Friday, May 11, 2012

Aloha!

An added bonus of living in California is that we're only a 5hr hop from tropical paradise The Sandwich Isles (as Hawaii was christened by Capt. Cook).  The pace of life is so leisurely over there a long weekend felt like 2 weeks! Possibly the most relaxed place I've ever been.

First stop Waikiki Beach with the famous view of once volcanic Diamond Head Mountain

Honolulu tourists


 Turtle Bay


The macademia nut farm & Kualoa Ranch tour was one of the highlights. The presentations afforded me time to sketch the chickens and Japanese tourists.

The stunning scenery looked so familiar since it has been the backdrop in Lost, Jurassic Park etc.
In Haleiwa my girlfriend surprised me with a cage-diving trip amongst sharks! 

These islands are known as 'Chinaman's Hat' and behind it 'Turtle Island'



The Polynesian Cultural Centre is a must-see attraction; we spent a whole afternoon there exploring the authentic tribal huts and watching the dancing and demos.

In the evenings they put on a dance extravaganza show 'Hā- The Breath of Life'





So that was my first Hawaiian vacation on Oahu. Next time I'd like to see what the other islands offer-Kuai, Maui and the Big Island.

17 comments:

Vince Vassallo said...

Damn Matt, these are some killer sketches/paintings! Beautiful work man!!

Avner Geller said...

Gorgeous sketches, Matt!

Kendra Melton said...

WOW. these are gorgeous. I'm so jealous, i need a trip.. anywhere haha. I love to see how you simplify things, so great. thanks for sharing ;D

Boris Hiestand said...

Damn you for being so good.
See you soon in SF!

Jamie Iles said...

These are some great sketches. Very Cool!

tomm said...

fantastic stuff

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

Like

UM said...

I love the nut farm one particularly. Great sketches, good to see you're still at it!

Claire said...

Oh, these are beautiful!

Kristian said...

I absolutely love this post. I can really relate to your experience.

Piyush said...
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Alexandre Augusto said...

Beautiful drawings!!

Sue Pownall said...

Fabulous sketches. I especially like the black & whites of the various shaped & sized tourists along with the dancers.

Matt J said...

Thanks for the kind comments folks!

Amin said...

nice drawings

Matt J said...

Merci :)

Megan said...

Me gusta mucho el estilo que utiliza para hacer sus magnificas creaciones que en verdad me gustan!