Sunday, July 1, 2012

InstaGram Ōlloclip

The InstaGram collage for July is a compilation of photos taken with the Ōlloclip. It's a three-lens clip-on attachment for iPhone4s that features a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a macro lens.

Row 1: haole koa flower (macro); Campbell High School graduation rehearsal at Aloha Stadium (fisheye); solar halo (fisheye); down escalator at Nordstrom's (wide); tiny flower (macro); Emi (fisheye).

Row 2: swirling clouds (fisheye); wedding bouquet exhibition (fisheye); painting with light (fisheye); street art in Kaka‘ako (wide); water droplet on a leaf (macro); frets and strings (macro).

Row 3: water droplet on a blade of grass (macro); saimin and teriburger combo from Shige's Saimin Stand (wide); clouds and Norfolk pines (fisheye); center of a vinca flower (macro); inside a spiral walkway at Aloha Stadium (fisheye); Atkinson Drive at night (fisheye).

Row 4: the shave ice patrons outside Matsumoto Store (wide); Federal Hydra-Shok bullet (macro); wedding chapel (fisheye); prop cone and self-portrait (fisheye); TV camera at the Rainbow Wahine Stadium (fisheye); NAS Barber's Point monument (fisheye).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Checking Her Email

A couple of weeks ago, I saw Emi looking at Katʻs laptop display. Kat left her laptop on the sofa, and Emi was sleeping atop the blanket. I had a small window to set up my external flash to help light this shot. I donʻt recall what was on the screen, but found it so amusing that Emi was looking at the laptop screen.

This is the blogʻs 2,000th consecutive post! With that, Iʻm going to take some time off from posting daily. Iʻm planning to post the monthly InstaGram collage, and may post theme week photos.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dive Tour

A scuba dive instructor briefs divers on a dive tour, as their boat exits Kewalo Harbor.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


A wide-angle, slow-shutter shot of shoppers at the Made In Hawai‘i Festival, last August, with added effects from Lightroom.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Chicken & Waffles

At the KCC Farmerʻs Market, Chef Sean Priester of Pacific Soul, has a tent that features his southern cuisine for sale. One of my favorites, is his fried chicken and waffles (above). Chef Seanʻs southern fried chicken is the best in Hawai‘i!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rainy Monstera

A rain-drenched monstera leaf.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


A bit north of us was a part of the beach where the ocean had a cross-current, and pictured above are two waves colliding.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Book Club

This trio of seniors sat under a big keawe tree as they read their books.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Covered Up

These two female Japanese tourists keep themselves covered up from sun exposure, while their guys are in the ocean swimming. I donʻt recall if they went went in the ocean during our time there.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Father & Son

A dad pushes his son on his surfboard in the Kalama Beach shorebreak.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Get Back Up

This boy gets back up after he wiped out on his bodyboard. The wave face heights were about two feet during the time we were there.

Monday, June 4, 2012


While taking a break from the ocean, we saw this overdressed man do a round-trip walk from Kailua Beach to Kalama Beach.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Kailua Islets

The theme week for June is a day Kat & I spent at Kalama Beach Park in Kailua.

Todayʻs photo shows the three islets off the Kailua coastline, Flat Island (left), and the Mokulua Islands (also known as "The Mokes"), can be seen from Kalama Beach.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

John Dominis 2.0

The John Dominis restaurant and wedding chapel is undergoing a complete re-build. As seen above, there will be two wedding chapels, primarily for Japanese tourist weddings, with the restaurant in the middle.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Instagram 9

The June edition of the Instagram collage features Instagram images from the 2012 Lantern Floating Hawai‘i, that was held this past Memorial Day.

Row 1: the NEP TV production truck ND2; an ōlloclip fisheye shot of the taiko drum sub-stage and 24-foot jib arm camera; boardshorts and barefeet (had to shoot in the water for the lantern release); sunset with taiko drums and jib camera; sunset colors; ookii (big) taiko and drummer.

