I also think that Hong Kong was an odd choice. I guess it's not a terribly difficult flight from Hawaii, but neither is Australia and New Zealand, and I would go for those places before Chinese territory if I were him. Actually, I would guess the best choice would be Ecuador.
But what do I know? When he planned this out, this guy knew a lot more than I ever will about what the U.S. government is and isn't able to do when they're looking for someone.