JASON ATEN | MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHER

HAWAII

Yesterday I posted a photo of our backyard.  As much as I'm a fan of beautiful snow-scapes, I'm suffering from some major withdrawl right now.  A little over two weeks ago, Beth and I were fortunate enough to spend a few days in Honolulu with the Pricing, Profit, Process Tour with ShootDotEdit.  Since I was only speaking for an hour on Saturday, we decided we'd make it our 5 year anniversary trip and spend a few extra days and see the Island. 

As much as I travel, I had never been to Hawaii before (neither had Beth).  Here's a few photos from our trip.

 

About to board the plane in Newark, for an 11 hour flight.  In case you wondering - yes, that's a long flight.  It's not so bad when you're sitting next to your best friend though :)

The view from our balcony.

Another view from our balcony - that's Diamond Head in the distance.

Sitting on the beach.  It doesn't matter how early you get up, there's almost ALWAYS someone out surfing, boating, body-boarding or something.  We weren't even on the good side of the Island for surfing, but they were out there paddling along all day.

We did drive up to the North Shore the first afternoon we were there.  There were some amazing waves, 25-30ft and more. 

We went whale-watching the second morning we were there, and saw a baby/mom duo that put on quite a show for us!  I'll post a few of those photos soon, but this was one of my favorite shots of the whole trip.  That's diamond head in the background.

Saturday afternoon, after I finished speaking, we visited the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.  I don't think I really had a grasp of what to expect.  It's overwhelming to take in the history and significance of what happened there. 

Our last night (Sunday) on the Island, we joined a bunch of other photographer-friends at the Chief's Luau.