Hawaii Update

Posted: April 21, 2007    Categories: Hawaii, Pacific/Oceania, Travel

Akaka Falls, Big Island, Hawaii

Akaka Falls, Big Island, Hawaii

I intended to go to Hawaii first so i could get my travel bearings in a place I was familiar with. The last week has been very instructive in how to go about the day-to-day grind of traveling.

Things I’ve learned:

  • If you can find a place with free wireless internet access, stay there as long as you can.
  • Don’t move locations unless there is a good reason to do so. There is a cost associated with moving.
  • Pick what you want to see and do before you get to where you’re going.
  • You can only improvise and wing it up to a point. At a minimum you should know where your staying and when/how you’re leaving the next place you’ll be.
  • Its much easier to shoot video than it is to do still photos
  • I have a lot to learn about photography
  • Have a mental checklist of stuff and check it constantly. Check your pockets and never walk away from anywhere without looking to see if you left something
  • Even if you can walk comfortably in open toe sandals, it doesn’t mean you should
  • If the sun is up, drink Gatorade over Diet Coke every time
  • Drink water over Gatorade unless you pee is really dark. Buy whatever is the cheapest, big bottle of water they sell
  • When in doubt, take video. Save the still shots for near sunset/sunrise

I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list as time goes on.

Tomorrow I’m off to Mona Kea, then Maui on Sunday. I plan on spending all of Sunday working on video editing. I’ve taken about an hour of raw footage so far on the Big Island and I expect to take a bunch tomorrow.

I don’t have an early start tomorrow, so expect some photos and and update on Volcanoes National Park and my dismal day of taking photos in Pololu Valley. I’m upload a ton of images to Flickr I as type this.

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