Thursday, January 31, 2008

Rainy Day

In the beginning of 2006, the island of O‘ahu experienced the 42 days of rain, which culminated with the flooding of Kahala Mall, and many other locations on O‘ahu, on March 31st. Today's photo is of one of those rainy days, looking down Ward Avenue toward the ocean.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Blooming Purple Crowns

These purple crown flowers are in bloom. Crown flowers can be found throughout Hawai‘i, and were the favorite flower of Queen Lili‘uokalani (several crown flower trees are on the grounds of Washington Place, the Hawai‘i governor's residence).

I photographed these blooming crown flowers at Foster Botanical Garden along with Kekiinani one afternoon.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Who Needs Photoshop?

My girlfriend Kathy and I went to our business dinner, called Dream Night, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. We wanted a photo taken of us before the function, all dressed up. We asked someone to snap a photo of us, while the red-eye flash was triggering, he moved, and kept moving while the main flash fired. The result was motion blur of the background, with Kathy and I in focus ... and I didn't need to fake it in Photoshop.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Big Blast

One of the big blasts taken during the 2005 July 4th fireworks display at Magic Island, from the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon.

This is my 400th photo posted!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Outpouring Of Aloha

To most people, aloha means hello or goodbye ... but it also means love.

This memorial was put up for 23-month old Cyrus Belt, who was thrown to his death from the Miller Street walkbridge onto the west-bound lanes of Interstate H1 last Thursday, January 17th. The outpouring of aloha came from family, friends and complete strangers touched by this horrible tragedy. The suspect, the boy's neighbor, has been indicted by the grand jury on a charge of sceond-degree murder. At one point, there were dozens of stuffed animals lining the concrete wall. The original location of the memorial was over the west-bound lanes, but was moved to the side due to falling items, and drivers looking up to look at the flowers and toys left in memory of little Cyrus.

Walking through the memorial was quite touching. To see so much aloha shared by those affected by this unfortunate event, it shows what a special place the islands of Hawai‘i and its people are.

Saturday, January 26, 2008


The waterfall at Lili‘uokalani Gardens shot with a center spot filter and a 1/1000 second shutter speed, then turned monochrome.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Park Here

This Dassault Falcon 900EX private jet, N900YP, gets guided by a ramp worker for Bradley Pacific Aviation to park in its spot on the BPA ramp, so its passengers and crew can spend some time in Honolulu.

The pickup truck in the shot has a large sign on the bed that says "Follow Me". It's used to guide arriving aircraft after they exit the runway to taxi to the parking stand.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Moku Manu Islands

The Moku Manu Islands sit off the coastline that fronts Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i at Kane‘ohe Bay. It's primarily a bird sanctuary. I got this shot from the wedding that I shot in June 2007, that includes photos "What Was I Thinking" and "Bride On The Beach".

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

No.5 Soft Filter

One of my experimental shots with my Tiffen #5 Soft Filter ... This coconut palm frond waves below my lanai, with a mango tree in the background that's in the neighbor's yard. The coconut tree is on our condo property.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chinatown Moonset

A first quarter crescent moon sets in the early evening hours in the heart of Honolulu's Chinatown. Looking down Maunakea Street, with only my CoolPixL3 point-and-shoot and my monopod, I had to get this shot as I was leaving my Bible study group (which happens to be on Tuesday nights).

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sea And Sand

Waves break over the sand and rocks on the beach fronting the Sheraton Waikiki hotel at dusk. We were there for a business dinner, and went outside to watch the sunset, before the function started.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


I came across this funky-looking flower in a public garden, and did not know what it was. I finally found out through a Hawaiian botany book that this is a lilikoi (passion fruit) flower. Passion fruit is a common ingredient in local juice mixes and fruit preserves.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Waikiki Skyline

A westward view of world-famous Waikiki taken from the Kapahulu groin lookout, during a video production shoot.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Take Off

Moving onto another flower, a honeybee takes off from this ohia lehua flower after pollenating it.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Clouds Over Downtown

Ominous-looking clouds hover over downtown Honolulu.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Coloured Glass

This light fixture is one of several around the Kahala Hotel and Resort. It has graced the pillars and walls as far back as I can remember, which is at least 30 years.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hawai‘i Ties

A post-game photo of several UH Warriors and players with Hawai‘i ties pose for a post-game photo on the mid-field game logo. After the game some of the fans got onto the field getting autographs and photos with players.

Front row: defensive lineman Michael Lafaele (Hawai‘i) and offensive lineman Brennan Carvalho (Portland State)
Back row: defensive lineman Karl Noa (Hawai‘i), defensive lineman J.T. Mapu (Tennessee), defensive lineman Amani Purcell (Hawai‘i), tight end Kolomano Kapanui (West Texas A&M), offensive lineman Brandon Rodd (Arizona State), and offensive lineman Hercules Satele (Hawai‘i).

How's this for multi-tasking ... I shot this pic with my point-and-shoot while shooting with the videocamera.

Monday, January 14, 2008

62nd Hula Bowl

The 62nd Hula Bowl, a seniors all-star game, was played on Saturday. It marked the final college appearance for eight University of Hawai‘i Warriors, as well as a few other players with Hawai‘i ties. The Warriors played on the "‘Aina" (West) team.

Pictured above with yours truly, are out-going Warriors (L-R) wide receiver C.J. Hawthorne (80), wide receiver Jason Rivers (84), and safety Jacob Patek (36). Thanks Pat for snapping this shot. Thanks guys for a season well-played!

