Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, O‘ahu got hit by another vog attack when the southerly winds blew volcanic ash up from the Big Island. This attack was pretty bad ... I snapped this shot from Lagoon Drive, by the airport, while I waited to get the arrival shot of a US Airways Flight US807 that was arriving from Charlotte, NC. It's US Airways' first flight between the East Coast and Hawai‘i.
Ironically, the vog has returned this week ...
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
One of my favorite works of stained glass is at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. It uses colored glass fragments that are puzzled together to form the images. My favorite panels are seen above with the wave and palm trees. All of the panes are beautifully done, and the colors are quite vivid!
I took this photo before videotaping a Japanese tourist wedding a few weeks ago,
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Five years ago on November 4, 2004, this funnel cloud hovered over the Hālawa area, near Pearl Harbor and ‘Aiea. I had gone to the airport to photograph a rare airliner that made a stop at HNL. While waiting for him, I noticed this funnel cloud, and had to get a shot of it. I submitted the photo to KHNL, the local NBC affiliate, and was on their website until recently.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Due to its immense size, the Mriya carries its own tow bar. I was told that the tow bar is stored in the nose. When the Mriya arrived at HNL, the aircraft stopped on the taxiway, opened its nose cargo door, kneeled the nose gear, removed the bar, then closed up before attaching the tow bar to the nose gear. After the process is completed, the An225 can be towed to its parking spot.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The theme week for December is the Антонов Ан225 Мрия, or Antonov An225 "Mriya (Peace)". The largest aircraft in the world paid a few visits to Honolulu International Airport during October. The Mriya was used to ferry electric generators and other relief supplies to aid the earthquake and tsunami disasters in American Sāmoa, Sāmoa, and the Republic of Tonga.
Today's photo shows the An225 parked at an angle because its huge size. The behemoth actually took up three parking stands, and had to be towed in. Had it been parked normally, the tail end would have encroached the taxiway where the edge of the starboard (right side) wing tip is.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Members of the local news media photograph and videotape Hawaiian Air's newly modified 767 fitted with Blended Winglets. We were aboard a hydraulic lift to get us up to the level of the winglet. Hawaiian Air CEO Mark Dunkerley is seen on the far left in the light blue aloha shirt between TV interview segments.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Montréal Alouettes are the 2009 Canadian Football League Grey Cup Champions! This past Sunday, the Alouettes beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27, with a game ending 33-yard field goal by Damon Duval.
This year's victory breaks a four-Grey Cup losing streak since 1977. The current incarnation of the Alouettes came out of the US expansion experiment in the early and mid 90s as the Baltimore Stallions. A bit of sports trivia, the Stallions, in 1995, are the only US team to win the CFL Grey Cup.
Today's photo shows my Alouettes mini-helmet I got several years ago.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Today's my 46th birthday!
Actually, this taken a year ago when Kat took me to Romano's Macaroni Grill to celebrate my birthday ...
Just for fun, and out of curiosity, here are ten famous folks who share November 23rd birthdays:
• Franklin Pierce (14th US president)
• Billy The Kid (1800s outlaw)
• Harpo Marx (comedian)
• Boris Karloff (horror film actor)
• Luis Tiant (Boston Red Sox pitcher)
• Steve Landesberg (actor - "Barney Miller")
• Bruce Hornsby (musician)
• Saku Koivu (Montréal Canadiens left winger)
• Jonathan Papelbon (Boston Red Sox pitcher)
• Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana")
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Hawaiian Airlines is having Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets installed on eight of their Boeing 767-300ERs. To announce the addition, Hawaiian Air held a media event at the Honolulu International Airport a couple of weeks ago featuring N587HA, "Pakalakala", as the first of the eight to receive the winglets.
Today's photo show a wide-angled view of Hawaiian's first wingletted 767.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Waimea River ends at Waimea Bay, and the two are usually separated by a sand berm. When the rains are heavy, the berm is broken to allow the runoff to flow into Waimea Bay. It also attracts body boarders ride the out-going river's muddy tide. The waves caused by the river is similar to an artificial wave machine.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Boost Mobile, the pre-paid version of Nextel, hosted a promotional event last year in which there was a motocross jump ramp, putting green, and basketball half-court. We had to cover the event ... this was the set-up on the Aloha Stadium Field Turf.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
... a little ditty about Todd & Dyann ...
Sorry, I had that '80s John Cougar song "Jack & Diane" in my head during Todd & Dyann's wedding yesterday. Kathy & I were invited to their wedding at Ko‘olau Ballrooms. The above photo was taken shortly after the ceremony.