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RIMPAC 2012

Aug 2

Written by Edward White | Photography by Dallas Nagata White

 

A few weeks ago, Dallas and I discovered that RIMPAC was holding an amphibious insertion, much like the one she took photos of in 2010. Remembering the experience from two years ago, Dallas asked to participate in hopes of seeing all these nations work together again.

For those of you who don’t know, RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, and is held every two years in Honolulu, Hawaii. The official exercise mission statement is to “improve interoperability between Pacific Rim Armed Forces,” which is Mil-Speak for “help everyone work better together.”

After we arrived at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, the public affairs team promptly drove us to the insertion site. Unlike last year, the weather was relatively clear, and we were greeted with a scenic view of pyramid rock with the USS Essex Amphibious Assault Ship preparing to deploy its payload in the distance.

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So, This One Time We Hiked To Lava…

Jul 19

Lava Kiss Print Available Here!

Wow. I’ve officially gone somewhat viral.

It all started with Alan Taylor of The Atlantic’s In Focus choosing my Lava Kiss photo out of the National Geographic Traveler photography contest to be the first image in the post about the competition. From there, PetaPixel picked it up, then Gizmodo, and from there it went on to the Huffington Post, Glamour, and even My Modern Metropolitan’s Facebook Page as the cover image.

The response to the photo has been overwhelmingly positive, though there have been the obligatory few dissenters. Most often that I’ve seen is that people believe it’s a Photoshopped image, despite having posted a Lightroom screenshot to Google+ back when the image was first posted and people accused me of compositing. So, here are some more images from that night, both taken with a point-and-shoot and my 5D Mark II, to give everyone a better idea of what was going on. Click each photo to see it bigger!

I’d like to note that we did not go alone, but with an authorized guide from Kalapana Cultural Tours. These guys watch the flows every day, and make the tour very safe, so I highly recommend their service! It is very dangerous to go out looking for lava if you are unfamiliar with the environment, plus it’s illegal as much of the flows cover what is still technically private property. Check out their blog here for nearly daily updates of their lava hikes, with photos!

We started out where the road ended, cut off by an older flow years before. It was about an 8-mile round-trip hike over some amazing pāhoehoe lava landscape, and the late-afternoon light was glorious.

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Battle of Midway 70th Anniversary

Jun 7

Please Note: This blog contains a very small selection of my Midway Atoll photos! To see the full gallery with captions, please go here.

Hello all!

My apologies for being behind on blogging – I’m in the midst of moving both my residence and my blog while continually working. I didn’t get around to blogging about it here, but I did have the opportunity to tour the USNS Mercy on its way into Pearl Harbor before it departs to the South Pacific for its Pacific Partnership 2012 mission – you can check out those photos on my Facebook Page.

It’s a summer of change, as my husband just had his last official day in the U.S. Army a couple of days ago, so between fashion shoots, weddings, portrait sessions, and military adventures, we’ve been swamped with moving that had some complications, which has resulted in us needing to find a temporary rental for June before we move to our new permanent apartment in July. Thus, when I was first invited to attend the Battle of Midway’s 70th Anniversary ceremony on the isolated Midway Atoll (specifically Sand Island), I hesitated. As a daughter of conservation enthusiasts with a background in working with the Endangered Species Management at Haleakala National Park in my youth, I had always been curious about this distant Northwestern Hawaiian Island, but the stress of dealing with moving and having to shoot a wedding the day before the ceremony made the choice to go seem daunting.

“If you don’t go, you’re going to be very mad at yourself later,” said my husband, who knows me all too well.  He assured me that he’d rally our friends to help with finishing the move if I went, and so I did.

The adventure started around midnight of June 4th at Hickam, and we left around 2:00am HST. Midway is actually an hour behind Hawaii in the time zone, and we arrived when it was still dark to avoid hitting birds while landing. The flight took about two hours and 24 minutes.

After landing, we took golf carts driven by the island’s Thai workers to the clinic, which was acting as the media center and miraculously had WiFi internet. A couple of Fish & Wildlife volunteers offered to take people out to photograph the sunrise, and of course I jumped at the chance. My escort and I drove out on the golf cart, dodging all the sleepy chicks in the road, going out to the harbor where I photographed the old sea plane hangar in front of the setting moon, and the sunrise from a pier. There was also a Laysan albatross chick right in front of the pier which ended up getting backlit portraits taken of him or her. It was incredible to think that 70 years prior, these skies were filled with battling planes.

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Osaka 2011 – Day 3

Jul 18

Sorry for the delay in this post! I returned from Japan on Saturday, and spent most of the weekend catching up on sleep before shooting a wedding yesterday evening.  I do have my ‘Scenes from Japan’ collection up on Nonstop Honolulu right now, which features some images from the previous days, as well as previews of the not-yet-posted Day 4, but let’s get on with Day 3!

My day started with walking across the street from our hotel, the Dōtonbori Hotel, to grab a coffee from the Lawsons convenience store. I’ve never seen such a wide selection of canned coffee and tea – for me, it’s heaven. After settling on my coffee of the day, I joined Burt and Mari for a quick stroll around the area. I even stumbled across a Lush, which I’ve also been to in Florence, Dublin, Vancouver, and Auckland, besides the American locations. It’s now on my travel checklist to always try to find an international Lush!

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Osaka 2011 – Day 1

Jul 14

I apologize for the tardiness of this post, but this has been the first chance I’ve had to grab a few hours before rushing off to another adventure!

My first day in Osaka began in Honolulu with a chants, song, and dance at Gate 34 as Hawaiian Airlines and the community came together to celebrate the first departure of their inaugural route to Kansai Airport.  After the speeches, hula, and traditional Japanese fan dance, a blessing was made and the maile leaf was untied, and our trip was officially underway. The crew gathered for some final photos, and then we all boarded to settle in for the eight hour flight to Japan.

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