This is a pic I got almost three years ago. As you can see it was a beautiful day. We’d recently gotten a lot of rain. You can see the effects of the runoff with the slightly discolored water along the beach in the lower left. The trade shower is about to drop its water on the Marine Corps Base. Last Tuesday the Base got pummeled with an intense Lightning storm that dropped hail on the base and on Kailua. A funnel cloud formed just about where this trade shower is in the pic. It came ashore at Lanikai and voila it becomes a 25 yard wide tornado and went inland a couple of miles before falling apart in Kailua.
Here’s another picture from last Sundays fireworks. I noticed at the time the delicate nature of these aerial fireworks. These were not the typical 4th of July Rock and Roll booming light and sound show. More like a piano concerto.
March 31st and April 1st the Hawaiian Scottish Festival makes it’s annual return to Kapiolani Park. Two days celebrating all things Scot.
Open Mens and Womens athlete competitions: Saturday
Kilted Mile (run): Sunday
Housewife Games: Sunday
Highland Dance Competition: Saturday and Sunday
The Festival features:
The fireworks are on two barges and the best viewing angle is from the front. Since I didn’t want to walk that far into Waikiki I went over to the lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian. Watching it from the side with the wind blowing offshore gave me some neat effects with a long exposure.
The Honolulu Festival took place last weekend (the first weekend of March). On Sunday, the Festival has a parade on Kalakaua Ave through Waikiki with the performers giving there best for the crowds. It’s a great opportunity to get pictures of the performers. If you plan to be on Oahu in March 2013 schedule some time to see it. This year to end the Festival a fireworks display from Nagaoka, Japan took place. To quote from an interview about the fireworks
“The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival is well known for the spectacular "Sanjaku-dama." The diameter of the shell is about one meter (39 inches) and it is shot 600 meters into the sky. I think that the Nagaoka sanjaku-dama is the largest single firework in Japan. But it’s not just the mere size that is spectacular but the techniques that are used to create and to shoot up this firework. We have wonderful fireworks specialists that live and work in Nagaoka. And they in turn pass on their trade to their apprentices. This trade is a special tradition of Nagaoka. We are very proud.”
For more info here’s an interview with Mr. Kazuo Nizawa, vice chairman of the Executive Committee for Developing a Bridge of Friendship between Japan and USA prior to last years festival Honolulu Festival
I watched it from the beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon beach. It gave me a side on view of the fireworks. I’ll post more over the next few days.