News & Events : Mauna Kea

Sky & Telescope May 2016 Publication

The May 2016 Sky & Telescope has featured one of my images of W.M. Keck Observatory’s twin ten meter telescopes as they point their dual world-class Adaptive Optics system lasers at the super black hole at the center of the Milky Way.   This image documents the first time Keck Observatory used both Keck 1 and […]

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Hana Hou Magazine Cover Dec/Jan 2015

I am super excited to be on the cover of Hana Hou Magazine (The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines) and have my images featured over 10 pages in the magazine about the snow in Hawaii! If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines be sure to get your copy! Share on Facebook

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Mauna Kea Image by Ethan Tweedie Photography Featured at the`Imiloa Astronomy Center

Recently I was contacted by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo to provide an image of Mauna Kea that would be printed on a banner measuring 25 feet by 6 feet in an area right next to the Planetarium at the Center. In their words: “No one captures the majesty and reverence of Maunakea better […]

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Hawaiian Winter Blizzard of 2015

On the evening of January 2nd into the morning hours of January 3rd 2015 a powerful cold front swept through the Big Island of Hawaii.  In the lower elevations of the island band after band of wind and rain pounded the island relentlessly for about 8 hours. In the higher elevations above 11,000 feet both […]

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The Winter Side of the Milky Way, Mauna Kea Summit Hawaii

The Dark Side of the Milky Way as seen from close to 14,000 feet on snow covered dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii Share on Facebook

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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 […]

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Mauna Kea Summit During the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower

This image was taken August 12th 2013 from the summit of Mauna Kea.  Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that rises some 32,000 feet from the ocean floor (making it the tallest mountain on the planet) and 13,796 feet above sea level.  With 13 observatories, Mauna Kea is arguably the best place on Earth to observe the cosmos from because […]

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Milky Way Panorama During Perseids Meteor Shower

I had never tried capturing the Milky Way by doing a panorama so I headed up Saddle Road to find a suitable location where I could get the Milky Way to drape over Mauna Kea.  The bonus this time of year is the Perseids Meteor Shower is beginning and there were tons of shooting stars […]

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Ancient Mamane Trees

The Ancient Mamane Trees covered in lichen on Mauna Kea as the Moon Rises. Taken September 2nd 2012 at 8.26 PM. Elevation 9,000 ft. I hope you enjoy. Ethan 808-938-4665 Share on Facebook

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Streamside in Sandalwood at Waimea

Some real estate I photograph is really difficult.  The “problem” with this home here in Waimea on the Big Island is it had so many interesting angles, vistas and views.  Located in the Sandalwood development, the home has views of The Pu’u (Hills) of Kohala Mountain, stunning views of Mauna Kea (13,796 feet), Mauna Loa […]

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Wishard Gallery Reception

I hope to see you at the Gallery!! Share on Facebook

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Spiral Cloud Over Mauna Kea?

On February 18th 2012 I looked up towards Mauna Kea (13,796 ft.) and saw this most unusual cloud formation, it looked like a seashell, cork screw or a spiral? I looked and looked for other cloud formations similar, but I could not find any? Anyway, I thought it was really cool!!! I hope you enjoy. […]

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The Weather Channel Features My Mauna Kea Photos!!

Hey its not often you or even your pictures get on The Weather Channel, but that is exactly what happened on the morning of February 27th when I saw my pictures featured on the Weather Channel’s Morning Update on TV! This is a screen shot of the picture on their website! http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/hawaii-snow-slideshow_2012-02-28?page=2 Anyway, it just […]

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Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa Snow 2-19-12

Some of the pictures from an incredible day shooting from 11,000 feet on the slopes of Mauna Loa.  Moku Nui No Ka Oi. I hope you enjoy. Ethan www.EthanTweedie.com Follow me on Twitter!! Become a fan on Facebook! http://on.fb.me/9V8NYe EthanTweedie@gmail.com 808-938-4665 Share on Facebook

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The World’s Tallest Mountain, Mauna Kea

The world’s tallest mountain you say? Well yes!  Most mountains are measured at their base, which happens to be sea level.  What if you measured a mountain from where it began its life as is the case with volcanoes?  Mauna Kea is a massive volcano here on the Big Island that began its early days […]

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Finally Got Some Snow!

