Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bishop Street

Bishop Street is one downtown Honolulu's main thoroughfares.  It was used in the film "Don Juan DeMarco", and was supposed to be New York City, but one of the city buses was in the background, and gave it away.

Monday, August 30, 2010

South Shore Swell

In the beginning of the month, a south shore surf swell hit the southern coast of O‘ahu.  This is a little spot where surfers go out to hit the break at a favorite spot called "Bowls", on the left of the mouth of the Ala Wai Boat Harbor.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Team Impact

Team Impact was invited to perform for five nights, two weeks ago at New Hope Leeward.  They performed several feats of strength, as well as offer their testimony, and their walk with Christ.  Among their feats, they blew up hot water bottles, ripped phone books, bent steel bars, and broke baseball bats.

In today's photo, Team Impact member Siolo Tauafea (from Honolulu) breaks this stack of 14 concrete tiles with his bare hand.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Watching The Bride And Groom

Bridesmaids from Kirk & Merilyn's wedding wait while the couple is photographed before the wedding ceremony.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Orchid Railing

In celebration of the arrival of its first Airbus A330-200, Hawaiian Air held a blessing ceremony for the new addition to their fleet. The stairs leading up the main entry was door were draped with orchid lei.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Old Staples

Old, rusty staples left behind from old sign postings, in a wood utility pole ...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Injured Player

During this past Saturday's Interleague High School game between the Wai‘anae Seariders and Saint Louis Crusaders, Seariders wide receiver Niko Camacho (#87, on the stretcher) was knocked unconscious by a member of the Crusaders return team while Camacho was chasing down the Crusaders punt returner. The replay showed helmet to helmet contact to the side of Camacho's head, and he crumpled to the ground after the hit. No penalty was called.

From my field camera angle, I did not see the collision, since I was focussed on the returner. The game, only in the opening few minutes, was delayed almost 30 minutes as an ambulance was called to take Camacho to a hospital. Fortunately, he did show movement in his legs and hands, while the firefighters, paramedics, and Wai‘anae training staff secured him to a backboard. They also cut away his jersey, and removed the face mask from his helmet. Camacho's condition was not known after both games were finished. To make things worse, the Crusaders trounced the Seariders, 42-3.

In my seven seasons on the Aloha Stadium video crew, this was the fourth time I've witnessed a football player carted off in an ambulance. Hopefully, Camacho will make a full recovery, and return to playing football.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Surf's Up!

Last week, another south swell hit the south shore of O‘ahu with wave faces as high as six feet. Though not as big as the 15-feet-plus winter north shore swells, the south swells draws many surfers. Point Panic, in front of Kaka‘ako Park, is a top surf spot which also attracts body surfers and body boarders as well.

Today would have been Duke Kahanamoku's 120th birthday. He was instrumental in bringing surfing to the rest of the world.

Monday, August 23, 2010

GIant Flower

The flower of the monstera deliciosa plant measures over eight inches in height. It's a common landscape plant, and there are quite a bit where we live.

Today's photo shows one of the flowers that bloomed in front of our townhouse.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Canoes & Waves

Canoes and waves along Waikīkī's eastern end ...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bear In Chair

This teddy bear was a gift from a parent of one of Kat's students. I took this photo a couple of weeks after we re-painted our bedroom.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Climb Out Rays

The sun's rays cuts through clouds over Honolulu as we climb out in a US Air Force Boeing C-17A Globemaster III. I was invited to go on a media flight during the 2010 RIMPAC exercises, in which we would perform an air drop over the Pohakuloa Training Range on the Big Island. For the departure out of HNL, I was selected to sit in one of the jumpseats in the cockpit. The C-17 must have one of the roomiest flight decks around!

We had some rain showers as we taxied from the Hickam ramp to the Reef Runway, and can see more rain in today's photo.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

West Shore Campus

Our home church, New Hope Leeward, opened its fourth campus this past Sunday as the West Shore Campus! Focussing on the Wai‘anae side of O‘ahu, the West Shore Campus will set up their 11am worship service at beach parks on the Wai‘anae Coast. Led by Campus Pastor Milton Bradley, the fourth campus will minister to those farther out from the other three New Hope Leeward campuses, and as an outreach for the homeless on that part of the island.

The homelessness on the west side has seen a spike in growth, especially among families with children, with the downturn in the economy, and theCity & County's push to get the homeless out of metro Honolulu.

