Photoblog: And Paradise was Nice

I’m back with the requisite mainlander pink sunburn, 6 days in Hawaii did me good, we stayed in the North shore, which is mainly untouched, unlike the crowded skyrises of Japanese/tourist owned Honolulu.

To unplug was good, but I’m still going to slowly wade back to shore (aka reality). Mentally, I’m still floating in the blue azul sea, I guess the vacation wasn’t long enough.

I’m not the only one that’s distancing themselves from the conversation, so expect me to slowly return to normal, if at all.

But, in the meantime I wanted to share some of the photos I took from the vacation, all are untouched raw photos from the Nokia N95 camera phone. Please note that I test social media products, and this one was given to me from a fellow analyst, which I have since given away.

Update: We stayed at Gigi’s rentals, in these beach cottages, (specifically this one Gigi’s Ocean Paradise) very affordable, less than a hotel. See Google Map, it’s the cottage, not the large complex. It’s nice to shop for you own food at the local supermarkets, getting fresh seafood and wine/beer, and not spending ridiculous amounts of money on food.

Oahu Sunrise: North Shore
View from Hau’ula, Oahu’s Quiet and Rural North Shore, this was my daily morning view….sigh

Gentle sway, rustles in the wind

Sunrise, East Oahu Shore
Warm sunrises

Crab Fan
Every morning, the sand crabs dug ‘fans’…

Crab Mounds
…and mounds


Clean morning air

Turtle tracks
Tracks of a giant sea turtle

Where we stayed, our private beach


Secluded Beach
Private Beach

Surfboards in Kawailoa, the Surfing Capital of the World

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
Matsumoto’s famous shaved ice

Giovanni's shrimp truck
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Giovanni's shrimp
The shrimp is raised in local shrimp farms, very fresh. We brought our own beer

Peacock in Waimea Valley

Lifeguard tower at Bonsai Pipeline

Bonzai Pipeline
Bonzai Pipeline


Kailua Bay



our beach house
Beach Cottage

  • It’s actually Banzai Pipeline like the kamikaze, not the plant. Also, I think you may have been staying at my Mom’s friend’s house if the beach in your pictures are indicative of where you stayed. Your photos and descriptions make me miss home…

  • Loved your pictures!

  • Awesome pictures!!

  • Loved your pictures!

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  • Joe Lima

    Giovanni’s…. Love that place and like Frank, I am happy to see it is still there (I enjoyed their shrimps back in 1999). Welcome back.

  • Joe

    I wanted the spicy ones, but my wife and I were splitting a plate, she didn’t want one.

    Plus the menu said “no refunds for spicy shrimp” so I figured it would really light the butt on fire.

  • Nice pictures but they took long to load on my computer 🙁 Looks like you had a very beautiful vacation.

  • Wonderful photos …
    Didn’t realize you had a n95. I got one about 3 weeks ago. Have been happy except for a few technical glitches- not quite as bad as a colleague – but perhaps a case study of social media and tech support/customer support and listening .. story is unfolding

  • Jessica Owyang

    Gorgeous photos! I’m dying for a vacation 🙂 The color of the water are amaaaazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • Great photos…

  • Bah! Where’s the jellied eals, chip shops and cockle stalls? This has nothing on a beach resort in the UK.

    Which reminds me – when might you next be coming to the UK for a visit? Any plans to share the social media sh-message to us Londoners?

  • John

    Wow… I want to go there!

  • Kenobi
    No plans as of yet, hope to come to UK soon.

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  • abubasim

    Amazing photos. Shame that the N95’s type of noise reduction turns photos into watercolor paintings. If they would have chosen to use a Gaussian instead of a Median filter, the photos would have looked more natural at full size.

  • Mario

    Huh, absolutely tops ! Did you take this pics with a cell phone? ? ? Are you kidding? I want a N95 too. I will never take my oldish, 1 pound sony camera with me on a holiday again –
    Greetings, Mario 🙂

  • HappyKhan

    Although I’m a SonyEricsson fan, i should admit that N95 is a very sharp shooter….

