5-years, 4-months, 17-days into Samantha’s abduction

Adriana Coronel Tenorio, Adriana Howitt Coronel, Aloha, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel, Hawaii, Honolulu, jiu jitsu black belt, Oahu, Tijuana

Thursday, March 27, 2014: Aloha Sam! Aloha is “hello” in Hawaiian. I am sitting on the lanai at the oceanfront condo about 90-minutes north west of Honolulu. I have not had a vacation in several years. A lot if that had to do with the absolute guilt I would have felt knowing I was out on a vacation with so many things that needed to be done to bring this situation with Adriana Coronel Tenorio (AKA Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel) to a peaceful end. After 5+ years of grinding out what we have accomplished, I really needed to unplug for more than a 3-day weekend. While I still feel a tremendous amount of guilt, it’s not guilt that I have not been doing enough to help this situation. Its guilt because I have not been able to share this special place with you. On the flip side, Hawaii is not going anywhere. We will come here someday. Pinky that!

Hawaii is about as far as you can get away without ending up in Australia or Japan. Hawaii moves at a different pace, which is why it’s such an amazing place to unplug from the rest of the world. The local time here in Hawaii is 3 hours behind you in Tijuana. Its 7:26 PM here which makes it 10:26 PM where you are. The sun just set and I am here writing you. I miss you so much Sam. Today I drove 2+ hours to my favorite beach on the island of Oahu. Normally you can walk out about 1/4 of a mile (0.4 km) waist deep in water. No joke. A mile (1.6 km) or so offshore are a couple islands and past that the only surf break on this side of the island. This is a popular spot for people to kayak over to the islands and chill. A couple guys were spear fishing and caught some nice sized halibut. It was pretty cool. At one point a kayak pulls up onto the beach and it was a Dad and his high school aged daughter in it. I thought “how cool is that?” Of course that immediately turned into, “you would absolutely love that”. And they are right, you would absolutely love it.

There is nothing you would not love about this place. The 5-hour flight, done right, even that is an amazing experience getting here. Oddly enough there is a big jiu jitsu culture in Hawaii. I understand why. The culture is often compared to that of surfing. Hawaii has the largest concentration of jiu jitsu black belts per capita than anywhere else on the planet, which is cool. Tomorrow is a dolphin excursion and luau, which is a gigantic Hawaiian barbeque. Saturday and Sunday are going to be chill days before coming home Sunday night. I found some great souvenirs for you. I learned what your name is in Hawaiian. I’m not going to tell you here. You will find out soon enough. I promise you Sam, I might be on vacation, but you are always on my mind and in my heart. I hope the courts get their act together enough to allow a visit next weekend. I LOVE YOU SWEETHEART!