Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jet Skier

A jet skier roars along Ke‘ehi Lagoon from the Sand Island Recreation Center, creating a wake in a "No Wake Zone".

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Surf Police

On a day when a surf swell hit O‘ahu's south shores, the state's Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) police enforced the body surfers only rule at Point Panic.  There is a zone marked by two orange and white poles (background) where it's reserved for body surfing only between the poles.  All other types of surfing must be done outside (west) of the zone.  When the DNLR police showed up, they chirped their siren and made announcements over their loudspeaker.

A body boarder told me that violators can be cited with a $150 fine plus board confiscation.  To get the board back, violators had to go to court.

In all of the times I've gone to Point Panic to photograph surfers, this was the first time I've seen the DLNR police enforce the body surfing zone.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Thanks to an ultra wide-angle lens, I was able to get a shot of the sun, its reflection off the First Hawaiian Tower, and a second reflection off of the Cades Schutte Building.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blue Angels Return To K-Bay

The US Navy's Blue Angels returned this past weekend to Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i to headline the Kāne‘ohe Airshow.  Today's photo shows all six Boeing F/A-18s in a horizontal burst toward show center.

More air show photos on the Blue Wave Pix facebook page

Sunday, September 26, 2010


This one of five honu (green sea turtles) that were feeding on the rocks in front of the Sheraton Waikīkī a couple of weeks ago.  It did not seem to bother them that the tide was rolling in, since the spot they were feeding in was a little calmer.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

‘Aweoweo Beach

‘Aweoweo Beach in Waialua is a beach Kat & I discovered through a friend's recommendation.  We've seen even honu feeding on the rocks.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wing Abeam Waikīkī

Our Hawaiian Air 717 flight courses abeam the Waikīkī shoreline as make our way to Maui, from the trip Kat & I took last November.  Hotels directly abeam off the wingtip are the Halekulani, Sheraton Waikīkī, and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Do Not Cross The Red Line!

Restricted areas around military flight lines are marked by a red line (seen above).  As the painted sign says, security forces are authorized to use lethal force if they see someone crossing the red line.  Off to the left of the sign is the controlled entry point, marked by a thick white line.  I got this shot while doing a media event with the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sandbar House

In Ke‘ehi Lagoon, there are several sandbars, and a few are large enough to support houses.  This house above, is one of several on a sandbar at the mouth of the lagoon.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Kat!

To my wife,
Happy Birthday Kat!

Just for fun, and out of curiosity, here are ten famous folks who share September 21st birthdays with Kathy:
• HG Wells (author)
• Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes animator)
• Larry Hagman (actor)
• Stephen King (writer)
• Bill Murray (actor/comedian)
• Faith Hill (singer)
• Ricki Lake (actress)
• Rob Morrow (actor)
• Cecil Fielder (Detroit Tigers outfielder)
• Grant Fuhr (Edmonton Oilers goalie)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gas Tank Bell

This bell was made from an old gas tank, and was found at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


The huapala, or orange trumpet vine, has these bright orange flower clusters that bloom in the beginning of the year. This bunch was one of many along a wall on Kamehameha Highway, in Waipio Gentry.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

St. Andrew's Cathedral

St. Andrew's Cathedral is Honolulu's largest Episcopal church, and neighbors St. Andrew's Priory School.  It's also a popular church for weddings for locals and Japanese tourists.  In the back of the church is a floor to ceiling stained glass work of art.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Under The Wing

While I was waiting to photograph a Boeing 737 delivery flight that was departing for Majuro to taxi by, I took shade under the wing of Kamaka Air's Super DC-3.  In the distance is the HNL control tower, and behind that is the Wai‘anae Mountain Range.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lunch Break

This couple takes their lunch break (Subway sandwiches and Starbucks coffees) on the back gate of a pickup truck in a parking lot.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Surf Shooter

This surf photographer watches the action at "Ala Moana Bowls" off of Magic Island Park, as a wave explodes against breakers.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Koki‘o Kea

Three white hibiscus flowers (Koki‘o Kea) in bloom at He‘eia Kea State Park.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Money Grab

This woman participated in a money grab sponsored by a local bank at the Made In Hawai‘i products expo a few weeks ago.  She had 30 seconds to stuff as much money as she could into the box on the outside of the booth, through a thin slot.  She won $50 for her efforts.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pup & Cup

This pup found a cup full of water to drink, but some spilled out as he carried it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Surfer Girl

This female surfer was one of those who braved the six-foot faced waves.

Friday, September 10, 2010


This surfboard looks like it was the victim of a crushing wave.  As you can see the nose is severely dinged up, as well as the sides.  When I looked closely, the board had a few major cracks throughout its surface.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cutback Spray

This surfer creates a large amount of spray as he cuts back on the top of this wave he's riding.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tugboat In Channel

This tugboat, and another behind it, make their way through the Kewalo Boat Harbor channel which flanked on both sides by popular south shore surf breaks.  "Kewalos" is on the far side of the tug.  The surfer in the foreground is returning from his surf session.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Two surfers catch the same wave over at "Kewalos", which is across the Kewalo Boat Harbor channel.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Watching The Surfers

A father and son (lower right corner) watch the action at "Point Panic".  The bodysurfers take the left side of the break.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


This month's theme week is "South Shore Swell".  In the beginning of August, there was a surf swell that hit O‘ahu's southern coast, in which  waves reached face heights of eight feet.  On the day I went to a surf spot called "Point Panic", wave faces reached six feet.  "Point Panic", in front of Kaka‘ako Park, got its name because of the short ride before reaching the rocky shoreline.

Todays' photo shows bodysurfer attacking the left break, with two others ducking out of the way.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Honohono Orchids

A couple of years ago, Kat's mom gave me a honohono orchid plant, but it took a while before it finally bore a few flowers.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Game On!

The 2010 University of Hawai‘i Warriors football season kicked off yesterday with their opener against the University of Southern California Trojans at Aloha Stadium.  The Trojans escaped with a 49-36 victory over the Warriors.  Today's photo shows the Warriors players tunnel shortly before they entered the field from my camera platform, and we were about to go live.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Aloha ‘Oe Eagles

The Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron bid a fond farewell to the McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagle yesterday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.  The Eagle is being replaced by the Lockheed-Martin F-22A Raptor.  78-0509 is seen above departing the Reef Runway for Nellis Air Force Base, NV.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bathroom Sink

I was walking through a Home Depot bathroom department, and came across a display of glass bathroom vanity sinks.  Today's photo is a close-up of one of the designs I took with my cell phone.