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  • Jeremiah

    Thank you for writing about how much you enjoyed staying at Gigi’s condo at Pat’s at Punaluu. I own two second floor units in the R Cottage– Lou Lu and Pukana La. This spring I put in sliding doors so the the condos can also be rented as a double unit. Gigi has added some new pictures of them to the web site.

    The location is a treasure that we like to share. Your comments and beautiful pictures describe what we offer.

    Also, when I attended Taipei American School a long time ago, one of my good friends was Lily Oh Yang. Her family came to Taiwan in 1949 with Chiang Kai Shek. The last time that I saw her she worked for the National Institute for Health (NIH)in Washingon.

    Again, thanks for sharing information about Gigi’s vacation rentals.


    Claudia Chaille

  • Claudia, you found this? Great, we can’t wait to come back.

    Be sure to let Gigi know.

  • Thanks

    Gigi is delighted.


  • Claudia

    Aloha Gigi!

  • Damn, these are gorgeous! You make me miss the tropics where I once lived and that I have so loved.

    I was just about to get my new iPhone, but the N95 is tempting for the photo quality. Is two phones ridiculous? Er…I guess I could just use my fancy digital SLR instead.

  • Wow. Beautiful!

  • As of today: 1/15/09, you need another vacation.
    Who knows, maybe a little bug got in their ear about this very fact.
    Happy Thursday.

  • oh you’re right –im going back in a few weeks

  • WOW,it’s been 8 years since I’ve been to Hawaii…and with it being single digits right now…these photos make me want to pack it up. Truly paradise on earth hey? Thanks for sharing and hope you can enjoy many more!

    Duong Sheahan

  • Next time you go back, be sure to hike the Napali post. My family and I were in Hawaii last April and loved it.

  • Emily

    Came across your blog since I was looking for reviews on Gigi’s Paradise cottages, specifically the one that you might have stayed in. I was wondering if you might tell us your honest opinion of the unit (cottage A4) – was it clean, comfy. Some of the reviews I have read regarding the complex (Pat’s at Punaluu) have not been complimentary, i.e. sewer smell in the parking lot, dirty units, etc. The pictures on Gigi’s website tell a different story though. We aren’t necessarily expecting the Four Seasons here but it would be nice to know that the cottage is clean and comfortable.

    Thanks for your input.

  • Emily

    Going to Hawaii isn’t about standing in the condo. With that said, the condo was nicely decorated, clean, but the bathroom and kitchen were a bit outdated. There were no funny smells, yet the place is a bit older.

    I recently went to Maui, and stayed in a more modern condo –but it was far more dense, and didn’t have that beachhouse feel.

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  • JIM

    Very beautiful, is a very adream place!

  • JIM

    Very beautiful, is a very adream place!

  • JIM

    Very beautiful, is a very adream place!

  • JIM

    Very beautiful, is a very adream place!

  • Karen O'Brien

    So beautiful Jeremiah – I spent 10 days there at xmas… makes me feel relaxed already looking at your photos 🙂

  • kathrynmchinion

    Wow! What a wonderful place! You really had a great time. I've never been in Hawaii.
    The photos jut proved that Hawaii is like just like a paradise.

  • great shots you are having there…

  • great shots you are having there…

  • Going to Hawaii isn't about standing in the condo. With that said, the condo was nicely decorated, clean, but the bathroom and kitchen were a bit outdated. There were no funny smells, yet the place is a bit older

  • Richard

    Do you have the full picutre of Beach Cottage, I stayed in the cottage, but cant find a good quality pic on my camera to put it on a canvas for my wifes birthday.

  • Richard

    Do you the beach cottage picture still, I need the full pixel version, i tried to just save this one, but it says it does not have enough pixels to put on canvas