I put my GoPro HERO3 Black Edition to good use during our recent kayak and hiking trip to Chinaman’s Hat (Mokolii Island). Of course, I’m always a bit weary whenever I take my GoPro into the water with me, especially after this incident en route to the Mokulua Islands (see third paragraph). In fact, this trip almost ended in another GoPro tragedy. As we were carrying the kayak to the shore of Kualoa Beach, I noticed that my GoPro, attached to my GoPole, was nowhere in sight. I had left it on the trunk of my buddy’s car, in plain view. Had I not remembered until later, it probably would be in someone else’s hands. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. And we have these photos to show for it.
It’s called Queen’s Surf Beach because it used to be the site of Queen Liliuokalani’s personal beach house. Indeed, this Waikiki beach has a very rich history. On a lazy Wednesday, I plopped down on the beach with my good buddy Ryan, who was visiting from Boston. We set up shop at around 11am. We did take two breaks from the cool beach water for a quick lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, and then a few hours later for Mai Tai’s and Blue Hawaii’s from Tiki’s Bar & Grill. We didn’t leave Waikiki till close to 8pm. I haven’t bummed out at the beach this long for a long time. I won’t lie, it felt good. Soaking up Hawaii is definitely good for the soul. Just remember to apply sunscreen first.
Chinaman’s Hat is a common sight for those visiting the Windward side of Oahu. This little islet is located in Kaneohe Bay and is about 1/3 of a mile offshore of Kualoa Regional Park. The small hat-like island is easily accessible via kayak, however, some people choose walk to the island. Yes, at low tide it is typically shallow enough for you to walk to. We chose to kayak.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM Jam Festival. The event featured twenty vendors serving a variety of foods made with the timeless meat in a can, SPAM. During the madness, I decided to take a break and check out the sunset on Waikiki Beach. Located next to the Cheesecake Factory is a little alley that’s lined with surfboards. The alley will lead you straight to the white sands of Waikiki Beach. I walked along the beach and watched as the sun began to set. It was quite a sight. And then I went back to eating SPAM.
It’s been a while since I’ve done 8 Exposures. No worries though, I haven’t forgotten about my trusty SX-70. It’s just that, I had left it to sit on my shelf for a month or so, to let it sort out whatever issues it had. About two months ago, I took it out to Kaena Point for a little one-on-one time. But it just wasn’t meant to be.
Sometimes, it’s best to just take it easy. Of course, turtles know how to do that the best. Here are a few shots of a pair of lazy turtles, sunbathing to their heart’s content. They were both very photogenic.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Over the weekend I decided to go turtle spotting. Along the way, I found a handful of sea shells. I decided to use my Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens to see what kind of shots I could get. This is what I saw:
On the last Saturday of 2013, Joel and I decided to hike down to Kaena Point. For details about Kaena Point, do check out this post here (from the west) and this post here (from the north). Besides just taking macro photography, we also decided to do some seal spotting. The best place to do so? Kaena Point, of course. Below you will find a few photos that we took of Monachus schauinslandi, better known as the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Shooting the sunset on the first day of the new year has become somewhat of a tradition. The tradition has been around for almost as long as Exploration: Hawaii has been online. In 2012, Joel, Ryan, and I went to world famous Waimea Bay to watch the waves and the surfers riding them. In 2013, Michelle and I drove out to Waianae. Heavy rains kept us away from Kaena Point, but, we did find an empty beach just on the side of Farrington Highway. This year, we decided to end the first day of the new year at Ko Olina’s Lagoon 1, located just next to the JW Marriot Ihilani Resort and Spa. The first sunset of 2014 was a wonderful sight. Here’s to hoping that everyone has a prosperous year filled with adventure and exploration.
My vintage Polaroid collection is quickly growing. What began as a curiosity is quickly turning into a new hobby. The Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera is probably my favorite vintage camera that I own. In fact, it was the vintage camera that I decided to bring along with me on a recent trip to Maui. It is now common for me to lug both a digital and film camera when traveling.