Around Town – Church Pews

I love walking around pretty much any neighborhood with or without my camera.  I have a curious nature and even if I have been in an area many times I find that the views can change dramatically over a week, a month or even at different times of the day.  Interestingly, what hat I notice also depends on my state of mind while I am out exploring.

No day is the same – taking a left instead of a right down a familiar street, heading down a different street, or even walking the same street in a different direction draws my eye to different scenes.

The Makiki area, like many other areas in Honolulu, is dotted with mid and high rise apartment buildings that  sit alongside micro neighborhoods of single family homes many of which look as if they date back to the 1950’s or earlier.   The area is hilly and there are very few through streets so I always end up farther away from where I started that I planned and without a direct way back.  It makes for a good walk!  Many times I head home exhausted, often out longer that I expected, but still excited to look at the images on my card when I get home.

Nestled in one of these micro neighborhoods of old homes is this view of the pews within the Community Church of Christ and it is the latest addition to my Around Town portfolio.

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Where We Live – Kealani

Waikiki is a dense urban environment that encompasses just 3.3 square miles and is where many permanent residents share space with visitors seeking sun, sand and luxury shopping.  Apartment buildings and hotels abound in the area and many were built during a building boom in the 60’s and 70’s.

Many of us who make our homes in suburbs rarely make the trek to Waikiki because of human congestion and parking woes.  I admit that I am one of those people, but when I get the chance to go I tend to wander away from the glitz and glamour of Kalakaua Avenue.  Heading just a few blocks mauka (towards the Koolau Mountains) you will find two and three story walk-ups along with a few single family homes nestled between those high rise apartments and hotels.  The mix of urban dwellings is quite fascinating, old and new, tiny and sprawling, and they coexist beautifully.

While walking in the area the Kealani caught my eye…this image is the latest addition to my Where We Live portfolio.


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