Um, I… I Won a Photo Contest?

I first heard about GorillaSushi’s photo contest on and thought, “Oh well, why not?” I figured my chances were slim to none but I would enjoy seeing other people’s photos in the process and it would give me a lead in to talk about some of the things these pictures represent.

These were the words given to match with a picture.

  1. The Funk
  2. Preparation
  3. Battle
  4. Polka Dots
  5. Abandoned
  6. Creepy
  7. Quiet Place
  8. Retro
  9. Crowded

I had to look some things up! “The Funk?” “Retro?” I know what these things mean to me, but what do they mean to my fellow blogger, the sushi-eating gorilla? I’m no photographer! But, I do have a few ideas about how this “win” must have happened… here are a few possible theories:

  1. Everybody else forgot about the deadline.
  2. The Gorilla’s email couldn’t handle all the pics and the program died from the overload.
  3. They really did want a little thought behind the entries and quality really didn’t mean all that much (emphasis on the latter).
  4. The Gorilla needs to see a veterinarian.
  5. All of the above.

I was most pleased with the whole thing because the contest was going to give me a chance to share the pictures with all of you and talk about why I put them there. It was also going to give me a chance to introduce some things to everyone that I have been meaning to talk about but have not been able to yet. Oddly enough, it was almost a recap of Homespun Honolulu’s journey into the blogosphere.

Okay, in the order they were listed for the contest:

Funky ArtThe Funk

I had to look that up. “The Funk” doesn’t mean funky in the way I think of it. I think that word skipped my generation… sort of. Anyway, the first thing that popped into my mind, when I figured that thinking funky was my only hope to get through this thing, was this piece of art that I ran into at Arts at Marks.

You have to admit, it is a bit funky. I will say this is a she and I will say that “she” is holding it together and has a lot “bottled” up in her heart. That’s what struck me but was that the artist’s intent? I dunno. I will only know if the artist steps forward and tells us about it. I had to leave early so I missed anything the artist may have had to offer about this work. If the artist was even there that day.

At this point, I want to talk about Third Thursday! We have first this, second that, last other things going on all over the place. The artsy corner of Downtown Honolulu on the Diamond Head edge of China Town has taken an artistic event and named it Third Thursday!

The good part of this is that Arts at Marks sends out regular calls to artists and they have these young artists coming in and talking about their work and sharing where their minds were and/or why they have created their masterpieces. I know what I think when I look at something that peaks my curiosity, but, it’s really neat to hear if what you’re feeling is what they were trying to portray.

Anyway, I like the idea of Third Thursday and this is my funkiest picture to date so far. I’m sure there will be others but the artists need spectators so they can get the full benefit of the passion they pull out of some of their viewers!


Okay, this was a stretch, but it worked in my twisted little mind. This is a dragon preparing for Chinese New Year… he’s collecting money to cover the expenses. 🙂

Dragon in Preparation for Chinese New Year

Anyone who knows me, knows how passionate I am about the Chinese dragons! Well, any dragon actually. The sound of those drums means that this ancient art form is happening somewhere nearby. If you’re in downtown Honolulu anytime in February, it’s always a good idea to have some extra dollar bills in your pocket (or $5’s if you’re feeling flush) to contribute to this artistic display.


One of the first things I did when this blog was getting it’s feet wet, was to run (literally run) up to the top of Makapu’u. I was aiming for the lighthouse but I promised people that I would get pictures of the old bunkers left behind there from WWII. So I did.

Battle Bunkers at Mapu'u

It’s a great view from up there and, if you’re patient, you can look over the edge into the sea and watch for the spray of whales during whale season!

Polka Dot Fireworks

Polka Dots

This was a hard one! I really thought it would be easy! I couldn’t find or think of anything. Tsk!

Then, I found this from the 4th of July! A polka dot sky!


Okay, I have to admit it… this came to my mind instantly when I saw the word abandoned!

Abandoned Chevron Station

For the record, Lance Goya’s Chevron, as it is now known, is doing very nicely and is very busy! Nothing like what it used to look like… like this picture. I couldn’t help it — it was an instant visual. Besides, this gives me another chance to let the world know that our Chevron, Lance Goya’s Chevron, is now open and fully functional!


I couldn’t resist this one. I decided that the creepiest thing about this is that they have either worked this gentleman to the bone, or nobody ever told him that he can’t take it with him!

Creepy Skeleton with Money

Mahalo to the branch of Territorial Savings in downtown Honolulu for this silly guy and for humoring me while I took his picture. They also told me the staff will be dressing like pirates tomorrow, the 31st, so if you’re downtown go take a peak. The branch is on the corner of Bishop and King Streets next to 24 Hour Fitness.

Quiet Place

There are quiet places that I can think of, but they are getting harder to find. Sometimes it takes an strange time of the day to make a quiet place just that, quiet.

Quiet Place at Barbers Point

Leaning against the Barbers Point lighthouse is a quiet place in the early morning. The only noise is the waves breaking against the shoreline and getting your shoes wet.


The only thing I could think of was clothing and I knew I had this photo of the beauty queens and their Chinese cut gowns together with their long, elegant, white gloves seemed to fit the bill.

Narcissus Beauty Queens

Aren’t they pretty?


It was still dark and runners were standing in line at one of the three Starbucks in downtown Honolulu just prior to the start of the 2007 Great Aloha Run.

Crowded Starbucks at Great Aloha Run Start

I thought it was pretty amusing that caffeine was still high on the list of desired beverages on a morning like that! Apparently some running experts are actually recommending it right before a race… within reason of course.

While talking about these pictures that are so disconnected from each other, there’s something else that I’ve discovered about Honolulu — much like these photos, and much like my taste in just about everything, it is very eclectic. I knew there was something else that I loved about my city!

Well, it may not be professional photography, but it’s certainly passionate photography. 🙂

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Oct 31, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Awesome! Congrats!

  • 2 Evelyn // Oct 31, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks Sheila. Like I keep telling everyone else, I don’t know how! I just did. 🙂 I was actually kind of mean to him a couple of times too. Now that I think about it, I think that crazy Gorilla likes abuse! 😛

  • 3 Jay ( // Oct 31, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    woohoo! congratz! and hey, look at it this way, it’s professional enough to win this contest!


  • 4 Evelyn // Oct 31, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    I don’t know about the professional part, Jay, but it was fun and it gave me something silly to talk about and an excuse to share some pictures that never made it to the blog and may never have otherwise. But, thank you! 🙂

  • 5 HawaiiVacationGifts // Nov 3, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Great job Evelyn, I like seeing how your artistic mind works!

  • 6 Evelyn // Nov 4, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Oh you’re a fine one to talk, HVG! You’re the artistic one! That gives me an idea… 🙂

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