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!
Saturday, March 31, 2007
A race for Owen
About a year and a half ago Owen Cenal died of a heart attack while paddling with his team in a canoe race from the island of Moloka'i to O'ahu, a race that takes over 5 hours to complete. Mahalo nui to the Beach Boys for hosting this event in memory of a talented paddler, canoe paddle maker, coach, and a friend to many. http://starbulletin.com/2005/10/10/sports/story05.html
The legal battle continues for the rights of Hawaiians to preserve their ancestral genes. State law makers today decided to postpone any ruling on a ban on GMO Taro production. For Hawaiians, this was a huge setback for the preservation of the Hawaiian Blood line - the root of all Hawaiians. Almost a year ago, I took this photo on the lawns of the University of Hawai'i, an alter that was built to pay homage to the ancestors that came before them and Kalo (Taro) the birth mother of all Hawaiians.... http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Mar/30/br/br7068425913.html
The University of Hawai'i is involved in research to genetically modify the Hawaiian Taro. The Hawaiians oppose any alteration of the Taro, a symbol of their ancestor and lifeline. To get a close-up of the sculpture above, [ press here ]. In order to understand and appreciate why Hawaiians wish to keep the Taro genes pure, one needs to understand their history:
Before there were humans, there were Gods, Wakea, Father Heaven, and Papa, Earth Mother. They bore many children, one of which was Ho`ohoku. In time, Ho`ohoku gave birth to her first born, Haloa-naka. Born prematurely, the limbless deformed infant, Haloa-naka, was in the shape of a bulb. Wakea buried the body at the east corner of his house and Ho`ohoku tended to the burial site until one day it grew into a taro plant. The couple’s second-born child, also named Haloa, was a healthy boy who would become the ancestor of the Hawaiian people. Haloa was to respect and look after his older brother for all eternity. The elder Haloa, Haloa-naka, the root of life, would always sustain and nourish his young brother and his descendants. The strong bond between Hawaiians and the Taro plant can be seen in the Hawaiian word for family - 'Ohana. 'ohana is derived from the word 'oha, the shoot that grows from the taro corm. As the young shoots grow from the ground, people grow from the family.
I took this photo on our monday hike and was simply impressed by its sheer size and shape - you really had to be there to appreciate it - oh well here it is.
On a completely different tangent, check this video from YouTube if you have the time - I thought this was completely amazing - supposely, only 3 out of some 2000 athletes from around the world have successfully completed this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkBkZpK-fYQ If for nothing else then perhaps an inspiration for putting on those workout shoes =P
This brilliant rainbow of colors radiated at just the right time as we approached the top of the trail - my friend attempted to photograph it with a cellphone but it did not compare with this photo that Ruth graciously provided from her camera.
As for the previous hillside photo, I used a cloning technique to duplicate a house in the middle of the pic and cloned it to the bottom right side of the picture - its so subtle, you will probably not notice the cloned houses!
Theres nothing remarkable about this picture but I did do something to the image - can you see the "photoshop" modification? If you can, you're very observant!!! =) I took this photo from a friends Lanai (balcony) at St. Louis Heights.
I am quite busy this week, so I'm having to use a photo I took three weeks ago - hope you will enjoy this nonetheless - have a wonderful day! =)
Oh, btw, I thought this was a great story to share: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17748997/ Its about a japanese millionaire who purchased a bunch of million dollar homes in one of the most expensive neighborhoods on O'ahu and providing them rent free to low income families with a lot of children. With the crazy rental market and housing prices, its nice to know these families are getting a huge opportunity to provide safe and secure shelter for their family rent free!!!
If you look closely, you will see a waterfall on the left top area of photo - see it? If not, I'll show you another closer view tomorrow - this pic was not taken on O'ahu but rather on the Island of Kaua'i - 90 miles away and to the north west of O'ahu. I was there a week ago.
I really enjoy this picture for many reasons - the youthful spirit, the curious nature, the overcast skies, the free spirit of adventure from a childs smile - this photo was taken on Saturday, when it was a bit overcast, but still, kids see thru it all and find ways to enjoy themselves! =D Hope ya'all have a swingin kinda week!
P.s. I forgot to mention - an ingenious person at our get together found a rope, a portion of a fire hose, a chin up bar, and whoalla - we got a swing! =P
One of my fav and voted one of O'ahu's top restaurants, Cafe Sistina's interior walls are adorned with the artistic replication of the Sistine Chapel, all hand drawn by the owner, Sergio Mitrotti. Opened in 1991, it serves Northern Italian cuisine and live entertainment during the weekend and special engagements. You can read more in the link below...