Row 2: one of the JumboTrons in a test mode; on Camera 10, during blocking rehearsals; credentials sticker we had to wear during the equipment build phase; Diamond Head and Waikīkī; camera 10 (under the jacket) and the close JumboTron in color bars mode; one of my Summit Blast XS Energy Drinks, that fueled me going through the four-day assignment.

Row 3: an ōlloclip fisheye view of the control room and the directorʻs switcher; looking through my Camera 10 viewfinder; the shamisen player (who played it more like a bluegrass banjo, and had some blues-like bends); bang a gong (opening number); Japanese tourists taking pictures with their lanterns before showtime; bang the drums! (front row of taiko and drummers on the sand).

Row 4: multiple rolls of 300-foot-plus triax camera cables before unpacking; the main stage at the end of Thursdayʻs work day; cargo strap buckles that anchored the scaffolding to massive concrete blocks; scaffold footpeg; triax cable ends waiting to be connected; afternoon sun and clouds.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Surf Season

The summer surf season is upon us on O‘ahu, as the swells move around to the southern shorelines. Todayʻs photo shows a surf swell that rolled in during last summer.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

HFD1 Door

Honolulu Fire Departmentʻs Station 1 has three of these decorative metal doors that houses the fire trucks assigned to the downtown station. Earlier, I posted a close-up photo of the tribal Hawaiian artwork of the doors.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


The alien "Stitch" from the Disney movie "Lilo & Stitch" is immortalized is this wood sculpture on the grounds of the Disney Aulani Resort.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Overhead Pass

Two F-22A Raptors from the Hawai‘i Air National Guard make an overhead pass prior to landing.

Today, we honor all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


The TOPA Centerʻs reflection off of one of the Grosvenor Centerʻs twin towers in downtown Honolulu.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kisa and Cocoa

Our niece Kisa spent a day with us at ‘Āweoweo Beach, and made friends with Cocoa the Beach Dog.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Major Milestone

This past April, the Boeing Airplane Company celebrated its delivery of the 4,000th 737NextGeneration that they built. Combining all of the 737 variants, itʻs 7,132nd thatʻs been built and delivered. China Southern Airlines was the airline to receive the 4,000th 737NG, and commemorated the milestone with the decal seen below the forward entry door of B-5283, a 737-700.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Full Moon Rising

A full moon rises above the clouds and nearby trees into a clear sky.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fisheye Drive

A fisheye lens view during a drive down Kamehameha Highway ...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Paddleboard For Two

This couple uses their stand-up paddleboard as a canoe at Kalama Beach Park.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Aloha Tower

The view of Aloha Tower Marketplace, and downtown Honolulu from the fantail of the Star of Honolulu dinner cruise.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Funnies

The New Hope Leeward worship team makes funny faces for another photographer after taking their Easter service group photo prior to our four Easter Sunday services.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Riding The Wave

This lad rides his dadʻs surfboard up to the shoreline.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Aloha! Welcome To Hawai‘i!

The flight and cabin crews of this China Southern Airlines 737-700 get the standard Hawaiian lei greeting as they deplane after their flight from Boeing Field, Seattle, WA. The crews wound up taking photos of each other in front of their plane with their lei around their necks.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


A closer look at the dorsal fins of yellowfin tunas, or ‘ahi.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Fallen Officer

This week is National Police Week, where law enforcement agencies around the country recognize agents, officers, troopers and deputies killed in the line of duty.

