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Chow

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November 1st, 2015



Hawaii head coach Norm Chow closes his eyes on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow closes his eyes on the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

With the announcement earlier in the day of Hawaii football head coach Norm Chow's removal, I thought I'd share a few non-action snaps from last night's game that was probably the nail in the coffin for his job.  I realized that I just documented the worst home conference loss in the Hawaii football program's history.  So here are a few moments from last night.  In black and white.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow speaks to the media after  an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow speaks to the media after an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow stands with his team during the team song after an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow stands with his team during the team song after an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii offensive lineman Brenden Urban (69) and offensive lineman Asotui Eli (65) lean on each other late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii offensive lineman Brenden Urban (69) and offensive lineman Asotui Eli (65) lean on each other late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) and defensive lineman Ka'aumoana Gifford (94) huddle with the team mates during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa.  Air Force won 58-7.

Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) and defensive lineman Ka'aumoana Gifford (94) huddle with the team mates during the second half of an NCAA football game between the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and the Air Force Falcons on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Halawa. Air Force won 58-7.

full moon fire

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October 31st, 2015



A full moon illuminates the sky as firefighters work to contain a structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua.  Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

A full moon illuminates the sky as firefighters work to contain a structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua. Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

I shot the large structure fire in Mapunapuna a couple of days ago.  It was quite a rush, at the same time stressful, because police had closed all the roads on the grids surrounding the three-alarm fire.  On foot it was.  Two cameras, laptop, and a pocketful of will.  Because the streetlights were cut, it was quite dark, so I was able to move swiftly and undetected to try and get a good position on the fire.  Here's one of my faves, showing the breadth and scope of the fire.  I had to climb up a warehouse rooftop to get to it.  (off the record).

Orange flames illuminate the sky during structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua.  Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

Orange flames illuminate the sky during structure fire at 789 Mapunapuna Street on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Moanalua. Seventeen companies were called to the three-alarm fire which was first reported at 6:17pm.

Spot news is always exhilarating, and when the fruits of your effort show, it makes it all the more rewarding.  Thank goodness no one was hurt.

Layers

By
September 28th, 2015



Gold Star mother Lis Olsen instructs dozens in joining a large lei during the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Gold Star mother Lis Olsen instructs dozens in joining a large lei during the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Here are two frames from a news assignment I had yesterday that didn't make print.   Yesterday's event at Punchbowl was an annual gathering of Gold Star mothers and families of soldiers who had died in the line of duty.  Like many annual assignments, it's always a challenge to try and come up with something new and visually stimulating.  After a moving tribute at the foot of the Lady Columbia statue, the families gathered to connect dozens and dozens of lei to form one gigantic one that was at least a hundred feet in diameter.  It was very touching to see everyone join together, and I saw the lei as a symbol of that joining.

I always look for layering when I try to compose my photographs.  Layers tell stories when you're lucky enough to have all the elements in the right place.

Misti French, widow of US Army Msgt. Timothy French,  connects part of a giant leiduring the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Misti French, widow of US Army Msgt. Timothy French, connects part of a giant leiduring the 4th annual Gold Star Mother and Family Day on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Ohio State, a recap

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September 17th, 2015



 Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes  and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Howdy!

Now that I've finally shaken the jet lag, here's a little recap of my amazing trip to Ohio State to document the Rainbow Warriors valiant effort against the defending national champion Buckeyes.  Columbus is a great city, very different from any place I've visited before, and I had just come off of a cross country trip in April that took me from Savannah, Georgia, to Los Angeles, California.  3,618 miles on the road, to be exact.  Perhaps I'll do a post on that another time.  For now, let's recap some of the most memorable moments in Columbus.

A panoramic of Ohio Stadium shot with my iPhone from the press box, with my awesome colleagues Ferd Lewis and Stephen Tsai at right.

A panoramic of Ohio Stadium shot with my iPhone from the press box, with my awesome colleagues Ferd Lewis and Stephen Tsai at right.

The Shoe was just top notch.  I've had the privilege of shooting inside the LA Coliseum, the Louisiana Superdome, and Reser Stadium, among others, and the press area of Ohio Stadium was just breath taking.  I want to say it was about thirty stories high, just a birds' eye view of perhaps one of the richest stadiums in college football, in history, tradition and financially.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to partake of a media meal in the press box, as I had many tasks to accomplish before kick-off--tailgating festivities of both Hawaii and Ohio State contingencies, pep rallies, and overall color.

Field level panoramic of the Shoe.

Field level panoramic of the Shoe.

I actually set foot for the first time inside the Shoe on Thursday, the afternoon before the Rainbow Warriors arrived in Columbus.

A reflection of Ohio Stadium is seen on the adjacent Ohio State University athletic complex

A reflection of Ohio Stadium is seen on the adjacent Ohio State University athletic complex

Warrior football reporter Stephen Tsai enters the Shoe.

Warrior football reporter Stephen Tsai enters the Shoe.

Being in there when it was empty, versus 106,000 people in a sea of "scarlet and gray," were two different things.  The sheer amount of people on game day was just overwhelming.

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Defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii leads the Rainbow Warriors in a haka before the game.

