Even a hurricane - or a misbehaving volcano - can't blight a trip around Hawaii's stunning archipelago.
As every local proudly tells me, Hurricane Lane has dumped more than a metre of rain on Hilo in just four days.
Lyman Museum and Mission House is one of the oldest buildings in Hawaii and speaks volumes about the 50th state's history.
Musicians, movie stars and royalty all feature but Kahala hotel is most famous for hosting US presidents.
If you want to see Hawaii by helicopter, this is the place to do it.
Sure, food and entertainment are important. But, ultimately, don't you just want a safe landing?
As I draw back the curtains on my first morning in room 712, all I can see is picture postcard Hawaii.
A guide to the best times to visit Hawaii and what to do when you're there.
Don lei and say aloha Hawaii, for this is one drop-dead gorgeous part of the world that's not just for surfers and sunbathers. Loaded with natural attractions, watch as molten lava oozes over rock and into the steaming ocean below. See waterfalls tumble spectacularly over cliffs into oceans of azure. Snorkel with manta rays, whale-watch, or zipline through vivid green forests. Don't miss its unique cuisine with a Japanese bent.