Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tripler Army Medical Center

One of the notable landmarks on O‘ahu is the Tripler Army Medical Center. Built on the hills in Moanalua, the pink hued building is the Pacific Command's main military hospital. It seen from the air on the way out to do an aerial survey photo shoot.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


This plate of Seafood Yakisoba (Japanese fried noodles) is from Roy's Ko ‘Olina's lunch menu.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Churning Water

Churning water formed from the propellors of the Navatek's engines.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Outrageous Love

The women's hula hālau from New Hope Leeward perform during one of their weekend services to launch a new teaching series.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Drop The Ball!

While we were at the beach one day, we this woman throw a tennis ball in the ocean for her dog to fetch. In today's photo, she commands her dog to drop the ball, after it fetched it from the water. The dog often resisted dropping the ball, and she tugged at it with no avail. The dog would drop the ball when it felt like it. What was even funnier, was that the dog is seen above wearing a child-sized rash guard.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cameo Appearance

During production of the ABC TV series "Lost", the producers leased Kamaka Air's Beech 18, N231H, for an episode. It included getting a temporary paint job (above) over the blue and yellow Kamaka colors. The maintenance team used tempra paints and floor wax to achieve this look. After a week of filming was completed, the paint was washed off.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


A slow shutter speed caused the sunlight to look like scribbles and streaks on the rushing water of this stream.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Paint Guns

This selection of paint guns were available to Wyland before he began painting the Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 airliner he was commissioned to paint.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lightning Strike

This is the third photo from the thunderstorm we had a few months ago.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Big Hungry Fish

This big reef fish goes after a piece of bread dropped in by a tourist.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Ellie!

Happy Birthday to our niece Ellie!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Kisa!

A belated Happy Birthday to our niece Kisa! Her birthday was last week, during our theme week.

She's also off to her first semester at college.

Friday, August 19, 2011


A head-on view of a Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor during the 2009 Hickam AFB Air Show. This, and another Raptor, flew in from Elmendorf AFB, AK for the two-day show and were put on static display.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ala Moana Beach

This is the view of Ala Moana Beach from the main camera and lighting scaffold at the 2011 Lantern Floating. I was up there to help build one of the TV cameras that was 30 feet over the water.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I came across these blue borage flowers at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Salt Crystals

Salt crystals form as sea water evaporates as a result of a puddle caused by high tide earlier in the day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kumu Hula

Kumu Hula Frank Kawikapuokalani Hewitt dances a hula at the 10th Hula Ho‘olauna Aloha, that was held early last month at the Ala Moana Center Stage. It's a hula exhibition and competition by hālau from Hawai‘i and Japan. Kumu Hewitt, who serves as the cultural advisor for the event, also has his own hālau, and is a Hawaiian music composer and performer.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Orange Rose

One of the orange roses in bloom at Disneyland, taken on our trip last year.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Floating Out

Thousands of lanterns float out into Ala Moana Bay as the event culminates.

Friday, August 12, 2011


Dancers from the Hula Hālau o Kamuela perform during the dress rehearsal the night before the event.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Big Fire

"Big Fire" was the code name we were given for our shot sequence of the lighting of the cauldron.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Barry Flanagan

Barry Flanagan, of the duo Hapa, runs through his sound check before their rehearsal. Hapa is one of the better known Hawaiian music groups.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Flock Of Cameras

Five of the 21 cameras on gather stage right to get their angles for the hula segment. One of the cameras was mounted to the tracked dolly. Each of these cameras had an operator and an assistant.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Who's Shooting Who?

Camera 3 operator Nik snaps a photo of me, as I photograph him during a break in our blocking rehearsals.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

On The Rocks

The theme week for August is the "2011 Lantern Floating". As in the past few years, I was part of the broadcast TV crew for the Memorial Day event at Ala Moana Beach Park, and this week will feature seven of the many photos I took during the four days on the set.

Leading off the week, is the scaffold for Camera 3, which was built on this rocky surface. At high tide, the base of the scaffold was under a foot of water. I took this photo shortly after a few of us hoisted up the equipment boxes, then built the camera and tripod. We had to make sure everything was done during low tide.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Flavoring The Shave Ice

One of the workers at the Blue Lotus tent at the KCC Open Market pours fruit-flavored syrup over the mound of shave ice. This is definitely the time of the year for shave ice! Though in Hawai‘i, everyday is a shave ice day ...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Parted Out

This Niu Air Piper Navajo was parted out by another local aviation company. This airframe has reached the end of its useful service life. The remaining carcass will probably meet the scrapper's torch and saw. Unfortunately, for most aircraft that live out their maximum airframe time, this is the fate that awaits them as well.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


The anchor of the Navatek tucked into the hull, as we race along the Pacific Ocean at 35 knots at sunset.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Yankee Six

Honolulu International Airport's Fire Rescue Truck Y(ankee) Six stops by the Kamaka Air ramp during their drive along the airport's South Ramp. The sharp point at the end of the boom is a bayonet designed to pierce an aircraft's fuselage to spray firefighting foam inside.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tiny Orchids

A stem full of these tiny orchid blooms in my lanai garden.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Along The Beach

Looking further down the beach in Waialua ...