Hawaii Travel Diary – Day 3: Dawn at the Beach, dinner at the Ritz.
Since it was the last day of the year, I wanted to do something special. That’s why I woke up at 3am and went shooting the dawn at the beach (which is like 90 seconds from my apartment by walk).
As soon as I stepped outside I noticed something: I never saw so many stars before!
The sky was clear, and since the only lights come from little houses, the environment is almost light pollution free.
The weather on the island is perfectly warm, but at night it can be chilly. While shooting landscapes you stay still for a long time, and you can get cold pretty easily. Luckily the coffee shop was opened already, so a double black coffee did the trick.
As the sun was setting, the clouds started to get wonderful colors.
So there I was, standing in front of a sea of stars above the pacific ocean. That’ll be a moment I’ll always remember.
Above all that, the sound of the ocean kept me company for the whole time. I know what waves sound like, but the ocean’s ones are different, cause the sound is constant. Here’s a little audio recording I did there
Total time of shooting: 3 hours. Time flies when I shoot . I was like “it’s day already?!”.
The sun was up and warm for a perfect new year’s eve. On my way home I stopped at a local market to get something refreshing before starting working on the new pictures (it tasted very good!).
After a light lunch (pizza, fried chicken wings and some kind of sandwich – plus beer of course), it was time to go and explore one of the best hotels in the world: The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
I’ve never seen something like this before: it is huge and extremely luxurious.
From up there I walked to reach the beach.
Once I reached the beach it was very windy! I didn’t get too close to the sea; you don’t really want saltiness on your filters/lenses.
This is how I am for pictures: I go to a certain place to take certain shots, and then I start wandering around and getting lost in my own world.
That’s what I did here as well. I found a path starting from the beach and I followed it.
I walked for a while when I bumped into some really serious nature sculptures:
So what did I do at midnight to celebrate New Year’s Eve?
Yes, I went to sleep at 11pm.
I’ve always celebrated new year’s, but this time I really didn’t feel the need for it. My day started at 3am, I watched the stars while listening to the ocean, shooted at the dawn, visited the Ritz-Carlton and enjoyed a Mai Tai.
Life just can’t be any better than that.
Happy new year!