Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pine Cones

A few pine cones on the wreath that friends gave us.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Honolua Boat

This boat sits in Honolua Bay while its occupants go snorkeling.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Singers from the New Hope Leeward worship team start off their set with an acapella intro.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dinner Time Kiss

Jeff and Farrah share a kiss during their wedding reception.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fueling Up

This ground handler waits as his truck fuels up this airliner prior to departure.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


The Hawaiian Air Serenaders perform hula during pre-boarding festivities for their inaugural flight to the Kansai International Airport (Osaka, Japan).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Battleship BB39

A group from Arizona made this giant scale model of the USS Arizona, Battleship BB39, as it looked like before the fateful day. They brought the model to Pearl Harbor to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Out Of The Tube

This surfer shoots out of the wave he's surfing.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kung Hee Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year! Today begins the week-long celebration.

The lion dance is a major element of the Chinese New Year celebrations, and big events like weddings. I got this photo during Jeff & Farrah's wedding reception, as one of the two lions were entering the ballroom.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Quiet Beach

We discovered a beach this quiet beach in Hale‘iwa, off the beaten path.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

National Hug Day 2012

Stylists from the Marsha Nadalin Salon & Spa gathered around Kāhala Mall to give out free hugs during 2009's National Hug Day.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Birthday Candles

Lit birthday candles atop a cake for one of my aunties ...

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Streaks of high altitude clouds fill the sky over Central O‘ahu.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Honolulu Fish Auction

Early each morning, fish buyers from restaurants and markets head down to the Honolulu Fish Auction on Pier 38. It's the only one of its kind in the western United States. Pictured above are bidders looking at ‘ahi (yellow-fin tuna) to purchase. The fish for sale are all fresh from fishing boats that unloaded their catch hours before the auction's start.

We had an opportunity to go before the New Year. In Hawai‘i, ‘ahi is in high demand during this time of the year, as it a Japanese custom to have sashimi (raw tuna slices) included in the New Year's celebrations. This also drives up the price to over $40 per pound (retail) for premium grade ‘ahi.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Moonset Pines

A full moon sets between a pair of Norfolk Pines.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrity Interview

Each New Year's season, TV crews from Japanese TV entertainment shows gather at the International Arrivals exit at the Honolulu International Airport to get interviews with Japanese celebrities.

For the past three years, I have been off the assignment, but I stopped by the airport a couple of weeks ago to chat friends who were on the camera crews. The photo above, shows the one interview that happened while I was there, was with professional wrestlers Kensuke Sasaki (white t-shirt) and Akira Hokuto (white hat) and their children.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy 9th Birthday!

Last weekend, our home church, New Hope Leeward, celebrated it's ninth birthday. Pictured above, is Pastor Mike Lwin on stage, with the balloon decor behind him.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bug's Eye View

Almost a bug's eye view from the blades of the new UBU Sports Series S-5M synthetic turf at Hawaiian Airlines Field. I took this photo while doing pre-game set-ups for a University of Hawai‘i Warriors football game.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Strawberries Flambé

With one of my brothers-in-law and me having birthdays a few days apart, my mother-in-law decided to celebrate both birthdays as one dinner event. We went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and my brother-in-law and I both got these Strawberries Flambé as birthday desserts. The blue flame is from the alcohol burning off.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dawn Colors

The sky turns various colors as the sun comes up behind me, as the moon sets.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


A football helmet of the Pac-Five Wolfpack on the turf of Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. I took this photo during an injury time-out, while shooting the on-field camera.

Pac-Five is a sports amalgamation of 13 small private schools on O‘ahu, where students combine to form teams in 13 sports. The original five schools that make up Pac-Five are: Maryknoll High School, Hawaii Baptist Academy, University Lab School, Lutheran High School, and the Mid-Pacific Institute.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wāhine Volleyball

One of the volleyballs of the nationally-ranked University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wāhine (Women's) Volleyball team during their pre-game warm-ups. Na Wāhine finished off the season falling in the NCAA Regionals.

I've been on the broadcast TV crew that covers Hawai‘i home basketball and volleyball games at the Stan Sheriff Center at the Mānoa Campus.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Cobe!

Happy Birthday to our nephew Cobe!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Kaukonahua Road

The theme week for January is "iPhone Photos". Leading off, is a shot Kaukonahua Road, as we ventured to Waialua. This portion of the road is lined with pine trees, that almost forms a tunnel.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Komoda Store

During one of our recent Maui trips, a magazine writer/photographer was doing a profile of Komoda Store, in Makawao. While we were there, the writer gathered the Komoda Store people to get a group shot, and I jumped in to this photo as well.

The store is known for its super-delicious baked goods. Folks come from all over the "Valley Isle" to get their breads and pastries. Locals who visit Maui from other islands, like us, make it a point to stop there for breakfast and snacks. Komoda Store is a must-stop when on Maui, and you need to go early! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Turn Here

A ramp worker from AirServce Hawaii marshalls this Virgin Australia Boeing 737 to its overnight parking spot, after arriving from Seattle-Boeing Field.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rear Axle

A car's rear axle and wheels abandoned in an empty lot.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Blue Crabs

A box full of soft shell blue crabs for sale at a Chinatown seafood vendor.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Croton Flowers

A close-up of tiny croton flowers in bloom.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bang The Drum All Day

One of the drummers on the New Hope Leeward worship team bangs the drums while rehearsing the song "Deep Cries Out".

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Instagrams 4

Happy New Year!

Leading 2012, is our monthly Instagram collage. Here is the January edition ...

Row 1: cupcakes from Let Them Eat Cupcakes; Kaukonahua Road; sunrise clouds; traffic on HNL's South Ramp; 
‘Aulani aquarium; sun through twin palms.

Row 2: a beach in Kāhala; moonset pines; lazy river pool at a house; morning traffic; Pac-Five Wolfpack helmet; multi-colored rose bouquet.

Row 3: Diamond Head back view; soccer ball on the Waipio Soccer Stadium pitch; closed Borders store; replay machines in a production truck; fountain at Ala Moana Center; early evening weekend traffic.

Row 4: ‘Aulani coaster; Japanese tourist wedding at St. Peter's Church; Radford Rams vs ‘Iolani Raiders; pumpkins; sunset over the ocean; EFP camera for a soccer game.