Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines Hula Dancers

A group of hula dancers are part of the Hawaiian Airlines' Serenaders. The group of musicians and dancers perform for the airline's inaugural service launches, and special events that they sponsor. The group also travels to, and performs at the airports Hawaiian serves.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


High altitude clouds stretch in some interesting formations.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Emi caught in mid-yawn, while waiting for Kat to come home.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kewalo Shoreline

The entire length of the shoreline along Kewalo Park is lined with giant boulders. There are a couple of sets of stairs for surfers to use get in and out of the water.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bag Tags

During Pro Bowl week, all bags entering the stadium are subject to inspection. Pictured above, are the daily tags my work pack received after each inspection, from the Tuesday until Sunday.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Father And Son

Matt's dad makes adjustment's to his son necktie, as he gets ready for his wedding.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Super Jumbo

In December 2012, Airbus Industrie made a demonstration call to Honolulu, with their A380 test aircraft. It was the "super jumbo" jet's first formal appearance at HNL, and was used for training for ground crews, as well as a sales call to Hawaiian Airlines. Because of its long wingspan and weight, there are only a few gates that can handle an A380.

While there are no scheduled A380 flights to HNL, it has become an emergency stopover point for Qantas Airways flights between California and Australia.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bridge Out

A couple of years ago, the walk bridge crossing over Moanalua Road, connecting ‘Aiea to Aloha Stadium was partially taken out by truck that had exceeded the height limit, and it took several weeks to repair.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spanish Lavender

Spanish lavender blooms.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


After hearing so much about Chipotle Mexican Grill, I finally had a chance to try it outside Atlanta, on last year's work trip. I just wish they would bring Chipotle to Honolulu!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Orchids Abound

One of my last orchid plants had one last bloom that had two stems loaded with flowers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Passengers In Motion

Passengers walk to their respective gates in the Inter-Island Terminal.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Snow Puffy Time

It was snow puffy time, on our drive out to the North Shore. We stopped at Pa‘ala‘a Kai Bakery for these custard-filled, chocolate-topped, phylo dough goodies. Kat, and her nieces and nephew enjoy the first bites of their snow puffies.

Friday, July 18, 2014

DC-8 Nose

One of the distinguishing features of the Douglas DC-8 airliner, are the air scoops on the lower nose section. These intakes were for the turbo compressors for the cabin pressurization and air conditioning systems, as well as air-to-air heat exchangers.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sunrise Flare

Lens flares as the sun rises.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kua ʻĀina

After a morning at the beach, we went to Kua ʻĀina, a local burger outlet for lunch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amelia Earhart Monument

At the Diamond Head roadside lookout, there stands a monument noting Amelia Earhart's first solo flight from Hawai‘i to the US mainland. A few days ago, a young bearing the same name, completed an around-the-world flight in a single engine aircraft. Amelia Rose Earhart piloted a Pilatus PC-12 on journey that began and ended in Denver, Colorado. During her overnight stop in Honolulu, Ms. Earhart even stayed at the same hotel, The Royal Hawaiian, as her namesake did in the 1930s.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gold Coast

Waikīkī's "Gold Coast" as seen from Magic Island Park. The "Gold Coast" is on the eastern most portion of Waikīkī, which contains many condominiums along the shore. The Natatorium War Memorial is part of the area as well.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Drummer Boy

Bryan pounds on the drums during worship team rehearsals.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


These were some of the Spartan Race finishers, resting on the turf.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finisher's Medal

Each Spartan Race finisher received a medal like the one above, and a t-shirt.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finish Line

The final 50-yard sprint did not end easily, as racers had to get by three US Marines, who had pujil sticks, and were tapping them as they went by.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cargo Net

Participants had to go up and over a cargo net obstacle on the field.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tire Pull

On the southeast concourse bridge, there was a tire pull that participants had to do. The tires were tied to a 20-foot rope, that had to be pulled up, then slowly released down.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Final Part ... The Field

The last part of the race entered from the tunnel (bottom right corner), and went around the turf. The final chute is in the middle of the field.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Rope Climb

Our theme week for July, is the Reebok Spartan Race Hawai‘i that was held this past March at Aloha Stadium. The race started in the old third base bullpen, and featured a three-mile course in, around, and through the stadium, ending on the field, at the 50-yard-line. Participants had challenges along the way, that included rope climbs, wall climbs, hauling buckets of sand throughout the rows of seats, pulling tires dangling from the concourse, and other obstacles.

Pictured above are the ropes for one of the rope climbs, that was located at the front of the stadium, before they were tied to the scaffolding.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Under The Shade

I saw this couple sitting under the large hau tree, that's part of the Hau Tree Lanai restaurant, where we were having breakfast. It looked like they were enjoying their morning at the beach.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Over The Edge

A small waterfall in downtown Honolulu ...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Billowing Clouds

Clouds billow over O‘ahu ...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Hope Leeward

Our July edition of the Instagram collage features my time as a staff member of New Hope Leeward, as I ran the Broadcast Video ministry for a couple of years.

Row 1: looking at Pastor Mike Lwin through the camera's viewfinder; the old Leeward Ministry Center at 5:00am, as I walk to work; Pastor Mike Lwin gives the message; the worship team rehearses; my desk with a Subway sandwich for that day's lunch; and the view from the video control area, and the master control screen.

Row 2: hula dance to celebrate the opening of the ‘Aiea Campus; Isaac and Patrick doing their "Chicken Flight" skit; the video switcher; the worship team during the Christmas Eve service, where they used iPads as instruments; Ava learning to shoot hand-held; and Pastor Jon, Kalani; and Hoku ham it up during one of our staff work days.

Row 3: Music Director Bryan plays drums; the Epic high school worship team took over the first service of the year; food is a major component of some of the meetings and fellowship time; Pastor Mike Lwin at the church's 11th birthday bash; radio personality Dawn O'Brien is a frequent guest speaker; and Justin runs through the production grid/script for the weekend's services.

Row 4: Lehua and Cindy during worship rehearsals; Julie ran the Sound & Lights Ministry; worship team members (Ervin, Hoku, Argee, and Bryan) who are also members of the US Army; youth pastor Josiah Nordgren during the Youth Takeover weekend; selfie during a video shoot; my desk on my last weekend on staff.