Lighting Up the Night in Hawaii

Tree Lanterns in Hawaii

Lanterns hang from tree limbs at the Four Seasons Resort along the shore on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi.

As you might know from reading our Hawaiʻi 2023 trip report, we went for a walk every evening of our stay at the Disney resort of Aulani. On our very first night there, we walked past the Four Seasons Resort, which was right next door in the Ko Olina resort area. These lanterns were hanging in a tree near the path, and of course I could not resist taking a photo.

For all of our other walks after this first night, we went in the opposite direction because we could go farther that way, while the Four Seasons was at the end of the Ko Olina area in its direction. So I was glad that I photographed those lights when I did.

Tree Lanterns in Hawaii

In the first view, we had passed the tree, and I was looking back toward the Four Seasons, the background building at the left, and Aulani, at the right. In the above photo, I was on the other side of the tree looking out toward the ocean.

As usual, I liked both views, so I included both of them here.

Light Up the Night

In our house, we have several lights that come on every night. Thanks to strategically located controlled outlets, the lights come on automatically every night when it gets dark, and they go off at a set time or when we tell Alexa, “Goodnight.” These lights are not major, bright overhead lights, but rather just some little accent lights here and there throughout the house, and outside of it, too.

You might think that we have some sort of fear of the dark, but that is not true. When we sleep, I like for it to be as dark as possible, so the darkness does not bother me. However, I do like how lights make things a little happier, and that makes me happier, too.

In the darkness, it only takes a small light to shine and make a big difference. And the more of those little lights you have, the brighter things are, with each little light doing its part.

That is true in the world, too. In the darkness that is often around us, we can shine our lights to make a difference. We might not think we can do all that much individually, but we can. And when we all shine our lights, the world gets even brighter.

Do your part. Shine your light.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:14-16

About the Photos

While I would bring out the tripod for some nighttime long-exposure photos later on in the week during our trip, these were just quick photos taken as we were walking. The wide aperture of the f/1.8 prime lens helped, along with the fact that it was not entirely dark yet. And a little bit of post processing helped the photos to look even better, too.

Photo: Each photo is a single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 14, 2023
Location: Ko Olina, Hawaiʻi


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