Ernest is insanely jealous that he was not invited to Hawaii like the rest of us. I told him that he wouldn't have liked it anyway - his fur would have melted off from the heat.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the pros and cons of Hawaii as a vacation spot. When I set out to write this post, my list came up something like this... Good: beaches. Bad: weather. Unsurprisingly, it hasn't changed much.
What I loved about Hawaii: the water. You can swim! It's warm! It's clear! It's lovely! I was also fond of the spinner dolphins and humpback whales, and of the sea turtles.
What I hated about Hawaii: the weather. This is slightly an exaggeration. The fact that it's always searingly hot in Hawaii makes it refreshing to go in the water every day (see above paragraph). But I sweat easily. Stick me outside in Hawaii in the day with no beach in sight and I melt. I was uncomfortable (weather-wise) for most of the trip. I was also not the biggest fan of the perpetual volcano haze that hung over the Kona area the entire time we were there.
After staring at the computer screen for a few minutes, there doesn't seem to be much else to add, although I'm quite sure we did more in Hawaii than swim and look at the local wildlife. We went to the Volcanoes National Park (lovely). We went zip lining (underwhelming). We went surfing, and took a whale watching tour, and got on a submarine.
All in all, it was nice. But I wouldn't want to go back next year. Maybe five years from now...