Lantern Festival 2016 by Chris Dacus

Lantern Festival 2016 by Chris Dacus
Lantern Festival 2016 by Chris Dacus
Lantern Festival 2016 by Chris Dacus

Lantern Festival
Ala Moana Regional Park, Island of O'ahu

A different way to spend Memorial Day - Lantern Festival at Ala Moana Regional Park. It was a nice event but too many people. In the future, I hope they create more sites around the South Shore of Oahu.
Each year on Memorial Day, crowds gather in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Annual Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating Ceremony. At sundown on the shores of Ala Moana Beach Park, tens of thousands of people watch a service presided over by Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, followed by the release of lanterns onto the adjacent bay.
The Lantern Floating is a traditional Buddhist ceremony, in which participants float lanterns down a river or in the ocean. This symbolic ceremony is conducted to honor those who have lost their lives in war or by other unfortunate events or disasters, and to honor loved ones who have passed away. It also carries with it a message of hope toward a harmonious and peaceful world. It is also a collective experience where families, friends and even strangers extend warmth, compassion and understanding to support one-another.
Shinnyo-en is an international Buddhist community founded on the ancient wisdom and love embodied in the Buddha's teachings. The Buddhist term shinnyo denotes both buddhahood (spiritual awakening) and the nature of reality; en refers to a boundless garden or open space. Shinnyo-en is a place for people to discover and develop the buddha, or awakened nature, within themselves through altruistic Buddhist practice.
Midnight Sudbury Photo: Chris Dacus

Midnight Sudbury

Sudbury, Massachusetts

Like a deer looking at headlights, standing in the middle of a country road. Nice starry night with wispy clouds, a tinted light from a distant Boston and a car returning home to Sudbury.

Fletcher and I checking out a new darksky photography site near mom's house last night.

Ulupo Heiau by Chris Dacus


Ulupō Heiau overlooks Kawainui Marsh (Hawaiian for “The big water”). Kawainui Marsh is Hawaii’s largest remaining wetland encompassing 830 acres.

Ulupō Heiau is one of the oldest cultural sites on O`ahu and is the second-largest remaining heiau on the island. The oral history says that the heiau was constructed by menehune, who were mythical masters of stone work and engineering. The Ulupō Heiau is comprised of stones from as far away as Kualoa. The heiau is 140 feet by 180 feet and 30 feet high. Ulupō means “night inspiration” and may have been used as a luakini heaiu where human sacrifices occurred.

In 1972, Ulupō Heiau was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was listed on the Hawai‘i Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Lava Tube Sunrise by Chris Dacus

Lava Tube Goodness
Kaiwi Coastline, Island of O'ahu

Once a year, when the sun rises on the shorter days and the sun becomes aligned with this lava tube on the Ka'iwi Coastline. Like a pilgrimage I head out every year and manage a couple of mornings to grab some shots. This year I arrived at sunrise two mornings in row.

La'ielohelohe Beach
Photo: Chris Dacus.

La'ielohelohe Beach
Lāʻie, Hawai’i

Laie Beach Park was originally called called La'ielohelohe after the sister of La'ieikawai. In the early 20th century it became Pahumoa Beach Park, named after Pahumoa "John" Kamakeʻeʻāina (1879–1944), a fisherman from Lāʻie Maloʻo in the late 19th century and early 20th century who lived here and kept his nets on the beach adjacent to Kōloa Stream. He was well known in Lāʻie for his generosity and gave fish to everyone in the village, especially to those who could not fish for themselves. Pahumoa conducted many hukilau, a method of community net fishing. His family, the Kamakeʻeʻāinas, were a well known fishing family in the area, and stories can still be found today of their abilities in fishing.

The beach changed names in the 1950s, when a group of students at the Church College of the Pacific (now Brigham Young University–Hawaii) called the beach "Pounders" after the pounding shorebreak that provided popular bodysurfing rides; the nickname stuck.
Victory at Sea by Chris Dacus

Victory at Sea

Sandy Beach on the Island of O'ahu

A very big surf day at Sandy Beach.

Piece of Paradise by Chris Dacus

Iroquois Point/Pu’uloa

Island of O’ahu, Hawai’i

Iroquois Point originally called Pu‘uloa is located on the south coast of the Ewa Plain on the Island of O’ahu. Pu‘uloa is famous as a place where Polynesians first landed on O‘ahu and where breadfruit was first brought to Hawai‘i in the 12th century by the chief Kahai, a grandson of Moikeha, and elder of O‘ahu chief Mailikukahi. James Dowsett purchased Pu‘uloa in the 1880s and established a large ranch. The Army acquired Pu‘uloa in 1904 and became known as Puuloa Military Reservation of Oahu. The Navy developed this area into a small‐arms range, and by 1927, the Puuloa Naval Reservation became known as the Navy Rifle Range.

The name of Iroquois Point was derived from the name USS Iroquois which was held by two U.S. Navy ships. Both ships had history that related to that spot at the entrance to Pearl Harbor. USS Iroquois, a steam sloop of war commissioned in 1850, was outfitted as a hospital ship to provide care to U.S. sailors aboard vessels anchored in Honolulu Harbor, and it is believed that the ship was anchored near the present Iroquois Point site. The second USS Iroquois, a commercial steam tug commissioned in 1898, was assigned to Commander F. Merry as part of his operations at Naval Station Honolulu.

In the 1960s, 1,461 homes were built at Iroquois Point on 367 acres by the US Navy. In 2003, the US Navy signed a 65-year lease for Iroquois Point to Hunt Building Co. and Fluor Federal Services LLC—a joint venture now operating as Ford Island Properties—in exchange for in-kind construction and infrastructure repairs on Ford Island.

In 2012, nine new "t-groins" were built on the seashore using 2,000 truckloads of boulders and 85,000 cubic yards of sand dredged from Honolulu Harbor for the largest beach replenishment project in state history. The beach has some very nice thatched sitting areas. It’s one of our favorite beaches and we live less than 2 miles away.

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