Monday, February 27, 2006

Niihau Shell Lei. The niihau shell lei making process is tedious from start to finish. On a good day of shell picking, a skilled picker might harvest a film canister of prime quality kahelelani shells in about four hours. All this time is spent on hands and knees or lying in the sand. People frequently ask if you can go out and just scoop up the shells. They are always shocked when they learn that they are collected one at a time.

The best beaches produce kahelelani in a full range of colors including tan, light pink, hot pink, red, burgundy, brown, and olive green which is more abundant on Niihau than Kauai. Kamoa is a yellow to gold turban shell that is similar to kahelelani, but grown much larger. Only the juveniles can be sewn into leis, usually as accents. These shell lei can be very expensive depending upon who sewed the lei and which shells are used in the lei. It is not uncommon for a Niihau Shell lei to run in the ten's of thousands of dollars. Mine have very few of the kahelelani shells (colorful ones) and was quite affordable. Aloha :)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

A bit of a migrane headache today so I stayed in and had a wonderful cup of tea. To add to the headache my computer decided to catch some nasty adware/spyware thing so I had to work on it for few hours.. All looks go to go now!! Just in time for work tomorrow,Whew!!!! Decided to leave the tea bag upside down since that is just how the day went....

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Trying a different look with filters in PS. Red Ti Leaf, Bird of Paradise, Red Torch Ginger.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Just another day at the office.. LOL..

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Here is today's weather... :) Just working away and looked out the window and gee it is a nice day out there.. View from my home office.. Aloha, Renee :)

Wed., February 22, 2006

Such a busy day!! Just made it for today's shot. Whew!! Since I am on the phone lots for work I thought I should use that for today. Plus I like my screen. My daughter took the sunrise and saved it to my phone!! :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

More Plumeria. All of trees in the park are just starting to bloom. Beautiful time of year!!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Today was a holiday and I was out most of the day. I was going replace this shot but have decide to keep it... posting this shot from yesterday. Aloha, Renee :)

Sunday, February 19, 2006

My girlfriend at a hula graduation performance today. It was a graduation from a 2 year class which you learn Ancient Hula... Aloha :)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

My daughter and her boyfriend just playing around.. LOL.. Wonder what they were doing on the lanai. NOT I wanted to play with my flash and test out some settings.. They are toooo funny.. :)

Friday, February 17, 2006

Watching the sunset..

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Waikiki Sunset

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hibiscus at Sunset in Maui. Not with the Macro Lens.. Have to get back to learning with the Macro. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2006

Posting one more photo from Maui this weekend. This is a photo of a Silver Sword plant before it flowers. I am told that they only grow in Haleakala Crater and no where else in the world.. I stood there freezing (patiently) LOL ... waiting with camera and tripod for the sun to shine on the top portion of the plant. They have a nice and fuzzy look about them but are actually quite prickly. Hope you enjoy the shot.. Aloha. :)

Sunday, February 12, 2006

A welcome home shot at the airport. Glad they all made it home safely. Just a few new injuries but nothing major. I think they are all happy to be home.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Last game of the season. Oh shucks they lost. 1-0. They had a terrific season. Thought I would post the blow hole and a sunset vs a soccer photo today.. The sun is setting behind Lanai taken from Lahaina on Maui. If you ever get a chance to go to Maui drive around the back side of West Maui. It is just beautiful but a rugged drive. A true ONE LANE road with TWO WAY traffic. The road literally hangs on the side of the cliffs in parts. It really is worth the effort. The blowhole was amazing hope you notice the people on the left for scale. Aloha

Friday, February 10, 2006

No soccer today. They had a bye. So I got up and drove up Haleakala to see the sunrise. 10,000 feet above the clouds. Very very cold but quite beautiful. It is amazing how silent everything is when you hike into the crater. It just so huge. I have included a few shots which hopefully show some sort of scale compared to the horses and the hikers.. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, February 9, 2006

The soccer girls played again today and WON.. They had to go to a shoot out once again with 12 girls shooting. It was exciting.. Check out the high 5 and the crutches along with the winning shot!!

Wed., February 8, 2006 Off to Maui - Go Kalani

The high school soccer team placed second on Oahu and was off to the State Championships. In Maui.. Oh shucks they lost their first game to a Maui team, Baldwin High School in a double overtime and shoot out...

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Still playing with the macro. This one is of a Plumeria. :)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Playing with the macro lens again. Think this one needs a little cropping off the bottom.. Might rework it when I have a moment of spare time. :)

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Playing with Filters again in PS.. Palm trees at sunset, Kapiolani Park

Saturday, February 4, 2006

The gang cheering at the Basketball game.. Go Kalani!

Friday, February 3, 2006

Seawall at Sunset.. A portion of the old Waikiki Seawall.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Tonite's High School Basketball game. My daughter, the soccer player in the red and her friend. They can never just smile for me or anyone else with a camera for that matter. They love to be crazy and make faces. So sad that none of my shots from the game came out due to wrong exposure settings ... so we decided to neat image this one to death and post it. At least they always have lots of fun. Better luck for tomorrow's shot. :)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

An unusual sunset with lots of sun rays over Diamond Head.