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Photos of the Year

From joy to jets, Star-Advertiser photographers share their most memorable images from 2010


For 36 years the Intertribal Pow Wow has been held in Honolulu, attracting Native Americans from Hawaii and abroad. I've photographed many of these events and have approached each one with reverence and respect. Most participants are willing to have their photo taken but I have learned it's best to check in with organizers and ask permission before photographing any of the dancers or drummers. This year the pow wow was held at Thomas Square, and while I was photographing the dance circle I saw David Bevett, a member of the Northern Cherokee Nation, meditating before joining in with the other dancers. As Bevett remained still, studio-like light fell on his face and a contemplative portrait was taken. This picture was part of a series that went on the web and never saw print. After it posted, Bevett called me to request a copy. When an individual requests a print, I know I've done them justice. For more photos from the 36th Annual Intertribal Pow Wow, go to — Cindy Ellen Russell
Children from a Waipahu family napped under a tent along a sidewalk on Makakilo Drive on Feb. 27. Pictured was Mercede Davis-Apolo, 6, Isabell Laga, 2, Nai Laga with her son, Isaiah Tutuvanu, 4, and Tupu Meenia, 6. Residents from low lying inundation zones sought higher ground in Makakilo in anticipation of the tsunami. — Cindy Ellen Russell
Isabella Magalong, 8, and her cousin Preston Wendling, 7, were up to their necks with sand at Ala Moana Beach Park on June 17. The children were visiting with family from Denver, Colo., and it was their first time at a beach in their lives. Isabella's father, Romeo Magalong, Jr. said, that his kids kept asking him about what the sand and water felt like in Hawaii till he finally decided to bring them here himself. — Cindy Ellen Russell
Analyssa Briones and other members of Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro performed a traditional Mexican dance at the Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair held at Kapiolani Regional Park on Oct. 9. The dance troupe traveled from San Lorenzo, Calif., to participate in the cultural event, which featured live performances, food vendors, family activities, informational booths from community health organizations and more. — Cindy Ellen Russell
A.T. "Red" Miller, who was B24 pilot in World War II, recounted war stories on Dec. 2 with his friend Mary Kay Kauffman in front of a mural in Hangar 37 of the Pacific Aviation Museum. — Cindy Ellen Russell
Mark Scroggins was greeted with a round of licks to the chin by his American Staffordshire Terrier "Popo" at the Hawaiian Kennel Club's AKC All-Breed show held at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on Sept. 4. — Cindy Ellen Russell
Christian Valdez, 18 months, fit perfectly in the hub of a John Deere tractor wheel on display at the 8th Annual Great Kapolei Pumpkin Picking Patch being held at Aloun Farms on Oct. 30. The pumpkin festival offers a variety of pumpkins and produce at discount prices, hayrides, keiki rides and more. — Cindy Ellen Russell
The Blue Angels were in town, and there was no way to known where or when they would show up. I was on a Kaneohe tennis court one day and brought my camera just in case. As I played a match, the jets zoomed overhead and I ran off the court to get this photo. — Craig T. Kojima
After a brush fire in the Lualualei Road area, firefighters came down with only pieces of their burnt fire hoses on Oct. 4. — Craig T. Kojima
I got this photo of "Hawaii Five-0" star Grace Park taking some souvenir photographs at a North Shore set on Sept. 8. Mark Cunningham, covered with blood, plays Park's friend, who is murdered during a surfing contest. — Craig T. Kojima
I was sent out to photograph an event at Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii on July 1, but decided to hang out anyways after it was canceled. I took this shot of Jeanette Au, left, Kaylena Torres, Analisa Galendez and Cortney Kusumoto enjoying a day together at the water park in Kapolei. — Craig T. Kojima
Hawaii Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie flashes a shaka sign Dec. 6 hours before his inauguration. Before the event, there wasn't anyone around the back of Iolani Palace, so I just waited until Abercrombie pulled up in his car. After posing for photos with his friends, he saw me and gave me a smile. — Craig T. Kojima
The show must go on! Seconds before intermission, I managed to push my lens through a small, high window in the back of Diamond Head Theatre and get a shot of the local journalists starring in the annual Gridiron Show on Aug. 18. The news industry, struggling through a rough year, still managed to put on the show with a lot of spunk and fun. My camera wasn't autofocusing well, so I had to actually twirl the focusing ring to get my photos. I was lucky a few turned out. The musical number before intermission parodied Councilman Rod Tam and his troubles involving use of city funds to pay for meals. — Craig T. Kojima
I've seen many players snag passes one-handed and make unbelievable catches, but talented University of Hawaii football player Greg Salas once caught a punt with his back turned on Nov. 17. I was photographing him fielding punts from a kicker when he just turned around, drifted back and caught one! "It takes a lot of practice," he said, when I asked him how he does it. — Craig T. Kojima
I joined 30 math and science teachers in the Northrop Grumman Foundation Weightless Flights of Discovery teacher training program. If you look closely, you'll see small water droplets floating in the air as the teachers try to catch them with their mouths (someone poured water out of the plastic bottle seen on the lower portion of the photo). Yuko Iio, left, of Stevenson Intermediate, told me later that the water droplet went up her nose instead. During my career I've photographed six U.S. presidents, witnessed a total solar eclipse from a jet, fled from lava surging over roads and houses, survived riots in the Philippines and Korea, and camped overnight in a tent with Sonny Ching's halau for four days on Kahoolawe, but being weightless was an indescribable experience. It's exhilarating yet peaceful. You're flooded with so many emotions and sensations. Suspended in the air, you can't move forward or back unless you push off of something or someone. And if you push too hard you will "pingpong" around. (I hit my head way too hard on the top of the plane.) I didn't have any real control over my camera, so I just aimed and fired without looking through the viewfinder. This picture might not be my best, but it's certainly one I'll never forget. — Dennis Oda

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