Part I- A ship awaits I was jolted from my slumber as gravity almost pushed me to the floor. A speaker from the cockpit blared, “WARNING.WARNING.WARNING.”  As the plane banked a hard left and climbed at a startling angle, I could see the blackened volcanic crust below recede until we were over cerulean blue water. We landed moments later in Kono on the big Island of Hawaii, all of us thankful for our pilot’s expert skill at avoiding the violent downburst that had threatened our landing. Once on solid ground, we stepped into the warm, moist tropical air that signaled we were now in the South Pacific. Yet soon, after our brief refueling stop, we would once again be on our way. This was…