A Photographer's Take on Hawaii

Sometimes a girl needs to get out of dodge for a bit and see something new. I was able to take such a jaunt down south to the lovely Hawaiian island of Oahu. Landscape photography has been a passion of mine since I first picked up my first film camera as a kid, but these seascapes weren’t something a Montana girl was used to.

So, you might ask, what is Kelsey Lane’s pro tip guide to the island of Oahu? Well. Sit down in that chair right there and let me tell you how it’s done (for a couple of days).

Day 1. The lovely (yet touristy) city of Waikiki offers high end shopping, eating, and general tourist trap activities. I was more interested in the drinks, so first and last stop for the evening was RumFire. Bacardi and surfer bros were coming on strong as the sun set and lit up the high rises with amazing pinks, purples and blues. Not to mention, the water was as clear as it could be. A midnight stroll along the beach is also recommended.

Day 2. There’s no better way to get around Hawaii than in a Mustang Convertible. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I was finally able to see this dream a reality. The group of us (Dave Matthews Band playing loudly) traveled across the island to North Shore where all kinds of amazing beaches would await us. First order of business was lunch. The very local and quaint Waialua Bakery made for an amazing first stop. The sandwiches were big, filled with local ingredients, and the smoothies were out of this world. From there we went to Turtle Cove, aptly named for all of the giant sea turtles hovering just off shore! For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the next beach we made it to, but it had a cliff perfect for cliff jumping. Instead of the cliff and it’s thrills, my friend and I went out into the ocean for my first skinny dip. Next was Sunset Beach, also very literally named. It made for a wonderful place to lay in the sand, take in the sunset, and sip champagne on the beach.