I guess that if you do one thing enough times, it becomes a tradition. It has become a tradition for Exploration: Hawaii to capture the first Hawaiian sunset of every new year. In 2012, we said hello to the new year at Waimea Bay. In 2013, we found ourselves on an empty beach in Maile. In 2014, we caught a beautiful sunset at Ko Olina. And in 2015, we ushered in the new year by driving the farthest west that we could, to Keawaula Beach on the Waianae Coast.
Puu Pehe, also referred to by locals as The Sweetheart Rock, is one of Lanai’s most iconic landmarks. Located just off of the southern coastline, Puu Pehe is situated between Manele Bay and Hulupoe Bay. The 80-feet islet is roughly a 45 minute walk from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.
It was one of those, “hey, let’s go shoot the sunset” kind of days. Of course, there’s no better place to catch the sunset on Oahu than the west side. You’re guaranteed a show from any beach along Oahu’s Leeward Coast, really. We chose Pokai Bay, with the hope that we would get to see one of those purple and pink cotton candy sunsets. It wasn’t meant to be. No complaints, though, as the sunset was spectacular nonetheless.
A few weekends ago, I took my friend, Sheryl, to Maui. It was actually her first time visiting Maui and the two main things she really wanted to see were the “heart-shaped rock” and bamboo forest. I had been to Maui several times, but had never seen the heart-shaped rock. Thank goodness for the internet. Upon searching for the heart-shaped rock on Maui, our quest led us to the Nakalele Blowhole.
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.
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.