Friday, May 19, 2017

Thank You Jesus for a good day in Alapena and Kapena Falls 5/19/17

Today in Hawaii-Nei, I decided to do a quick early morning hike in my neighborhood at Alapena and Kapena falls. For 17 years of my life, I never knew this waterfall hike existed close to my house. There are two routes to get here: one being the Nuuanu memorial park and mortuary route and the Pali highway in the back. I went through the first route. Now be advised, there is a sign before you get into the trail that tells you that there is no trespassing. Some people say to take this route but did not forewarn me about the sign prior to the hike. If you don't want to do this, then you can go the back route which I will provide details later. Once you enter the trail, it should look like this.


Hike up at this point and you will reach the first fall: Alapena Falls in a few minutes.

 Alapena Falls

Alapena Falls
 Alapena Falls

Hike to the right at this point and you will do a couple switchback (stream crossing) hiking till you reach:

Kapena Falls

Kapena Falls
With Shutter

 Kapena Falls

I took a few minutes to enjoy this beauty while some mosquitoes tried to sap my blood. Many people like to dive off the rock here. There is a path here to the right that leads to the freeway as I mentioned earlier. It is to your right and you can't miss it.

This is how the backside looks like and a few steps away is where you can park your car (scenic route), but beware I saw glass on the floor and according to some people online, people do break in cars here so be careful. Also, if you take this route, it leads you to Kapena Falls right away. So you would need to hike down to Alapena from this point which isn't tough at all. I actually walked the freeway back home so that concluded my morning hike. I thank God I didn't get hurt especially I am still feeling ill but I was sick and tired of being bedridden for this entire week. I got this passage today before I headed out and I thank Jesus for the inspiration. Laters folks.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 KJV

Updated *5/19/17  Howzitboyhikes found a upper trail which I didn't. You can seem to avoid all the stream crossings if that is your forte. It also brings you to the top of the falls easier. Oh well, maybe next time.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Toy Review: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Rewind and Nightbeat LG-28

Aloha fans, we are back with another TF review, unfortunately I left the next insecticon at my brother's house during my staycation there. So now I am left to do a quick substitute until I reacquire the Fansproject figure. Today's feature is none other than Rewind, one the autobot cassettes created to combat Soundwave's Decepticon cassettes. Without haste, let's get started!

Boxing and contents.





Boxing is your standard Takara packaging with attributes and a comic book. I was confused by what was going on. But I found the synopsis page online nonetheless so here is the link:





Rewind comes equip with a thin rifle which can be pegged to his right forearm or plugged on both hands. I love how he has his classic cassette look on his back but updated with icons such as the Wi-Fi bar, battery icon (he is down one bar), and familiar icons such as the Facebook icon that is shaped with letter T instead. His G1 inspired eyes looks alright. For once, I kinda do prefer the IDW Hasbro visor look. Anyhow, Rewind looks great here.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thank Jesus for a good day in Oahu: 5/4/17 Kuliouou ridge hike!

"In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also." Psalm 95:4 KJV

Thank Jesus I finally got to do this hike.  When you arrive here (google maps), you park in a residential area. Please be courteous and don't block driveways, throw litter everywhere, and don't use the resident's hoses to cause a mess to people's houses. Don't pollute the trail as well. This is the reason why Mariner's ridge is now shut down to the public so if you want Kuliouou available as a trail still, please be courteous and clean up after yourselves in a respectable manner.


Well, it's pretty self explanatory here. on the 2nd pic, head to the right otherwise you will enter the Valley trail, but if it's the summit you are after, then you will head to the right. There will be another sign a little after you enter but follow the Ridge trail sign no matter what. From that point on, lots of zig-zagging and some steep climbs, but you should be safe if you take it nice and easy. Follow the pink ribbons too to not get loss.

Calm before the storm



You know you are almost there when you hit this tree arch, the bench and it's nice valley view, and a whole bunch of stairs! The stairs were created by the Sierra hiking club to prevent erosion. I have yet to hike the sister hikes namely Hawaii Loa Ridge and WiliwiliNui, but I hear they have steps as well. Anyhow once you manage to do all these steps you will reach the summit.

The Summit



Thank you Kevin for the last two pictures in this category. It was very breezy in the top which was a plus but too bad it was fairly cloudy to get a nice blue pic. I reached the top so I guess that was all that mattered. You get views of Hanauma bay, Koko Marina, Rabbit Island, and Koko Head mountain etc... We stayed for a bit before trekking back down. More people started to come but thank God we started early. By the time we got down, a car was waiting for my parking spot.

Tamron Zoom lenses special


I took a few shots with my zoom lenses but due to the strong wind, I had trouble getting steady shots. This was the best I did alongside some tinkering in Picasa.


Regained my strength back by eating Greek Marina in Koko Marina shopping center. Delicious! Had a Bubbies Smoothie too afterwards. I guess of all that workout I claimed back all those calories lost. Anyhow, that was the end as I dropped Kevin back home anticipating his return to Spokane in the weekend. Thank You Jesus that nobody got hurt and have a good day folks. 

"I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me" - (Phillipians 4:13, NJKV)
The flowers of Kuliouou

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thank Jesus for a good day in Oahu 4/27-30; Sunrise at Ala Moana Beach and Waikiki Spam Jam 2017

Greetings human beings and TF fans. I am currently finishing up on the Ninsecticon trilogy by Fansproject. But thanks to a demanding work schedule and other interests aside, the shoots will be delayed for sometime. For the time being, enjoy two points of interest/event here in local Oahu. Enjoy!

Ala Moana beach/Magic island sunrise





 I'm still practicing on my photography. I tried using shutter selection on the waves but it didn't turn out to my liking. Also, I wish the sun rose over the beach but no problemo.

Waikiki Spam Jam 2017: April 30, 2017


Spam Canoe



Tempura Spam Fries. Yum!




Pretty much after the rock band EMKE, I went to have dinner with some friends. The weather conditions weren't favorable in taking landscape pictures, but the call for rain was minuscule at best. The Tempura Spam fries was the highlight, imo, of all the booths... ABC stores to be exact. If I didn't had to go eat dinner elsewhere, I probably would had caved in to eating a spam burger. The oddest selection was chocolate dipped Spam... err maybe if we are running out of Spam variety options someday I probably eat it. Overall, Spam Jam was pretty packed and a nice experience.

I thank God for a good outdoor activity experience for these couple days. Thank Jesus too that the rain didn't hit us heavy until the following day which I just completely rested. Thank you folks for tuning in and I'll try see if I can compress the video I shot on EMKE's rendition of Journey's "Don't stop believin" song. The video doesn't do the live experience justice but the video gives you a idea how awesome the entertainment was. Until then, God bless and take care folks.

Here is EMKE'S website: EMKEHawaii