reminiscing about the aloha state…
All of these photos were taken with a diana lomography camera. I really have enjoyed the vintage feel of the black and white, but am dying to get into some color shots. Instagram is so popular these days that it is too easy to take a picture with your iphone and use the filters to jazz it up a notch. [Guilty as charged!] Hopefully I can take the time to get a little cosier with my diana and learn a little more about what actually makes those dreamy colors happen. I definitely have my work cut out for me, but hopefully I can share a few tips I discover along the way!
As an architect and lover of the beach, it comes naturally that this should be a feature I do on a regular basis.
Today’s house is by local architect Peter Vincent. It features one of my favorite parts of typical Hawaiian design in the open air kitchen and living room. I have seen several houses that have the ability to open the entire main living space to the outdoors, framing the area as more of a passage between yard and beach, than a confined living space. With a view this amazing, I don’t blame them. Also worth noting are the modern touches that seem to mix seamlessly with traditional details like the plantation doors and dark wood accents.
Well, normally I would walk you around the city and tell you which buildings I was gaga over. Hawaii on the other hand is more of a stroll around, drink a beer at the beach kind of place. This time I will let the pictures do most of the talking. To start off, Hawaii is made of 7 islands, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island…Hawaii. Seems pretty basic right? Yet I am still shocked at how many people don’t know that. So there you go. Just incase. I won’t tell anyone you were confused. Each of these islands is surprisingly different and full of many tiny ecosystems. The Big Island absolutely took the cake on the amount of topographical and climate change. This is no joke, a BIG island. Luckily there are only a few roads that cross from side to side, making it easily navigable. I think the best way to see as much as you can is to make a giant loop around the whole island over several days. This way you get to see it all. Plus I got to go on a road trip for the first time in 3 years.