Sunrises and Sunsets

Other than the big north shore waves, I think Hawaii is well known for amazing sunrises and sunsets. I have always loved taking sunrise and sunset photos as they are arguably the most challenging for any photographer. The lighting is very intense, they happen very fast with very fleeting combinations of amazing colors and shapes. I’m always amazed at how a sunrise or sunset scene can change so dramatically in just a few minutes. Here are some I’ve been lucky enough to capture in Hawaii.
  • "Mokoili'i sunrise" Taken from Kualoa Park during a spectacular sunrise early one morning. Mokoli’i (aka “Chinaman’s Hat”) is in the view with “Kamehameha’s Turtle” (Mokapu Peninsula) off in the distance at Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. Per Hawaiian legend, Mokoli’i is the tip of the tail of a giant lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. Photo taken in February 2012. : Hawaii, Oahu, Sunset/Sunrise

    1 mokoli’i sunrise "Mokoili'i sunrise" Taken from Kualoa Park during a spectacular sunrise early one morning. Mokoli’i (aka “Chinaman’s Hat”) is in the view with “Kamehameha’s Turtle” (Mokapu Peninsula) off in the distance at Marine Corp Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. Per Hawaiian legend, Mokoli’i is the tip of the tail of a giant lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. Photo taken in February 2012.

  • "Hakipu'u sunset 1" Taken from Kualoa park on Oahu in May 2012 on the same day as the “super moonrise”. It was quite an evening for photography with this stunning sunset followed by an amazing moonrise over Mokoli’I island just an hour later. This valley is a very sacred place to Hawaiians. At the summer solstice, the sun sets right in the “notch” of the ridge. : Chinaman's Hat, HDR, Hawaii, Kualoa Park, Moon, Moonrise, Oahu, to sell

    2 Hakipu’u Sunset 1 "Hakipu'u sunset 1" Taken from Kualoa park on Oahu in May 2012 on the same day as the “super moonrise”. It was quite an evening for photography with this stunning sunset followed by an amazing moonrise over Mokoli’I island just an hour later. This valley is a very sacred place to Hawaiians. At the summer solstice, the sun sets right in the “notch” of the ridge.

  • Taken from Kualoa park on Oahu in May 2012 on the same day as the “super moonrise”. It was quite an evening for photography with this stunning sunset followed by an amazing moonrise over Mokoli’I island just an hour later. This valley is a very sacred place to Hawaiians. At the summer solstice, the sun sets right in the “notch” of the ridge. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. : Chinaman's Hat, HDR, Hawaii, Oahu, to sell

    3 Hakipu'u Sunset 2 Taken from Kualoa park on Oahu in May 2012 on the same day as the “super moonrise”. It was quite an evening for photography with this stunning sunset followed by an amazing moonrise over Mokoli’I island just an hour later. This valley is a very sacred place to Hawaiians. At the summer solstice, the sun sets right in the “notch” of the ridge. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image.

  • "Mokoli'l moonrise" This was the “super” moonrise on May 5, 2012 over Mokoli’i (Chinaman’s Hat) at Kualoa Park on Oahu. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. : Chinaman's Hat, HDR, Hawaii, Kualoa Park, Moon, Moonrise, Oahu, to sell

    4 Mokoli’i moonrise "Mokoli'l moonrise" This was the “super” moonrise on May 5, 2012 over Mokoli’i (Chinaman’s Hat) at Kualoa Park on Oahu. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image.

  • A beautiful sunrise from Ka'a'awa Beach taken in December 2012. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. : 2012, HDR, Hawaii, Oahu, kaaawa, sunrise

    5 Ka'a'awa Sunrise A beautiful sunrise from Ka'a'awa Beach taken in December 2012. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image.

  • A beautiful sunrise from Ka'a'awa Beach taken in December 2012. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. : 2012, HDR, Hawaii, Oahu, kaaawa, sunrise

    6 Ka'a'awa Sunrise #2 A beautiful sunrise from Ka'a'awa Beach taken in December 2012. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image.

  • This beautiful sunrise was taken at Waiahole Beach Park on the windward side of Oahu.  Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.

    7 Kevin Talbot This beautiful sunrise was taken at Waiahole Beach Park on the windward side of Oahu. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.

  • Kualoa Ridge forms the southern boundary of Ka’a’awa Valley in the heart of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This was a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian mythology, this ridge is the fluke of a giant water lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. “Chinaman’s Hat” on the right side of the photo is the tip of the tail of that long dead lizard.  Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.

    8 Kevin Talbot Kualoa Ridge forms the southern boundary of Ka’a’awa Valley in the heart of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This was a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian mythology, this ridge is the fluke of a giant water lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. “Chinaman’s Hat” on the right side of the photo is the tip of the tail of that long dead lizard. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.

  • Kualoa Ridge forms the southern boundary of Ka’a’awa Valley in the heart of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This was a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian mythology, this ridge is the fluke of a giant water lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.

    9 Kevin Talbot Kualoa Ridge forms the southern boundary of Ka’a’awa Valley in the heart of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This was a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian mythology, this ridge is the fluke of a giant water lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.

  • Kualoa Ridge forms the southern boundary of Ka’a’awa Valley in the heart of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This was a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian mythology, this ridge is the fluke of a giant water lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012. : 2012, HDR, Hawaii, Oahu, sunrise, waikane

    10 Kualoa Ridge Kualoa Ridge forms the southern boundary of Ka’a’awa Valley in the heart of Kualoa Ranch on Oahu. This was a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian mythology, this ridge is the fluke of a giant water lizard that Hi’iaka, one of goddess Pele’s sisters, slayed long ago. Multiple exposures were combined using “HDR” software to make this image. Photo taken in December 2012.