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N 108 B 61.8K C 74 E Jan 25, 2013 F Feb 18, 2013
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Lumaha'i Beach is located on Kauai’s northern shore, but do not let the picturesque views fool you. It is a beach best viewed from a distance rather than swimming. The beach has no protective reef, making the coast totally exposed to the open ocean. Nicknamed "Luma-die" by the locals, the slippery rock ledges, powerful waves, strong undertow and currents make this one of Kauai’s most dangerous beaches. I played it safe and went to the beach with my camera and left the swimming trunks behind.

Was there every a time you felt endangered while photographing?

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N 53 B 35.4K C 39 E Jan 26, 2013 F Feb 9, 2013
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“Kauai is magic: you can transform it into Asia, Africa or South America - and never leave the USA.” - Kathleen Kennedy (Producer: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hook, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III)

If you haven’t been to the Garden Isle of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands you undoubtedly have seen the island in countless commercials, television shows and full-length featured movies.

Here are a couple of movies where Kauai served as a natural sound stage for Hollywood:

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Just Go With It (2011)
The Descendants (2011)
Soul Surfer (2011)
Avatar (2010)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
6 Days / 7 Nights (1998)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Hook (1991)
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1983)
King Kong (1976)
The Hawaiians (1970)
Blue Hawaii (1961)
South Pacific (1958)

So what was filmed here at Moloa’a Beach? Of course the great 1960s American sitcom Gilligan’s Island. Now let’s all sing that memorable theme song:

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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N 31 B 12.1K C 37 E Jan 25, 2013 F Feb 7, 2013
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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” - Steve Jobs

To explore is to seek new challenges.

People ask me all the time why I love to travel. I respond by saying I love new challenges. Then they usually follow up by asking me what my favorite place has been.

“The next destination,” I invariable state.

One day I was sitting in church and the pastor was preaching a sermon on living a fruitful life. He displayed a picture on the screen of a gravestone with the year of the date of birth and date of death (1909-1994).

“That’s your life, a simple dash. What you do between the moment you are born and when you die is up to you,” he declared. “So what are you going to do with your dash?”

I was raised by very strict Asian parents and when I went to college I was expected to major in electrical engineering (naturally because all Asians excel at math). I was an electrical engineer major for about a week before I switched to a double major of economics and political science. When my father angrily asked me why I went against his wishes I simply responded, “I’m doing something about my dash.”

I’m still doing something with my dash by fulfilling my wanderlust. Last month I was on the Garden Isle of Kauai, Hawaii. I filled my compact flash cards by photographing the lush greenery, stunning beaches and postcard views.

Anahola Beach Park is located on the east shore of Kauai and is a favorite of locals. Since most of the beach is protected from the high surf by a reef, it attracts more kids than surfers.

So that is what I have been doing with my dash. What have you been doing with yours?

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N 57 B 36.3K C 55 E Jan 25, 2013 F Feb 20, 2013
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The Kilauea Point Lighthouse is a postcard-perfect landmark perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse, located on the island of Kauai, represents the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands.

I waited here at the overlook for about twenty minutes to get a decent even lit shot as the sun peeked in and out from the clouds. I was shooting with my medium range Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens. when I decided to switch to my Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens to get a tighter shot. Of course the moment I did that some heavenly light descended on the lighthouse. I quickly composed this shot before the light disappeared. Shortly afterwards, it started to lightly rain and so I headed back to the shelter of my car.

Ten minutes later as I headed toward Princeville, storm like conditions set in as heavy rains started to pour down. When I reached Hanalei a couple of miles down the road, the rains stopped and once again the sun made a dramatic appearance, albeit briefly.

That’s Kauai in a nutshell.

This will be the last photograph from my Kauai series. I hope you enjoyed it and if you plan to visit the Garden Isle please be sure to pack your swimsuit, your camera and a big smile.

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N 61 B 42.8K C 46 E Dec 10, 2011 F Feb 2, 2013
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Another glorious day ends, along with my series on warm winter days in my hometown of San Diego, California. I hope you guys enjoyed it.

I’ll be posting more photos of San Diego in the future, but at the moment I have so many other photos to share with you guys from my globe trekking journeys.

Here is a photograph I took of Marvel Comics superhero The Silver Surfer at Oceanside Beach. How cool is that?

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With a population of over 1.3 million, San Diego is the eight largest city in the country and the second largest city on the West Coast. Blessed with pristine beaches, diverse cultures, world renown tourist attractions, a strong military presence and near perfect climate it has been declared, "America's Finest City."

San Diego is considered the birthplace of California. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo landed in San Diego's Point Loma area in 1542, claiming the area for Spain. In 1972 former mayor Pete Wilson gave the city the nickname, "America's Finest City."

Bordered in the North by Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, The Pacific Ocean in the West, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the East and Tijuana, Mexico in the South, San Diego stands alone as an American paradise.

And yes, San Diego is so cool that The Silver Surfer surfs at our beaches.

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