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Old January 14th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Jai's HONOLULU, Hawai'i photothread: ...showing off the Jewel of the Pacific!

Aloha!

I just bought a new digital camera, some 2 years after my old one died violently on the side of a freeway (but that's another story) and decided to showcase to
the world a true hidden gem of a city: Honolulu, the most isolated major city in the world and a city I'm proud to call home

These are just some random, recent pics from my wanderings...
I'll keep adding pictures to this thread as I take 'em


Honolulu skyline and Aloha stadium:



Modern skyscrapers and historic buildings mingle:







Ala Moana



Looking Mauka (mountainwards)



You can see the cruise ships at Honolulu Harbor on the left









Ala Wai park












Ala Wai canal flowing towards Diamond Head crater









Downtown skyline from the University of Hawaii at Manoa






Honolulu skyline at night



Mahalo and a hui hou!

-Jai

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Old January 14th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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Never knew it has such a beautiful skyline! Amazing shots!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #3
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Awesome panoramas!
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Old January 15th, 2008, 05:04 AM   #4
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Fantastic pics there Jai!

Never new it was that big!

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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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I've visited Honolulu 3 times, 2002, 2004 and 2006 and I love it there. It's together with NYC my favorite American city.

Beautiful pictures too!
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Old January 20th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #6
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I'll try to upload some more pics this weekend

Meanwhile, heres' one from Tantalus Peak:
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Old January 20th, 2008, 04:04 AM   #7
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Awesome photos! Honolulu's a gem!
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Old January 20th, 2008, 04:38 AM   #8
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Wow Jai.....you surely got an eye for nice shots and a damn good camera.

Fantastic!

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Old January 20th, 2008, 08:23 AM   #9
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How many megapixels your camera has? Brilliant quality.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 11:24 PM   #10
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Hi Jay, great pics, thx for sharing
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nice!

think you could get some street scenes in there too? Honolulu to me is a curious beast!
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Old January 28th, 2008, 11:20 AM   #12
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10.2 megapixel Pentax K10D I've saved for years to buy a camera like this
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Old January 30th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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WOW, I haven't known that Honolulu has such a tall buildings.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 07:59 AM   #14
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Hmmm...waiting for more!
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Still waiting.........
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Old February 17th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #17
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Amazing! It doesn't look like an American city!

How many inhabitants in Honolulu?
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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #18
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Hi folks,

Sorry for the looong delay for the update -- I've been so crazy busy this past month that I haven't been able to get out and take pics until now. These are all taken in the last couple days.


Skyline over Keehi Lagoon, from Honolulu airport's reef runway:






Skyline from Sand Island:






Hongpa Hongwanji Buddhist temple on the Pali Highway, notable for being inspired by Deccan East Indian Buddhist architectural style:



Ward Center and Condos:





Waikiki towards Diamond Head crater:






My favorite Honolulu building again, Waikiki Landmark:






Condos at Ala Moana:



Century Center:



Sunset facing Tantalus Peak:



Condos near the Royal Mausoleum in the foreground, Aiea skyline in background:




Now to 450-acre Ford Island, located within Pearl Harbor naval base...

Here's an angle the tourists won't see -- the USS Arizona Memorial from Ford Island, dedicated to those the over 2,300 servicemen and women who perished during the Dec 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. During the attack, the eight battleships were moored to the white mooring berths off Ford Island comprising the infamous 'Battleship Row.' From this angle, you can see the berths of both the USS Arizona and the USS Nevada in the background-left.


Struck by two bombs which ignited the ammunition magazines of the ship, the battleship USS Arizona exploded and went down with nearly all hands. The USS Nevada, though struck several times by torpedoes, managed to get underway and was beached near Hospital Point.


I am not an emotional person, but as I took these photos I remembered that nearly 2,000 Soldiers died virtually in front of me, and that their bodies and those of my fellow Shipmates and Marines past washed upon the rocky shore that I was standing on. I am not one to cry, but the reason the pic is blurry is because I couldn't focus the camera clearly with a tear in my eye.


To the aft of the Arizona Memorial, at the site where the battleships USS Maryland and USS Oklahoma were moored, is permanently docked USS Missouri, eternally standing watch over the graves of those who perished in the attack:


The USS Missouri was the site of the Japanese surrender that ended WW2. Her being permanently moored next to the USS Arizona, where the Pacific War started, makes for juxtaposition that is both somber and inspirational at the same time. She was decommed in 1992 and struck from the Naval Registry in 1995. She now is a museum ship.


I chose to photograph the memorials at when I feel are they are at their most poignant -- at night, when the tourists are all gone and it is totally silent, save for your own thoughts and prayers for the fallen.


The control tower on Ford Island's Luke Field, where the first radio broadcast of the attack on Pearl Harbor was made, still bearing bullet holes from strafing Japanese aircraft. The tower was built in 1941, and has been seen in movies about the attack like Tora Tora Tora and Pearl Harbor. It is located adjacent to Hangar 37, now the Pacific Aerospace Museum. The Museum plans to restore the tower and open it to the public:



Located on the other side of the island, off limits to civilians and tourists, is another powerful memorial of the Pearl Harbor attack, the USS Utah memorial. On Dec 7, 1941, the battleship USS Utah was struck by a Japanese torpedo during colors (the raising of the flag) and overturned. Most of her crew made it to shore, but upon hearing tapping sounds from the overturned hull, returned to the ship. In a heroic rescue, ignoring the strafing Japanese aircraft, work parties managed to cut into the hull and rescue three men from certain death. After the attack, the hull of the ship was moved slightly closer to Ford Island in an effort to clear the channel.

Today the ship lies virtually unaltered from the attack, partially submerged and rusting, with 58 men still entombed in her hull. A memorial was erected in 1972 to honor those who died.



Well, that's all for this update... I'll add more pictures when I have the chance. Thanks for all of your kind comments!

Cheers,
Jai

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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:11 PM   #19
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How many inhabitants in Honolulu?
About 370,000 in the city alone (plus God knows how many thousands of tourists at any one moment), but close to 1 million people in the metro area that stretches along Oahu's southern to windward coasts from the suburbs of 'Ewa to Kane'ohe
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Excellent Jai!

Cool pics there!
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