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Honolua Bay Part II

This location is absolutely spectacular for Landscape Shots. But what it really exciting is that this isolated location would Rock for Family Portraits and our favourite…”Trash The Dress” post Wedding Fun. The Beach is easily accessible, really nice sand and the Lava formations just beckon to our imagination! This place is also a fine for just hanging out, and is a Marine Sanctuary, so lots of cool snorkeling, body boarding, and surfing opportunities!

This was shot with a Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm Wide Angle, Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter, Manfrotto Tripod and some grippy shoes, lots of rock scrambling, patience and, as always, a lot of fun! Thanks for your kind visit and help us by following on Facebook or just watching what we do next!

Happy Hollidays, Kathleen and Erik


Go with the Flow – Honolua Bay

We had scoped out location a few days earlier on our adventure to the wonderful island of Maui to judge where a great sunset would be prime to shoot. Kathleen had to Island Hop to Honolulu for Business, I took some time to shoot Surfers and Sailboarders in Pa’ia. As soon as her plane touched down, we were zooming up the coast, scrambling down the steep stairs and onto the beach. At 5:15 it was empty, quiet and tranquil. I spent the next 45 minutes scrambling over sharp volcanic rocks looking for the ultimate composition. Carrying a Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm all attached to our sturdy Manfrotto Tripod, not falling, watching the surf and stabilizing the shots was quite a challenge – and yes, it was fun! You may recall a previous post of the magnificent sunset from this location. Here I was fascinated by the rocks and using a very low shutter speed, captured the beauty of the waves as they lapped the shore.

The coastline at Honolua and Mokuleʻia is rugged and is accessed by trail from a parking lot adjacent to the Honoapiilani Highway above. Mokuleʻia Bay has a sandy beach and coral reefs. Honolua Bay consists of a rocky shoreline with small beach, coral reefs in a marine preserve and world-renowned surf break. Honolua Bay hosts the annual “Billabong Pro” women’s surf competition in December. This place is a Must See location – so close to everything, yet so wonderfully secluded. It is also great for snorkeling!

Thanks for visiting our Blog! Kathleen and Erik … if you have any questions please feel free to drop us an email at contact.kerstenbeck.com! Aloha!


Pa’ia Surf Dog

Will Smile for a Snack

As we were wandering around this wonderful beach, we spotted a Doggie patiently waiting for the Surfers to come home from their morning adventures. Although it wasn’t tremendously warm, this smarty sought shade under the truck to which he/she was secured. It was rather funny to see this Dog perk the ear after we took a test shot with the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8. Didn’t want to get too close and we were basically on the deck for this shot! Now a bit of History about this  location!

Pāʻia (pah-ee-ah) is a in Maui, on the northern coast of the island. The population is about 2,500. Pāʻia is home to several restaurants, art galleries, surf shops and is just a charming and awesome place to visit! One business, Charley’s, is frequented by Willie Nelson when he visits the island – perhaps he also likes to go “Herb Shopping” when he is in town? The eponymous “Fish Market” at Pāʻia’s main intersection is very well-known throughout the island for its Mexican  and Local Food.

Pāʻia is the last town on the Hana Highway and is located close to many internationally known windsurfing spots including Ho’okipa and Spreckelsville. It is therefore sometimes called ‘The World Capital of Windsurfing’. Check out some of the cool Windsurfing shots from this location on previous posts – you will not be disappointed!

Thanks for your kind visit to our humble PhotoBlog and come back again soon! Kathleen and Erik! If you have ANY questions or would like a Print just drop us an email at contact@kerstenbeck.com  ALOHA


Along the Road to Hana

The Hāna Highway is a 68-mile (109 km) long stretch of Hawaii State Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa bridge, Hana Highway continues to Kipalhula as Route 31 (Piilani Highway), the first section of which is unofficially considered to be part of Hāna Highway. Although Hāna is only about 52 miles (84 km) from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made as the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one-lane bridges. There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hāna, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use.

