Hot Hawaiian Surf

I made this video short over the weekend. It’s a bodyboarding surf video taken from the top of the Kapahulu Groin in Waikiki.

This project began innocently enough over the weekend after I attended a car show (photos coming soon) at nearby Kapiolani Park. After taking numerous photos at the show I walked over to the beach, shot a few pictures and shot a dozen or so video clips of the kids body surfing.

Next thing I know I was at home, on my Apple MacBook Pro looking at the clips on iMovie and starting the assembly process. I was expecting to make like a clip of about 40 seconds to a minute long. After cutting the clips and assembling them, I decided I need music. So I hunted on the internet for some good instrumental tracks which I found on

Got this song called “Action Theme” by Matthew Shell. Great guitar piece of about 2:50 in length. After merging the music with the clips, I decided I needed more clips. So back to the beach I went on the next day to take more video.

Last night I was at home, and assembled the rest of the pieces together with iMovie. Cleaned up the video, tweaked the audio, trimmed a little more here and there, added titles and finally had iMovie export the clip as an m4v file and played it in Quicktime. It looked great at full screen mode on my Mac.

Shortly after the clip was uploaded to YouTube.

This whole process was a learning experience for me as I got myself more familiarized with iMovie 09. I still consider myself a novice to iMovie even though I’ve been using it since Augustr 2009. So far this clip has turned out to be my most polished of edited works since I started using the app. I’ve mostly made one shot, political oriented clips for Senator Sam Slom, the Hawaii Tea Party and a couple of campaigns. I’ve dabbled with other clip subjects such as recording airplane landings and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

This time I learned how to mix music with the native audio source, manipulate the transitional elements and even how to do a voice-over, which I abandoned during the final cut.

iMovie is a great little program that Apple bundles for free with all of their currently shipping Macintosh computers. It’s a great little program if your video production needs are not too ambitious. It’s great for cutting clips that will go to YouTube or possibly over to your local cable access channel. Depending on the camera you use, your video can either be output as a standard definition or high definition show.

Overall the process took me some time: About 4 hours for the two days at the beach actually filming the clips (I also took a lot of still pictures). Another 2 or 3 hours searching looking for music, downloading and auditioning a number of instrumental tracks for the clip. Finally assembly of the clip in iMove took another 4 hours or more at least. There were 26 separate clips to go through, many segments with only churning water and hardly any action (all cut), a tiny fragments of good stuff that had to be clipped and edited together.

Canon S5 Is

Hardware used: Canon S5 iS Digital still camera. This is one of two low end video cameras that I own. The Canon is primarily a still camera but has a decent, standard definition video capability. Most of the videos I posted to YouTube in the last few years were made with this camera.

My New MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch laptop computer running Snow Leopard 10.6.3. Bought this last year and have been enjoying it since.

Software: Apple iMovie, Apple iTunes, Apple iPhoto, and Mozilla Firefox.

Hawaii Five-0 Coming Back to CBS

Hawaii Five-0” is coming back to CBS network TV in a new form. The network announced this past week that a complete reboot of “Hawaii Five-0” will air during the Fall 2010 season on Monday nights at 10 pm (9 pm Hawaii time).

The new “Hawaii Five-0” will have an all new cast, and according to many news sources, is not a sequel to the original but a total re-boot or re-imagining if you will. The young cast includes:

  • Alex O’Loughlin as Detective Steve McGarrett
  • Scott Caan as Detective Danny “Danno” Williams
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Detective Chin Ho Kelly
  • Grace Park as Detective Kona “Kono” Kalakaua
  • Jean Smart as Governor Patricia “Pat” Jameson
  • Taryn Manning as Mary Ann McGarrett

The new show is being produced by Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci who did a reboot of the Star Trek series with a new movie in 2009. The show is supposed to be shot in Hawaii. The pilot was done on Oahu this past spring.

The new “Hawaii Five-0” comes just in time after the long running ABC TV series “Lost” ended its run this year. That show shot mostly on Oahu and brought in more than $400 million into the state’s economy over the last 6 years. Cast member Daniel Dae Kim is already a familiar face in Hawaii as he played the character Jin on “Lost” since the program’s start in 2004.

I am cautiously optimistic that the new “Hawaii Five-0” can become a hit, if they keep most of the elements of the original show intact. A good start is the theme song which has already been released to the public and can be viewed and listened to by selecting the video at the very top.

The one thing that I am concerned about is that one of the producers said that comedy will be included as part of the new show. As I recall after watching the original “Five-0” for many years, that the program was just hard hitting and contained almost no comedic parts at all. I am afraid that comedy in the rebooted “Hawaii Five-0” may not work for the old time fans of the original.

