hawaii, and SCANDAL Mania.
 
But that was the end of it for me. I headed home the next day. I had a flight out at 1:30 pm. My roommate and I checked out of the hotel at 9:30 am and I had them hold my stuff while he took his to someone else’s hotel. I came back for it around 11 am and headed to the airport for home.
 
I had a lot of fun and I hope SCANDAL comes back to the U.S soon so we can all get together and do this again~

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HaRuRiNaMaMiToMo

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Finally finished to read all your (long!) stories (and look at all the photos!!), thanks for posting them all  Love 

It's amazing how you all came together and had such a wonderful trip, all thanks to SCANDAL! SCANDAL but also some fans (TGE but also others?) who had to fight to make it happen for international fans. Hopefully international fans will be included right from the start next time.

Amazes me how basically you all were blown away by them seeing them "for real" even thought you had high expectations, how is it even possible to be that great?! SCANDAL power!

Really happy to read your stories about one of the best moment in your life, thanks again for sharing this  Praise


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@macrx78 AMAZING photos dude! I loved SCANDAL's reactions to Erich's CANTA cosplay hahaha. Also, you've pretty much immortalized our trip visually (while our stories did so verbally!). Now everyone can pretty much see alot of what we got to see!

@Airi-chan Wow you got the video for their reaction? It would be awesome if you could share it!

And yeah..I do remember introducing myself to you but it was kind of hard afterwards. I did feel kind of bad but now I'm a little bit relieved it's also because you were out of your comfort zone, so pushing the issue probably would not have helped. I hoped our friendliness allowed you to become more comfortable in social situations! Contrary to what you said, alot of us did not know each other at all prior to the fan meeting. All we know is that we all love SCANDAL - just say hi, talk about SCANDAL, and it's all smooth sailing!

Also you're the first to remember the part when Haru said "gohan" to their motivation for going forward. That was funny xD


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SCANDAL does have a lot of power when they perform live. OwO It might have been my first time seeing them but based on how the others who had seen SCANDAL multiple times were talking, it sounds like the effect of their power never wears off~ c:

@kaitanuva
It's funny that you mentioned them because I uploaded them to YouTube this morning aha. I couldn't do it last night when I made the original posts since my Internet was acting up last night, but they're all up are they'll be below in the post. :3

I remember you. Funnily enough, my first memory of you was when I think it was Lale was reading something off of SH and asked who kaitanuva was and you turned around and said 'hi' lol (or something of the sort haha). OwO You guys did make me feel comfortable after a while. It's nothing personal, you know? It's just one of those 'side effects' of being shy to be uncomfortable around strangers at first. ^^ I liked pretty much everyone who was there~ c:

I'm surprised more people didn't remember. xD Everyone seemed to like her answer so much lol. I remember it mainly because it was such a Haruna answer. Tongue The one way to make Haru happy seems to be to give her food. x)

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I finally got a good enough Internet connection to get the videos uploaded. All of the videos are only a few seconds long as I was working with my phone that sort of lacked memories from all the photos I had. >v< I thought this thread was the best place to post them~

The videos are of bad quality. They were taken on an iPhone, it was dark, and I'm just a bad cameraperson. owo So they're not like HQ videos or anything but they always make me smile when I watch them, so I hope they'll make you smile as well. c:

Also, you can repost these videos if you want. c:

The first video is basically just when I was messing around with the camera to make sure it worked and ended up deciding to record SCANDAL for a few seconds.


The second video was taken at the start of the Ekiden, just as they were beginning the countdown to the start. You can see the way the girls cheered for the runners (which seemed to just be Rina and Tomomi in the end doing the cheering lol) and you can also see Haruna being cute in the beginning while she tries to take photos. >v<



The last video is the one with the girls' reactions to seeing Canta. They really did love it quite a lot. They were all laughing and Rina probably laughed the hardest. I am sorry for the bit of a shaky camera angle. ^^

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HaRuRiNaMaMiToMo

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It's all good Airi-chan, thanks for the videos  Love  The last one with CANTA is great with their reaction!  CANTA Peace 


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