Saturday, April 23, 2011

Old Maui High School

Maui’s first co-educational high school opened in 1913 in a small frame building at Hamakuapoko, close to bustling Paia town and near the large plantation camps of East Maui. From the start, Maui High School provided an opportunity for boys and girls to further their education in academic and vocational fields, and enabled thousands of graduates to realize their dreams of achievement and success.

By 1939 enrollment reached 1000, but began to steadily decline after Baldwin High School was built and plantation camps closed as families moved to modern subdivisions in central Maui. In 1972 a new Maui High School opened in Kahului. The old Maui High closed its doors, beginning years of decline and deterioration.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Breaking Away...

Thirteen years ago we moved to this island paradise, and save for a few years where we slipped back to the mainland to help some friends, this has been our cherished island home the whole time.

Some people move here and can't handle the isolation. Others find the culture too different. Whatever the case, many move here...and then move away, eager to get back to what's familiar. What's different for us, is that we love it here...

But...we know there's more out there and we know, without a doubt, it's time for a new adventure....time for the next chapter in our book of life. And we couldn't be happier or more excited about this next step.

More to come...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I love this city...

Different heart.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Drop by Drop



Minute by minute, drop by drop, the day melts into the liquid gold of an island sunset.
Life is good.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Liquid Turquoise

Ke'anae, Maui, Hawaii

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Inside Joke

Upcountry Afternoon

Upper Makawao

Monday, January 3, 2011

Extraordianry Starts Life as Ordinary

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Spread the Love

Happiness is Contagious

Friday, December 31, 2010

Fresh Start

This crazy place I call home.

Almost two years ago to the hour, I started this blog. And yet for one reason or another, I put it on the proverbial shelf this past year. Hasn't been updated since May...

But with the encouragement of some good friends, I'm blowing the dust off and turning the key. Feels good. This started as a photography blog...and I can honestly say I love photography more now that I ever have...and that's coming from the guy who was grabbing the family camera since he was 10 years old. I remember marveling over the Brownie Jr. I inherited from my grandfather, being enamored with the old 110's my parents had, the pinhole cameras I made in grade school, my first Nikon 35mm camera...the list goes on and on. I remember going on vacation and while everyone was looking at the particular site of interest...I was looking at the people taking the pictures.

So my related goal for this year is to continue to share my love of photography with anyone and everyone who stumbles across this blog. Happy New Year to you all....may we capture and savor the moments of 2011.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Family Night at Kite Beach....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Beats Cable TV Every Time

About two years ago we disconnected our cable TV...and we haven't missed it one bit. Yes, we rent DVD's so we can watch what we want to watch, when we want to watch it...but there's no more wasted evenings spent channel surfing. Fact: turning on the TV and flipping through the channels looking for something to watch will never be as good as stepping outside and looking for something to watch.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Red Velvet, Wailuku

Needles threaded with gold

Fishing for the last bit of sunlight before it sinks away

Wild Pagoda, Lahaina

Land of the Free, in full-color

Saturated: to be filled with something until no more can be absorbed.
As in color. As in my schedule.

Over the past few months, my work schedule has become saturated with long-term projects, need-it-done-yesterday to-do's, complicated responsibilities and more. It's been sucking the energy out of me...even when I'm out of the office. My saturated calendar is starting to bleed into other areas of my life and I want to stop it before it leaves a permanent stain.

But know this: I'm not looking for a pastel life of muted colors. I'm all for saturation...always have been. Black and white's's cool...but I like color. I love color. Rich, bright, vibrant colors that take your breath away. I want to paint my life with colors that bleed out of the lines...I just want to be careful as to which colors are doing the bleeding.

I want the colors of work to stay in the lines....but I want the bright, cheerful yellow-orange of family life, the soothing, life-giving green of church life, and the comforting-yet-powerful blue of run wild and spill into all the areas of the painting called Me.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, and an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone. His face shone like lightning...his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him.

Then the angel spoke to the women: "Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here...he has risen, just as he said he would. Come, see where his body was lying. Now go quickly and tell his disciples he has risen from the dead!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

RIP (Random Image Post) #3

A hot spot from the past, Door County, Wisconsin

Island hopping...

Whimsical ivy

Carpe Noctem: Seize the Night

If only...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

RIP (Random Image Post) #2

Flowers for sale, Pike Place Market, Seattle

Coastline fence line, Pescadero, California

One of those...there

Capitola, California

A child's bouquet, Maui

For the first Random Images Posts, click here and here.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

...and the valley was calm

We rushed to high ground in response to a tsunami warning today that, alas, turned out to be little more than a one-foot tidal change. But as is typical of island life, everyone pulled together and did what they could to help each other out.

