Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Today, we honor our armed service personnel who serve our country, and especially those gave their lives for this great country of ours.

Kathy's dad was a World War II veteran, who served in the Army's 100th Battalion / 442nd Infantry, which was made up of Japanese-Americans who fought in Europe.

We thank all those who served, and currently serve our armed forces.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

On The Beach

Folks here will flock to the beaches this Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dyann & Todd

During their wedding reception, someone had used rose petals to spell out Dyann and Todd's name on the sign-in table ...

Friday, May 28, 2010


This Far Eastern Air Transport Boeing 757-200 is at HNL as its headed for the mainland. The Taipei-based airline went out of business, and their aircraft are moving on to other airlines. The Taiwanese registration code can be barely seen near the nose. It now wears an American registration.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fill Up Buddy

This guy holds his pooch while pumping gas ... at one point he was holding two dogs while filling up his gas tank.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tulip Trio

A potted tulip plant that was given to Kat & I ...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Honolua Surfers

With waves hitting the eight-foot face range, dozens of surfers made their way to Honolua (northern end of Maui) to catch waves, like the one above, at the mouth of Honolua Bay. This is the view from the roadside lookout along Hono‘api‘ilani Highway.

Monday, May 24, 2010


In the original version of "Hawai‘i Five-O", ‘Iolani Palace was used as the headquarters of the fictional state police unit led by Jack Lord's "Steve McGarrett". The top floor corner was McGarrett's office, and the unit occupied the second floor.

A few days ago, CBS announced that the new version of "Hawai‘i Five-O" will be picked up, and aired on Mondays at 10pm EST & PST (9pm HST) beginning this fall.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hip Hop Ministry

New Hope Leeward's hip-hop dance ministry, led by youth pastor Justin Masuda (third from right), performs during one of the Sunday services.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


The balconies of the Ko‘olau Golf Course clubhouse, as seen through a fish-eye lens.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rainy Tarmac

Honolulu International Airport fell victim to some heavy showers on the morning of the arrival of Hawaiian Air's first Airbus A330. Needless to say everyone involved was worried, but the showers did move on, and the weather cleared for the event.

I took today's photo after going back to my car to grab my jacket, and the rain had tapered off to a drizzle. Thus the rain water caused the reflection of this Hawaiian Air 717, N480HA "Pueo", which was being pushed out of its gate to head off to one of the Neighbor Islands.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Giant Poster

As part of her Christmas gift, our niece Ellie got this giant poster which almost seven feet tall. Everyone had a good laugh when she opened it up. I'm not sure if she put the poster up ...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Yellow Plumeria

Yellow Plumeria in bloom at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Haleakalā Sun

Clouds roll in as the sun sits high above Haleakalā, as seen from the visitor center.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pulling The Kayak

This dad pulls his family on the kayak down the shallow part of Kailua Stream which will lead out to Kailua Bay.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

This month, my parents celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary. Because the actual day was close to Mother's Day, we combined the two, and had lunch at Roy's at the Ko Olina Resort Area. Kat told our waitress that we're celebrating their anniversary, and they got this coconut brownie as a special dessert for them.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Looking Down The Aisle

Looking down St. Peter's Episcopal Church's aisle before a Japanese tourist wedding, with the help of an ultra wide-angle lens.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Touch & Go

A Hawaii Air National Guard Boeing C-17A "Globemaster III" on short finals for MCAF Kāne‘ohe Bay's Runway 4, as seen from He‘eia Kea Boat Harbor. This C-17 was performing touch & go landings at "K-Bay", in which the wheels touch ground, then the plane will power up and take-off. Because HNL is a busy airport, the military will use outlying bases to practice their landings.

I was shooting a wedding not far from the boat harbor, and saw the C-17 making a few approaches in the distance, over Kāne‘ohe Bay. After the my video shoot was done, I went down to He‘eia Kea to see what kind of angle I could get. The big grey cargo jet made a sweeping left turn near the shoreline to line up with the runway. I stayed for a couple of cycles to get shots of the C-17.

Also, May is Armed Forces Month. Thank you to all of our service personnel, and especially those in harm's way!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gas Pump

Virginia's Antique & Gifts, an antique store in Wahiawa, has this old gas pump at the front door. I remember that the store was once a Chevron service station up until the late 60s or early 70s. Oh yeah, the price per gallon when it was last used ... 48¢! Those days are certainly long gone ...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fishing In The Lagoon

A few people fish along the shoreline of Ke‘ehi Lagoon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rainy Windshield

Caught in a downpour, rain drenches my car

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wood Grain

A close-up of one the planks I bought for our attic ...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

Today's photo shows my mom (left) with Kat's mom during a family Christmas party.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Roll Replay!

The EVS replay system for the Aloha Stadium JumboTron. This is how we do replays for the sporting events we do there. The best feature about this system, is that its always recording, so we'll never miss a play.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Head Shop?

These glass heads were for sale at a nearby Pier 1 Imports ... I thought it was a bit strange, and wondered who would decorate their house with these, though it would be ideal for Halloween.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Now Boarding ...

Walking through the Jetway to board our Hawaiian Air flight to Maui, this past November.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


I was going for the rainbow reflecting in the side view mirror as well as the side of our car. I also got the refection of the interior off of the side window.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Crab Legs

Frozen crab legs for sale at a major grocery store ...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Blue Buzzer

One of the paging devices at Nico's Pier 38 to alert you when your order is ready ... Kat & I highly recommend the food there! Food Network's Guy Fieri did a segment of "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives" there.

In fact, in tonight's edition of "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives", Poke Stop is one of the three eateries featured ...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Wine Glass Kaleidoscope

The theme week for May is "Phone Pix". There are times when busting out any camera might get me into trouble ... thank God for cameras built into cellular phones. Though the quality ain't the greatest ... I still get to capture moments.

Leading this theme week is, looking through a few layers of wine glasses in a store's display.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Expo 2010

Expo 2010 is being held in Shanghai, China, with its theme being "Better City, Better Life". The official airline for Expo 2010 is Shanghai's own China Eastern Airlines. To commemorate their sponsorship of Expo 2010, China Eastern had one of their newest Boeing 737-700s, B-5265, specially painted for the event. The 737 was at HNL as it made its delivery flight from Boeing Field, Seattle, WA to Shanghai. Along with Honolulu, B-5265 made stops at Majuro and Saipan before reaching Shanghai.