Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best of 2012?

In our ohana it has to be Evelyn's grand and gracious exit from her 47 year Nursing career! After postponing her retirement 3 times, finally she pinned the date for December 30th.


Leaving for work and arriving from work for the very last time with Hannah's Retirement Card awaiting her.


Saturday, December 29, 2012


Sunsets are spectacular. A Sunrise scene is equally stunning.

When it's Full-moon, Moonrise and Moonset are the same, in Maui anyway. Yesterday while driving there was a beautiful moonrise playing up right before me, over the Kahului Harbor but I didn't bring my camera. This morning however, the same captivating moon was on the other side of the horizon as it prepared for a late and slow moonset. I nailed it.

Maui Moonset


Friday, December 28, 2012

No Sunset, No Problem

No sunset in Waiehu. We only get the Sunrise. No problem; I'll make one with Photoshop Lightroom. It's Day 4 with my miserable flu, runny nose, sore throat, and lousy feeling, despite getting a flu shot 2 months ago. So to fill my time, I figured I might as well play around with this 2009 photo  that a friend of mine took of my 91 Jag



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mele Kalikimaka! (Merry Christmas)

Mele Kalikima from our ohana. Absent from picture are Don and Lynnette because they are in the Philippines for a 3-year Christian Mission.


Friday, December 14, 2012

A Stunner at the Hyatt Kaanapali Resort

African Crested Crane  - One of the birds at the Hyatt in Kaanapali at the Lobby area. It's a real stunner


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today's Sunset

My tribute to today's 12-12-12. This beautiful couple asked if they can be included in the shoot and why not.
Sunset 12-12-12

Road to Hana

Road to Hana with Arnold





Monday, December 10, 2012

God's pure heart in a brother-photographer.

Last Saturday, I forgot my camera bag loaded with more than $5000 worth of equipment (Nikon D800E and  a new 24-120 f4 lens to name a couple of them) at McDonalds in Kihei. To say that the central part of my life revolves around this bag, behind the Lord and my family would be a perfect guess. Of course you will have to be a photographer to actually understand or believe that.

When I reached home 30 minutes later, I received a call from a Shad Sollars who inquired if I lost a camera bag. My immediate reply was that maybe it was my nephew's Canon 60D because he was the one playing with it at McDonalds earlier while we were having breakfast. However when I asked him he said his camera is back in his bag and at this point Shad mentioned that my business card was inside the camera bag that he found.

Shad must have sensed my utter shock as I loudly reacted to the thought that I have actually lost my precious equipment. He quickly reassured me that he has the bag and I can pick it up anytime at Lighthaus Camera in Kihei where he works, across from McDonalds. He saw the bag on a chair at an empty table on his way out! Instead of turning it over to the Manager of McDonalds, he took the bag and advised the manager that I could claim the bag at the camera store. 

Words are not enough to describe my feelings when I met Shad to claim my bag. He said that he didn't leave it with the McDonald's manager because he felt it was more secure with him in his store and he knew fully well that the photographer-owner of that camera bag would have been heartbroken if it went missing. Even that would have been an understatement.

While at church today, I tearfully recounted the above events as I thank God for Shad Sollars' honest and compassionate heart. I cannot even begin to speculate if it wasn't him who found my camera bag but someone else. Isn't it wonderfully strange that another photographer would actually find this bag at McDonalds?

Thank you Shad Sollars. You will be in my thoughts for a long time. Because of your pure heart and God's providence, Christmas will be more special this year. Mine officially  began when you called me with the good news.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Sometimes, I Shoot Like Crazy

Photo on 2012-03-31 at 10.10-Edit

My New Ministry

It's official, our new House Call Bible Ministry was launched today. Father Adondee made a special announcement at today's service and we distributed the flyers after. Praise the Lord! My prayer is that we will be overwhelmed with calls to come to their homes for this Holy-Spirit filled ministry. It will be a beautiful problem!