Being the savvy traveler he is, Jon came across some inexpensive flights to Hawaii and thought we should go over Labor Day weekend. Given that the holiday weekend would coincide with Jon's birthday, who was I to say no? (And really, who doesn't want to spend a weekend in Hawaii?) We decided on the island of Kauai since that is typically one of the more expensive islands to get to. I'd never been to any of the islands (I'm not counting a layover in Honolulu) so destination really didn't matter to me. A lot of the trip was spent lounging around the pool and drinking piña coladas, but I did take my camera whenever we made it out of "relax mode" and onto other adventures. We stayed in Poipu, on the south side of the island. We ventured north one day to the Na Pali coast to hike to Hanakapiai beach, and spent one afternoon on the west side exploring Waimea Canyon, known to many as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".
My trusty D300s went on this trip along with my 11-16 f/2.8, 17-55 f/2.8, and 85 f/1.4. I didn't really want to lug around the 70-200 so I took the lighter 85mm instead for a bit of reach. I figured I'd be doing mostly landscapes and the telephoto was less important this time. The panos were merged in Photoshop CS5 and two of the three (I think) were taken without a tripod.