He made it to Hawaii. Backpack and gear made it too. He was very tired and wanted to sleep, but his hiking friend wanted to Hit the beach! And enjoy the day! They plan on sleeping on the beach and when they get up today (6 hours earlier there), they take a flight to the big island and start the hike today. I should hear from him before they begin. I hope to hear from him at the end of the day as well. He is conserving the cell phone battery. When the cell phone no longer works as they get higher up the mountain, he will use the Sat phone.