Category Archives: Hawaii

Kilauea Lighthouse

I’ve been to the Kilauea Lighthouse a couple times now but I have yet to pay the money to actually go on the lighthouse grounds and check it out. I guess I’m too cheap but the vantage point from the parking lot is pretty cool. Tons of birds and I think during the winter some pretty big waves come ripping right through here.

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” – Matthew 9:13

Kilauea Lighthouse

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Driftwood Sunrise

Here’s a sunrise shot from Kauai I took back in 2014 at Lydgate State Park. It was nice shooting the sunrise on the beach in shorts and flip flops. Not too many days you can do that in the Pacific Northwest.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” – Matthew 7:21

Driftwood Sunrise

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Shipwrecks Sunrise

Here’s one from a trip to Kauai we made last year. It’s always nice getting up for sunrise when it’s warm out. Makes it a little easier to get out of bed.

“Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger” – Zephaniah 2:3

Shipwrecks Sunrise

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Under The Pier

I was in Hanalei Bay, Kauai last year for sunrise. I left early in the morning from Poipu and made it all the way up there just in time for sunrise. The only bad part was the sun never came out. It was overcast and then started to rain. I did get a few shots that I liked and was going to pack it up once the rain started but then I thought I’d see what I could get under the pier.

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless” – Ecclesiastes 5:10

Under The Pier

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Next to Poipu

Below is a picture from the beach that’s just to the right (if you’re facing the ocean) of Poipu Beach in Kauai. I’m not sure if it’s considered the same beach or not but it was a good place to catch the last light of the day.

“Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” – Proverbs 30:7-9

Next to Poipu

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Sunrise at Lydgate State Park

I was up bright and early almost everyday I was in Kauai last April. The nice thing about shooting sunrise in Kauai was that I could wear shorts and flip-flops and be the perfect temperature. One morning I stopped by Lydgate State Park. I pretty much had the place to myself except for one guy who was swimming laps in one of the rock enclosed ocean ponds and some chickens (if you haven’t been to Kauai there are wild chickens all over the place). I had a nice peaceful time exploring the area and when I got back to my car I smelled something funny. I checked my flip-flops and they seemed clean but then I looked on my calf and there it was, chicken poop! I must have flip-flopped it up my leg. Darn chickens got me. Although if that’s the Kauai version of Montezuma’s Revenge I’ll take it 🙂

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11

Sunrise at Lydgate State Park

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Poipu Purple

Here’s one from after the sun had set at Poi Pu Beach in Kauai. It’s pretty cool to see the colors the camera picks up after the sun has been down for a while.

“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” – Psalm 100:5

Poipu Purple

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Patience

Have you ever set up for a shot away from the crowd and then just one person decides to walk into your frame and stays there for a while? This is what happened when I took this shot. A kid decided to play with some sand toys right in front of me. I didn’t really mind since I had such a nice view. Besides, a big part of landscape photography is patience. You have to wait for some clouds to move, the light to hit just right, or for some kid to move just a couple more steps to the side.

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

Poi Pu Beach Sunset

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Eraser

The nice thing about long exposures is that they not only smooth out the water and stretch out the clouds (if they’re moving fast enough) but they can “erase” any people that happen to walk into the frame. This came in handy when I was taking sunset shots at Poipu Beach in Kauai, which, as you can imagine, was a pretty popular place to watch the sunset.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth” – Psalm 19:1-6

Warmth

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Hanalei Bay

If you’re ever on Kauai looking for a good place to surf, check out Hanalei Bay. When I was there the waves were a nice learning size and you didn’t have to paddle very far to catch one. The only problem is that it can get crowded but everyone else is a beginner out there so you don’t have to worry about stealing someone’s wave and getting punched in the face like Johnny Utah. Also, I don’t know about you but I get paranoid about sharks. You’re just so helpless in the water and having a bunch of people around helps lessen the probably of becoming a tasty treat. It’s all about the numbers. At least that’s what I tell myself…

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Hanalei Bay

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