Defensive lineman Kennedy Tulimasealii leads the Rainbow Warriors in a haka before the game.

College Football, Hawaii at Ohio StateOur work area for photographers was actually the storage area underneath the bleachers which we shared with cheerleaders, stadium support staff, and security.  There were a LOT of photographers, and I made friends with a bunch of local Ohio shooters who were all top notch gentlemen--very professional and friendly.  We had wifi which was a godsend since 105,000 people were using cell bandwith.

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones warms up.

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones warms up.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer takes to the field.

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer takes to the field.

Hawaii running back Paul Harris (29) and Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Hill (77) work to recover a fumble by Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) in the second half of a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes  and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio State won 38-0.

Hawaii running back Paul Harris (29) and Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Hill (77) work to recover a fumble by Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek (13) in the second half of a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 38-0.

Hawaii wide receiver Keelan Ewaliko (12) waits to return a kickoff in the second half of a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes  and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  Ohio State won 38-0.

PRETTY AFTERNOON LIGHT!!!  Hawaii wide receiver Keelan Ewaliko (12) waits to return a kickoff in the second half of a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 38-0.

The game wasn't the greatest action to photograph, evidenced by the score, but the late afternoon light provided some epic pictorials from the field, as seen above.

After the game was over, and I had transmitted the photos, I had to work on video, a first on the road for me.  This took me deep into the night, and by the time Ferd, Stephen, and myself were leaving the Shoe, it was nearly 11:30pm.  5:30pm HST, no problem...we made deadline!

We proceeded to head over to the Tip Top, an eatery recommended by my new friends Adam and Kyle from the Columbus Dispatch, that came highly recommended as one of the best places to grab a bite.  From my experiences, when photojournalists recommend a place to eat or drink, do everything you can to go!  Believe me, we were HUNGRY!

Sorry, no food pics here.  This is a photography blog, after all!

Overall, I had a wonderful time.  A lot of weight on my shoulders to produce, but I was very happy with the content I was able to push out.  Three videos, 24.4 gigs of still and video raws, and almost 12,000 miles in the air.  I couldn't have done this without the undying support of our editors and our publisher, Dennis Francis.  It was definitely a trip to remember, and while the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors didn't win, they did have their time in the national spotlight, and I was there to document it.  I'll leave with a little silly photo of our crew being silly "unt" happy.  Til the next one! Proust!

Ferd unt Stephen outside Schmidt's, a sausage haus that's been around since 1886!

Stephen unt Ferd outside Schmidt's, a sausage haus that's been around since 1886!

So long, Columbus!

So long, Columbus!

Football is here, what a lightning fast off-season!

By
August 25th, 2015



Howdy, everyone!
Well, the Cafe is open once again, and what better way to kick it off than football. This weekend's coverage highlight (pun intended) was of the Kailua/Kapolei matchup that was suspended due to lightning storms above the field.  I didn't have a tripod with me, as I didn't have any video shoots lined up in that day's assignments (more on that in another post), so I had to resort to hand held exposures of the lightning show happening above Alex Kane Stadium.

Lightning illuminates the sky over Alex Kane Stadium after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70 II 2.8 @24mm, manual exposure, 1/2 sec @ f13, 200 ISO.

Lightning illuminates the sky over Alex Kane Stadium after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70 II 2.8 @24mm, manual exposure, 1/2 sec @ f13, 200 ISO.

Kailua High School staff pack up their ticketing kiosk as lightning illuminates the sky after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua High School staff pack up their ticketing kiosk as lightning illuminates the sky after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Needless to say, after two days and the game's resumption on Monday night, it was quite a mudbowl.  Slippery, muddy conditions made for quite a bit of fumbles, dropped passes, and flying mud/grass.  This was actually something I haven't seen in a long time, because a lot of the high school fields that once were host to these mudbowls have since replaced their playing surface with natural turf, like Leilehua and Mililani, to name two.

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a pass ahead of Kapolei's Leon Lee (4) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 400 2.8 IS II, 1/2500 @f2.8, manual exposure, 3200 ISO.

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a pass ahead of Kapolei's Leon Lee (4) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 400 2.8 IS II, 1/2500 @f2.8, manual exposure, 3200 ISO.

 Kailua's Taylor Tagupa (66) recovers a loose ball fumbled by Kapolei's Ezra Savea (2) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua's Taylor Tagupa (66) recovers a loose ball fumbled by Kapolei's Ezra Savea (2) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

If it was one photo that told the story of the game, it was this one below.  With the game postponed on Saturday and Sunday, both teams were very hungry for the victory.  Coach Darren Hernandez would have celebrated his 100th victory had the Hurricanes won, but alas, it was a fight to the end, and Kailua came out on top despite a valiant fourth quarter revival by the Kapolei offense.  To me, this touchdown catch by Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar, reaching up and over Kapolei defender Jonathan Liana to pull in the score, epitomized the desire to win by both teams...and it's not even September!  Look for more posts coming real soon, especially with our new UH Football and UH Wahine Volleyball special sections coming in the next couple of weeks!

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Kapolei's Jonathan Liana (26) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Kapolei's Jonathan Liana (26) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).