Award Winning Photographer Ethan Tweedie Featured on CNN

My image of Kilauea Volcano was featured as the  lead image in CNN Travel’s article on “10 of the World’s Most Photogenic Volcanoes”!

Here is the full article at CNN


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Porsche and Perseids, Ethan Tweedie Photography Show

October 16, 2013 PRESS RELEASE

Harbor Gallery announces an exciting show with Big Island Photographer and Parker School Graduate Ethan Tweedie on Friday, November 1st, from 6 to 8 PM. Light pupus and refreshments will be served.

This special show is titled “Porsche and Perseids” and features a number of Ethan’s celestial masterpieces as well as some photos taken atop Mauna Kea this past July when Ethan joined Gallery Owner Gunner Mench in driving his 50 year old Porsche to the summit for sunset and the stars.

Ethan says this was among the best sunsets he has ever witnessed, and what happened that night was almost unbelievable! The 1963 Porsche will also be on display for the show, bearing its Mauna Kea Benchmark Badge on the rear grill.

The Perseid Meteor Showers happen every year in early August, and Ethan was invited by park rangers at Pu’ukohola to photograph the shower together with the Heiau, achieving mind boggling results after taking over 160 exposures of 30 seconds in a single night. More photos were taken along with Halemaumau’s eruption, capturing meteors, the moon, and ghostly surroundings, achieving a view that the naked eye cannot see in the dim light, but is captured brilliantly with his high quality Canon cameras and special equipment. Most of the prints are offered being printed on metal, with the most superb color rendition and crisp clarity available with today’s printing technology.

Harbor Gallery is located in Kawaihae, just north of the Kohala resorts and next to Café Pesto. The gallery is open daily from 11:30 until 8:30. Phone 808-882-1510 to reach Gunner & Elli Mench, or visit their website at


Big Island Lava Ocean Entry

6AM, 6:30AM and 7AM


What a morning!

After almost a year without lava entering the ocean, Kilauea ramped up her activity just in time for the 30th Anniversary of the current eruptive phase!!

My day started out at 1:15 AM in order to make it to Pohoiki Boat Ramp (Puna) by 4:30AM.  We all boarded the Lava Ocean Adventures tour boat and took the 45 minute boat ride out to the where the lava was entering the ocean.  It was great seeing all the stars and even the Southern Cross on the way, but most of us were pretty tentative on whether we were going to see lava or not as there is no way of knowing till you get there.

About a mile out from the site we could see the lava and lots of it!!  There were two distinct lava entries as we approached and Captain Shane Turpin slowed the boat down to creep.   We were still a good football field away and you can feel the radiant heat from the lava!  As we got closer it was still pitch dark and the photography wouldn’t be super good so I spent some time just in awe of the amazing spectacle before my eyes.  The first picture was from that time frame.

Captain Turpin kept the boat moving in between the two ocean entries and made sure both sides got equal amounts of viewing although I wish we could move side to side, but trust me one thing you don’t want to do is rock the boat!  As the light got brighter towards sunrise the photo ops got really good with the twilight sky and eventually the sun came up to reveal the scene in daylight!  The whole time out there you could see, smell and hear the lava as it hissed and sputtered into the water.  WOW!

If you are on the Big Island and there is lava entering the ocean this is a must see and do tour.



Moonrise and Lava Glow

It was a very dark night at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  I knew the Moonrise was at 9:39 PM so I decided to hike along the coast to grab some shots of the ocean with the cliffs and Moonlight.

It was very difficult hiking along the coastal lava plain because it is very hard to see with the black lava etc.  After setting up for this shot, being all alone, I was startled out of my skin by some nesting seabirds below me on the cliff!!!

Off in the distance you can also see the lava glowing and reflecting on the clouds as it comes down the pali.

I hope you enjoy.


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Often Missed Highlight of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Many people visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and dream about seeing lava flowing down the side of the volcano and or an ocean entry with its dramatic steam cloud ascending into the sky.  For sure, all dramatic events that do occur at the Park, but Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate!

Lately the lava erupting from Kilauea has confined itself within Pu’u O’o crater/vent and up at the summit where a lava lake is deep within a 500 ft diameter near-vertical vent inset within the east wall and floor of Halema`uma`u Crater.   I have many friends and potential visitors say they heard “nothing” is going on, but I can assure you that there is much going on within Kilauea.  Soon there will be lava flowing on the surface, but until then don’t miss out on seeing the dramatic glow up at the summit from the Jagger Visitor Center!

Ideally you ought to get to Jagger Visitor Center just as the sun is setting, as I write this that is around 7PM.  As the light fades in the sky the otherwise hidden glow from the lava lake slowly begins to show its intensity.  The evening I took these pictures the glow was very bright as the lava lake is very active and close to the surface right now.  You could hear the lava churning inside the 500-foot diameter crater bubbling and churning even though you stand almost a mile away!  Very cool!!

So go spend an afternoon playing at the park then head over to Volcano Village and grab dinner from many of the fine restaurants then go back into the park in time to see the Sun’s light fade and the glow increase from the lava within Kilauea!

Suggestions for taking images of the glow:

  1. Put your camera on a tripod or rest on the wall at the lookout.
  2. Set your camera on manual focus (DSLR)
  3. Set ISO to 800+
  4. Set camera to Manual
  5. Shutter speed at 10-30 seconds
  6. F-Stop should be relatively wide open at f/4
  7. Gently press shutter and let don’t touch or move camera while it takes the exposure.
  8. Good luck! And lets see those shots!


