Hawaii – Big Island and Oahu 2009 pt1

I just got back from my first trip ever to Hawaii. The 2 week long adventure was amazing – Hawaii has to be one of the most naturally beautiful places in the world. There are so many things to photograph in a small area whether it’s gorgeous beaches, lush rain forests, delicious food, interesting people, or mountain landscapes.

It’s not just it’s natural beauty that draws people to the island. It has a wonderful warm climate which makes it’s water and waves lovely and inviting for swimmers and surfers. It’s the perfect place to come for a break because the people really do give you a huge welcome that will make you not want to leave.

There’s so much more than the beaches to Hawaii though. It is full of culture and has a great night-life. You will find something for everyone here, from bars, to lovely food, to great hotels where you can spend your evenings watching TV or playing about at I found myself wanting to do so much, that it was hard to find time to do it all.

No lie, it was hard to take a bad picture in Hawaii. Of course I had my Canon 5dmkII and all of the associated gear in tow to document the experience. Here is the first batch of photos from the trip (and a video!) Be on the lookout for more in the future!

Sulphur – y Fields Forever at Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island

Ferns in the rain forest on the Big Island

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau (Place Of Refuge) on the Big Island – these were holy sites in the past

Tiki statues at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau (Place Of Refuge)

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Stand up paddle boarders on a black sand beach in Hawaii

Fishing on the pier at Ala Moana near Waikiki

Downtown Hilo Streets

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The View of Honolulu and Diamond Head

USS Arizona Memorial shortly after the shootings at Ft Hood

Hawaiian Rainbow

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The Royal Hawaiian AKA The Pink Hotel on Waikiki Beach

Eating Fire at a Polynesian Luau

Sea Turtle on the Beach from Peter Tsai on Vimeo.


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  • Wonderful pictures! Interestingly, the flag at the USS Arizona memorial was at half-staff when we were there, too, right after Teddy Kennedy’s death. I wonder if it’s always like that because it’s a memorial, or if it was just a coincidence?

    Love your pictures of the Pu’uhonua, too. What an amazing place.

  • Rachel – I agree… Pu’uhonua was amazing. I was only there for 30 mins, but in that time I saw a sea turtle on the beach, the amazing Tikis and the whole place was absolutely beautiful during sunset. I felt so relaxed after leaving that place.

  • hey peter! first off, man great pictures bro. loving your work. alright on to the business. I stumbled onto your site while I was searching for reviews on the 5d mark 2 and how it does in low light photography. It was great reading your write up on it along with the pictures showing the ISO. Okay now here’s where I think it gets really interesting. As I was perusing your site I noticed you also do bboy photography! Man and let me tell you, that totally rocked my socks. I am currently really interested in bboy photography as well being here located in Seoul Korea. And I’m sure you know about Koreans and bboying. Well anyways, I was at a bboy jam the other day and like most bboy jams the lighting is pretty dark like club dark with strobes going every where. Currently I’ve got the 5d classic along with an EF 24-70 2.8 L. Pretty much the whole night I had my ISO at 3200, my aperture at 2.8 and the highest shutter speed I could grab was 1/100. and I’m sure you know by now but for bboying 1/100 ain’t gonna cut it.

    So I was gonna say you got any advice for me on this? I’m currently thinking about upgrading to the 5d mark 2 at the end of this month and am thinking about picking up a fast prime to go along with it ( like a 85mm 1.8… even though it’s a bit long I hear the auto focus is on point).

    Man, really glad I stumbled onto your site. You can be sure that I’ll be checking it every now and again to see your stuff. Keep doing what you do, most definitely dope sauce. peace!

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