Today's photo was taken during the praise and worship part of the service.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Paddleboard Sunset

A stand-up paddleboarder gets some time on the water at Ala Moana Beach Park as the sun goes down. I got this during rehearsals of the 2010 Lantern Floating from my camera position, and during a part in the show where my camera wasn't a factor.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

White & Green Orchids

Recent blooms of my white and green orchids.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Aloha Vision

Aloha Stadium recently had a new video board installed that replaced the Matrix scoreboard and Sony JumboTron. The new Aloha Vision screen is an LED screen that can be split (as seen above) or shown full-screen. We got to debut the screen on Saturday with the first high school football games of the 2010 season beginning with the ‘Iolani School Father Bray Classic. The first game featured Pac-Five Wolfpack downing the Kaiser Cougars, 7-3. The feature game had the ‘Iolani Raiders overpowering the Waialua Bulldogs, 37-7.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Double Duck

A duck and its reflection in a pond at Moanalua Gardens.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Family Photo

The wedding couple's family jumps in to take a family photo after their wedding at the Ko ‘Olina Resort. Couples married at Ko ‘Olina are taken to one of the four lagoons to have beachside photos taken.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hawaiian Blessing

Anytime a new aircraft type is brought into a Hawai‘i-based entity, it usually undergoes a Hawaiian blessing. It even applies for the military units based here. Recently, the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron received the first two (of 20) F-22A Raptors. These two fighters were blessed by Kahu Kordell Kekoa, the chaplain for Kamehameha Schools, with Hawaiian water and sea salt. The customary blessing is preceded with a Christian prayer in Hawaiian and English. The salt and water are poured into a koa wood bowl, and sprinkled with ti leaves.

Today's photo shows Kahu Kekoa blessing the tail section of aircraft 03-4045, which has the "Hawai‘i" tail flash.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blast Off!

On the beach fronting the Elks Lodge, there are these cement bowls. It's not known what they are for, though it looks like they could be bases for over-water decks. Anyway, these bowls are a favorite for kids to play in. This boy was playing in it during high tide, and was caught by a crashing wave.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mā‘alaea Lookout

A bit northwest outside of Mā‘alaea on the Honoapi‘ilani Highway on the way to Lahaina, is a scenic point which overlooks Mā‘alaea Bay, and has Haleakalā in the background.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fireman's Helmet

A firefighter's helmet from Honolulu Fire Department's Engine Company 6 (Kalihi) lays on the ground as the firefighter tends to a car crash victim.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Queen Anne's Revenge

Hawai‘i is the location being used to film "The Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Starnger Tides", the fourth volume in the "The Pirates Of The Caribbean" movie series, starring Johnny Depp. The Queen Anne's Revenge is the ship used by Jack Sparrow's nemesis Blackbeard. The sailing ship was towed to Hawai‘i from the US mainland for the filming, and is seen above moored at the He‘eia Kea Boat Harbor in Kāne‘ohe. The film is due for release in May 2011.

Queen Anne's Revenge is seen above from a shot I got from the He‘eia Kea State Park.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Red Plumeria

One of the rarer types of plumeria, are the deep red variety. Kat & I came across a red plumeria tree in bloom at the Waipahu Plantation Village visitor center.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Raptor Sunset

A few weeks ago, the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron received their first two Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptors. To show the fighter's capabilities, the 199th held a demonstration practice on the west side of O‘ahu a day before the blessing ceremony. Show center was a mile off-shore, and abeam the ‘Ihilani Resort.

A friend had told me about the flight demo, and Kat & I had ventured down to Ko 'Olina's Lagoon 4 to watch the performance. We were amazed with the jet's capabilities. The F-22A can be seen below the top center cloud.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Playing In The Sand

While Kat & I waited for a flight demonstration by a Hawai‘i Air National Guard Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor over the west side of O‘ahu, we saw this boy playing in the sand.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sandy Sisters

Our nieces Ellie and Kisa at Mokulē‘ia Army Beach on New Year's Day. This was Ellie after she got buried in the sand. We had awesome weather to begin 2010, and decided to take our nieces and nephew to the beach for the afternoon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

River Surfing

A bodyboarder takes on the muddy current of the Waimea River as it meets Waimea Bay.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gone Fishin' 4

A group of fishermen line the beach of the Sand Island Marine Recreational Park.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Reading At The Beach

On a trek to Kailua Beach last year, I came across the woman who seemed more interested in the novel she's reading than the beach.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pahipahialua Beach

Welcome to August! Being that this is the middle of summer, our theme week will be "Beach Shots", a variety of photos I've taken around beaches that Kat & I have been to.

Leading off our theme week is fisheye shot of Pahipahialua Beach on O‘ahu's North Shore. On the left side of the photo is Kukaimanini Islet.