Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jackass Ginger

This variety of ginger is quite common in people's yards.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


One of the fiery cauldrons at the top of the waterfall at Loews Lake Las Vegas.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Watching Raptor

Some of the VIP ticket holders watch and photograph a US Air Force F-22A Raptor do its solo flight demonstration at the 2010 Kāne‘ohe Bay Air Show.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dove On Wiper Blade

This dove landed on my windshield wiper blade while I was waiting to photograph an airliner.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Last weekend, Kat & I got away to Maui to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. This was the view of Haleakalā from Kehalani in upper Wailuku.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Castle Building

A dad watches his kids build a sand castle at one of the lagoons at Ko ‘Olina.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hitching A Ride

The ground crew from Castle & Cooke Aviation tows out this Lion Air International Boeing 737-900ER from their ramp, after its fuel stop at HNL. A narrow alleyway sits between the active taxiway and the Castle & Cooke ramp. Normally, 737 pilots will taxi to (and from) the ramp on its own power, as its wingspan will not be a factor as long as they stay on guideline. The Lion pilots, however, request to be towed out, though they taxi in on their own.

The woman in the purple on the tug is one of Castle & Cooke's concierges. The crewman walking is watching the starboard winglet.

This Lion 737-900ER is a brand new airliner that is making its island-hopping delivery flight from Boeing Field (Seattle) to Jakarta. The fuel stop at HNL lasts only a couple of hours. Lion deliveries like to make brief fuel stops along the way, instead of making two overnight stops.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Kat & I came across this decorative looking lettuce plants at Disneyland and the Loews Lake Las Vegas ...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rain On Windshield

Heavy raindrops pelt my windshield during a recent rain storm. In the center of the shot, is a raindrop exploding after hitting the windshield.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


These reeds and tall grass blow in the wind at Loews Lake Las Vegas.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

Kathy & I celebrate our second wedding anniversary today!

We took this photo while standing line for "Toy Story Mania!" at Disneyland's California Adventure Park during our trip this past November.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cooling Off

This young Denver Broncos fan checks to see how this "Big Fog" water fans works on the AFC sideline, before the start of the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. Each sideline during the game had several of these Big Fogs to keep the players cool, with temperatures reaching 80°F, and humidity in the 80% range at game time. The fans have a water hose hooked to it, and sprays a fine mist. It does work, I spent a few minutes under one before we went live. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011


While doing Kisa's senior portrait session, I shot a few photos of her sister Ellie, and caught this pose.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Rappelling From Helicopter

Federal Law Enforcement Agents practice rappelling from this helicopter at the Waipio Soccer Complex.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Four-Leafed Clovers

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I took this photo of these clovers that were on sale at a local hardware store with my mobile phone.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tsunami Damaged

Several boats and piers in O‘ahu's Ke‘ehi Lagoon were damaged as a result of this past Friday's tsunami triggered by the M9.0 earthquake in Japan's Tōhoku Region. Though the surge on O‘ahu did not reach the forecasted six feet, it was enough to dislodge piers and boats, and moved them throughout the lagoon. Another several boats even sank because of collisions. According to reports nine of the ten small boat harbors across the Hawaiian Islands suffered damage to some extent. The state is trying to assess the dollar amount the damage caused.

Today's photo shows one of the damaged sailboats listing to its port side, that are being worked on. I took this photo from Ke‘ehi Park yesterday.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Being that Fat Tuesday fell during our theme week, we moved the photo to today. In Hawai‘i, Fat Tuesday is also known as "Malasada Day", because of the Portuguese population that emigrated here. This was the scene at the Leonard Jr's malasada trailer near at the Waikele Center on Fat Tuesday. When I got there, the line was about 15 deep, and when I left the line doubled in length (above).

Monday, March 14, 2011


Candles and hurricane lamps in the lobby of the Loews Lake Las Vegas.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


This kōlea, golden plover, has made the medial strip in our parking lot its home for the winter after migrating from Alaska.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


For the second straight year, local music group Vaihi was the headlining act for the post-race "Stadium Party".

Also, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and Pacific-wide tsunami.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tahitian Dancers

A couple of dancers from Manutahi Tahiti perform Tahitian dances during the post-race "Stadium Party".

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Top Brass

US Army Lieutenant General Benjamin Mixon (left) received a koa bowl trophy from Great Aloha Run foundress Carole Kai. LTG Mixon is the commander of the US Army Pacific. The trophy was for largest participation by a military branch, which went to the US Army.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Top Finishers

The top three mens and womens finishers pose for photos with two Alaska Airlines employees (far ends) and Connie Comiso (2nd from right, whose name the womens trophy is named after). Flag bearers from the military units line the background.

Winners, left to right (from second from left): Brandon Laan (M 1st), Thomas Puzey (M 2nd), Ahrlin Bauman (M 3rd), Lanni Marchant (W 1st), Cynthia Anderson (W 2nd), and Sarah Raitter (W 3rd).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Only 40 Yards To Go!

From the start of the field's warning track, to the finish line is last 40 yards of the Great Aloha Run. The Sounds Of Freedom finish line on the left is set for military runners that as a unit. Those sitting in the stands are runners that finished the race.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Finish Line

A ground level view of the finish line, and the north end zone tunnel where the runners enter the stadium.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunrise Clouds

The theme week for March is the "2011 Great Aloha Run". It's the annual run that starts at Aloha Tower and ends at Aloha Stadium that's held on Presidents' Day.

Today's photo shows the pink sunrise clouds behind the stands of Aloha Stadium as race officials make final preparations before the start of the race, and we make final adjustments on our three video cameras.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Do You Take ...

A high-angle fisheye shot of Owen & Belyn's wedding in a courtroom officiated by the Honorable Steven Alm, that I shot with a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Stairway To Surf

This is the stairway that leads to surf spots fronting Kewalo and Kaka‘ako Parks. This is the easy way to enter the surf. Others choose to jump from the rock walls at these surf spots.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rough Terrain

An aerial view of the desert mountains surrounding Las Vegas, NV.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Several of the dozens of rosebuds that New Hope Leeward gave to moms for the Mother's Day weekend services. Today would have been my mom's 80th birthday, so in honor of her ... roses, her favorite flowers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sayonara "Queen Of The Skies"!

Yesterday, Japan Airlines flew the last passenger Boeing 747-400 flight. After 40+ years, JAL will be saying a fond "sayonara" to the Boeing Jumbo Jet family, that began in 1970 with their first 747-100. Monday's JAL75 to NRT (Narita International, Tokyo, Japan) with 421 passengers, was the final 747 flight. At HNL, the JAL HNL Station held a send off for the passengers and crew of this historic flight. A couple of dozen members of the Japanese media was aboard this historic flight.

In today's photo, a balloon arch with a photo banner was put up for passenger and crew to take pictures under, and a 747-400 model was brought out and adorned with lei. Also, the 747 photo on the banner, was one of a few photos I submitted to Japan Airlines for the event, as part of the 747 service to Hawai‘i.