"I try to explain to them about the aloha spirit. And it’s that spirit that I am absolutely convinced is what America is looking for right now." ~Barack Obama
The effort to "go green" has spilled over into our hotel: if you forego maid service for a day, you can get a $30 gift certificate toward dinner in one of the hotel restaurants. It's a valiant effort, one which we've already supported -- and yeah, the $30 is nice. But when that doesn't even cover the cost of one entree (yikes, but visiting this state is expensive!), well, one better hope that knowing you're helping the environment is (mostly) its own reward.
It's impossible to feel stressed or in a hurry when no one around you is. (Note to self: try to remember this a week from now).
Finally, does anyone else ever wonder why, really, Hawaii is a part of the United States? OK, history and politics aside, take a look at a map. Hawaii is really freakin' far away from the rest of the country. And it's 6 hours earlier than the East coast! Really, it's very odd to be sitting in a bar (ahem...restaurant) at 4:30 in the afternoon and watching ESPN with all the scores of evening baseball games that have already been played on the mainland.