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Beaches Photography

The First Hawaiian Sunset of 2015

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.

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Hotel Reviews Photography

Wandering Around The Lodge at Koele, Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Lanai is closing. Sort of. On January 5, The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, will be closing its doors for about a year. The second major resort on the island, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, will also be closed for about 5 months starting June 2015.

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Photography Sights

Hello: Lanai

It’s been a while since I’ve played around with video. As the happy owner of the recently released iPhone 6 Plus, I thought that I would give its video camera a try. What better place to play around with the video camera than during our short Thanksgiving adventure on the small island of Lanai.

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Photography

8 Exposures Vol. 6: Polaroids From Lanai

Michelle and I  recently had the chance to spend some time on the island of Lanai for the first time. We would make the Four Seasons, The Lodge at Koele our retreat for Thanksgiving weekend. We wanted to leave the minutiae of the Thanksgiving holiday behind and simply enjoy each others company with maximum relaxation and no stress. It worked. The pine-filled island of Lanai, and the The Lodge at Koele made that happen.

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Beaches Photography

A Pokai Bay Sunset

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.

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Photography

Hawaii The 50th State: A Vintage Film from 1959

I stumbled across this neat little vintage promotional film about Hawaii a few days. The short, 10-minute film, was produced by Hearst Metrotone News in 1959. It’s interesting to see how the city of Honolulu looked back then. The video offers a glimpse into bustling downtown Honolulu, emphasizing how the streets in the city are “typically American.”

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Hikes Photography

Sunset From Paliku Cabin in Haleakala National Park

Here’s the second in a series of timelapses (here’s the first) taken from Haleakala National Park. This was taken at Paliku Cabin during the second night of our four-day backpacking trip through Haleakala Crater.

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Photography

Hawaiian Tree Bones: An Infrared Timelapse

Hawaii blogger, Ryan Ozawa, recently shared this video titled Hawaiian Tree Bones by photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost. The images in the video are indeed haunting and definitely worth a watch.