Thursday, April 30, 2009


Dillingham Airfield, located in Mokule‘ia, is O‘ahu's glider and skydiving spot. While at nearby Ka‘ena State Park, we saw this glider soaring above us.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

One-Sided Tree?

I noticed this tree in Hali‘imaile, Mau‘i, when Kathy & I had gone there to have lunch at the Hali‘imaile General Store. I saw that only one side of this tree was flourishing, while the side closest to the utility pole was barren.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wai‘anae Mountains

Kathy & I had gone on a drive to the north side of O‘ahu this past weekend, which took us out to Ka‘ena State Park, right past Mokule‘ia. This was the view behind us ... part of the Wai‘anae Mountain Range. If you notice in the bottom half of the photo, there seems to be a roadway cut out of the mountainside.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Flower Basket

Celebrating our first month of marriage a few days ago, I got this basket of flowers for Kathy.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Shave Ice

When in Hale‘iwa, on O‘ahu's north shore, one has to make a stop at Matsumoto's Shave Ice. It's an institution in Hale‘iwa, that draws folks from all over the world to have a shave ice (a.k.a. snow cone).

Kathy's nieces and nephew were in town a few weeks ago, and we all stopped there after a day of picnicking on that side of the island. This shot was proof that they had their shave ice while they were in Hawai‘i.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Early Morning Drive

Going down Paiwa Street in Waikele in the early morning hours, on the way to jump in the morning rush hour fracas, toward metro Honolulu. The motion blur was done by slowing down the shutter speed.

This is the first shot I'm posting that was taken with my new camera, with more to come!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Odd Bird

While photographing an airliner a few weeks ago, I came across this bird waiting on a concrete tire block near my car. As I approached my car, the bird did not budge, but watched me. I was looking at the bird, and thought ... it's not a dove, nor is it a bulbo ... so I got this photo of it ... the face looks like a bird of prey in a dove's body.

Any ornithologists or bird watchers know what kind of bird this is?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Night Palm

A night shot of a coconut tree that I took a few years ago, after photographing a moonrise.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

North Shore Wave

Waves break near the shore of Pupukea Beach Park. It appears that surfers were headed out to challenge those waves which were reported to be about 6-feet plus (face height) that day. We were at a family gathering at the neighboring Sharks Cove, o O‘ahu's north shore.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sun Between The Towers

The sun peeks between both of the twin towers of the Pacific Guardian Life Center, and some coconut trees. The PGLC was once named the Grosvenor Center, but changed its name a few years ago. However, old habits are hard to break ... I still call it by its former name.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fireknife Dancer

During the second half of the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl, fireknife dancers from the Polynesian Cultural Center performed in the south end zone during a TV timeout.

It's actually better to watch fireknife dancers in low-light or at night ... during the day does not do it justice.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Orange Gerbera Daisy

My mom received a flower arrangement from one of my cousins, and this orange gerbera daisy was part of the arrangement. One of my favorite ways of photographing flowers is to play with depth-of-field, like today's photo.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lion Dance

Kathy's second shot of a Chinese lion dance that was performed for the pre-school she works at, to celebrate Chinese New Years.

Thanks Kat for another great shot!

Friday, April 17, 2009

"Just Married" Maui Style

I remember when newly wedded couples would honk the horn of the car they were in, as well as all those in their "motorcade". Those days in Honolulu seem long gone. However, while walking around the town of Pā‘ia (north Maui), Kathy & I heard the sounds of horns honking and blaring down Baldwin Avenue, one of Pa‘ia's main streets. Leading the way, was this pickup truck decked out with the "Just Married" poster, cans, and streamers. Tourists and locals alike, waved to the wedding convoy. To get this shot I had to jog down several yards, before the light turned green. Even then, the drivers continued to honk away. It just seems like days gone by, and something still carried on, on the neighbor islands.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Self-Portrait #...

Today's photo is a self-portrait that I took off the propellor hub of Kamaka Air's new Super Cargomaster, N145KA.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stadium Sunrise

The sun peeks through the southeast corner of Aloha Stadium on the morning of the NFL Pro Bowl's Ohana Day. I got this shot right before we built one of our tripod-mounted cameras.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Little Hearts

Kathy has had these orchids for a few years, and at the end of last year, the whole plant broke out with lots of blossoms ... here's a sampling of those little heart orchids

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

Today's photo was from a Hope968 Easter Egg Hunt taken a couple of years ago. I de-saturated the background through Photoshop.

Hope you all had a great Easter Sunday!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Resurrection Sunday

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in Me and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this, Marhta?"
John 11:25-26

On Good Friday, Jesus of Nazareth was put to death by crucifixion on a Roman cross, because those who were seeking their Messiah, failed to see He was right in their presence. Instead, they thought He was a false teacher. But this was all part of God's plan, that His only Son would die so that our bondage from sin was released, because Jesus, at His death, took upon every sin man has committed (past, present, and future), and cast it into the depths of hell.

Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, and vacated the tomb to walk the earth another 40 days before ascending into heaven. Today, we believers in Christ, celebrate His resurrection, and await His return to call us home.

I got this photo of this crucifixion scene at Diamond Head Mortuary.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

At The Beach & Our Flight Home

Kathy's photo (top) captures this boy outrunning the waves on a Lahaina beach that is between waterfront buildings along Front Street. I had seen the boy challenging the waves as we walked along Front Street, and thought nothing of it; but it was Kathy who took out her camera and got the shot.

