Maui Sunrise at Haleakala Crater Summit

Even though I like my photos, these do not even come close to doing justice to this experience. If you ever have the opportunity to go, don’t scoff at the notion of waking up at 3am to make the drive.

Temperatures at the summit are about 30 degrees cooler than at the surface which made it about 47 degrees that morning. The winds felt like they were at least 25mph, which makes for a pretty good wind chill. I psyched myself up for it by imagining that the strong winds were actually me feeling the force of the face of the sun in such a magnificent way. [Read more…]

On the Road to Hana: Wai‘anapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach

We were excited about our last stop before making it to Hana because we really wanted to see the black sand beach. We wish we had brought swimwear, but we were so focused on the drive that we didn’t think about bringing anything along with us to enjoy the stops.

Regardless I enjoyed walking around, taking photos, and seeing the sights. [Read more…]

On the Road to Hana: Kahanu Garden and Pi`ilanihale

After a few more stops along the roadside, we decided to spend a little time at the Kahanu Gardens. It was a good decision and worth the per person fee.

Among the gardens, which showcase plants with significant roles in past and present of the islands, sits a huge platform made of volcanic rock that is believed to be the oldest known place of worship in the Hawaiian Islands.

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On the Road to Hana: Ke’anae Peninsula

Our first non-roadside stop on the Hana Highway was at the Ke’anae Peninsula. We stayed for about 30 minutes marveling at the rocky beaches and taking a few photos. Here are some of the shots I took. [Read more…]

A Visit to Lahaina, Hawaii on the Island of Maui

Having never been to Hawaii and not sure when/if I’d be back, I wanted to see another island. So we headed off to Maui for a few days.

We ended up staying in Ainu Nalu in the town of Lahaina. It was the perfect place to be our home base. Plenty of slow-paced activity during the day and really quiet at night. Lots of shops an art galleries along Front St.

Here are a few shots from around town. [Read more…]

Land and Sea at Makapu’u Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Get in a car and drive away from the big city of Honolulu to the eastern most point of the island of Oahu and you’ll find this beautiful beach near Makapu Point.

I’m glad I had my camera with me when I ended up here recently.

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On the Road to Hana: Random Stops Along the Roadside

While winding along the curvy, mountainous, scenic coastal Hana Highway, there are dozens of places that you can pull off onto the side of the road to take photos or to have a adventure hiking along a trail to hunt down swimming holes and waterfalls.

We pulled off the road and few times, and here are some of the photos. [Read more…]

Vistas of Wakiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Wakiki Beach area of Honolulu really has some nice looking views. While it’s easy to find tons of photos of the beach I wanted to snap a few frames of a couple of hotels and surrounding areas. [Read more…]

Sailing Wakiki Beach on a Catamaran

Blue skies, bluer water …. on a catamaran in Honolulu has to be somewhere in the upper half of a list of the best places to find yourself on a Saturday afternoon. I had this opportunity recently and had a good time.

Captian Jon of Sail Mankani and his crew were awesome and I recommend you look them up if you are in town. Makes a great, reasonably priced group outing.

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Sunset Valley Nature Trail

Took a quick trip out to the Sunset Valley Nature Trail area this past Sunday. I’ve worked near Sunset Valley for 12+ years and never knew that area was back there. I guess I should make better use of my lunch hour!

We couldn’t figure out the best place to “get on” the trail, so we ended up accessing it via Sunset Valley City Hall.

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