One of our frequent stops lead us to this functioning aqueduct. We were struck by the masonry and, of course, the lush greenery and mossy coverings. This was shot using a Nikon D7000 equipped with a Sigma 10-20mm lens, all mounted on a sturdy tripod for stability. Thanks for visiting our humble blog and come back soon! Kathleen and Erik.


An Island Paradise

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Lānaʻi Hawaiian: is the sixth-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is also known as the Pineapple Island because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantations. The only town is Lnaa’i City, a small settlement. The island is somewhat comma-shaped, with a width of 18 miles (29 km) in the longest direction.

According to the Hawiian Legends, man-eating spirits occupied the island before that time. For generations, Maui chiefs believed in these man-eating spirits. Differing legends say that either the prophet Lanikāula drove the spirits from the island or the unruly Maui prince Kauluāʻau accomplished that heroic feat. The more popular myth is that the mischievous Kauluāʻau pulled up every  tree he could find on Maui. Finally his father,  had to banish him to Lānaʻi, expecting him not to survive in that hostile place.

However Kauluāʻau outwitted the spirits and drove them from the island. The chief looked across the channel from Maui and saw that his son’s fire continued to burn nightly on the shore, and he sent a canoe to Lānaʻi to bring the prince, redeemed by his courage and his cleverness, back home to Maui. As a reward, Kakaʻalaneo gave Kauluāʻau control of the island and encouraged emigration from other islands.Kauluāʻau had, in the meantime, pulled up all the ʻulu trees on Lānaʻi, accounting for the historic lack of ʻulu on that island.

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Photography Tip: A good practice is always to use a Tripod for Landscapes. Sometimes hauling that gear is tough. This was executed by scrambling amongst Lava Rocks to find a level spot, hold the Camera steady on a rock, Compose, use Manual Setting … and watch out for waves!

Aloha, Kathleen and Erik


Rescue Ready

We took a drive along Highway 36 past the Kahului Airport in the direction of Hana in Maui one morning to catch the surfing action at Ho’okipia Beach. This is one of Maui’s world-class surfing and windsurfing spots, popular amongst local and tourists. There was a distinct aroma of Hawaii emanating the air as we approach (I think you can guess). By agreement, the surfers have the ocean to themselves until around 1PM, then it belongs to the windsurfers. Windsurfing has evolved to kiteboarding where Kanaha Beach is Maui’s hot spot.

This picture reminds all that wave and rip currents can be rather treacherous. Although the  waves were not as high as we have seen during our visits, they did look powerful and eventually crashed onto a rock corral shore which certainly could do some severe damage to the un-prepared.

Photo Tip – most of the windsurfing and surfing shots were taken with a Nikon D7000, ISO 400, equipped with a 70-200mm f2.8 Nikon Lens and a Nikon 2x Doubler. All of this was mounted on a tripod which only had one leg extended (ie improvised Mono-Pod) so we could pan the camera to follow the action. All shots were captured in RAW for maximum flexibility in Post Processing.

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Coconut Glen – Parked for Good

No Gas, No Go, Who Cares!

We stumbled up this parked Chopper in the front yard of a gentleman, Glen, who had decided to hang up his Executive Chef hat at a premier restaurant in Boston to set up shop (sight-unseen) in a remote location on The Road to Hana in Maui. He said that he started by selling Coconuts for “Beer Money” and soon after branched out to make several delicious flavours of all natural Coconut Ice Cream. His establishment is called Coconut Glen’s. In this shot you can see his colourful likeness in the background. We had to sample his offerings which were served in a simple cup with a hand cut Coconut husk spoon. Needless to say this was one of the best things we sampled during our visit. You must pay a visit next time you are on Maui!

Here is his story: http://coconutglens.com/story.html

Highway 360 is a scenic and twisting paved road that skirts the coastline and into a dark tropical forest. There is a narrow section of road just wide enough for one car, with turnouts every 100 feet or so. There were several times when another car wanted the same section of road that we did – decisions had to be made in a hurry. This road is not for the faint hearted, but a Must Drive for those seeking raw beauty and a bit of an adrenaline rush!