We saw several NFL team scouts patrolling the sidelines during warm-up armed with clipboards and pens taking notes of the players. I hope and pray some, if not all, of the ex-Warriors get a shot at the next level.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Kalihi Rainbow

This extremely low rainbow hangs over Kalihi, a district in Honolulu between downtown and the airport, with Ke‘ehi lagoon in the foreground. I was driving home from photographing an airliner when I saw this, and had to pull to the side to get the shot.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Colt Brennan

Colt Brennan led the University of Hawai‘i Warrior offense to a 12-0 regular season record this past season, and will await to see where he lands in the 2008 NFL draft. Brennan also set several team and NCAA football records for quarterbacks, and was a legitmate contender (finishing 3rd) for the 2007 Heisman Trophy.

Colt's seen here at a Hope968 service he spoke at during the 2006 season, where he gave his testimony, about his journey that led him to Hawai‘i, head coach June Jones, and the 2006 Warriors.

I hope and pray that Colt Brennan will go early in the draft as projected, and be a blessing to the team that drafts him. Colt, mahalo for playing your senior season, leading the Warriors to a 12-0 regular season record, and to Hawai‘i's first BCS bowl game!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins

Future NFLers and former University of Hawai‘i Warriors slotbacks Davone Bess (left) and Ryan Grice-Mullins (right) were gracious to speak at one of Hope968's Sunday services at the end of the 2006 season. Bess recently announced that he will make himself eligible for the 2008 NFL draft. Grice-Mullins also signed with an agent, after both received an evaluation from an NFL scouting team. With both slotbacks signing with agents, they gave up their NCAA eligibility.

Both Bess and Grice-Mullins decided to forego their senior season, and apply for the 2008 NFL draft. Both slotbacks hold several Warriors records in receiving statistics during their time at UH. With these two slotbacks leaving the Warriors, the core receivers of the 2007 season are no longer there, with wide receivers CJ Hawthorne and Jason Rivers are graduating seniors.

Davone gave his testimony of his high school football games, past trouble with the law, and most of all, his walk with Christ. Ryan also gave his testimony about growing up in southern California, and his decision to come to Hawai‘i. They also spoke about how the Warriors bonded through the Christian faith in the 2006 season, and it really showed this past season as well.

I hope and pray that both Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins get drafted, and that they will be a blessing to whichever team picks them up. Thanks for the memories of the three seasons we got to watch them play.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

3rd And Long

Dallas Cowboys all-star quarterback Tony Romo drops back to pass to try to convert a third down late in the third quarter as the NFC tries to increase their lead over the AFC in the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl. Miami Dolphins all-star defensive lineman Jason Taylor (#93) and San Diego Chargers all-star linebacker Shawn Merriman (#56) lead the AFC defense to force an incomplete pass and fourth down.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Shaun Alexander

Seattle Seahawks all-star running back Shaun Alexander poses with me after the 2006 NFL Pro Bowl. Thanks Mike for taking this shot.

Not so much an NFL fan these days, I used to be a big Seahawks fan in the early days of Jim Zorn, and the legendary Steve Largent. I did cheer for the Seahawks when they faced the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2006 Super Bowl. Nowdays, I'm more of a CFL fan, especially the BC Lions.

After breaking down our video equipment, we were prevented from returning to our control room because the players' buses blocked the north tunnel ramp. Aww shucks ... we had to wait while players walked across the field to board their team buses, and Shaun was a nice guy to take this shot.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Paula Creamer

2005 LPGA Rookie of the Year Paula Creamer gets dolled-up for a fashion show that was tied to the 2006 SBS Open at the Turtle Bay Resort. Miss Creamer is seen here during rehearsals, not in costume, because she just made it to rehearsals right after a public appearance and practice.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Freddie Adu

Turning to the world of Major League Soccer, the Los Angeles Galaxy and D.C. United played an exhibition game in early 2005 at Aloha Stadium as part of the 2005 Meadow Gold Aloha Soccer Cup. Teenage phenom Freddie Adu is seen here signing autographs after the United beat the Galaxy 1-0. Recently, Adu left the United to play pro soccer in Portugal.

It was nice to see players from both teams take time out to sign autographs for the fans after the game. I managed to get my cap signed by both Freddie Adu and the Galaxy's Cobi Jones.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Peyton Manning

This month's theme week is "Professional Athletes" ...

Leading off the theme week, is Indianapolis Colts all-star quarterback Peyton Manning (#18 right) at the 2005 NFL Pro Bowl. Manning is seen here with former San Francisco 49ers all-star defensive back Merton Hanks, currently with the NFL Network. Hanks did the sideline interviews during the game which was both shown on the Aloha Stadium JumboTron and on the NFL Network. Manning and Hanks are waiting for the next game TV timeout to do the interview.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Turtle Bay Statue

This petroglyph-looking metal statue stands in front of one of the beaches at the Turtle Bay Resort. There is another one of these statues at a lookout over the coastline.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Boeing Business Jet

This Boeing Business Jet belongs to the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company, whose executives were in town for a prospective sales call(?) or a rest stop before heading toward Asia(?).

If you happen to have an extra $60million burning a hole in your pocket, and want your jet to haul you and several of your best friends anywhere within a 6,000 mile radius ... this might be the plane for you.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


I got a center spot lens filter, and experimented with this bunch of plumeria at Kawai‘ahao Church, before I videotaped a Japanese tourist wedding.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Warriors Tribute

The University of Hawai‘i Warriors quest for a 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl victory fell short as the University of Georgia Bulldogs dominated in a 41-10 victory yesterday. The Warriors finished the season at 12-1.

Today's photo was taken during pre-game warm-ups before their game against the Boise State Broncos. It is a tribute to the 2007 Warriors who won their first outright WAC championship, finished the regular season undefeated at 12-0, and played in their first BCS bowl game. The 2007 season also saw Colt Brennan's Heisman Trophy 3rd place finish, numerous first team all-WAC player selections, and nearly half of their schedule on ESPN.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Can you believe it's 2008!