A photographic journal of images from O'ahu by Dana, Jamie and Kala! =)
Pictures are all taken during the course of my activities such as paddling, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddling, rock climbing, archery, skeet shooting, and soon diving - due to my schedule, some postings are done in advanced and posted automatically by blogger on the dates specified. If you have any suggestions, comments, etc for photos you would like me to take, do not hesitate to let me know - enjoy and thanks for stoppin by - Live, Love, Laugh and share the ALOHA!
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Where are we?...
Its 8 PM on Sunday Hawai'i time and for most of you, its already May day! I had a full day of activities so before I head back out again, here is the pic of the day for April 30th. A slice of Japanese culture and architecture in Hawai'i. If you really want to see the close up picture,[ press here ]! I need to head back out but I hope to respond to all of your comments when I return! If you have questions, ask away! Thanks again for stopping by! =)
I took this photograph from inside the window of a room - its difficult to see but it looks like the kids are playing a game called Freeze Tag. Not sure if theres a different name for it in other parts of the world. One person is "it" and he/she has to tag other players "out." My first job coming out of high school was as a summer fun leader - getting paid to play games! :) You can get a closer view of the mountains by pressing here or press here for a closer view of the kids and teacher. For a lower end digital camera, it seems to take close-ups surprisingly well.
This 1997 bronze sculture, titled "Rainbow," was done by artist Shige Yamada for the University of Hawai'i Athletics and is located on the side of the Stan Sheriff Athletic Center. The hands and ball represent cooperation and teamwork while the rainbow colors symbolize the University's former nickname - "rainbows." There's actually more story behind this nickname since the University decided to change it to the "Warriors" but I will end it here.
After reading Eric's (Paris) suggestions and comments on photo blogging, I decided to remove the previous image since that was more a composition of several images. Instead, I'll use this photo - taken a while back but still it reflects the perpetuation of the hawaiian custom of canoe paddling. This was a womens race from the island of Moloka'i to the island of O'ahu. The women completed the 42+ miles distance in a little over 6.5 hours. This is an annual event.
Timing was working on my side when I took this photo. Dad and son watches on as his daughter learns to stand on a surfboard with the help of a beachboy. There's many vendors to rent surfboards in Waikiki and having tried various surf spots, I still think Waikiki has got some of the best waves to learn on. The waves are much more beginner friendly, not as steep in the face, and easier to read. I decided to add this link if you want to find out more about the Waikiki Beach Boys: [ Waikiki Beach Boys tidbit ] - need to scroll down to that section :)
This is actually my first "official" photo posting for this blog site since I barrowed some material from my other blog to get this blog site active ... So, here it is :P First, I'd like to say mahalo (thanks) to Denton of DailyPhotoMap for assisting me in getting started since I am new to this blog community thingy and have a lot to learn. Mahalo nui loa to Eric from Paris for getting this all started! A great concept of sharing from around the world. I was very surprised and grateful by the amount of responses already. Photography is one of my favorite hobbies when I am not studying, working, coaching kids, or playing outdoors. I have been very impressed with the quality of the photographs that I've had the chance to view. This is very kewl!
About the photo above: This photo was taken this afternoon at 5 PM at Maunalua Bay in Hawai'i Kai. Hui Nalu Canoe Club was having a canoe blessing. Loosely translated, "hui" means club and "nalu" means surf. In hawaiian tradition, the canoe is treated as a living entity with a spirit of its own and thus the special care in the birth of a new canoe. Today is the females scheduled practice day and thus why most of the people in the photo are females. If you click on the image, you can get a better view! :)
I was walking outside my house when I saw this strange image - a man standing on the roof! In the horizon is the always beautiful Kahala beach. The beach is about a three minute drive from the house. Click on the image above to see the larger view.
Even a day of rain cannot put a damper on a beautiful sunset. I took these photos around 6:30 PM tonight as I was leaving work. Interestingly, both images were photographed only within seconds of each other. Click on image to enlarge. The photo on the left was taken from outside the window at the University of Hawai'i. The photo on the right was taken from behind the window. The window contains a slight tint, thus accentuating the color of life!