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iPad fans line up at Ala Moana

Victoria Reznikov Victoria Reznikov
Tiare Kabazawa Tiare Kabazawa

By Ramsay Wharton – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some Hawaii Apple fans cheered when they walked out of the Apple Store at Ala Moana Center Friday morning with their new iPad3 in hand.

Some customers even posed for pictures with their new tech gadget. The ones, who woke up early to wait in line before opening, said it was well worth it just to get the new iPad which is Apple's third version of the device that first took the world by storm two years ago.

I asked six year old, Victoria Reznikov of Honolulu if she was coming to get her very first iPad? She replied, "Yes."

"What are you going to do with it when you get it," I asked. "Play games," she replied with a big smile.

I asked her which games. She giggled, "Ninja Fruit" but also loves Angry Birds that she plays sometimes on her mom's iPhone.

Her dad, Roman Reznikov, shook his head with a smile when he said Victoria was behind their having to be in line at 5:30 this morning.

"She really pushed me to get it," said Reznikov speaking of the families first iPad. "I was still debating but she made me wake up this morning. So, we're here."

With a larger, higher resolution screen and better camera and HD video, the tech giant's newest iPad appeals to millions of loyal customers who spend hundreds of dollars each year to upgrade, what they call, their "quality of life."

Petty Officer, Jason Rezendez said the device is great when servicemembers are overseas and at work.

"We're able to talk back and forth when we hit port calls," said Rezendez. "And the actual military is actually starting to integrate the iPads and smart tablets with the actual flight crews instead of wasting publications, charts, they can just review them over the iPad and save money.

Businessman Norman Moriya with Kula Threads in Kalihi said the device is helping the company improve their work to make local school uniforms.

"It saves time and money for us and it integrates with our website as well and it takes out inventory and we know what to reprint," he said. "And its a very good tool."

Apple employees offered customers water and pastries as they waited and passed out vouchers for the iPad so purchases could be made more quickly once people were inside.

The first person to show up at Ala Moana Center to stand in line was around three this morning, although customers weren't allowed to start forming a line outside the Apple store until 5:30 a.m. And the event drew out the diehard Apple fanatics, like 28 year old Tiare Kabazawa of Kaimuki.

"When Steve Jobs died, I actually got a tattoo the day after, said Kabazawa revealing the tattoo on inside of her left ankle. "I have a dog named Apple, so it kind of goes with that too."

But wait, there's more. Kabazawa point to a picture on her iPad2. "That's my husband right there, in the android t-shirts with his best men," she smiled.

You guessed it. The couple had a techy themed wedding that unified this apple woman and her android man.

"Everyone knows I'm an Apple fanatic and we were kind of joking around with wouldn't it be funny if on top of a wedding cake you have a iphone and a droid," said Kabazawa.

And that's exactly what happened, but the tech theme spread into the entire wedding from invitations, and iBridesmaid shirts and Apple/Android cupcake party favors, to the couple reading their vows off their phones. Friends and family even tossed real apples and plushy androids, instead of rice.

It's a sign of the times that technology has gone viral in our lives.

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