Moving along, for the next three months I'll be home all of three weeks. Beginning now I have this crazy series of loops: Honolulu to San Francisco to Las Vegas to Los Angeles to Honolulu, Honolulu to Kailua-Kona to Honolulu, and my final Grand Around the World Adventure, for which I have not found that perfect acronym, although GAWA might work. Gawa has many meanings in Japanese, including river, but is sometimes known in reference to the Tokugawa clan (their mon to the left--that's my modernized version to the above right), which ruled Japan as Shoguns from 1603 to 1867, leading to the modernization of the country. Not long after the Meiji Period began, my grandfather's parents were sent to Hokkaido as early pioneers.
I left Honolulu at sunrise, got a view of Haleakala, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in the early sun, crossed into California, observed salt ponds and landed in San Francisco: