We flew out of Chicago O'Hare on United to Denver where we met up with the rest of the family and then continued on to Kona, Hawaii. The flight from Denver to Hawaii was about 7 hours long which really wasn't too bad.
After arriving in Kona, we had to use the air stairs to disembark. Wow has it been a long time since I haven't arrived at an actual gate. Good thing our carry-ons are relatively light. (and I have a great guy who wants to carry my bags for me!).