Thursday, May 31, 2007


Clouds hover over the tops of the Ko‘olau Mountain Range. I took this photo in a valley at the Ku‘uloa Ranch, where the movies "Jurassic Park", "Pearl Harbor", "George Of The Jungle", and "50 First Dates" among many more were filmed. I was there for a Japanese TV shoot that got rained out that day.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Fountain At Night

The fountain at Kapi‘olani Park at night.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Lahaina Noon

There's a solar phenomena called "Lahaina Noon", when the sun comes directly overhead, and will barely cast a shadow. I was on the Lantern Floating shoot, when one of my friends told me about it, and it was to happen at 1230 on Sunday. During the set-up for the shoot we came across this bottle, that was nearly shadowless. Thanks Mike!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

On this day, we honor those brave and valiant men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country (in the past, and the current) from evil tyrants bent on destroying the freedoms given to us by God and our founding fathers.

This photo is from the 2004 Blues On The Bay Airshow, and shows three US Marine Corps F/A-18Ds from the VMFA-533 "Hawks" (MCAS Beaufort, SC) as they rest on the MCAF Kane‘ohe Bay ramp, late in the afternoon.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Flower In Rain

A single Shaving Brush flower sits in the light rain.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Watching Surfers

Watching surfers while sitting on the breakers fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village's beach.

Friday, May 25, 2007

End Zone Pylon

This extreme close-up shot is one of the pylons that mark the end zone on a football field at Aloha Stadium for the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl. I took this a few hours before kick-off, as we were setting the field level video camera, and the cables to feed the stadium's JumboTron.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Different View Of Leahi

More commonly known as Diamond Head, this view of Leahi, is the last one that many passengers will have as their flight climbs away from the southern and eastern coasts of O‘ahu.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


This truck spews out some serious smoke, as it's owner tries to fix it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Liquid Night

One of the short waterfalls at Tamarind Park at night.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Maui Stopover

On my return trip from the mainland, I stopped over on Maui, which saved me $50 in airfare. With three hours to wait until returning home, I walked around the Kahului Airport (OGG) getting airliner photos. I wanted get to head-on shot of an arriving airliner taxiing to its gate, and got my wish answered with this United Airlines Boeing 777-222 from Chicago. I lined up with the guideline, and snapped a series of photos as this big Boeing taxied in.

On a clear day, awaiting passengers can get a clear view of Mount Haleakalā, which towers over OGG. The clouds on this day hampered my view of the tallest peak on Maui.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Chinese Anthurium

This Chinese anthurium plant finally yielded a couple of flowers, since I got this plant last July at a high school alumni dinner.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Armed Forces Day

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman designated the third Saturday in May to be called Armed Forces Day, recognizing those who serve our country. In honor of our men and women fighting to protect our freedoms, today's photo is of a Hawai‘i Air National Guard F-15A "Eagle" from the 199th Fighter Squadron, taking off from HNL's Runway 22L. We thank you for your service and defending our freedoms.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Water In Sunlight

The afternoon sunlight cuts through a banyan tree, the fountain spray and sprinklers at Thomas Square.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Red Canoe

This red outrigger canoe sits under a coconut tree on the Hilton Hawaiian Village beach, with Leahi (Diamond Head) and Wāikiki in the background.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Kalo (or taro) leaves after a morning rain.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dusk Departure

An inter-island flight departs at dusk in a photo taken from Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Bad Connection

Looks like this hose is not connected properly, or the gasket is shot. Even at 1/500th sec, the water is still streaky. At least the water being sprayed was falling on plants in the area, so it wasn't being wasted.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!

