Monday, August 08, 2011

Ho'okena Beach Kona Hawaii snorkeling video...


I had the morning off, kind of a lucky thing as there was an accident last night in Kealakekua that knocked over a telephone pole and the drive into town is taking forever. I took the liberty to drive a bit down the road to Ho'okena Beach Park for a bit of snorkeling, figured I'd try the camera.

I shot about 8 minutes of video while I in just for the heck of it. It's not spectacular, but it'll give you an idea of what the place is like. The color is much nicer through eyeballs, the video doesn't do it justice. I shot this video starting about 30 feet off the beach in 30 inches of water then swam to the right around the old pier. There's lots to look at right in close there.

Ho'okena is a small beach park in south Kona. It's got fairly nice facilities, camping by permit, some concessions run by a non-profit, and even handicap access to the facilities. The parking lot is sand, so be careful where you park it, AWD or 4WD might be handy if you're not watching where the tires are.

The beach is exposed to high surf in the stormy months, so the reef isn't as nice as some other places, but there's still lots of fish so there's plenty of decent snorkeling. There's some pretty nice shorediving there as well, but you'll probably need to do several dives there 'til you figure it out. My first shore dive there with my wife, Pat, was kind of lame. I decided to continue to explore it and found some pretty interesting diving over time.

I'm headed into the dive shop shortly. We have a manta dive going out with a couple of divers and snorkelers tonight.

Aloha,

Steve

8 comments:

Mel said...

You remembered to put your zoom ring in this time! :)

Nice video - I'm ready to go diving! See you at Thanksgiving!

Steve said...

Hi Mel,

Yep, found the zoom ring and the macro lens and adaptor. Still gotta do something aoubt a flash some day, but at least I canplay with available light now that I've got a compatible RAW program.

See you in a couple months.

Mel said...

Yeah, the lack of camera RAW support for CS4 was disappointing. But, I can open a RAW file with the Olympus software, then save it as a bitmap and then play with it in CS4. A pain, but cheaper than buying CS5...

I didn't know you'd gotten the macro adapter. Nice!

Steve said...

I had CS3, with the Olympus RAW on my last computer so I played with it some. Didn't like Oly's program nearly as much as going straight into Photoshop, hadn't tried the bipmap thing. When the computer died I decided to get CS5 and put it on the new computers. I finally loaded it up on the shop computer.

Frustrating thing is, in another 2 years when I'm thinking about a new camera, CS5 probably won't support it.

Mel said...

Too bad we now have to factor in the cost of a Photoshop upgrade when buying a new camera. Come on, Adobe!

Susan said...

PLEASE shoot more of these snorkeling videos if you have time to do so...how wonderful! Do you ever go to Kahalu'u Beach Park? That's a sentimental favorite of mine.... :-)

Steve said...

I intend to over time.

Paul said...

Great video.Look forward to more.