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A photographic journal of images from O'ahu by Dana, Jamie and Kala! =)

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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!

Monday, April 30, 2007

Mauka and Windward Showers

In New England, "Cowbark" says it can be just a matter of 15 minutes for the weather to change
In Grenoble, you get to see a photo from the driver's view
In Saarbruecken, Moonsoleil shows you the roads of her town
In Brookeville, Abraham Lincoln takes you for a rainy ride
and here, above, are five shot sequences I took while driving along the H-3 Freeway. You get to see a view of the roads from a drivers perspective as it goes from sunny to rainy back to sunny in a matter of minutes as I drive THROUGH the mountain. I'll post a video for you to see in a bit. - OK< scratch that - no video for now coz it did not focus well - will make another one when I go back next weekend =P

One of the most common weather forecasts on this island is "mauka and windward showers." Mauka means towards the mountain, and as you drive along the H-3 you sometimes get rain heading towards the Koo'olau mountains, as I am driving here, and it all seems to disappear when you drive away.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Rock Climbers

Rock Climbers
Saw these rock climbers while on another hike on Saturday - near Makapu'u


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Everything Beautiful

Everything Beautiful
For Isabella of Naples Florida, who asked about a photo at the top. Mahalo nui to Linda who let me post this photo of her as she goes to prison today - not the real 'kine, of course * wink * [ Alcatraz ]

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Paw Steps

Paw Steps
...all 1060 steps to the top of the "trail" at Koko head

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Angels Wings

Angels Wings
Ever heard of Project Illumination? I haven't until this night, last Friday, when one of the performers used something called "fire fingers" during her performance, creating an almost angel wing like effect on the camera lens.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sound Medicine

Healing through the power of sound - something completely new to me and very intriguing to watch. According to one of the females I spoke to, the woman wearing the light blue jeans and white t-shirt sitting on the left side of the photo was diagnosed with Cancer and went through chemo therapy. Supposedly, right before she was to receive radiation treatment, she was told her Cancer was completely gone. She attributed that to the "sound" treatment she received similar to the activity in the above photo. [ Click here to watch video ]
Photo was taken on Friday at the University's Earth Day festivities.


Sunday, April 22, 2007

State Champs Race

State Champs Race
Covering 22 miles, the state championship canoe and surfski race was held today. The average time to complete this course was ~ 3hours.

These are three separate images of a surfski and two separate one person canoes (OC-1). The skill of "flying the 'ama" is shown in the middle pic.

The conditions were a bit windy and rough, making for a challenging race - esp. the surfski kayakers who require exceptional skill to balance in the narrow crafts.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Remembering the Victims of Virginia Tech

Remembering the Victims of Virginia Tech
So many lives lost, so many dreams shattered with a senseless act. Its a tragedy beyond comprehension. I tried to imagine what would have happened if this occurred at my University and frankly, its just too sad. In honor and respect for the victims and their families, I will not be posting for the remainder of the week.

Ross Abdallah Alameddine, 20
Christopher Jamie Bishop, 35
Brian Roy Bluhm, 25
Ryan Christopher Clark, 22
Austin Michelle Cloyd, 18
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak
Daniel Perez Cueva, 21
Kevin Granata, 45
Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, 19
Caitlin Millar Hammaren, 19
Jeremy Herbstritt, 27
Rachael Elizabeth Hill, 18
Emily Jane Hilscher, 19
Jarrett Lee Lane, 22
Matthew Joseph La Porte, 20
Henry J. Lee, 18
Liviu Librescu, 76
G.V. Loganathan, 51
Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lombantoruan, 34
Lauren Ashley McCain, 20
Daniel Patrick O'Neil, 22
Juan Ramon Ortiz, 26
Minal Hiralal Panchal 18
Erin Nichole Peterson, 18
Michael Steven Pohle Jr., 23
Julia Kathleen Pryde, 23
Mary Karen Read, 19
Reema Joseph Samaha, 18
Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, 32
Leslie Geraldine Sherman, 20
Maxine Shelly Turner, 22
Nicole Regina White, 20

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Name this location...

Name this location
While out for a paddle on Saturday, I took this photo - can you name this location? =)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Into the clouds

This was a hike that took us literally into the clouds. Go to [ my Flickr page ] to view other images from this series or go to [ my Hawai'i Video blog ] to view a short video.