Todayʻs photo shows a roadside memorial for Honolulu Police Department Officer Garrett C. Davis, who was killed while trying to assist a stranded motorist on the evening of January 21, 2012. Officer Davis was the 44th HPD officer killed in the line of duty, when his cruiser was struck from behind on the Interstate H1 East in ‘Aiea, and the vehicle exploded upon impact before he could assist the stranded motorist. This memorial sits on the opposite hillside abeam of the accident site.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

‘Alae ‘Ula

An ‘alae ‘ula, or Hawaiian gallinue (common moorhen) swims in the Hāmākua Marsh in Kailua.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Ke‘ehi Lagoon

A wide-angle view of Ke‘ehi Lagoon from the corner of Lagoon Drive and Palekona Street.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Emi was in a melancholy mood. We were trying to get to play with her chew toy, but to no avail. Though it did make for a funny photo.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Honolua Bay

a panaorama of Honolua Bay in northwest Maui

Friday, May 11, 2012


A panorama of the main terminal at the Honolulu International Airport. The Hawaiian Airlines 767 on the left is at Gate 23, and the Hawaiian Airlines A330 on the right is at Gate 24.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kane‘ohe Bay

A panorama of Kāne‘ohe Bay from Kahalu‘u to Kualoa.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

‘Āweoweo Beach

A panoramic view ‘Āweoweo Beach in Waialua.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Aloha Stadium

A panorama of Aloha Stadium as the finishing touches of the new UBU Sports S5/M Athletic Turf are applied.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Hau‘ula Beach Park

On the northeast shore of O‘ahu, is the town of Hau‘ula. I took this panorama before shooting my pastor's son's wedding on this beach.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Ala Moana Beach

The theme week for May is the "AutoStitch" iPhone app, which is a panorama-assist photo app.

Today's photo shows Ala Moana Beach and the metro Honolulu skyline, from Magic Island Park, complete with the Lantern Floating Hawai‘i stage.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Yellow Tree

This tree is taken over by yellow flowers. It's quite common around O‘ahu, and when in bloom, can be seen quite well in the distance.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Silver Skin

For their entire history, American Airlines has always had a bare aluminum color scheme. The the almost-mirrorlike surface is polished to avoid corrosion. Today's photo shows the skin above the cockpit windshield, and the rivets that fasten the skin to the airframe.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month. 

I, for one, appreciate the service and sacrifice the men and women of the US Armed Forces do for our country.

Today's photo shows a US Air Force color guard unit at the F-22A Raptor blessing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I took this self-portrait while shooting a Pop Warner game using a fisheye lens.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Instagram 8

The Instagram collage for May is an all-monochrome collage. The app has a filter called Inkwell that converts photos to black & white.

Row 1: holy water pitcher and tray; under the overpass; pianist at Nordstrom's; quarry stairwell at UH Mānoa; silhouette of Emi; baby Jesus from our Nativity display.

Row 2: stairway railings; sign of desparation; fisheye palms; tiki poles; Wright Cyclone engine; water droplets.

Row 3: tire tread; rain on windshield; black nose; star-filtered Christmas lights; behind the eight-ball; screen backdrop.

Row 4: Peleʻs hair (airplant); DVD duplicator; Harley headlights; penguins; storm drain cover; rice grains.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Waiting For Momma

One of my first photos of Emi, was a few days after we picked her up from the pet shelter. She loves to wait by the front door for Kat to come home from work. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fisheye Orchids

A stem of orchid blooms shot with a fisheye lens.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stand Up Report

Hawaii News Now's Ramsay Wharton waits for her cue from videographer Jon Yasunaga to do an intro for her report at the Honolulu Fish Auction that would air on the evening news. They were also doing a live feed for the Sunrise morning show.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Old Is New Again

There is the old adage that says that everything old is new again.

Over the past few decades the Tsuru (Japanese crane) logo was synonymous with Japan Airlines. Several years ago, the airline decided to re-brand, to get rid of the tsuru, and replace it with a variation of the rising sun red circle on their national flag. It was the a big topic among aviation enthusiasts and the Japanese populous. While going through their bankruptcy proceedings over two years ago, the airline decided to bring the tsuru logo back.

Today's photo shows the two liveries, past and present. The Boeing 777 in the background wears the rising sun tail logo, while the Boeing 767 in the foreground wears the "new" tsuru logo.