We had a much different trip to Hawaii this year, with an agenda less focused (for me) on photography. We brought friends with us and enjoyed the opportunity to show them around Oahu. That, coupled with an unusual amount of rain and my sleeping in more, meant I had to make my photo moments count.
Oahu North Shore
As with every trip, I try to get better at wave and surfing shots. Here are a few taken in the rain near the Banzai Pipeline. Rain does not stop surfers!
Oahu’s Punchbowl crater is the site of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Construction began in 1948 in order to have a final resting place for thousands of WWII servicemen temporarily located on Guam, although the initial congressional appropriation for the cemetery was passed in 1940, ahead of US involvement in the war.
Here are a couple of context shots, but better views found at Wikipedia. This view is at the entrance. The memorial in the distance displays the names of those whose remains were never recovered. It includes a chapel, as well as wall-sized maps of the various Pacific theaters of war. LLearn more about the cemetery here.
And, a view from the south rim of the crater. The memorial is in the distance at left.
You can see above and below that all of the tombstones are flat granite stones, providing a subtle, uniform texture in the lawns.
One of the most distinguishing features of the cemetery is the trees. I have yet to learn the species, but there is no question as to their majesty in such a setting. One species spreads across open spaces, while another with articulated roots and great, pale trunks, lines the main drive to the memorial.
Waikiki Storm Approaching
And, one more perspective of Oahu, from our next to last day. I grabbed this image from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Man Tai bar on Oahu’s Waikiki beach 10 minutes before a drenching, half-hour downpour found all the holes in the bar’s umbrellas. Fortunately, I had finished my Mai Tai.