December 23, 2002

Hawaii Kite Photos

I got in to Maui late in the afternoon on Saturday. Attempts to fly the kite on Saturday were met with pretty dismal failure (Guess some wind might have helped...) Anyway, I got flying today (Sunday) and got a lot of good photos. The video system is working 1000% better than I expected (I mean, I expected to at least have to debug something, but I'm delighted that I did not. The shutter release is giving me troubles, though. I'll get it working better tomorrow. We got good photos today, but I forgot my CF reader, so no photos until I can go buy one tomorrow...

Read on for the full story:

We got here yesterday and, of course, I immediately tried to fly the kite before sunset, but we couldn't get it aloft. Anyway, we got flying today. It was very hard to launch because the buildings block the beach, but when we got the big kite finally in the air, it was too much to handle, so we took it down and sent up my new Flowform 16, which had much much less pull and was much easier to manage. I'm glad I got it because we couldn't have photographed today without it... We flew at the beach behind our condos and at the small harbor near here today. Tomorrow, we're going to try for Iao Needle (nature's own phallus)

Anyway, I have no photos to send because I left the compactflash reader at home like a dumbass fool. I'll buy another tomorrow at the store and get photos uploaded.

Finally, things are moving along on the volcano summit photos. It turns out that flying kites is illegal in National parks. I don't know if that applies to all national parks (doubtful) or only Hawaii Volcanoes system parks. The laws were passed to prevent sport kiting (paragliding, etc.) from happening, which is probably understandable, but the spirit really doesn't apply for this activity. I talked to many people at the park today who all would like to see what's up with kite photography, so my request is going up the ladder which is good news -- but the bad news is that with the Christmas holiday, it may not happen in time for me to be able to do it... I guess there's always next time, though.

Posted by John Laur at December 23, 2002 02:44 AM
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