Monday, March 31, 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Well, today was my last Sunday here in Hawaii, at least until next winter. The weather was really beautiful--a great breeze and it didn't seem too warm today, maybe around 83. After church, Leah and I went to the north shore. We only had about an hour on the beach, but it was beautiful.

We came back and got ready for Bible Study and the regular Sunday night dinner that follows Bible Study. A good time, as usual. It was very sad saying goodbye to everyone. I'm going to miss them...

miss (nostalgia)=ha'o wale
my friend=ko'u hoaloha
goodby (until we meet again)=a hui hou aku

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Chelsea and I decided to photograph the Friday night fireworks in Honolulu last night. We got there early enough to get shots of the sailboats, outriggers, and people spending time at Magic Island. This young man was having his photo taken in his samurai outfit. Maybe for senior photos, since it looked like he had other clothes to change into also. He was pretty expressionless, but the mom will probably love the images.

There were several outriggers going back and forth with grownups manning the oars, and there was what seemed like an entire fleet of sailboats out in the water. It didn't look like a race, but they just sailed back and forth for a while and then after the sun set and the light diminished, they began coming back to the marina. It was very nice of them to come in one at a time--it gave Chelsea and I plenty of chances to practice with slow shutter speeds and get some movement in the images and to get shots of the boats individually.

Chelsea and I had been there for quite a while and were expecting the fireworks to begin at 7:30. By about 7:15 we were getting tired but knew we didn't have too much longer to wait. A couple came and sat down near us. We started talking and they said the fireworks wouldn't start till 8:00. Both Chelsea and I groaned, and decided that if they didn't begin around 7:30, we would leave. We were supposed to meet Len and his wife across the road at Brew Moon where Leah was working.

Fortunately the first firework went off at about 7:35. They only last for 10 minutes, but that was long enough since we were both ready. I'm very happy with most of the images I got, and Chelsea got some good ones too. So all in all, it was a good afternoon.

I realized, while I was standing there, that I began my stay on Oahu with a fireworks shoot, and ended with one as well.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008

I had some errands to do today, and they took me pretty close to Honolulu. I was going to drive back up to one of the beaches on the north shore, but since I was so close to downtown I decided to go to Ala Moana Beach, which I really like anyway. It was great fun people-watching. I finally decided to get the camera out and see what I could see.

When it was getting late, I decided to go over to Magic Island, another one of my favorite places. The outrigger practices seem to be done for this year, or at least for now, which was disappointing, but it was still really pleasant to be there. People were jogging and walking, or just sitting and reading. I saw two couples getting married--no wedding parties, just the officiant and photographer. There was a homeless guy playing his guitar. There were some boats coming and going, so I managed to get a few shots, none of which I'm very happy with.

While I was walking along I saw this sight--an easy chair next to a bench. Wonder if it'll be there Friday when we go back to photograph the fireworks?

And then this rainbow. How beautiful!

From where I was on Magic Island you can see the planes after take-off, leaving the island. Everytime one took off I was sad thinking I'd be on one of them in just a week. When someone goes on vacation anywhere off the island, it's said that they are "off-island". So I guess I'll just have to say that I'm going to be "off-island" for the next 9 months, and look forward to returning, God willing.

airport=kahua ho'olulu mokulele
sailing vessel=moku pe'a
Sunday, Mar 23, 2008


Well, Easter morning dawned bright, beautiful and warm. Never thought I'd be able to say that, living in upstate NY. But here in Hawaii, that's the way it was. What a glorious day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

We had a great church service.

Then in the afternoon, we had our usual Bible Study at the Bayles' home, followed by Easter dinner. The menu was Ham, Lamb and Yam, plus, of course, all manner of other things. But I thought the Ham, Lamb and Yam was cute. Okay, so it doesn't take much to amuse me!

There were dyed hard-boiled eggs which were used by everyone in an old Greek tradition, that our Japanese hostess wanted us to participate in. Okay, Greek tradition in Hawaii sponsored by our Japanese hostess. Fun. You find someone and the two exchange Easter Greetings (if you've seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding, it's the phrase Ian is trying to learn in the restaurant the first time he's meeting the family==Christos Onazzi [or something to that effect]). Once you've exchanged greetings, you're supposed to tap your eggs together and whichever one breaks, that person is out of the "game". You continue on, finding people whose eggs are not broken, until, hopefully, there is one person left with an intact egg. That person won a little prize.

My egg cracked on the first go-around, okay, no wise cracks, oops, no pun intended! So I just did what I like to do best and went around taking photos.

And here's the bunny cake, Leah's contribution to the dinner.

It was a really fun evening. After eating, people hang around and visit, no one seems to be in a hurry to leave. My friend, Chelsea, attended church with me in the morning, and the dinner also. She was very impressed by how friendly everyone was and said she felt very comfortable. Way to go, OPCers! Christ in us at work.

