First Sunrise & Full Moon of 2018

First Sunrise of 2018

First Sunrise of 2018

2018 started off with a spectacular full moon (a rarity for the first day of the year) and sunrise as captured in these images taken from Diamond Head Lookout in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Sunrise viewers had to get up early to catch the sunrise which occurred slightly after 7:08 a.m. in the morning.

The hour leading up to sunrise was filled with a starlit sky that gradually became the first morning on the new year, as the sun’s light slowly turned night into day.

It is hoped that with the dawn of a new day as well as a new year, that 2018 will be a year filled with peace, love and prosperity. Here’s wishing all of our readers the best in the new year.

First Sunrise of 2018

The sun rises in the east between the island of Maui and Lanai (above and below). Photos taken by Mel on January 1, 2018.

First Sunrise of 2018

First Day Sunrise Viewers

Spectators take in the sight of the new day in the new year of 2018.

Dawn’s Early Light

First Full Moon of 2018

The full moon which made an appearance on this first day of the new year of 2018, slowly left Hawaii as it moved on to Eastern Asia. Early risers were treated to the rare sight of a new year’s full moon setting about a half hour before sunrise. These two photos show the moon setting behind the bulk of Diamond Head mountain on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

First Full Moon of 2018

More photos can be found on the Hawaii Files Flickr page. Images and text by Melvin Ah Ching.

Kaiwi the Hawaiian Monk Seal Came In For a Snooze

Kaiwi, the Hawaiian Monk Seal

This is Kaiwi, a Hawaiian Monk Seal who took time out this morning to rest on the shoreline of Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. She is known to NOAA animal officials who monitor the endangered species. The seal was born  in 2016 at the Ka Iwi area of Oahu island.

Hawaiian Monk Seals are an endangered species and are protected bynow protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Kaiwi has frequented the Waikiki area in the past, most recently in July during the time that another female monk seal named “Rocky” gave birth and nutured her pup on Kaimana Beach near the Waikiki Natatorium.

People are reminded to keep their distance away from the Hawaiian Monk Seal. It is a violation of several federal laws to go near or harass a monk seal.

Needless to say the seals do attract a crowd as they did this morning. NOAA officials were quickly dispatched to the scene to establish a secure zone around the seal. Many people including I hung around for a while to get pictures. The photos accompanying this piece were shot between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. in the morning.

More photos are on the Hawaii Files Flickr page.

People can report Hawaiian Monk Seal sightings to the NOAA. There is also a Facebook page.

Kaiwi the Hawaiian Monk SealHere’s looking at you kid.

Keep Your Distance from the SealKeep your distance from the seal. Do not approach. Seal sleeping.

Kaiwi just wants to sleepAll Kaiwi came to the beach to do is sleep. She gets first class treatment in the heart of Waikiki with her own beach zone.

More photos on Flickr.

King Tides @ High Tide

King Tide @ High Tide Seasonal high tides this month are once again being billed as King Tides. What is happening is that the afternoon and evening high tides are impacting several places on Oahu with surf that is penetrating further inland than usual. I think it is a seasonal thing.

King Tides make for great picture taking opportunities as we see here.

In order for you to experience the King Tide phenomena, check out this table courtesy of the weather service at the NOAA.

Date 		Day	Time		Pred	High/Low
2017/06/24	Sat	03:57 AM	0.75	H
2017/06/24	Sat	09:29 AM	-0.39	L
2017/06/24	Sat	04:52 PM	2.58	H
2017/06/25	Sun	12:04 AM	-0.02	L
2017/06/25	Sun	04:53 AM	0.72	H
2017/06/25	Sun	10:15 AM	-0.28	L
2017/06/25	Sun	05:38 PM	2.48	H
2017/06/26	Mon	12:54 AM	-0.04	L
2017/06/26	Mon	05:53 AM	0.71	H
2017/06/26	Mon	11:04 AM	-0.11	L
2017/06/26	Mon	06:24 PM	2.32	H
2017/06/27	Tue	01:43 AM	-0.03	L
2017/06/27	Tue	06:59 AM	0.74	H
2017/06/27	Tue	11:56 AM	0.10	L
2017/06/27	Tue	07:10 PM	2.11	H

Photos by Mel taken 6-23-2017 at Ala Moana Beach Park / Magic Island.

King Tide @ High Tide

King Tide @ High Tide

King Tide @ High Tide

King Tide @ High Tide

King Tides This Weekend, May 2017 with podcast.