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Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay

When I was little, our school took us to Half Moon Bay, a coastal town 23 miles south of San Francisco along Highway 1, for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. All I remember was standing in a field of orange globes with a bunch of other students, each of us searching for our ideal one. All the other kids took home big pumpkins, while I selected one much smaller. Maybe it was laziness, but I like to think I found value in the less desirable pick, the diamond in the rough, the scrappy upstart of a squash… No, definitely laziness.

I took these photos during my last visit to Half Moon Bay about 25 years later. From historic Main Street to the shores of Dunes Beach to the docks around Barbara’s Fishtrap, here are some pics my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35 mm never could’ve captured. read more »

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Golden Gate Bridge at night in the rain

San Francisco is one of the most magical cities in the world. It’s even more magical in the rain, should one be so brave to endure it. Here are some photos from two of SF’s most popular attractions, Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge, in the rain, exhibited for your convenience so you can stay warm and dry while still experiencing the mystery. read more »

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Sunset over Waikiki Beach on Oahu

As if I needed another reason to be homesick again, I’ve compiled a list of sunset and sunrise photos from my last trip home to Oahu. The sunset photos were taken along Waikiki Beach throughout our short stay in the area. The sunrise photos were captured early in the morning (anything before 9am is “early” to me) along the Ala Wai Canal on the other end of Waikiki. read more »

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Doris Duke's Shangri La on Oahu

I’ve been to my fair share of mansions in my life, but few compare to Doris Duke’s impressive Shangri La, located along the Kahala coast of Oahu. The heiress fell in love with Hawaii and became the first female competitive surfer in the world. She even learned the sport under the tutelage of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing. read more »

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USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial, part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument that recognizes the stories of the Pacific War, is one of the top attractions in Hawaii and arguably the most popular tourist spot on Oahu. Its significance cannot be understated, as it serves as a memorial for the “date which will live in infamy” that pushed the United States into World War II. And because it’s such a popular destination for visitors, there are more than a few things you should keep in mind before arriving to ensure your visit is as pleasant as possible.

Here are five things you should know before visiting the USS Arizona Memorial: read more »

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