Today's photo goes out to all the moms!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Ice Crystals On Glass

These ice crystals formed on the outside of the window of an airliner at 36,000 feet. It measured about three inches across. As the aircraft climbed in altitude, the crystal grew from about a eighth-inch drop of water to what's seen. It's said that the outside temperature at 36,000 feet is about -40°F! Add in the fact the plane's going over 450 kts, it's even colder than that.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Ipu Ornament

A Christmas tree ornament of an ipu, a Hawaiian percussion instrument used in chants for hula. I found this on a Norfolk Pine outside the Foster Botanical Garden entrance.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Flying Whale

World-renowned marine artist Wyland was commissioned to paint an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-700 airliner. The title of this piece of art is called "Koholālele", or Flying Whale. It took Wyland two days to paint this humpback whale, as well as other marine life on this 737. The aircraft was unveiled to the Aloha employees, media, and the general public in a ceremony yesterday. Wyland (right) is seen here with Aloha Airlines' Kenny Tolentino on the snorkel, as he adds to this part of the painting.

To see the entire aircraft, check out the HNL Rarebirds blog.

It was an awesome experience to watch and capture the entire painting process from the grease pencil sketchings to the hand-painted details. I was amazed how this 737 was transformed from a blank slate into a masterpiece. Wyland turned this "$100 miilion canvas" into a work of art that will be seen wherever Aloha flies, as the aircraft gets rotated around its bases. Throughout the painting process, heads turned to take a peek at Wyland's latest project from the inter-island terminal, even from passengers on other airliners taxiing by.

I would love to see this 737 parked next to Southwest Airlines' 737 "Shamu One" somewhere in California.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Finals Week

This one goes out to all those college students who are in the midst of finals week. This girl is trying a new method of learning, by seeing if she can absorb the information on her computer while taking a nap.

Fellow photographer Twain (see link on right), got this shot first, with me in the background. Sleeping people make easy targets for a funny photo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Fronds of loulu palm tree on a clear, sunny day. Looks like giant fans.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Arcs Of Water

Three arcs of water from a fountain display in downtown Honolulu.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Palm Tree?

A friend told me that the fireworks in this shot looks like a palm tree, and if I had planned this. Well, no, I was just shooting away as the fireworks went off as four second exposures. This shot was from the July 4th fireworks show at Magic Island, and taken from the Hilton Lagoon.

Saturday, May 5, 2007


One of the things that intrigues me of God's creations is the uniqueness of everything He creates. One example is seen in today's photo ... in these leaves from part of my plants. If you look closely, it's almost like a fingerprint, each leaf has a similar pattern, but different at the same time. It shows God's awesomeness and infinteness.

Someone once told me, "We are all unique ... just like everybody else."

Friday, May 4, 2007

Really Big Bird

The Antonov An124-100 "Ruslan" is the largest cargo jet in production. This Ukranian-built behemoth hauls oversized cargo (up to 120 tons) around the world for Antonov Airlines. This aircraft type is a frequent visitor to Honolulu, also by Volga-Dnepr and Polet Flight (both based in Russia). This big bird is stopping here for a fuel stop before continuing onto Australia.

The An-124 is the Russian counterpart to the US-built Lockheed C-5 "Galaxy", operated by the US Air Force. Though the difference is that the "Ruslan" is built for both commercial and military purposes.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Steel Rings

These stainless steel rings are part of light pole fixtures along the walkway of Harbor Court in downtown. I thought they were interesting, and would make an artsy photograph ... The security guard didn't, but was nice to let me take a few shots.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Fire Clouds

Got these clouds during a sunset with a layer of vog to enhance the red and orange tones.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

May Day Is Lei Day In Hawai‘i

May 1st in Hawai‘i is Lei Day! One of the days where florists and lei shops do brisk business, and lei sales skyrocket.

Today's photo was taken during the Aloha Airlines 60th Anniversary celebration in July 2006. Flight attendants Jodi (left, in the 1969 uniform) and Berni (right, in the 1976 uniform) sit in the intake of the "Funbird"'s Pratt & Whitney JT8D engine, complete with plumeria lei, in a rendition of a pose taken when Aloha initially received their Boeing 737 in 1969.

I was sure the airliner magazines would have used this photo in the articles they published about the 60th anniversary event, but I guess was wrong. Oh well ...