Monday, December 8, 2014

Lost 2014 Tour: Kapena Falls Down the Stairs

Kapena Falls is a cute little LOST location tucked in behind a cemetery just north of Honolulu.  MJ and I enjoyed our visit there in 2011, so we decided to return, this time with Chris in tow.

Along Nuuanu Stream.
The Dark Territory!
Banyan bordered pathway.
Chris checking out "Hurley's rock".
MJ peeking out from the fake cave entrance.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lost 2014: Oahu by Air

On Tuesday morning Paul, Chris, MJ and myself took a taxi out to the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters facility located at the Honolulu airport.  Paul had been up in a chopper before, but for the rest of us this would be our first time.

Copters at the ready.
Loaded up and ready for the ride.
"What happens if I press this button?"
Although I was slightly trepidatious (mostly at the thought of getting airsick) the trip turned out to be smooth sailing and utterly spectacular.  The view of the island from the air was unbelievable.

Diamond Head.
Heading up the east coast.
Koko crater. 
Looking west towards to Koolau mountain range
Helicopter shadow.
Misty Mountains.

Just on the off-chance we didn't feel that the experience was magnificent enough, the island treated us to extra-special treat.

And just in case that still wasn't enough, we then proceeded to fly THROUGH the rainbow!

A battalion of wind turbines is a recent addition to the landscape.
Beautifully epic interior.
Farmland on the way back to Honolulu
What an experience!  Blue Hawaiian films each trip (a few shots inside the cockpit during liftoff followed by landscapes taken from a copter-mounted camera) so we purchased an SD card and shared the files.  Highly recommended for anyone who plans to visit Oahu!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lost 2014: Day 7

Although the LOST 2014 event officially ended on Monday, September 22nd, many of us stayed in Hawaii a few days longer to squeeze in a bit more fun.  For Paul, Chris, MJ and myself, Tuesday morning found us high in the air enjoying a spectacular helicopter ride, a 45-minute tour that took us in a counter-clockwise loop around Oahu.

Next we said good-bye to Paul (who was off to ride ATVs at Kualoa Ranch with Jo and Erika, I believe) and dropped into the Enterprise car rental facility at the airport.  We picked up a car and started our adventure (as all adventures should start) with food -- breakfast at the Liliha Bakery.  Afterward we made a few stops at LOST locations along the Pali Highway.  At the Nuuanu Pali Lookout we stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the sweeping vistas.

View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout
View from Nuuanu Pali Lookout

We then looped back towards the North Shore to visit Police Beach.  Again, first things first -- we stopped at Jameson's by the Sea in the town of Hale'iwa for snacks and refreshments.  We were met there by Ian and Fiona (who had been adventuring separately that morning) and then the five of us proceeded to the beach.  After exploring Police Beach we made a quick to jaunt through Puaena Point Beach Park, which is a little further west, closer to Hale'iwa.

Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park
Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park
Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park 
Exploring Puaena Point Beach Park

By this point in the late afternoon MJ and Chris had reached their adventure threshold, so they set off to Haleiwa Joe's to book a table for dinner.  Ian, Fiona and I went back to Police Beach to watch (and photograph) the sunset.

Ian & Fiona walking along Police Beach.

As the sun finally dipped below the horizon, we made our way to Haleiwa Joe's to join up with Chris and MJ, and to have a final dinner together in Hawaii.  After dinner we drove caravan-style back to Honolulu, and before calling it a night we made quick stops at a few LOST locations -- the Academy of the Sacred Hearts, the Rainbow Drive-In, and the Hale Hana apartments which appeared in LOST as the Flightline Hotel.  As MJ dropped me off at my hotel I waved good-bye, secure in the knowledge that I still had one last LOSTastic adventure to come.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lost 2014 Tour: Anthony Cooper's Home

On the way back to Honolulu from the Byodo-In Temple we spotted the location used for Anthony Cooper's home in the memorable season one episode "Deus Ex Machina".

Anthony Cooper's home.  (from "Deus Ex Machina")
Oahu residence, 2014
Wider shot of Oahu residence.

Lost 2014 Tour: Shirtless Sawyer's Bamboo Mast

The second location near Byodo-In Temple that I was completely oblivious to in 2011 is a small bamboo grove at which Sawyer fashioned a mast for the raft in the season one finale, "Exodus".  In addition to the most excellent sight of shirtless, sweaty Sawyer, we are also treated to an unexpected emotional scene between Jack and James, as Sawyer recounts the night he spoke with Jack's Dad at a bar in Sydney.

Sawyer's mast.  (from "Exodus")
Bamboo grove near Byodo-In Temple.
Jack hands Sawyer a gun.  (from "Exodus")
Bamboo grove near Byodo-In Temple
Shirt-off Sawyer gives us a peek at this humanity. (from "Exodus")
Shirt-on me tries to find a screen match.
Bamboo grove, 2014.

For some of the outdoor locations it can be difficult to know exactly where the camera was shooting, particularly in shots with vegetation that may have changed in appearance over the intervening years.  But as far as I can tell, the last 2 photos above showcase the bamboo plant that Sawyer stood in front of in "Exodus".  (I'll assume that the graffiti etched into the bamboo strands started after the filming occurred, or was obscured in some way.)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lost 2014 Tour: Mr. Paik's Gazebo

There is a lovely scene in the season one episode "House of the Rising Sun" where Jin and Sun have a clandestine rendezvous in a gazebo behind Mr. Paik's estate.  Although it was dressed up with ribbons, candles, and lamps for the show, the structure does in fact exist and is located a stone's throw from the Byodo-In Temple.

Jin and Sun in love, Mr. Paik's estate in the background.
Gazebo with Byodo-In Temple in the background.
Clearer view of the temple from just in front of the gazebo.
Grounds around the gazebo.
Peaceful nook near the gazebo.
Gazebo ceiling
So happy I was finally able to see this!

Lost 2014 Tour: Revisiting the Byodo-In Temple

The second stop on our half-day LOST tour was the Byodo-In Temple, a reduced-scale replica of the Byodo-In temple in Uji, Japan.  I stopped here with my LOST compatriots in 2011, but missed a couple of key areas on the temple grounds which I (after being alerted by our tour guide Tom) caught up with this time.  I'll cover those in separate posts; for now, here are a few more shots of the beautiful main building located within Oahu's Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

The beautiful Byodo-In Temple, front view.
The beautiful Byodo-In Temple, side/back view.
Oppose side/back view.
Koi enjoying the water surrounding the temple.