Greetings from Hawaii!
I landed last night and about 15 minutes after I stepped off the plane, Hawaii announced a Tsunami warning. I’m staying in Kaneohe, on the island of Oahu, way above sea level so we’re totally safe, but I decided to shoot a video for you guys to prove it.[Can’t see the video? Click Here] I’m planning on shooting lots more videos while I’m here in Hawaii for a few reasons.
- It’s beautiful
- It’s freaking beautiful
Don’t believe me? Here are some photos I snapped this morning out my front door.
I’m tired of shooting/seeing/watching videos of people against a white wall as a background so instead of complaining about it, I’m switching things up and am going to shoot a bunch of videos with much, much better scenery as a backdrop. I figure the natural landscape of Hawaii should do the trick. If you have a suggestion for your favorite place on the islands, let me know and I’ll see if I can’t find it. Otherwise, I’ll have to settle for…well…anywhere on the island chain (have I mentioned it’s freaking beautiful here?).
Why My Hawaiian Local Friends Hate Me
If you remember back about a year ago, there was an earthquake in Chile in late February. That earthquake triggered a Tsunami warning in Hawaii and on that day last year, I was flying in to Honolulu. We spent the whole first day I was there watching the TV about Tsunami Scare 2010. Now, fast forward a little more than a year to yesterday, the exact same thing happens and we have another Tsunami warning and we stayed up last night watching Tsunami Scare 2011. So I’m 2 for 2 in predicting Tsunamis with my physical presence. If this keeps up, I need to look out because my friends are starting to look at me funny and tell me never to come back, because apparently I bring tsunamis with me. And they’re sort of right. I’m 2 for 2 in predicting Tsunamis in Hawai’i just by being here (although I’m not sure that’s something I should brag about).
Long time readers know I really enjoy the opportunity to travel. While I’m really grateful for it, I know lots of people don’t get the same opportunity that I do, so I’ve started to do video postcards on a lot of my trips for readers. Basically it’s a personal video shout out of wherever I am. You can see examples from previous trips I’ve done below:
They are a lot of fun, and people seem to enjoy them so I’m going to do them again. The site has grown a lot in the last few months and my schedule is pretty full so I can’t promise that I’ll be able to fulfill requests for location shots like before. Also, I want to be able to get everyone a postcard who really wants one, but I know I can’t do this for absolutely everyone so I’m going to put a limit on this to the first 25 people who leave a comment.
If you’re not one of the first 25, don’t worry. I’ll be doing another sort of promotion/giveaway on my facebook page this week so head over there and like the page if that sounds like something you’re interested in.
Also, if you’re a reader and live or are in Maui/Oahu/Big Island areas, let me know and we’ll see if we can’t find the time to meet up.
I hope you’re safe wherever you are and keep Japan in your prayers.