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  • Writer's pictureRobert Lainhart

Oahu, Hawaii

Waking up this morning I was excited to drive around Oahu and hopefully take some great pictures. My first stop was the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout which lies above the Pali Highway tunnel. I arrived around 11:00 AM and spent about half an hour photographing the view and some red-crested cardinals. I didn't get any great images on this occation but I stopped by later in the day when the weather turned darker and made the view more dramatic. These images turned out much better.

After stopping at the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout I drove down the east side of the Pali. I picked up some lunch in Kaneohe and drove to the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden where I stayed for the next few hours. Everywhere I looked there were photographic opportunities; red-crested cardinals, zebra doves, mongooses, and fantastic views of the mountains.

When the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden closed at 4:00 PM I went to photograph the Byodo-In Temple. I had seen pictures of it online but it was even more spectacular in person. There was a torrential downpour when I got there and I only had about 15 minutes to photograph, but I easily could have spent hours in that rain because the structure was so beautiful. Even in a short timespan I was able to get some of my favorite images of the entire trip.

That evening whilst driving back to Honolulu, I decided to drive up in the mountains overlooking the city to photograph sunset. I didn't make it in time to see the sun setting but I was able to photograph Honolulu's nightscape which was fantastic from this vantage point.

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