Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Les Champions De Coupe Grey Redux

This year's Canadian Football League Grey Cup featured a rematch between the Montréal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The result of the 98th Grey Cup was the same as the 97th, the Alouettes beat the Roughriders 21-18, and repeated as CFL's champions. This past Sunday's repeat performance was the first since the Toronto Argonauts won back-to-back Grey Cups in 1996 and 1997.

I thought it would be fitting to repeat my Alouettes mini-helmet shot from last year's post.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Norfolk Pine Cones

I came across these pine cones of Norfolk Pine trees in Mililani. I had never seen Norfolk Pine cones before, but it seemed like many of the Norfolks around Central O‘ahu were bearing these cones, and the ground beneath was covered with brown ones.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


On Maui's western-most end is Honokahua.  Kat and I drove there during our Thanksgiving weekend getaway last year.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Watching Hula

This little girl and her mother watch one of Island Air's flight attendant dance the hula during the airline's 30th anniversary celebration at HNL.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Lieutenant Colonel Mark "Odie" Ladtkow of the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron, flashes the "shaka" ("hang loose") sign as he taxies past the media at the F-15 Farewell.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US. The main dish for most people around the country is turkey. However, the inflatable tom above won't be one of them. I saw this turkey while driving in Kapahulu.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


One of the displays at the Made In Hawai‘i Expo. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I get to celebrate my 47th birthday today!

Kat snapped this photo during a break in the action at the Kāne‘ohe Bay Air Show.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fishpond House

Along the barrier of the Kahalu‘u Fishpond, sits this house that belongs to the property owner. The other side of the house is flanked by Kāne‘ohe Bay. The property also houses the Aloha Ke ‘Akua Wedding Chapel.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Itty Bitty Orchids

I bought these micro-sized orchids at the KCC Open Market, and each flower is no larger than a US quarter-dollar coin. I was attracted to the colors of the flowers.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Spirit Of Aloha

Four Aloha Airlines flight attendants dressed in the airlines' 70s-era uniforms pose for photos during their 60th anniversary celebration in 2006.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Water Cannon Salute

Two crash tenders from HNL's Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) perform a water cannon salute to commemorate the arrival of Hawaiian Air's first Airbus A330-243, N380HA, "Makali‘i", earlier this year. As part of the media, we got to be front and center to this occasion. Seconds after taking this photo, I had to duck away avoid getting some of the spray from the water cannons.

This was the first time I got see a water cannon salute up close from the outside. Back in November 2008, I was aboard the Mokulele Airlines media flight that received a water cannon salute at the Līhu‘e Airport on Kaua‘i.

Today is also the first Hawaiian Airlines first flight from Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan, that arrives at HNL, as HAL458.  The first flight to Haneda left on the 17th.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nu‘uanu Avenue

Looking up Nu‘uanu Avenue from the North King Street intersection through the Tokina 10-17mm fish-eye lens.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Along the Wai‘anae Mountain Range, are caves that may have been inhabited by native Hawaiians. At lower levels of the island chain's mountain ranges, there are a fair amount of caves. I noticed these caves from Kea‘au Beach Park, where New Hope Leeward's West Shore Campus holds their worship service.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jelly For Sale

Kat's mom makes these fruit jellies to sell at an annual craft fair, and Kat and I were tasked to create the labels for those jellies, and a couple of other items she had for sale at the three-day event last week.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Flash Blur

While photographing my Udom Blue Angel orchids, I got the idea to play with the flash and longer shutter speeds. I slowed the shutter to 1/15th second, a breeze kept the flowers moving to create the motion blur.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


On November 2nd, world champion professional surfer Andy Irons passed away in Dallas, TX. As a tribute to the surfer, local artist Ron Artis made this memorial to Irons in the front yard of Artis' Hale‘iwa gallery and studio.   Today, a memorial service is being held at "Pine Trees" (Waiola Beach Park) in Hanalei, Kaua‘i (Irons' hometown).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Back Shot

The back view of Terafumi and Minako's wedding ceremony through the Nikon 16mm fish-eye. The Ni‘ihau Room at the Sheraton Waikīkī has this large lanai that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Early Morning Blessing

Before sunrise, Island Air celebrated it's 30th Anniversary with a Hawaiian blessing the day prior to festivities. The maintenance crew circled the four Dash8s for the blessing, in which each aircraft received a Hawaiian name. Shot with the Nikon 16mm fish-eye.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Raptor Pilots

Lieutenant Colonels Harvey Newton (Commander of the 19th Fighter Squadron, US Air Force) [left] and Christopher Faurot (Commander of the 199th Fighter Squadron, Hawai‘i Air National Guard) [right] are interviewed by news reporters Manolo Morales (of KHON) and Lisa Kubota (of Hawai‘i News Now) at the Pacific Air Forces F-22 Raptor blessing ceremony. Shot with the 16mm fish-eye.

Lt. Col. Newton leads the active duty 19th FS, while Lt. Col. Faurot leads the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th FS. Both units are part of an integrated unit, but the 199th is the lead component, due to its mission of defending the Hawaiian skies.

Today, we also honor the veterans who are serving (& who served) in the US Armed Forces.  A big mahalo for your service and protecting our freedom!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dillingham Fountain

Using the Nikon 16mm fish-eye lens, and a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec, I got this day shot of the Dillingham Fountain at Kapi‘olani Park, freezing some of the water droplets in mid air.

A few years ago, I posted a 1 second night shot of Dillingham Fountain.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kewalo Harbor

A tour boat returns to Kewalo Harbor, seen through the Tokina 10-17mm lens.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Today's photo shows the atrium and stained glass skylight at the State Courthouse on Punchbowl Street that houses the First Circuit Court. I was there to photograph a friend's civil wedding ceremony before a Circuit Court justice. The shot was taken with the Tokina 10-17mm fish-eye.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ala Wai Marina

The theme week for November is "Fish-eye Lens". Over the course of a few weeks, I got to try out a Nikon 16mm fish-eye and a Tokina 10-17mm zoom fish-eye, and some of the photos I took will appear during this week.

Today's photo shows a section of the Ala Wai Marina, and the Ala Moana district in the background, shot with the 16mm fish-eye.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Digging In The Sand

This young family plays in the sand at a north shore beach.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Full Flaps

The flaps of Kamaka Air's Super DC-3 in the full position.  The plane was undergoing a minor maintenance check, and I was standing under the wing photographing another plane.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Augie T

Local comedian Augie T. was the headlining entertainment at New Hope Leeward's 2010 Family Impact Conference. He definitely had the crowd in stitches with his comedy routine.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Green & Brown

This green and brown orchid plant had dozens of flowers on one stem alone.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


A fish-eye lens view of a wave crashing on the rocks along the beach fronting the old Ala Wai Helipad.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hearing Protection

This toddler sports a pair of shooting earmuffs at the 2010 Kāne‘ohe Bay Air Show. Kat noticed the tyke as the Blue Angels were preparing for their performance.