Jun 092017
50th Anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill

June 7, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Oregon Beach Bill, which forever guarantees the public’s right to access and passage on all beaches along the Oregon Coast. Earlier law had set the extent of the public land at the high tide line, but the Beach Bill made it so that public land extended to the vegetation line. After a childhood in California and many years as a resident of Hawaii, both states which also have [read more …]

Feb 182014
Top 10 Places on Maui for Nature and Landscape Photography

A photographer friend who purchased my Oregon and Washington guidebooks, and who knew that I lived in Hawaii for many years, recently asked for recommendations on the best places on the islands of Maui and Hawaii for landscape photography. Like most photographers visiting the Hawaiian Islands, my friend has a limited number of days for his vacation and won’t have time to run around the islands to all the locations shown in general interest visitor guides. Here are my suggestions [read more …]

Jul 132010
Hamoa Beach, Maui

Each year for the past twenty years, Professor Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach“, names what he thinks are the best beaches in the United States. I don’t think there’s ever been a year that at least one beach in Hawaii made his list, and for 2010 he includes Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu and Hamoa Beach on the island of Maui. Kahanamoku Beach, named for Olympic swimmer and Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, is the stretch of Waikiki Beach between the [read more …]

Mar 062010
Hawaiian sunrise

Many years I lived in Hawaii, but never spent much time at Waimanalo, even though I lived in nearby Kailua for a number of years. While on this trip to the Islands, I got a request for photos of Waimanalo Beach, so have been going there for sunrise the past several days. Weather hasn’t been as hoped for, but it’s always wonderful to be on the beach at sunrise in Hawaii. On the day I took this photo, the sky [read more …]