Since 2012, we’ve chased the first sunset of every new year. It’s our tradition. This year, we were able to share the first sunset of 2019 with our Little Dude.
Every year we set out to capture the first sunset of the new year. This year was no different. The first sunset of 2018 was cool, calm, and collected.
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.
Sun starts to set. White headphones plug into my ears. Some Ryan Adams / Blank Space provide the soundtrack to the fire in the sky.
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.
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.
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.