I was pleasantly surprised to find a friend on board the Leilani. Her name was Brenda, she was a schoolmate. Brenda and I had been friendly, but not really close when we were in school. Now Brenda and I were together all of the time.
The day after we left Hilo, Brenda and I spent the day at the enormous swimming pool on the ship. We met a young man about our age named Archie. Archie began hanging around Brenda and I. Archie probably had romantic intentions toward either Brenda or myself, but I only saw him as a friend. Brenda didn't appear to be romantically interested in Archie either, but we did enjoy having fun with him.
The following day Brenda and I entered a hat contest held by the cruise director. Brenda and I each made our own hats. Brenda made an octopus hat and I made a soda fountain hat. We didn't win the contest because we were placed in the "children's" category and had to compete with some young adorable kids, but the audience loved our creativity.
Brenda and I got our first taste of being the center of attention that night and we began plotting different activities to keep ourselves in the spotlight for the remainder of the trip.