Hawaii Five-0: Behind the Scenes

CBS News Online: Hawaii Five-0 interview

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Pictures From the Auto Show

The annual Motor Trend First Hawaiian International Auto Show was held in Honolulu this past weekend (March 26 – 28) at the Hawaii State Convention Center. Dozens of new cars from various dealers and manufacturers were on display for the public to see, touch, sit in, compare prices and photograph delighted the thousands of people who attended the event. In addition to the current models, several classic and custom car clubs had their wares on display including vintage Ford Mustangs, Chevy Camaros, Volkswagens and cars from many years ago.

Emphasis this year was on promoting the “green agenda” with a number of alternative fuel cars. The usual hybrids (gas and electric models) such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius are readily available. Experimental fare included all electric cars such as a Prius on display by Hawaiian Electric, an all electric Mini Cooper and a hydrogen powered fuel cell SUV from The Gas Company. The Tesla Roadster which comes in a $100,000 a pop is an electric car that was also on display.

I am not crazy about the so called “green cars” as all current models cost significantly more than conventional and more plentiful gasoline powered vehicles.

Speaking of expensive, the exotic car corner that usually features Ferraris and Lamborgins were there with the highlight being a $1.4 million Masseratti M12 roadster. It’s not a very practical car but it certainly would turn eyes if the owner used it as a daily driver. I wonder how large his insurance premiums are.

Lastly several brands of cars were not on display this year. They included Hummer, Saturn, and Pontiac, three brands that met their demise by the end of 2009 after General Motors declared bankruptcy and took a huge government handout financed by you and I, the taxpayers. A similar fate also befell Chrysler Corporation, who by 2009 did not shed many divisions since Plymouth had fallen a few years before. They however were acquired by Italy’s Fiat corporation and may someday soon refocus to smaller, tinny vehicles (well known to European consumers who buy Fiats). Also noticeably absent were Volvo, Cadillac and for some reason BMW, though I may have simply missed their display.

Overall, a good time was had by all for anyone who showed up at the Auto Show.

$1.4 Million.... Yes.

This car cost $1.4 million.

Apple Mac Mini Computer

This Apple Macintosh Mini computer was mounted in the rear of the tiny Smart Car on display from Security and Sound Systems (below).

High Tech Smart Car

2010 Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus has been redesigned for 2010.

2010 Subaru Forester

Of the several smaller SUVs I saw, this one was the best for me. It is the roomy 2010 Subaru Forester. Pricing is reasonable if I wanted to commit to buying one. At the low end this vehicle sells for $20,000 and the high end is more than $26,000. This one was at around $22,000. Below is the roomy interior shot of the Forester.

2010 Subaru Forester

Electric Mini

Electric Mini Cooper.

Landing in Hilo

This is a video clip of Hawaiian Airlines flight 342, Boeing 717-200, N479HA flying into Hilo and landing at the airport on Novmeber 24, 2009. This was shot on my last trip to the Big Island this month. I paid $49 to fly each way from Honolulu to Hilo and back.

This month for my next trip to Hilo airfares have spiked up with the cheapest being $58 each way on the major carriers, of which we have 2… Hawaiian Airlines and Mesa’s Go-Mokulele Airlines. Both offer jet service to the major airports on 4 Hawaiian Islands. Lihue, Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Hilo. Want to fly to the smaller airports? Island Air offers flights to Molokai, Kapalua, and Lanai in addition to Honolulu, Lihue, Kahului and Kona. Their lowest fare is about $78 each way to the smaller airports.

All of the interisland airlines now charge a $10 fee for the first piece of checked in luggage. Taxes and other fees also apply to each ticket purchased.

Overall the airlines have been nickel and diming customers for several years now since the price of fuel has widely fluctuated.

Enjoy the video. I hope to post more stuff to this blog in the coming weeks.

Thunderbirds Are Go!

Thunderbirds in Hawaii

Thunderbirds in Hawaii

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team made its triumphant return back to Honolulu for a 2 day spectacular show this past weekend, September 19 and 20. Thousands of people flocked to a rare open house at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. The open house featured displays of various military aircraft with the highlight being the 2 public performances of the Thunderbirds each afternoon.

The Thunderbirds never disappoint their mesmerized audiences as they perform a series of in-flight routines that scream with speed, finesse, altitude and sonic noise. All for the good as everyone looks on in awe and wonder, with many trying to keep time with the fast moving jets to get that picture perfect photograph.

The Thunderbirds have been flying since 1967 and currently deploy with the Lockheed Martin built F-16 Flying Falcon. The Falcon is a single seat fighter jet that has a long distinguished record of service with the Air Force. It can fly at speeds of up to 1,500 mph or 2 times the speed of sound. For demonstration purposes the Thunderbirds usually push their planes to about 600 mph.

This year’s public show was the 2nd in the past two years in Hawaii. The Thunderbirds also came to Honolulu in September 2007.

The photo slideshow below depicts both the 2007 and 2009 performances.

You can view a larger version of the slideshow by going to its Flickr page or to my website.

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