Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
About 90% of the island of O‘ahu was plunged into darkness Friday evening when an electrical storm apparently knocked out one of the four main power lines that supplies the island. Electricity was restored in stages, with the last few percent getting their power back Sunday morning.
This was the view from my apartment as cars passed by in the darkness.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
This past Wednesday featured the Christmas Eve bowl classic, the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl. The University of Hawai‘i Warriors were matched upagainst the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This phot was taken a few hours before kick-off, while I was on my way to set up one of Aloha Stadium's video cameras that feed the JumboTron.
The Fighting Irish pounded the Warriors 49-21, before a Hawai‘i Bowl record crowd of 45,718. Though Aloha Stadium is the Warriors home field they were the visiting team for this game.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus!
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
— Isaiah 9:6
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
This column of smoke was from an apartment fire several blocks from my place, on Friday morning. I happened to look out my bedroom lanai door to see the smoke, just after dropping off Kathy at work.
Fortunately, firefighters had the blaze under control in ten minutes, but the family of ten was displaced, and no one was hurt.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Kathy's mom gave this orchid plant, and it produced these beautiful flowers.
The sad part was that a second stem of buds was snipped away by a bulbo, who also happened to eat a few buds from this stem as well. I was upset at first, but at least I still had these flowers to be blessed by.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I saw this surfer waxing his surfboard on the shorebreak fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the public parking lot of the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, and thought of the movie The Karate Kid, where Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel chores before karate. "Wax on, wax off" ... which how I came up with the title.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
For my birthday, Kathy took me out to dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill at Ala Moana Center. While we waited for our reservations, there was a small fire pit at the bar, which provided me an opportunity to take a few shots ...
Kat, thanks for a wonderful birthday! :-)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
A Happy 18th Birthday to my daughter Tiffany! Well, it was actually this past Thursday ... Welcome to adulthood!
Today's photo was taken during her high school graduation party.
It's amazing how fast time has flown since I had first met her as a seven-year-old, and she has grown into a fine young adult.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
As part of the Mokulele Airlines E170 media flight, we were treated to a water cannon salute by two fire trucks from the Līhu‘e Airport Fire & Rescue Department. We received the salute right as were taxiing to the gate. The water drops on the window were taken seconds after passing under the arcs of water.
I have seen these salutes performed from the outside of the aircraft, as most people have, but this was the first time I had been in an airliner during a water cannon salute. It was like going through a car wash, and sounded like it too.
A film factoid ... The Līhu‘e Airport was also used in the final scene of the film "Don Juan DeMarco". It was pretending to be the Papa‘ete Airport in Tahiti. The giveaway was the artwork on the exterior of the terminal building facing the flightline. If I remember correctly, there might have been a cameo appearance by a jet of one of the two local inter-island airlines as well.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Today's photo is part of the Nu‘uanu Stream that was taken at Lili‘uokalani Gardens. To get the motion blur in the water, I used a neutral density filter to slow the shutter speed, and a soft filter to diffuse the blotches sunlight. I think the shutter slowed down to 1/15 sec.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The theme week for December is "water". One of the great things about photographing water, or any liquid, is that at high shutter speeds, one can freeze (no pun intended) drops in mid-air; and at low shutter speeds the drops become like motion blur.
Today's photo is from the fountain at the entrance to the Disabled American Veteran's Park at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. I took this photo at 1/1000 sec, of water that was arcing toward the center of the fountain. When looking at the water with the naked eye, the water looks like a constant stream.
I guess it's also a fitting tribute, since 67 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor Naval Station (and other military bases on O‘ahu).
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
Let us all be thankful for all of our blessings and challenges we had over the past year.
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name."
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Mokulele Airlines began inter-island jet service last Wednesday to give traveleers a third airline option when flying between the Hawaiian Islands. Mokulele has a partnership with Republic Airways, who are providing up to six of these Embraer E170s.
I got this photo while sitting on board the media flight, which went to Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i, and back.
The service and the aircraft was great! They have a great product, and wish them much success!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Congratulations to the Calgary Stampeders, who are the 2008 Grey Cup Champions of the Canadian Football League. The Stampeders beat the Montréal Alouettes 22-14 yesterday in Montréal's Olympic Stadium, before a crowd of 63,000 plus.
I was rooting for the Alouettes, since quarterback Anthony Calvillo sat out the last part of the 2007 season and playoffs to tend to his wife, who went through cancer surgery, and to care for their three young daughters. Calvillo led the East Division Alouettes to this season's champioship game, after his wife's condition stabilized. Even his teammates supported his decision last season. I thought, by winning the Grey Cup, it would have been a fitting reward, but It was not meant to be. I did get to see Calvillo play back in 1994, when he was a rookie quarterback with the Las Vegas Posse (part of the CFL's US expansion that lasted only two seasons) play against the BC Lions at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Henderson, NV. The Lions won, 39-16.
I got the Stampeders mini helmet about a decade ago, and was trying to collect all eight teams ... I got halfway there. I guess someday, I'll get the remaining teams mini helmets.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Another year has gone by ... and how quickly, too!
This year my birthday falls on a Sunday, but I'm taking a day off from shooting the Pop Warner League football tournament. Instead, I'll be spending listening to the CFL Grey Cup on the internet (among other things).
Today's photo was taken last year by a fan for me with my L3. It was right before starting the Boise State - Hawaii game that was on my birthday last year. The camera equipment seen above was replaced this summer by brand new equipment! Gone is our high-tech low-priced camera cover, known as a trash bag custom-fitted with gaffer's tape, replaced with a real camera cover.
Last night's game in which the University of Hawaii Warriors blasted the University of Idaho Vandals, 49-17, I was on the same north end zone camera, but the big difference was the temperature, it was chillier than the game last year. So much so, that there was wind chill even earlier in the day. It prompted me to wear my long-sleeve turtleneck t-shirt, and my BDU pants. I kid you not, it was at least 5-10 degrees colder than whatever the thermometer stated.
I just realized that this is my 700th post ...
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Forty-five years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX.
Kennedy's likeness replaced Benjamin Franklin on the 50 cent piece, along with the presidential seal replacing the Independence Hall on the tail side of the coin.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Metro Honolulu in the background as we depart HNL. Ala Moana Beach Park and the Ala Wai Boat Harbor are on the coastline.
This was from one of my west coast business trips a few years ago ...
The blurry spot in the bottom left corner is condensation on the outer glass, which later form into ice crystals.