Walking up sheer cliffs in high winds, rain, mud, and slippery footing, this was surely a memorable hike. Two hours up and two hours return. It got so cold at the top, my drink got a nice refrigeration!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Minty Ice

[ Article: NY Times - Art as Investment ]

Saturday, April 14, 2007

In the news...

For the past week, Kamehameha Hwy has been shutdown for extended periods due to rock slides along the cliffs at Waimea - some rocks are about the size of an automobile. While crews work to clear the roadway, North Shore residents in the area have to walk across the sandy beach to get to the other side. Lifeguard and accomplished mixed martial artist, Kerry Atwood transports a female across the beach on the Lifeguard ATV.

Read about it here:


Friday, April 13, 2007

Kualoa Sugar Mill

Kualoa Sugar Mill
Kualoa served as one of the most sacred places in historical times and residing on this land is another relic of the past - the Kualoa Sugar Mill.

Built in 1863 by Charles Judd and Samuel Wilder, it was equipped with the latest milling technology from Scotland. According to Mike Woodfin, a couple of years after its opening, Samuel Wilder's nine year old son fell into a Vat of boiling syrup and survived only for a couple of days after until he finally died. Seven years later, due to lack of rain, the land was too arid for sugar cane and closed.

For more photos of this historical place, check out Ian Lind's photo page...

Trivia: Can you name some movies filmed at this location? Hint: Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Steven Spielberg

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Thursday, April 12, 2007


the guy on top is literally on top of the wave and not standing on anything. The guy on bottom ... well ...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


The plumeria, although not indigenous to the islands, flourishes throughout the island. They have a very pleasant fragrance and is the flower of choice normally worn behind the ear(s) by locals. The above picture is one of countless varieties - to see the other variations of this beautiful flower, check out the link below (compiled by Botany faculty at the uni)...



Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Eddie Would Go

Ever seen the sticker, "Eddie Would Go"? Well, Eddie Aikau is the person that inspired the saying. Eddie Aikau was the first lifeguard to ever be stationed at Waimea Bay. During his life, he saved countless lives. At the age of 31, he lost his own life while attempting to save the lives of this crew members aboard the Hokule'a sailing canoe that went down during one of their voyage. The two photos were taken on Sunday at Waimea. BTW, this was not a contest - just surfers getting serious water.

The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Classic at Waimea Bay takes place only if waves are over 20 feet (6.1 meters) from the back - 40 feet (12 meters) from the front. The waiting period is some time between November to January. Eddie Aikau was a brave, humble, and selfless person who is an inspiration to many.

Check out the amazing video:
There are many great people in this world who stands out amongst the crowd, and I believe Eddie is one of them. He exemplifies the spirit of aloha. A book was written about him and a Humanitarian Award was given to the Author:

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Almost Wipeout

IMG_00481000[ Posting early ] If you click on the image, you will see the surfboard leash better with unseen surfer attached at the other end - he attempted to paddle out but timed the take off from shore a little late - fortunately, he did not go "over the falls." This shot was taken at Waimea yesterday.

The following link contains a list of digital cameras with defective CCD part...
Bad CCD - is your digital camera on this list?


Sunday, April 08, 2007


Two guys looking at the surf - two gals looking - just looking. =)

Today, the waves on the North Shore was estimated to be around 15 to 20 feet or 4.6 to 6 meters - as measured from the back of the wave hawaiian style. The rest of the United States measure waves from the front so that would be equivalent to 30 to 40 feet or 9 to 12 meters.

Most Hawai'i news stations have started to give numbers consistent with the mainland U.S. - measuring wave size from the front.

Hope u all had a wonderful Easter!


Saturday, April 07, 2007

Whales Tale

Whale outside Hawaii Kai4
Sorry I am late on posting - had papers to finish and work to do but I hope this was a worthwhile wait - this was a complete accidental pic while I was photographing something else from shore using my zoom - how I wish I had a SLR telephoto for this!

Quite remarkable - you can see more on the flickr page - there was a lot of whales and other ocean activities today!!!


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Post Race

IMG_03181000bwThis was taken on saturday after the race - and my first "greyscale" image ever I think on this blog but I just had to highlight my fav drink of choice after a canoe race - gatorade. Some people go for the cold bottle of beer but since I don't drink, not at the moment anyway, this is my drink of choice! Cheers!! If you want to see the image in full color, click da image ;)

Monday, April 02, 2007

Surfers Back