Actually spent three nights there.
I was non-revving from SYD
in April, 2001. I got bumped in HNL
for the 1:00 a.m. connection as there was a log jam of non-revvers that had built up over the previous week. As the only flight I could take left at 1:00 a.m. daily, I saw no point in getting a hotel room so I spent my days checking out the sights of Honolulu and my nights returning to the airport, only to find that the flight was full once again. There was, at that time, a "mini-hotel" in the terminal so I thankfully had a place to shower. Other than that, I got to know the benches rather well. Fortunately, a ticket enabled me to stay beyond the security checkpoint and it was good to see that there were many others
who were in the same predicament. The spotting at HNL
was fabulous. The Hawaiian music in the terminal is played 24/7 and at a ridiculously loud volume but that made for some wisecracks when I would be calling into work, letting them know I was going to be a few days late. I was getting rather worried as the situation was not looking good. The flights to HNL
were quite open so a retired uncle of mine non-revved to HNL
to keep me company! It was great to see a familiar face and after one more night (this time in a hotel downtown) there was finally room on the flight and we headed off to YVR
Upon returning home, friends would sarcastically say "poor you, getting stuck in Hawaii..." Truth be known, this happened after a long vacation so I was very tired, getting low on available funds, and for what it was ultimately worth, I could have been stuck in Omaha, Nebraska for that matter.
In any case, I do smile when I look back at that experience and it's yet another travel story to remember.