OK, so a really good friend of mine is now stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI. He gave me a call here a few months ago, and let me know he was engaged. Long story short, not a lot of people were interested in taking such a short notice vacation. But, I was able to, and figured it would be fun. That's the biggest reason I've been so scarce on here. Had to earn enough money to cover this vacation! We flew into the island yesterday, and got checked into our hotel (the Hale Koa, on Waikiki Beach). We explored around a little yesterday, but not too much (jet lag's a bitch...). Finally got around to checking out the island today, as escorted by my buddy (who knows the island pretty well). Got to see a lot of entertaining things, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.... We will explore a lot more tomorrow. Here are some pics that I was able to snap throughout the day. View out our hotel balcony View in opposite direction from our hotel balcony This pic and the next few were from near Hanama Bay, at the Blowhole Scenic Overlook These pics to follow were from the Makapu'u Scenic Overlook These next few pics were from the Dole Pineapple Plantation. We went on a railroad tour of the plantation, which gave the entire story of how the plantation started and developed into what it is today. Pretty impressive tour, if you ask me. The scenery, just as everything else we have seen, was breathtaking.