I write to you today from that paradise of the Pacific, the Aloha State of Hawaii. While Hollywood would portray it as merely an endless glorified beach, I resolved to immerse myself in the local culture and discover the true story of the archipelago.
To begin, I was amazed by the sheer magnitude of each island. On the globe they look like nothing more than a few specks in the Pacific, but looking out into the horizon, ocean is all one sees. Not a hint of the next nearest island is in view (at least not on the Big Island or Oahu--perhaps other islands can be seen from the smaller islands).