The Exploration: Hawaii tradition of capturing the first sunset of the new year has been going strong since 2012. 2017’s first sunset was probably the clearest of the past 5 years, with no rain or heavy clouds in sight.
Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time.
Sometimes I need a gentle reminder to slow down for a bit. A gentle nudge on the shoulder telling me that my life isn’t a timed race to live. There is no one at a finish line waiting to give out medals to the person who went the fastest. I don’t need to be going 150 miles-per-hour all the time. Gentle reminders, like those I get when I see turtles like the ones I photographed below, remind me to live a more deliberate life full of intention and to create moments that are full of value.
My classic SX-70 has been racking up those Hawaiian Miles, having visited Lanai and Maui over the past couple of months. Decided to snap a few shots around Lahaina and Maui’s eclectic Paia Town, the final resemblance of civilization for those who decide to drive the road to Hana. Unfortunately, it was a bit rainy and I felt a bit rushed trying to snap what was left of my roll in the 1-hour timeframe that we spent in Paia, before heading to Kahului Airport.
It’s so great when we receive videos, photos, and stories from our Exploration: Hawaii readers. This video was made by Nikko Salgado, a filmmaker based in Chicago, IL.
I got a new tripod for Christmas. And I already had an iPhone 6 Plus in my pocket. Then, Joel went on winter break from medical school. Then, Ryan decided to visit from Boston. Time to make a video!
You early Exploration: Hawaii readers might vaguely recall that I used to post a bunch of timelapse stuff back in the day. And then I stopped. I’m back. The iPhone 6 made it fun again. Did I mention that I shot this completely with an iPhone 6 Plus? Oh, I also picked up a remote for my DSLR and some other interesting gear. Can’t wait to do some fun time-lapse stuff with that soon, too!
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.