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Paradise in the Pacific 海角乐园：夏威夷
As I step off the airplane in Honolulu, Hawaii, a smiling girl places a lei around my neck.
“Aloha!” she says. Outside, a warm sea breeze blows, and the sun is shining. With friendly locals, great weather, and beautiful scenery, Hawaii really is paradise1 in the Pacific.
Honolulu is on the island of Oahu, and Waikiki Beach is nearby. From my hotel, it takes me just five minutes to reach this world-famous spot for sun and fun. I feel the white sand crunching between my toes and charge into the sparkling blue ocean for a swim!
Hawaii offers great surfing, snorkeling, diving, and wind-surfing. After spending a few days enjoying those water activities, I join an eco-friendly whale-watching tour. Our small boat departs around sunrise. That day, I see a sea turtle, schools of dolphins, and three whales!
Back in Honolulu that evening, I head out for a night on the town. I notice that Honolulu is a very multicultural city. At a dance club, I meet people from Japan and the Philippines, and even a few native Hawaiians.
1.paradise n. a perfect place; an extremely beautiful place 天堂；极美的地方 For people who love hiking and camping, that national park is paradise.
2.charge v. to rush forward 向前冲 Ron charged into his boss’ office and demanded an explanation. 荣恩冲进老板的办公室，要求老板给个解释。
3.sparkle v. to shine brightly 闪闪发亮；闪耀 On clear nights in the mountains, you can see thousands of stars sparkling in the sky. 在山上澄澈的夜空中，可以看见成千上万颗闪耀的星星。
4.eco-friendly adj. respecting or favoring the environment 环保的 This eco-friendly dish soap will not harm fish. 这种环保的洗碗精不会对鱼类造成伤害。
5.school n. a large group of fish or sea animals (鱼)群 Jenny dove into the sea and soon found herself surrounded by a school of colorful fish. 珍妮潜进海里，不久后发现四周环绕着一群色彩鲜艳的鱼。
6.multicultural adj. including people from different cultures 多元文化的 Teenagers from around the world attend my high school, so the student body is quite multicultural. 我所就读的高中有来自世界各地的青少年，因此这里的学生组成相当多元。
1.crunch v. 嘎吱作响地踩压(沙石等)
2.snorkeling n. 浮潜活动
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