An 808 way of life


Awa`awapuhi hiking: tough hike – great views. Worth the adventure.

KauaiFound in Koke`e State Park this trail winds through a highland forest with occasional ridge top views. It’s all downhill. Let me reiterate … all down hill means all uphill on the return trip. The day I hiked this trail, I carried a 100oz of water, a Canon 7D, tripod, Sony PCM50, etc. a point and shoot Canon with a few other goodies. At 25lbs, the trip became a real workout.

Take the trail outward (toward the end) to the grassy point overlooking the sheer cliffs of Awa`awapuhi and Nualolo valleys resting 2,000 feet below. The option to connect to the Nualolo trail should be taken only by those prepared for a hike over 9 miles long (one-way). Remember there is no water available nor facilities – be prepared.


Can you say, “awesome?” Aloha.

Early morning sunrise – Kaua’i.

Surf’s poppin’.

My smokin’ hot wife. Just gettin’ younger every day!

Oh yeah … there is water in the midst of dryness … and huge dropoff to the valley floor.

Some kind of lunch spot, huh?

Tan time on the soft sand. Jojo uses Hawaiian Tropic SPF15.

It’s big and vast – and in the middle of the Pacific. We leave when?

The Summer of WOW!

Up the ridge, down in the valley – it’s all good. Aloha.

Makaleha Mountains … what a lovely view and it’s without noise pollution.

The camera sees the warmth of a Hawaiian sunset.

Sunny sunsets bring hope of a brighter tomorrow.

The Pacific Ocean feels like home. Let’s call it our 3rd home.

The rear view. Sometimes it looks better than a forward-facing view.

The rugged coastline encourages hiking and exploration. (click image for larger view)

Look around and you’ll find what you seek.

Recently I was asked, “where are the people? I thought Hawai’i was crowded with tourists.”

I typically respond with, “you find what you seek. If you travel to Hawai’i to find people, you will find them.” My thought pattern continues with … if you travel to find natural surroundings, raw shoreline, beautiful blue water, lava rock, flowers of every kind, sweet sounding birds, and tasty fish … that’s what you’ll find.

My travels to Hawai’i aren’t about the beach. Sure, I go to the beach (more so at sunset), but I’m much more interested in hiking, walking and exploring. Certainly there are times where I need to move around and actively crop people out of my frame.  But that’s an exception. Cropping people from the frame (or their noise from the HD-mic) is much harder orchestrate at sunset than at any other time of the day.

Early morning is the easiest because most visitors aren’t interested in getting out of bed at 5Am. Shooting midday is fraught with lighting issues – unless you’re under heavy brush or indoors. Either way, finding yourself far away from the masses is a choice.

If you land in Honolulu (Hono-rue-rue), you find six lanes of traffic on BOTH sides of the highway. If you drive downtown you will find a sea of white flesh (yes, mostly Caucasian) and a roar of happiness stemming from a collective notion — “we’re on Waikiki Beach!” Look around and you smell the fatty flesh of tourists. Or, you can choose another route and find a dried red dirt path strewn with Acacia trees … leading far away from masses. Ninety-eight percent of my travels include the later variety.

According to management, we will continue seeking the quiet red dirt path until further notice.


Photography in challenging sunlight isn’t so terrible on Kaua’i.

Choppy chop-chop. Best have an A-game when you’re ready to surf.

Small flowers of Hawai’i.

I have no idea what this is. A flower. An eye?

Yes, you can smell these flowers. Put your nose to the screen.

July 4th celebrated the right way. Looking at markers that are “old.”

Hi from lala-land. Ok, it’s Kaua’i. That’s what she said.

“Yes, that’s really pretty,” she said.

This is crowded for a Hawaiian beach. Well, a non-Waikiki beach anyway.

Just off the ‘bumpy’ road. Click to see the super-size.

Bird brella. Sure.

Another sunrise. Yeah, right.

Another sunny day. Yeah, right.

The road leads to the path that leads to the Pacific. It’s befitting to life as we know it, so enjoy the journey.

The road leads somewhere. Just walk along and find the ocean.

Hiking along the coast of Kaua’i you find yourself wanting to know what’s around the next cove, the next bay, the next lava field.

The camera has very little to do with what you see. Hawai’i is one continuous photographic image.

Yeah, it’s just another beach. Right.

Plumeria’s looks convey a fraction of its sweet smell.

Kaua’i’s rugged countryside confirms why we love Hawai’i. Just look for yourself.

Thankfully the beach has little pockets in which to hide. Otherwise, a kite board is required.

“The Pacific is bluer than blue. It’s the original blue of blue. Except sometimes it’s turquoise.” David Avery

Colors are richer when viewed without industrial pollutants.

Private beaches are everywhere. Unless you’re on Waikiki Beach.

Flowers along the way give new meaning to “rest break.”

More trails of Kaua’i. You want to get lost but all trails lead to the Pacific (eventually).

East shore Kaua’i is lovely. Beaches are sandy, populated with lava bombs and very few bodies.

Life in a lava field seems to thrive and flourish.

More color of Kaua’i. Mother Nature resides here.

So blue you have to remove your sunglasses to validate the truth.

Baby bak-bak. If you were there, you know. “Bak-bak.”

Another aloha sunset. So vibrant. So few. Get busy living.

Ahh with aloha in the Pacific. Photoshop is forbidden here.

End of an interesting month: Aloha-style.

Polihale on the west coast of Kaua’i. “No ka heke.” Make sure to click for full size.

Aqua blue and at the perfect temp. Aloha.

All paths lead to the Pacific. Especially those going down hill.

Near the beach, just along side the Pacific, layered among the trees – are small flowers. It gives the whole area a “fresh” look.

Look real close and you’ll find a helicopter. Then and only then will you have a sense of scale.

Sunrise, the new sunset. Kaua’i-style. Aloha.

Ni’iahu, the Forbidden Isle, was purchased by Elizabeth Sinclair in 1864 from the Kingdom of Hawaii and private ownership passed on to her descendants, the Robinson family. Not the Swiss family. Look and you’ll see it in the distance just 17 miles off the coast of Kaua’i. Aloha.

Pacific breezes are much better when located at the beach. Poipu Beach to be exact.

Pacific blue from Kaua’i, Hawai’i. Living aloha live from 808.