I'm typing this from our hotel room in Honolulu. We left ABQ this morning for a quick hop to Phoenix. We then boarded our flight to Hawaii. It was a 6-hour flight and we touched down in paradise around 2p local time. It took a bit of doing getting the rental car with a long line at the counter and a clerk who kept trying to upsell me, but soon we were on our way to the hotel to meet up with Al and Dex who got here a few hours before us. The first order of business was to get some food. All of our schedules were now pretty much screwed up especially in terms of eating. We looked out of our hotel window and noticed a whole bunch of food trucks parked in a lot. We found some really tasty local food for a reasonable price. We then headed off to the beach which was a whole one block away. It was nice seeing the ocean especially having a sea turtle pop up to say hello as we walked out onto a small breakwater. We then headed back to our hotel for kosher (i.e. FREE!) drinks. The hotel really does it right. They had a bar with a band playing pop tunes. We all just chilled on the patio by the pool listening to the music and watching all of the other guests having a good time as well. So that's our first day on The Islands. It's freakin' gorgeous and we're with good friends. Party on!