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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!

Thursday, October 30, 2008



This photo was actually taken about 2 weeks ago but I will post some new ones soon - in the mean time, perhaps you can just dream about sitting on the soft sand watching these beautiful waves roll into shore... and hopefully not get wet =)

I love the Cranberries and I sure hope you do too - enjoy this oldie but goodie!

Press play...

Cranberries - Dreams

Oh my life is changing everyday
in every possible way
And oh my dreams
it's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems

I know I felt like this before
But now I'm feeling it even more
Because it came from you
Then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be

I want more, impossible to ignore
Impossible to ignore
And they'll come true
impossible not to do
Impossible not to do

And now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don't hurt me
You’re what I couldn't find
A totally amazing mind
So understanding and so kind
You're everything to me

Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
it's never quite as it seems
'cause you're a dream to me
Dream to me

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

White Rails - White Flags


Beautiful things are better when shared with someone close to you =)

"White Flag" - Dido

I know you think that I shouldn't still love you,
Or tell you that.
But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it
where's the sense in that?

I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of "it's over"
then I'm sure that that makes sense

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

And when we meet
Which I'm sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I'll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I've moved on....

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

Remain Firm in your Beliefs
Remain Committed to your Goals
Remain True to Yourself

by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

Friday, October 17, 2008

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness

I saw this sticker once that read, "What does the work of 10 men? One woman!"

So, I thought I'd share this other story with you that someone sent to me...

Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter, ten men and one woman.
The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one had to leave, because otherwise they were all going to fall.

They weren’t able to name that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech.

She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up
everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return. As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping.

Without humor, there is no life, without women, there are no men.

Help support the cause for Breast Cancer awareness, education, and research.

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago and I approve this message ;-)


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Nightmare on Wheels

Nightmare on WheelsI was riding my bike, affectionately named Nightmare, when I came upon this Sunset!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Survival 101: The Duck Dive

What do you do when an ocean swell starts to foam at the lips at the thought of crushing down on a mere mortal human in its path, as you look up at the shear mass of water that feels like falling glass?

Duck Dive!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Rash Wetsuit

The broken surfboard got my attention but the RASH wetsuit looked really kewl!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shell Va'a, grand vainqueur un, deux, quatre, cinq

The oldest running long distance canoe race from the isles of Molos to O'ahu, with 106 teams converging on Molos, and some 41+ miles of paddling - 9 men (open division), 6-person canoe, 20 mph winds, 6-8 feet swells, and Tahiti's teams take four of the top five places!
Shown below are 1st place - Shell Va'a (Tahiti), 2nd Place - Venus Va'a (Tahiti), and 3rd Place Lanikai (Hawai'i).
Not shown: 4th place - Team OPT (Tahiti), 5th place - Era'i Va'a (Tahiti)
Congratulations Tahiti!!!!




(Tahitipresse) - Pour la troisième année consécutive, l'équipe de Shell Va'a s'est imposée dimanche dans la 58ème édition de la course de pirogue internationale Molokai Hoe (Hawaii), remportant ainsi le trophée perpétuel. Par ailleurs, quatre va'a de Tahiti se sont classés dans le top cinq de cette course qui, pour les équipages tahitiens, restera historique puisqu'aucun club de va'a n'avait jamais pu conquérir ce trophée.

Après deux faux départs, dimanche matin à 7h30, au large de la baie de Hale O Lono (île de Molokai), la cinquantaine de pirogues polynésiennes inscrites dans la 58ème édition de la course hawaïenne internationale, se sont élancées sur le plan d'eau: cap sur l'île d'Oahu, distante de 82 km.

Le jaune dans le grand bleu hawaien

Dès les premiers coups de pagaies, Shell Va'a prend la tête de la course, talonnée par l'entente hawaïenne du club de Lanikai.
Dans leur sillage, les équipages tahitiens du Team OPT, E'Rai Va'a et Vénus Va'a sont déterminés à compter parmi les leaders.
A 8h40, Shell Va'a affiche déjà 700 mètres d'avance sur ses poursuivants. Juste derrière, les rameurs de Tahiti du club Team OPT engagent un duel avec ceux du club hawaïen de Lanikai.
Dix mètres plus en arrière, Vénus Va'a est à la quatrième place, suivie de la pirogue tahitienne de E'Rai Va'a qui compte des piroguiers de l'île de Rurutu (archipel des Australes).

