Aulani Across the Lagoon

Evening View

The Ewa tower of Aulani is seen across the bay

The ʻEwa tower of Aulani - A Disney Resort and Spa is seen across Koholā Lagoon in Hawaiʻi during our June 2023 visit.

Each evening during our stay, we would go for walks along the Ko Olina lagoons. The views from our walks were quite nice, to say the least. The Ko Olina resort area is along a series of four lagoons, and a path goes along the edges of each one.

We greatly enjoyed the views of the lagoons, the ocean, and the sunsets during our walks. But I also enjoyed the views of Aulani when we were in the area of it.

If you are curious, the tower pictured here is the ʻEwa tower. Our room was in the opposite Waiʻanae tower. You can barely see a Waiʻanae roof at the far left of the photo. The towers were mostly identical from the outside, except for the artwork on the ends of each tower. More on that some other time.

This particular photo is from our first night there. You can read more about our trip at the Hawaiʻi 2023 page

Hawaii Trip 2023


It probably goes without saying that there were many differences between Hawaiʻi and our home in Tennessee. One of the great things about our evening walks was that it gave us a chance to enjoy those differences. The same could be said for just about everything we did there, actually, because there were differences all over.

It was always interesting to check out all of those differences. Some things seemed better there in Hawaiʻi, and some were better back home. But in many cases we were not trying to play the “good or bad” game. We were just enjoying seeing everything.

One of the great things about our modern world is the ability to travel and go to far-away places in a relatively short amount of time. That can give you ways to check out just how amazing and varied God’s creation is. There are amazing, interesting things all over.

If you do not have the chance to travel, you can even see them right where you are if you look for them. You do not have to go halfway around the world to experience God’s natural beauty, because it is all around us. I am thankful for God’s creation.

By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible. - Hebrews 11:3

About the Photo

In case you were wondering, the bright light shining across the Koholā Lagoon was from two sports lighting fixtures on top of the Four Seasons resort, which is out of the frame to the left, sharing the lagoon with Aulani. It seemed a bit bright to me, because no other resort lit up its beach or lagoon in that way.

This was just a handheld photo as we were walking along. I did increase the ISO setting to ISO-640 because of the evening time, and I used a 1/20 second shutter speed, which is about as slow as I can go for a handheld photo. I did take some long exposure photos at other times (such as this one posted earlier), and I will share more of those in the future. But quick and easy was fine for this one.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 14, 2023
Location: Aulani, Ko Olina, Hawaiʻi


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