Maui's known as the Valley Isle...and today, the high points of the valley (home for us) became a safe haven for many. As the the Civil Defense sirens blared throughout the morning, more and more cars arrived in our neighborhood: family, extended family, friends, and co-workers...all living near the shoreline, came seeking refuge. And as the streets lined with cars, the same scene replayed over and over...residents walked out to cars to embrace those looking for solace. Weary faces emerged from their vehicles, some with luggage in hand, and were led into homes by understanding hosts. As the morning played out, it became clear we'd been spared the predicted devastation...but what did roll across the island from shore to shore, was a wave of community, a flood of support, and an ocean of love.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


"Faith is a process of leaping into the abyss not on the basis of any certainty about where we shall land, but rather on the belief that we shall land."
-Isabel Carter Heyward

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Sound of Silence

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Spent a couple of days on Lana'i. Some would say there's not much to do there. I say that's what makes it perfect. The Simple living color.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Well Made

I just finished putting up cellular shades throughout our home. I didn't buy the best...out of my budget...but hey, they're folded pieces of difficult can it be to make them? Evidently more difficult than I thought. I've had to exchange several due to sloppy workmanship and/or poor quality control at the factory.

Tonight we took the kids to the playground at Waihe'e School: not only to enjoy the great play structures, but to soak up the beautiful surroundings, and cool, misty air. As I was walking across the school's lush green field, I passed a small palm and saw what cellular shades look like when they've been constructed by Someone Who Cares.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Day in the Life

From postcards to vacation brochures, much of the Hawaii the rest of the world sees is focused on the beaches, the whales and the luaus. And though those things are a part of our island life, there are the everyday sights that touch the residents and remind us we truly live in paradise. Sights that still take our breath away...even if they'd never make the cover of a travel magazine, or grace the pages of a guide.

Last night I took the family for a walk at Keopuolani Park. We were treated to the view above as we got back to the car: a lush baseball field with a backdrop of the setting us one last dose of warmth, filtered through the 'Iao Valley, just before dipping out of sight.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Walk in Paradise

Went on a photo hike today. Though I've lived here over a decade, I had never been to Twin today I set out to change that. What a beautiful hike. I know there are several pool and falls to explore, but I was pressed for time. That, and the fact I was wearing $2 slippers from Longs, while stepping on mossy rocks in deep creeks while carrying camera gear, limited my exploration a bit. But remember my previous post about getting the family out into nature more? This will be one of our next adventures.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

With Gratitude

My mom came to visit at the end of November. It was a dual-celebration...Thanksgiving and a pre-Christmas shindig. To make it feel like Christmas from the get-go, we put up our tree in mid-November, and though it felt a little early at the time, that tree has been a cornerstone of the season. There's something about it, despite the fact it's fake. It's almost 10' tall, it's just the right circumference...not enormous, but not too skinny, and it's so real-looking that people lean in and smell it just to be sure. We plug it in first thing in the morning as we drink our coffee, and the minute the sun starts to set, we plug it in again. The cats have found the base to be to coziest home ever, the kids stare at the ornaments with a refreshed wonder every day, and my wife and I get lost just looking at the's as though they block out the worries, and take us away to a place where everything is OK.

We're having some friends over for a delayed holiday celebration this coming Tuesday and they asked if we'd keep our tree up for the event. It wasn't hard to say yes. What will be hard is taking it down afterwards. Like I mentioned in the post on New Years, this past year took it's toll, and though we've been blessed beyond description in so many ways, we're still entering 2010 somewhat weary from battle. This tree has been our mental respite, and more than ever, the magic of a Christmas tree, has carried us through the season.

It is said thatMartin Luther cut a fir tree from his garden one wintry evening and placed it in the nursery of his home for his wife and children. He wanted them to envision the snowy dark beauty of the night of Jesus' birth, and he decorated the tree with lighted candles to represent the stars in the sky.

To this day, those lights still mesmerize...and I'm grateful. Though it's already January 2nd, let me wish you and yours, one more time, a most wonderful New Year.

It's Time to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden

I'm far from new-agey, and I'm anything but hippie...but I have made a New Year's Resolution to get my family outside and into nature more. God has blessed us with a beautiful home, and we spend countless, priceless, hours there...enjoying time, and enjoying each other. But He's also blessed us with life in a paradise, and it's a goal of mine to get the whole family out of the house and into the island even more this year.

Then can I walk beside you?
I have come here to lose the smog,
And I feel to be a cog in something turning.
Well mabye it is the time of year,
Or maybe it's the time of man...
but we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
-Woodstock, Joni Mitchell

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou #2

It was exactly one year ago that I started this photo blog with a post wishing everyone a Happy New Year. In that post, regarding the blog itself, I said "let's see where this goes..."

Well I'm happy to say I stuck with it. Some months I posted more than others, but all said and done, this my 103rd post. I'm excited to see where it goes in 2010.

The New Year's celebrations were in full force tonight in our neighborhood. I think the struggles of 2009 have taken there toll, and people are ready for a fresh start. There were more Christmas lights up this season than I've ever seen on island, and tonight there were more fireworks than I've seen in the last several years combined; dramatic aerial displays were launching from every other driveway. The display above was two doors away.

It was hard not to get a little choked up tonight. You could feel the human spirit celebrating the hope for better year. Perhaps a positive side-effect of this past year has been a renewal of community. Oscar Wilde once said, "What seems to us as bitter trials, are often blessings in disguise."

"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is to live inside that hope."
-Barbara Kingsolver

I wish you all a very Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!