Wednesday, September 30, 2009

In-flight Sunset

Sunset from high up, somewhere between Mau‘i and O‘ahu. Weʻll be back to Mau‘i soon!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Flight Home

Me & my huni on our return flight to Honolulu from our Mau‘i honeymoon. We flew Mokulele Airlines, and my hubby wrote a flight review of our flight that will appear in the Novermber 09 issue of Airways magazine.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Looking down on the hotel's waterfall from our room at the Westin Maui at Ka‘anapali.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This was one of the fish tanks at the Waikiki Aquarium, during a recent field trip.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


I took this looking up from one of the structures at the Grand Wailea Resort.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Foggy Drive

After going up to the summit of Haleakalā, we are still in the clouds as we leave the park.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Double Rainbow

I got these rainbows from Ivan's lanai, early morning on New Year's Day, while he was on a video job.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Career Day

An uncle of one my children, who is a veterinarian, paid a visit to class, and dressed one of the girls in surgical scrubs.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Snow Day

Each January, snow is brought in for the kids to play in for a day.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Teddy Bears

My class nickname is the "Teddy Bears". Here are this year's group with their own teddy bears, that they brought in for the letter "B" day.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Eating Shave Ice

As a surprise, Kathy will be posting her photos for the rest of September! ... BlueWave707

Joshua & Pallas make like they are eating the fake shave ice I have in my class.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


KGMB's Sunrise morning show co-anchor Grace Lee gets dunked by this five-year-old for a Hawai‘i Special Olympics' Cop On Top fund raiser. Grace Lee and late night anchor Stacy Loe (far right) participated in the dunk tank, as part of the fund raiser.

After getting coaxed by Stacy Loe, I gave a donation which got me three tries to dunk either Grace or Stacy. I picked Grace, and dunked her on the second try. I got to admit she was a good sport after she went into the tank, though she tried to break my concentration before the throw.

By the way, this is the 1000th post of the blog!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Smoky Sun

The result of a brush fire from nearby Wai‘awa, last Saturday. There has been a series of fires in the Wai‘awa area, a few miles northeast of where we live. It has been a pain, since the fires have come close to the Interstate H2, and homes in the Waipio area. The last few fires had caused closure of the H2 when flames got a few yards from the freeway.

On this particular fire, the wind blew the smoke plume around our subdivision, but could see the effects of the smoke against the sunlight. The smoke actually caused the color temperature of the sunlight to turn yellowish-orange. The H2 north-bound lanes were closed for several hours, and caused a major traffic on the west-bound H1 lanes. The H2 branches off at Waipio where the fire was.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tree Lights

One of the monkeypod trees on the Honolulu Hale municipal complex decorated with Christmas lights during last year's holiday season.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wai‘alua Coffee Cherries

Wai‘alua is O‘ahu's larget coffee growing district. At the old, and now defunct Wai‘alua Sugar Mill, Wai‘alua Coffee Growers use part of the facilities for their coffee operations. Some fields on O‘ahu's north side that were used to grow sugar cane, are now used to grow coffee.

These coffee cherries were on display at the Wai‘alua Sugar Mill, which is now used by several different businesses.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


These two women planted their beach chairs at the water's edge at Mokulē‘ia Beach.

Monday, September 14, 2009


We've all heard of a corndog, but an andadog? Instead of using cornmeal, local folks of Okinawan ancestry substitute andagi batter over the the hot dog.

At the 2009 Okinawan Festival held at Kapi‘olani Park last weekend, these were the lines for andadogs ... very popular and very delicious. Kathy and I stood in line to grab a few to snack on, fortunately the wait was not that long.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fishing With Grandpa

Happy Grandparents Day to all the grandparents out there!

This boy got to spend the afternoon fishing with his grandfather at Kaka‘ako Park.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rockin' For Jesus

A wide-angle lens view of the worship team rocking out for the Lord.

The people on the far left, stood in line to be prayed for by the prayer team.

Friday, September 11, 2009


If you've ever wondered why people raise their hands during a worship service, it's because it's a sign of surrender. Surrendering ourselves to the Lord's Will, and a sign of devoted worship.

On a side note, eight years ago today, we were all shaken by the terrorist attacks, and our lives have not been the same since, nor has our country. After the attacks, a lot more people begun to attend churches, in search of spiritual peace, faith in something bigger than themselves, or time to get right with God. Whatever it was, there were spikes in attendance, but as time wore on, many fell away. It's never too late to come back to faith, or strengthen the faith you have. Pray for our nation!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Glorify Your Name

Church members sing along and move to the worship song "Glorify Your Name".

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pastor Jon

Pastor Jonathan Smith leads the worship team in one of the several songs they performed.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Voices Of Worship

The worship team taken from stage left ...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Worship Night

Because the worship lyrics were being projected, the video cameras were not set up, that allowed me to use one of our camera platforms to get this wide shot of the worship team performing "Mighty To Save".

By the way ... Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 6, 2009


"Worship Night" is the theme week for the month of September!

A few weeks ago, New Hope Leeward hosted "Worship Night", which a special weeknight service led by Pastor Jonathan Smith, our worship team leader. The theme week will feature photos I took during this event.

Before the singers took the stage, the band warmed up the crowd with an instrumental number.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Country Road

Going down Dole Road in upper Wahiawa to get farm fresh eggs at Petersen's Upland Farms.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Giant Helmet

This giant inflatable University of Hawai‘i Warriors helmet is used when the Warriors take the field before the beginning of the game. The helmet is inflated a few hours before kick-off (as seen above, while setting up our field camera), then deflated right before kick-off.

Today is the first game of the 2009 season for the Warriors, who host the University of Central Arkansas Bears of the Southland Conference (FCS).

Go Warriors!

***Update 09.05.09***
Warriors beat the Bears 25-20!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Palm Silouhette

Palm trees silouhetted by the sunlight reflecting the beach at Kā‘anapali. I took this from our hotel room at the Westin Maui.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

White Out

I came across this white fuzzy substance, which turned to be the insides of seed pods that had opened in the parking lot of Foster Botanical Garden.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Watching The Surfers

Welcome to September!

During one of this summer's south surf swells, this boy watches from the rocks of Kaka‘ako Park as waves break near the mouth of the Kewalo Boat Harbor.