Easter=Ka la i ala hou ai ka Haku

ham=Pua'a hame

lamb=keiki hipa

cake= Mea 'ono


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday afternoon, Mar 22, 2008


The charts said that on Friday, Mar. 21, 2008 the full moon would be rising right around the same time that the sun would set. Perfect timing to take moonrise shots. The sky would still be light enough, but not too bright, and the moon always looks huge when it's at the horizon. So we had a Meetup Moonrise Shoot planned. Only about 4-5 people were signed up--in spite of the fact that there are about 70 registered members. Well, Friday dawned cloudy...which didn't bode too well for clear skies at sunset.

As the day progressed the sky became, cloudy. I decided I was still going because even if the moon and clouds didn't cooperate, I knew there would be other things to photograph, and how shabby is it to spend sunset at the beach?? It turned out that only two of us went. Len and I. It had been planned for us to meet at Makapuu Beach, below the lighthouse we shot many weeks ago.

Below is an image of some sort of memorial. Several of the stones had leis and necklaces draped over them. I haven't researched yet to see exactly what the memorial is for.

So we were wandering around taking photos of the sea and other things when we saw two guys with tripods setting up. We thought they might be with our group so we went over to speak with them. No. They were just there to photograph the moonrise for some movie that one of them was making. We all commiserated because the clouds were very thick at the horizon.

So it got to be the time the moon was due to rise and sure enough, the cloud bank on the horizon continued to be thick as pea soup and it was getting too dark to photograph anything else. We all decided it was probably time to leave. Close up the tripods, turn off the cameras and put them away in their bags, put the bags in the trunks or back seats, get in the car, turn it on, look over shoulder while beginning to back up and THERE IT WAS!! We must have all seen it at the same time because suddenly all the cars went off and there was a rush to get cameras and tripods out and set up. So even though we missed the moon right at the horizon, it was still pretty good where we got it.

Moon and Makapuu Lighthouse

lighthouse=Hale ipukukui

memorial= Mea ho'omana'o

full moon=mahina piha


Saturday, Mar. 22, 2008
Thursday I had Honu duty in the morning. When I arrived there were hardly any people on the beach and there were no turtles. That's a first for me. There has always been at least one turtle when I arrived. So I set up the signs and got everything ready for the day. After a while the other volunteer arrived and said, "isn't is great, there's a monk seal over there". Sure enough, way past the rocks on the sandy section of the beach, there was a seal basking in the overcast sun. Authorities had already been alerted because the area was roped off with red tape.

It pretty much just laid there, like a rock, and after the first look, was pretty boring. That very day I had decided that I didn't need my long lens because the short lens was adequate for shooting turtles. So of course, that's the day the monk seal shows up! Finally, after a couple of hours, I could see that it was moving around, so I grabbed my camera and ran over and got a few images with it moving a little.

Last week when I was on honu duty, there were 8 honu on the beach at once. This image shows a cluster of 4 of them. That's the most I've ever seen at once on the beach.

When I left the beach for home, I stopped in Haleiwa for a shave ice. When I parked, I saw this woodie car and just had to get a shot of it. It was a big hit, everyone stopped to look and admire it.

That same afternoon I was supposed to meet Leah at her place and we were going together to have dinner with one of the church families. As I've mentioned before, traffic is just plain nasty during rush hour. I was slightly ahead of the heavy rush hour, but traffic was pretty slow nonetheless. I saw this rainbow and for once I had my camera handy, so I was able to get a few images of it.

Then, as I was sitting in traffic, I decided to experiment to show the busy road. One section of the H1 is 6 lanes wide each way, and at this point, all 12 lanes were full of slow moving traffic. Yikes!

The next day, Friday, I decided to finally take that ride up along the leeward coast. That's the dryer side of the island, so it isn't as lush and pretty as the rest of Oahu. The road runs parallel to the ocean, so you can see the beaches most of the way. Besides being not as pretty, this is the area where so many homeless people live. There were actually areas where there were small communes of homeless--tent cities.

As an aside, one day I was at Ala Moana Beach in Honolulu and I had just come out of the rest room. There was a homeless woman a few feet away. She appeared to have all her earthly goods piled into a shopping cart--all, that is, except for the clothes on her back and her cell phone, which she was very busy having a conversation on. I don't know, but does that seem strange to anyone else besides me????

Anyway, the next two images are on the Mauka (mountain) side of the road. Very beautiful

One nice thing about the leeward side is that if you want to spend the day on an isolated, or almost isolated beach, that's the place to go. I didn't see any surfers during my ride because the waves are practically non-existant here, at least in the winter.

So I followed this road to the end, which meets with the beginning of the walking trail heading out to Kaena point. According to the guide books, the hike is a little shorter than the one I took from the other side, but I wasn't going to try it. I'll take the word of the author on that.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008


After the parade on Monday, we had to walk back to where the car was parked. The route followed Waikiki Beach for a way and we saw these yellow beach umbrellas all along the way. The bright yellow against the blue sky and water was so pretty.

Then there were several stacks of lawnchairs sitting around and I really liked the graphic design they created.

After getting my fill of umbrellas and lawnchairs, I turned my attention to the surfboards and other things.

By the time we got back to the car, we were beat and very happy to sit down.