When The Sun Doesn’t Always Rise

A three-day weekend has so many possibilities. For me it was finely a chance to try to catch the sunrise over Diamond Head from the park overlooking Pearl Harbor. Saturday found me up in plenty of time. With my four dogs all circled around me I walked through the house getting ready.

I found myself slowing down. My first problem was I was still  in my pajamas. The next was talking to my pack and listening to them (in my head) plead with me not to leave them alone.

Before I knew it I was out in the yard cleaning up messes, then checking messages on my phone, and computer. By the time I had put all of the dog’s food and supplements together I had barely time to look up and when I did I could see the clouds turning pink. I had totally missed my window of time to photograph the sunrise.

But there were the big waves at Haleiwa I could photograph. That was another challenge on my list. Then my daughter came downstairs and said she was going out with her dad shopping. I would have to lock up the dogs and leave them in their cages if I left the house. I couldn’t do it. I made my breakfast and settled in for another day of no accomplishments and the company of dogs.

I didn’t even think of doing anything for the next day. It was just to hard.

But today, Sunday, arrived at the same time and place it always does. Right outside my window. I woke up at 5:15 AM to the sound of Ka Mea (my pit bull) hacking up a pile of bamboo from the mass I had cut down a few days prior.

I jumped out of bed, flew to his cage, chased him to the door and outside he went along with the other two on his tail. Thankfully, Cadie, the boxer was sleeping upstairs. After Ka Mea gave the all clear, he came in and went back into his cage. The other two curled up in their places in my room and I climbed back into bed.

Nagging went through my head. I’ve plenty of time. Get dressed first. Don’t elaborate on the dogs food and for darned sure, don’t turn on the computer. And that is what I did.


Can you See Diamond Head? The closer I got in with my lens the more pixellated  it got. Ah something new has been added to my plate. Using the telephoto and getting clearer photos. Oh and I need a new tripod. Hmmm

I was in the park by 6:25 AM. Checking my phone I realized I was there a half hour too early. But I knew how long it took me to set up and do practice shots. The words of Rick Braveheart  TheGreatAmericanLandscape.com went through my head. He spoke of how many times he would go back to a place to watch the different elements in the surroundings he wanted to photograph. I hoped that I would just set up and get a lucky shot. (I fight too much to get outside and the thought of doing it over and over just overwhelmed me)

Well as it happened I never got the sunrise. It stayed cloudy and gray. The most energetic thing I saw was a cat scampering about the park looking for his partner who had run and hid behind a fence. So I took what I could and instead of heading home I decided to go and have a cup of coffee and work on this blog.

It was as though I had been slapped in the back of the head. I carried my cappuccino to my table and looked out the window of the cafe and darned if I didn’t see the sun rising over the horizon. It was 7:11. Yes the sun was to rise at 7:11 right on the dot. But I thought since it was light out while I was at the park that the sun had already risen and I’d missed it at 7:00 AM.


This was taken out the window of the Cafe. The sun had just began peeking over the horizon. The small body of water in front is Pearl Harbor


And as the sun rose quickly in the east I learned a lesson

I’ve arrived home. I open the door and Ka Mea, and my sheep dog Max, greet me at the door and before I know it they zoom past me and are running up and down the street before I can lay my things down. My daughter is out in her pajamas calling them as they rush by her. I’m out there like a crazy woman shaking their treat bag up and down in hopes they will stop long enough for me to catch them. And as they are finely rounded up I ask myself, why do I have such a hard time leaving them at home.

This getting out of the house thing has got to go and I will have to go with it. Yes Rick, I’m learning. All though slowly, I’m learning. I will  have to keep going back.

The sun may not have risen over Diamond Head but it rose. I may have missed that shot but I did get something. Hopefully there will be tomorrow to try again.


Squid, Fish and I, Oh My Or Fishing in Waikiki

With the ban on fishing lifted in Waikiki for one year, fishermen filled the beach from the Natatorium to the Diamond Head boundaries. This fisherman was camped on Kaimana beach since two AM. When I had spoken to him around 9:30 AM he had only caught a few fish. Other fishermen I had spoken to who had used poles also said the catch was either non-existent or very, very small.

Because of areas being over fished through the years, there is a moratorium that only allows fishing in this area every other year. But one fisherman complained that the prohibition is not enforced and that he has witnessed many immigrants coming down in the very early hours of the morning and fishing when they should not be doing it.

Of course proving this would be very hard. Especially if they were immigrants or not. But that is another issue that has come up quite a bit in the islands lately. I think the Melting Pot is boiling over. And I’m not going to go there.

So lets talk about what today definitely was. It was the first day of 2012. The weather was gorgeous. And I was on my favorite beach in Waikiki visiting my son and his girlfriend while they set up for a picnic.

I’m on the outside looking in at one of my favorite places to eat in Waikiki just because of where it is situated. It is called the Hau Tree Lanai.

This guy had a great day fishing. Well he wasn’t using a pole he speared his fish. That was also one of the complaints. Because so many divers were in the water the guys with the poles didn’t have a chance. I wonder if once the novelty wears off and not so many are trying to fish from the same pond both might have a chance at a good catch. I remember it being like that before.

This guy had a good day too. Of course he was a diver. You would need to dive for these. They are Squid. Hawaiians love to cook that up for special occasions and you can bet that he will be the hit of the celebrations he attends today.

I had a good day too. Though I did not catch these,  with much squirming on my part, I could not pass up the chance to pose with two of the squid. Yes, they were very slimy and I was very hesitant. While wringing my hands I just went for it.

So I think I can say I’ve started my new year at a place I love, with people I love and hey, I’ve even jumped out of the box. And so I’ve set my path in the way I want to go for the rest of the year. Full speed ahead. Happy New Year everyone!