HONOLULU (KHNL)-- The team's waited 23 days for this special day, but for once it wasn't all about Christmas. It was about embarking on a historic journey to a place and stage no other Hawai'i football player before them has ever been to.
"It's going to be something our kids have never seen, it's going to be something like the Superbowl atmosphere and I hope the first two days they'll kind of get settled in and we'll get going," said head coach June Jones at the airport.
And with those words, Jones led the BCS bound Warriors onto their chartered flight. Their destination, New Orleans and a date with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl, and the team couldn't be more ready to get this party started.
"We've been here for awhile, kind of just anticipating everything, you know practicing out here all alone by ourselves, not being able to play so it feels good to get ready to go back out there and get ready for everything," said receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen.
"We're finally on our way to the actual game, practicing over here you don't feel the pressure and all that stuff, but once we get up there it's going to be all business from there," added defensive lineman Keala Watson.
The past two weeks the Warriors have focused all their efforts on the task ahead, however, they did receive an early Christmas present from Coach Jones as they took the last couple days off.
"It felt good to have these past two days to rest and spend some time with our families," said Watson.
But for the next seven days, it's back to their New Year's day resolution.
"Go down there, have a fun time and bring back a win."