Scenic Points in Oahu

January 2017

Gear: Sony A7
Lens: Tokina Plastic Fantastic, Minolta 85mm f1.4

In January I had a great chance to visit Hawaii. I always thought about going to Hawaii but since I'm in Asia, there are probably far better places so to visit to get more out of your money so to say. With that said, however, I can see why people quickly fall in love with Hawaii and I can see why it is a top travel destination. 

Since I was there for a wedding, I did not get a prime opportunity to shoot around the Island but I did manage to get some good photos in. I mostly stayed around the Waikiki area, but I'm sure you can find much better photo locations around the island. Here are my shots from my time there.

Sunrise over Waikiki (Coordinates: 21°16'49.2"N 157°50'22.7"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Sunrise over Waikiki (Coordinates: 21°16'49.2"N 157°50'22.7"W) Click through for google maps location. 

The first location above is right near the Hilton Hotel on Waikiki Beach. I highly recommend shooting here during late hours or early mornings. It usually fills up with tourists any other time during the day. 

Stars over Waikiki (Coordinates: 21°16'57.1"N 157°50'23.5"W) Click through for google maps. 

Stars over Waikiki (Coordinates: 21°16'57.1"N 157°50'23.5"W) Click through for google maps. 

The picture above is obviously not real. It is a composite of stars over the palms near the Hilton Hotel lagoon. It may be impossible to capture the stars fully from this area, however, to the naked eye, the stars are visible. This picture was a representation of how it felt and what it looked like to my eyes (a bit of my creative work coming through). The coordinates are pin point where I took this image from. 

Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
— Elliot Erwitt
Ala Wai Boat Harbor Sunset (Coordinates: 21°16'54.7"N 157°50'28.2"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Ala Wai Boat Harbor Sunset (Coordinates: 21°16'54.7"N 157°50'28.2"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Here are several other pictures from my short trip. 

The next location is a little harder to find it requires a mode of transportation because the buses won't go up there. I made my way up there with a little moped I rented in town. I've added a map of how to get there. At the top of the hill, there's a nature reserve area and the best part of it, it's off the beaten path for most tourists. You'll have the place mostly to yourself to take pictures of fly your drone (Please check drone regulations before you fly). Below is a map guiding you to Tantalus Look Out Point. 

Click through for google maps location.

Click through for google maps location.

The Clouds over Diamond Head

This last location is further off the path. It is situated in a neighborhood and it's easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. I'll try my best to point it out to you. 

The Quiet Beach (Coordinates: 21°15'52.1"N 157°46'52.5"W) Click through for google maps location. 

The Quiet Beach (Coordinates: 21°15'52.1"N 157°46'52.5"W) Click through for google maps location. 

Make your way along this path below: 

Click through for google maps. 

Click through for google maps. 

If you're in a car or moped, the small path is really easy to miss. The pictures from the google maps looks a lot different from what it looked like when I was there. I tried my best to point it out to you. 

View from the street. 

View from the street. 

Beach entrance *It's not marked. 

Beach entrance *It's not marked. 

Hawaii Life (Insert model or couple here XD)

Hawaii Life (Insert model or couple here XD)

There are so many places to visit on the island and the 3 days I had there just didn't do justice. Hopefully I'll return to take more epic pictures! Feel free to share this site with anyone looking for new locations to shoot in Hawaii. If you found this helpful and informative leave me a comment down below! Don't forget to subscribe to my blog for updates...as always, safe travels and happy trails!

yours truly,