My photo (above) is the Mokulele Airlines Embraer E170 (N868RW) that will take us home to Honolulu. We highly recommend Mokulele when you fly inter-island.

In the following weeks, I will be posting more Kathy's photos and my photos from our trip to Maui. This was our first trip of many more we will be taking.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Maui Ocean Center

One of our adventures was at the Maui Ocean Center, loacted in Ma‘alaea. It was a quite an attraction, and we both ended taking quite a few pix there.

Kathy's photo (top) was taken in the walk-thru tube in the main display tank that features sharks, ‘ulua, stingrays, and other sea life.

My photo (above) shows a cylindrical tank of jellyfish illuminated with blue lights from above and below.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hammock & Kā‘anapali Sunset

Kathy's photo (top) has us laying in a hammock right outside the Westin Maui, between Kā‘anapali Beach, and the beachside walkway that runs the length of the Kā‘anapali Resort area. What a way to kick back and relax!

My photo (above) has the sunset view I captured from our room (mentioned yesterday). The island outline on the left is of Kaho‘olawe. The boats are near the beach are sightseeing boats that come to shore to pickup (and drop-off) the tourists.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Balconies & Heavenly

Kathy's photo (top) shows the balconies of the The Westin Maui where we spent our time on Maui. She got this shot one afternoon, after we returned from sightseeing. I must say that Kathy's got a good eye for creative shots! I sure have a talented wife!

My photo (above) features us in our Heavenly Robes and laying in our Heavenly Bed in our room which was upgraded to ocean view, which meant sunsets every evening! The Westin hotel chain is known for their Heavenly® branded features in their rooms, namely their beds, towels, and robes. We thought this would make a funny photo, thank God I brought along my tripod.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Grand Wailea

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa is one of the few five-star resorts in Hawai‘i. Kathy & I drove to the south side of Maui to sightsee, the Grand Wailea was one of our stops. Just walking through the lobby, you could feel the luxury.

For Kathy's photo, we had one of the hotel's staff take a photo of us in front of their wedding chapel, which a koi pond and coconut palm trees surrounds it. The chapel was not open for dhowing, but from what we could see, it was spectacular, especially the stained glass windows. According to Kathy, her brother got married in the chapel several years ago.

For my photo, I got a shot of the famous water display and dolphin sculptures that lead to the pool area. The long promenade is one of the signature features of the hotel, among several others.

Monday, April 6, 2009

What's Up There? & ‘Ahinahina

Top: Kathy caught me looking at the upside-down flowers at the Kula Lodge.

Above: The ‘Ahinahina (or Silversword) is an endangered species and unique to Haleakalā. I got this timer shot of Kathy & I with an ‘ahinahina plant in front of us before the clouds really rolled in.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lavender Farm & Haleakalā

This month's theme week is "Honeymoon". Kathy & I took a few days to take our honeymoon on Maui the week after our wedding. Since we were both armed with cameras, I decided to do a two-fer this theme week. So, one of the photos will be from Kat, and the other mine.

In the top photo, Kat got this shot at the Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm in Kula. This farm was such a serene and fragrant place in UpCountry Maui. We walked around the farm soaking up the scent of lavender, and snapping a bunch of photos, while enjoying the cooler temperature. Kat even got a king protea from one of the ladies who worked there, which we kept with us during our trip.

In the above photo, here's a shot of the crater at Haleakalā. This was taken at the crater lookout, some 9,000 feet above sea level. As you can see the clouds are rolling in, within several minutes of taking this shot the area was covered in clouds, and the temperature was 30°F colder than at the Kahului Airport. That day the daytime high was 72°F, which meant we were near 40°F(!). Throw in wind chill ... there was a stiff breeze blowing (around 10mph), which dropped the temperature to the high 30s ... and we were wearing slippers.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Red & Green Ti Leaves

Everytime I've walked through the Ala Moana Shopping Center, I've wanted to get a shot of these ti leaves. Ti leaves usually come in all red or all green, this one seems to be a hybrid, though they are quite common here in Hawai‘i. The ti leaves for people of Hawai‘i, is a sign of good luck, and the University of Hawai‘i athletic department will ask fans to bring leaves when they attend home games (and even fans who travel with the teams).

Friday, April 3, 2009

DC-8 Cockpit

This is the cockpit of Murray Air Douglas DC-8-71F, N872SJ. This cargo jet was in town a few years ago doing cargo runs between Micronesia and Hawai‘i. While it was undergoing some basic maintenance, a friend and I went over to take a peek at this classic bird. The guys working on the DC-8, let me take a look at the 1960s-vintage cockpit.

This DC-8 was originally delivered to United Airlines in the 1960s, and was registered as N8096U. After its stint with United, it was converted from a passenger airliner into a cargo freighter, and found its way to Murray Air (of Ypsilanti, MI) in 2005. Murray Air recently changed thier name to National AIrlines.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Girls In Front Of Rock Wall

I took this photo of Tiffany and Chelsie, then played around in Photoshop changing the color of the rocks in the wall behind them.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bug On Back

It seems that even robotic bugs cannot right themselves, just like the real ones ...

I thought I had an April Fools photo this year, but sorry to say, not this year ... oh well.

April Fool!