Stayed at the uncongested Ala Moana Hotel, thanks to the Maui Writers Conference. Visited the North Shore and cracked our own macadamias, Kona coffee, garlic shrimp from the truck. Breeze always blowing. Sudden rainshowers that last five minutes. Green mountains. Tourism down 20%,
but half the tourists are Japanese so Kayo felt at home--food courts superb. Hula on Waikiki Beach at night. Fingers crossed for New Orleans and Gustav. Great news about Ivonne's new job. Thrilled by Obama's speech. Startled by Palin's nomination. Not surprised Bush & Cheney avoided convention.