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Rainbow and Ohia Lehua at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

I got to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at about 7:30AM and it was one of those rainy days at the park.  I decided to heard over to the Jagger Visitor Center to check out the Caldera and use the restroom before a meeting I was scheduled to attend at 8AM.  I could see a faint rainbow off to the west as the sun rose, but nothing to really get too excited about. When I came back to my vehicle I again saw the rainbow only now it was way more intense.  Frantic to capture the rainbow I also wanted to frame the picture with an Ohia tree etc.  After roaming around I finally found some Lehua blooms that would be worthy of a picture!  I hope you enjoy.  If you would like to purchase this image please go to

Kilauea Summit Eruption 5.10.11

With just a little light left the sky had some blue hues and the gas cloud was a nice purple color.  I shot this at ISO 800 at f/2.8 for 20 seconds with a Canon 1D Mark IV at 7:37PM HST


God was out with his paintbrush last night!!

I was moved last night to grab my camera gear and go find some light.  It was around 4:30PM when the light just seemed nice and there was cool high clouds.  In my mind I was drawn to this one area in Waimea and I was going to climb a cinder cone that I had never been up.  When I got there it didn’t feel right so I turned around and headed down the Upper road towards Kona (190).  I pulled into the Waimea Airport and saw our beloved Kohala Mountain lit up like a painting.  The second photograph.  This image was taken with my Canon 1D Mark IV with a 70-200mm lens and was compiled by taking a total of 10 images and then stitched together.  The final image was over 2 gigabytes of data!!!  I can see one of my friend’s cars in the image at the soccer field.  The image on here is way too small to see that, but on the big screen it is really cool!!

After taking the Kohala shot I headed towards wet Waimea for some Mauna Kea shots but when I got there it was too cloudy so I turned around and headed back to town.  I took the new cut off road behind Parker Ranch Center and pulled off the road.  I waited for the sun to set and then all the color just disappeared.   Some little “voice” said just wait and be patient.  So I sat in my car.  I checked my email and after several minutes I looked up and there she was, Mauna Kea was surrounded by high clouds that were glowing!  This shot was taken with my Canon 1Ds Mark III and was two images stitched together.

I hope you enjoy!!  Let me know what you think!!!!!


Kilauea Volcano Erupting in Two Places!!

Prior to Saturday March 5th many changes occured on the east rift zone of Kilauea. There had been many small earthquakes under the volcano in the area just east of Kilauea Iki. I had noticed the birds were seemingly agitated and thought to myself this is something interesting. Also, churning lava lake inside of Halemau’mau had been steadily rising. Last summer it was generally 500 feet below the rim and most recently it had risin to 230 feet below the rim. That alone was quite spectacular!

Many of us who are regulars in the park felt something was going to happen and it did on March 5th. Around 2:30 in the afternoon the crater floor of Puu O’o vent collapsed. The downstream dike feeding the TEB vent must have gotten blocked so pressures began to build. Shortly after around 5:15 PM the pressue was so great that the magma began to litterally crack the Earth open and what is known as a fissue opened up. A new area of eruption began with a 1.4 mile long fissue with lava being extruded out.

This picture was taken the evening of March 8th just 3 days after the fissure opened up. It is taken to the east looking down the rift zone. In the foreground is the pit crater inside of Halemau’mau that began erupting in March of 2008. The glow on the left is the new fissure it is about 8 miles away as the crow flies. The hill on the horizon is Mauna Ulu.

Amazing Night at Kilauea!!!

I have been going to view the summit eruption of Kilauea for quite some time, but in the last couple weeks many chnages have occured. About two weeks ago there was a relatively large earthquake of 3.5 at the summit created by a collapse of the pit crater. From that time on there have been some very high lava stands. Last night the churning lava within the pit crater was less then 300 feet below the rim, the highest it has EVER been. It was so bright last night, bu the amazing thing was we could hear the lava churning and hissing from a mile away!! That was amazing.

Lastly there were 23 small earthquakes yesterday alone beneath the volcano. The last few times I have been in the park, within the last week, I have noticed the birds flying closer to the ground and more of them. Not sure what is going to happen, but it sure is interesting! Do you think the birds know something??

Stay tuned!

Feathered Friends

I was cruising along the Saddle Road just before the 1935 Mauna Loa flow and saw two Nene feeding near the road.  I pulled a U-turn and thankfully had my telephoto lens on the camera and ready to go!  I was far enough away not to bother them, but close enough to get some excellent shots in the nice morning light.  Eventually they made there way beyond where I could see them, but it was a nice treat!!!  There are approximately 500 Nene in existence in the Hawaiian Islands.

Full Moon at Kilauea Caldera

Hot Magma!!

Kilauea Summit Eruption-What will happen next?

The summit eruptive vent within Halema`uma`u Crater hosted a lava pond that produced red glow visible from the Jaggar Museum overnight on August 24th 2010.  There is some conjecture that since there is degassing which cools the magma before it reaches Pu’u O’o that at some point the dike that feeds the current lavas at TEB will get “clogged” and potentially cause a summit eruption.  Of course nobody knows the answer, but it is interesting!!  Stay tuned.