Hawaii

Marginata and Cordyline Plants hugging the foreground in Hilo, Hawaii

Hawaii’s outdoor plants are indoor tropical plants in the states. Since my main business is dealing with indoor tropicals, it’s quite a treat to see the plants I work with everyday, in their natural habitat. I love the vivid colors of Hawaii. This photo is “el naturel”.

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Marginata & Cordyline on Big Island
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Garden,Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

While on a visit to Kona, Hawaii, we stopped by the Outrigger Hotel to catch some sunset photos. This interesting garden with lagoon and tiki torches made for some great reflective photos. Hawaii gives you all the elements of colorful surroundings. You just have to have fun and set up the shots that catch your attention. Evening shots are always my favorite time for shooting and in Hawai that’s the time I come alive.

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Garden at Outrigger Hotel, Kona
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Canoe at Smith’s Polynesian Luau, Kauai

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Quite the beautiful grounds to stroll on at the Smith’s Polynesian Luau in the Wailua River Valley on Kauai. As the crowds were all heading back to prepare for a sunset meal at the pavilion, I headed the other direction taking advantage of the quiet stillness and people-less areas in the back of the park. Nothing like having the place to yourself as sunset approaches and the photographic opportunities that come with it.

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Canoe at Smith’s Luau
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Puna Coast at Sunset, Big Island, Hawaii

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Volcanic rock seashores on the leeward side of the Big Island of Hawaii are rugged and hard to maneuver when you’re carrying a tripod and photo gear. One fall and you’re pretty busted up, especially wearing sandals. But the beauty pulls you in, and all you can think about is finding a scenic vantage point and then wait for the right moment to capture this memorable place. When you’re there, you never want to leave. When you’re gone, all you think about, is when can I come back.

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Puna Sunset, Hawaii

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Pua Mana Beach Front-Lahaina, Maui

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This area of Lahaina was perfect for beach shots. The palm trees swung out toward the ocean, so it was easy to frame a good picture. I learned of the world renowned Australian photographer Peter Lik while visiting Lahaina. He has a Photo Gallery in downtown Lahaina and it’s quite impressive. I was inspired by his landscape photography some years ago and still try to figure out some of his techniques. He’s worth the visit. http://www.lik.com

Lahaina, Maui
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Sunrise in Kapa’a, Hawaii

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Hawaii is always a great place to get out of the summer heat of Phoenix. Each morning I would set the alarm for 5:45, throw on a pair of shorts and sandals and stumble out the door 50Ft to the beach to get the sunrise. Most mornings the clouds were in the way, but this morning it opened up long enough to get a shot or two. Then it started raining and off I’d run back to the condo and back to bed to wake up a decent hour. After all in Hawaii, what’s the hurry for just about anything.

Sunrise in Kapa’a, Hawaii
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Kei Beach Sunset, Kauai

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Kei Beach is on Kauai’s extreme west shore. It’s at the end of the road. Many hikers take off from Kei Beach to hike Napali Coast. I decided we would do that another time. Many people come from all over the island just to sit in the sand and watch the sunset. This night rain kept shaking up the party and folks would go running for cover. As quickly as sunset came it went and then a nice down pour that pretty much ended the party. I spent most of my time underneath the trees trying to keep my equipment dry. In the end it was a race to the car, but not before catching this nice glow.

Kei Beach Sunset, Kauai
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Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai

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One of the most photographed spots on Kauai, is the Kilauea Lighthouse. I’ve stopped by here a number of times trying to hit on the perfect clear day. This shot kind of gave me what I was looking for. I shot it as an HDR to cut down on the deeper shadows that were in the rocks. It pretty much went as planned. Definitely a great stop if you’re touring the coast of Kauai.

Kilauea Lighthouse
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Kapoho Tide Pools on the Big Island

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You may be wondering what the heck this is, but be assured it’s all part of the lifestyle along the coast at Kapoho on the Big Island south of Hilo.¬†Homes along the volcanic coast, dig out their backyards and volcanic heat¬† seeps up through the ground heating these tide pools. Nothing like a nice warm pool in your backyard. The tide rolls in keeping a nice balance of hot and cold. As you’re standing in one of these tide pools you can feel the heat coming up from the floor of the pool. They all have fish in them and a variety of other sea creatures. One pool we were in, would trap sea turtles that would hang out until the tide rose again. It was fun swimming with them. The mix of fresh and salt water caused the water to be brackish and that made for some interesting underwater distortions in vision. Kinda cool!

Kapoho Tide Pools
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Kayaking The Wailua River, Kauai

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On our trip last week to Kauai, we decided it was time to navigate the Wailua River in a kayak. We had been to Kauai a number of times and don’t know why we hadn’t done it sooner, because it was a blast. The goal is to row up to a drop-off point, hike a mile into the jungle to a secret falls, and then row back out another mile to the ocean. Sad to say I didn’t take my pro photo gear with me, because of the threat of getting it wet. We managed to get our lunch all the way to the falls without it getting wet, so the next time I’ll chance the trip with gear. It was awesome enough to catch some great shots. Scenery was out of this world and definitely something you ought to try if you get over there.

This shot was taken at a small loading ramp where we put in our kayaks. Straight out to the left is Smith’s Tropic Paradise where we went to a Luau the next day.

Kayaking the Wailua River
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