Fini le suspens

Aux alentours de 9h00, le suspens s'est estompé. Shell Va'a file seule en tête avec une avance estimée à 1,5 kilomètre. Dans le chenal entre Molokai et Oahu, la houle atteint alors 1,50 mètre à 2 mètres.
Le classement de tête reste inchangé avec, en seconde position, le team OPT (Tahiti) toujours au coude à coude avec Lanikai (Hawaii). En frères siamois, les deux clubs ne se quittent plus et se livrent un magnifique combat.
Dix mètres derrière, E'Rai Va'a et Vénus Va'a (qui a monté une entente avec OPT) gardent le cap sur les volcans hawaïens de l'île d'Oahu.
Quant à la pirogue de la Banque de Tahiti, elle est a cet instant à la trentième place.

82 coups minute

Avec 82 coups de pagaie à la minute, Shell Va'a creuse l'écart et file vers une victoire historique. Aucun club n'a jamais remporté trois fois de suite cette classique hawaïenne.
Les rameurs tahitiens de Shell Va'a, déjà vainqueurs ces deux dernières années de la Molokai Hoe, sont déterminés de matérialiser l'exploit de rapporter en Polynésie française ce trophée convoité depuis plus de cinquante ans.
À noter qu'en 2007, Shell va'a avait battu son propre record de la traversée du chenal hawaïen en 4h40mn22s.

Changement de cap pour OPT

A 10h00, si les quatre pirogues de tête, à savoir Shell Va'a, Lanikai, E'Rai Va'a et Venus Va'a, conservent leur cap, en revanche, Team OPT tente un cap au Nord plus direct sur Waikiki (Oahu). Est-ce un choix judicieux ? La particularité de cette course est de jauger les courants qui s'affrontent à l'approche d'Oahu et de les exploiter au mieux.
A 10h30, il reste pour les leaders une trentaine de kilomètres de course. Avec trois kilomètres d'avance, Shell Va'a est intouchable et conserve son rythme tout en surveillant la pirogue de Lanikai en seconde position.

Jamais 2 sans 3

A 12h23, Shell Va'a franchit la ligne d'arrivée à Waikiki et inscrit son nom dans les annales de la Molokai Hoe en remportant trois fois consécutivement la place d'honneur et, par conséquent, s'assure de rapporter en Polynésie française le trophée perpétuel.
"Cette victoire, nous la devons à notre esprit d'équipe!" affirme Michel Moux, le directeur du club, au micro de RFO Radio, sur la ligne d'arrivée. Quant à Albert Moux, le président de Shell Va'a, il ajoute "jamais deux sans trois !".

Faisons les comptes

Au classement général et au top cinq, on compte quatre pirogues tahitiennes avec, à la première place Shell Va'a, à la deuxième place Vénus Va'a (entente OPT), à la troisième place Lanikai (Hawaii), à la quatrième place Team OPT et à la cinquième place E'Rai Va'a.
Les rameurs tahitiens se retrouveront prochainement pour la plus difficile de toutes les courses du calendrier annuel, la Hawaiki Nui 2008, soit 128 km à la rame entre les îles de Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa et Bora Bora.
Pour l'heure, l'équipage de Shell rejoindra Tahiti dans les jours à venir sur un vol Air France en provenance de Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Morning Dew

The break of morning in Hawai'i is greeted with a light passing shower, a blessing from the sky, as it nourishes the life of the islands.

This photo was taken up-close of water drops on some moss.

Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Don't look down!


While going on my trail run this evening along the Wai'anae mountain range, I took a couple of pics. Above is a picture of why you do not want to look down! A sheer drop on both sides of several thousand feet.

Looking ahead doesn't seem to help either...

So, I guess its best to just look up! The wind blows from left to right, cutting across the ridge line, leaving the sides of the mountain bare of any significant vegetation near the top.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Best Friends...


The best of friends,
Can change a frown,
Into a smile,
when you feel down.

The best of friends,
Will understand,
Your little trials,
And lend a hand.

The best of friends,
Will always share,
Your secret dreams,
Because they care.

The best of friends,
Worth more than gold,
Give all the love,
A heart can hold.

- Jill Wolf