Susan and I were in Hawaii in December and spent a week on Waikiki Beach. After 465” of snow in North Lake Tahoe since then, we are ready to go back.
We stay on the North Shore when we visit Oahu, but wanted to try something different this visit. On the North Shore you find solace, solitude and a beckoning call to introspection. The contrasts in Waikiki were interesting and exciting; beautiful stately pre-WWII hotels sit conspicuously along the beach beside newer, larger and more modern accommodations. Noodle shops are chockablock 4-star dining establishments and street people hustle the crowds in front of $1000.00/night hotels. Waikiki is the only place I’ve ever been where block long shopping malls are literally steps from the beach. It’s a contest between natural beauty and crass commercialism. Through it all Waikiki is still a place of visual beauty, interesting history, innovative cuisine, wonderful people, fantastic weather, that possesses a tropical pace that is an agreeable counterpoint to the insanity of Silicon Valley.
All images were taken with Nikon D750 w/ Nikon AF 28-105mm f1:3.5-4.5D or Nikon 24mm f1:2.8 manual focus lens in RAW format processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.7.