An 808 way of life


Hawaii allows you to set a path, find one or follow one. Get busy moving because small moments make life.

Hawaii can be experienced without crowds of people, and for most of us who find our way back again and again it’s what we thrive to do … avoid crowds. Discovering a new beach or a spot where throngs of people haven’t landed is one of the best things about the experience. In my early visits to Hawaii, my photographs were sprinkled with people. As I moved off the beaten path and found new trails, my photos opened up and I learned the meaning of “keeping the country – country.”  Lately I’ve been asked, “where are the people?” My responses vary – but the norm is, “what, don’t you see them hiding in the brush?” Look close – find your own path.

Surf808 finds the hidden surf and roads less traveled

forest and treesSummer is still sizzling in the middle of the Pacific. Fact is, the temperature stays fairly constant most of the year. Yet another reason to live aloha. The paths leading away from tourists are not hard to find – you just have to look or Google the trails marked “steep or dangerous.” Actually, trails on all islands except O’ahu are typically void of tourists. Most people would rather be at a beach or resort (might be one in the same). When you Surf808, you’ll find the roads less traveled and vantage points from which you can capture people-free images. Aloha!


Clear view of Moloka’i


New Year. New energy – new images.

With a three month break behind me, I’m ready to re-enter the blogsphere.

Looking at Moloka'i at sunset

Old Hawai’i: Kalaupapa and it looks like Father Damien to the left.

The Pacific is bluer off the coast of Moloka’i.

A Moloka’i moment just to remind all of us that life isn’t “all about work.”

Monday’s are just about the right day of the week to think ahead. Yep, just thinking. Just sayin’. Word.

When I dream, this is my backyard. There is a hammock, a cold drink in hand, and my wife napping beside me. Aloha.

Banana-nana, Jojo my man protecting his snack. And my ring.

Sunny delight and a bit of summer on a cloudy day.

Red dirt truck. Dead deer optional equipment.

Along the roadway (dirt road) we stopped to check on a stranded motorist. It was missing a few parts and in the bed of the truck was a dead deer – covered in maggots. The smell, was, lovely. My wife wouldn’t get out to view the mess. I on the other hand got up close … and this is the only image to survive the shoot.

Black and white and sunny all over.

What did you hear?

What are they saying?

It’s warm somewhere. Isn’t it?

Old school view, new view for me.

Blessings from Moloka’i.

Moloka’i moonscape.

Jojo is still on vacation.

Splashy splash splash.

A path of freedom, a path to sites unseen. When it’s red in color it’s easy to follow.

Big orange lava crush. Yes, those are really orange.

Red, red, red. Wash your clothes, wash your clothes, wash your clothes.

Green, green, green. Go green!

Hawaiian graffiti. Nicely done.

A different kind of plumeria day.

Plumeria kind of day.

Moloka’i – what an island. Click this.

A dreamy sunset, a clear beach, Pacific waves – beside my wife. Dreams do come true.

Some view, huh?

Thorns sharp as tacks, long as nails and all along the beach. Kiawe trees distribute them for free.

In front of Linda Reyes’ home, the official director of marriage licenses on Moloka’i.

Bottles without the pitbull: only on Moloka’i

During my previous visit I ventured – on foot – near this wall and was met by two pitbulls who seemed friendly enough. HA! This time I got the shot. I snapped this image from the vehicle while driving. I call this a ‘drive by shooting.’ In any case, the home is at the back of the prettiest bay. Clear water, two boats moored ready for fishing, and the water is calm – really. About 300 yards or so of snorkeling water sits just behind the reef — just prior to catching the Moloka’i channel (which is very choppy). Bottles like these wash up – and end up – on the wall of fame. NOTE: avoid the dogs.

To borrow a popular tagline, “I’m lovin’ it.”

From the lanai of our condo the grass is green, the Pacific is blue and the breezes – oh, those are warm too.

In my dreams this is what I saw.

Ames makes the camera smile (me too).

I like holding my wife’s hand. It’s really soft and she usually smiles too.

Look from Moloka’i to Maui. Imagine, it’s just 30 miles away.

From Moloka’i to Maui with lots of Pacific blue in between (click).

Christmas Eve 2010: Wedding Images

Sunset with storm off the coast near O’ahu: Christmas 2010 (click image)

Papohaku Beach, Moloka’i, Hawai’i. Perfect in every way.

Hike to La’au Point. Six miles round trip from Dixie Maru Beach. Whew.

The day began with a serious hike. Not a typical out and back day hike. No, I’m talking about a full-on hike to La’au Point – in the mud, through the woods and we didn’t stop at grandmother’s house for cookies and a nap. The trip to La’au Point is tough — add in soggy creek beds full of mud from Sunday’s 4″ of rain and you’ve got an adventure.

Sure enough, it was red and redder. Funny how that theme keeps popping up?!

The three mile trek required about an hour and a half. Ames was all smiles and certainly a trooper – cracking jokes and laughing as we plowed through the muddy trail. Upon arrival at La’au Point, we found a monk seal napping in the middle of the beach. After locating some chairs, we nestled into ‘relaxation mode.’ Ah-aloha.

We sat and watched the surf while we ate our lunch – and I shot some video and snapped some images. Both of us agreed that the rest period passed too quickly. With a return trip of three miles, we knew we needed to gather our gear, the backpacks and head back toward the car.

The return trip seemed quicker. I suspect it was because we knew what to expect. Thankfully the trail had dried a bit – so our trek home was a bit easier too. All in all it was a nice setup for a beach wedding. Enjoy the images.

Papohaku Beach, Moloka’i, Hawai’i: video snapshot. Looks like a wedding at sunset. Aloha.

Papohaku Beach, December 24, 2010. Images from my pocket camera and a snap from the video camera. Official images to follow. Aloha.

Kalawao, Hawai’i – on the island of Moloka’i, just east of Kalaupapa. Oh yeah.

Moloka’i, Hawai’i: sun, drinks, camera, chill. Repeat often.

Maui, Hawai’i: so close (really, it’s just 30 miles away).