Finally got some snow and rain here in Waimea! This has been a strange winter.  December started out very cold and wet with some snow on our mountains Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (Both mountains/volcanoes are just under 14,000 ft.) and from the end of December till today we have had very little rain.  It […]

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Surreal to Sublime – Lunar Eclipse to Full Moon Set

Last bit of moon before the full eclipse. Lunar Eclipse at its peak.  (Jupiter in the lower left) Keck Observatory using a laser for adaptive optics.  Moon 85% International Space Station as it went by at 5:09AM in the NNE Orion to the left of the moon.  Foreground is Subaru, Keck and NASA Infrared Observatories. […]

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When Mauna Kea Turns Pink – The Story of Two Lovers

The story of Kukahau`ula and Poli`ahu In the story, Kukahau`ula — Ku, a deity representing the male force in the form of the rising sun — pursues Poli`ahu, the woman of the mountain. In Ku’s constant pursuit of Poli`ahu he is constantly thwarted by frost, snow and freezing rain. When Ku finally embraces his lover […]

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Furry Friends

My loyal furry friends always come running to say hello when I come visit.  These guys have to be the nicest horses and donkey I know! I have a big bag of carrots ready for my next visit.  Do you think they would be pleased to see me even more? I hope you enjoy. Ethan […]

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Crazy Thanksgiving Sunset

After a great long Thanksgiving weekend out in Volcano with friends I came home to Waimea to a most spectacular sunset, one of those sunsets that is really impossible to capture exactly the way it was that evening. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy. Ethan www.EthanTweedie.com Follow me on Twitter!! […]

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Snow on Mauna Kea September 15th 2011 !!!

Woke up this morning and got an email from a friend saying there was snow on Mauna Kea!! I didn’t see that coming! That is two snowfalls this summer one on June 4th/5th and one today September 15th! Thanks Paula for the heads up! I hope you enjoy. Ethan www.EthanTweedie.com Follow me on Twitter!! Become […]

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Standing on the Edge of Earth’s Shadow

The Sun had just set as we stood on the summit of Mauna Kea at 13,796 feet, we decided to dash over to the Eastern sky to see if Mauna Kea was still casting a shadow below. What we saw instead was Earth casting its shadow towards the sky; we were literally on the edge […]

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Wailoa Big Island Style Art Show!!!

I want to thank all of my family and friends (and those who were there in spirit) who came out last night for the reception!! It was a great night with lots of fine art and conversation!! If you missed the reception the show will be on display until September 29th Wailoa Art Center Hours […]

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Beams of Light at Sunset

I was headed home after a meeting down at Hualalai and noticed the light was looking nice.   I happened to have my camera with me so I took a drive out between Kohala Mountain and Mauna Kea.  The thing that struck me is how dry it has gotten in the last month and half.  The […]

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The 7 Image Mauna Kea Panorama

This image of the summit of Mauna Kea taken August 4th 2011 was created by taking 7 pictures and then stitching them together. I hope you enjoy. Ethan www.EthanTweedie.com Follow me on Twitter!! Become a fan on Facebook! http://on.fb.me/9V8NYe EthanTweedie@gmail.com 808-938-4665 Share on Facebook

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The Legend of the Nightmarchers…

The Moon shining through the Koa Trees with my tent in the foreground. The eerie shadows cast by the moon or were they the Nightmarchers? A group of us all went camping up to Keanakolou Cabins.  Keanakolou (The Three Caves) is about 25 miles, about an hour and a half, northeast of Waimea off a […]

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Speechless

These are the moments that make me speechless. Share on Facebook

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Kahinahina “Road”

We began our adventure from Saddle Road around 6,000 feet to circumnavigate Mauna Kea on the Kahinahina “Road.” Kahinahina is Hawaiian for silversword .  We started our drive at around 1:30 and drove all the way to our overnight stay at Pu’u Kaluamakani arriving at around 5 pm.  After watching the sunset and then the […]

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Amazing Clouds Over the Big Island!

The first day of summer was really quite amazing here in Hawaii Nei. All day there were these very high clouds (Cirrus) and when I got home I just had to grab my camera and take a few shots. I was a little disappointed that the clouds moved in to obscure Mauna Kea, but that […]

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Good Morning Good Coffee!

Ran into my friend David (The owner of Hawaii White Mountain Coffee Co.) at the Parker School Farmers Market yesterday. I picked up a bag of his Javaloha Peaberry and thought I would start my day off with a cup of his coffee. This morning it is especially good as the cool misty rains of […]

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Mauna Kea Snow June 2011!!

What an amazing birthday to see Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa cover in snow on June 5th!! In fact the mountain got over 8 inches at the summit and the road is closed!  I was dreaming of putting my skis on!  What a coup that would have been!!! Share on Facebook

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The Amazing Journey of Life

Sometimes you don’t know where the journey is going to take you.  You might come to a fork in the road?  Do you listen?  Follow your heart and that is the path you should take. That is my journey. Ethan Share on Facebook

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The Painted Skies of Mauna Kea

I took this shot almost a year ago and didn’t do anything with it because there was some other shots I took that at first glance were more compelling, but I had some inspiration to go back and look at the shots from that day and thought this deserved coming out of hiding. To purchase […]

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The Koa Tree

The Koa tree is one of my favorite trees, such a majestic tree. In the highlands you will find this tree covered in lichen like this specimen off Mana Road. You can see the light green lichen reflecting the light of the “Golden Hour” Image may be purchased at http://ethantweedie.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Need-to-Print/16653856_jRqpmL Share on Facebook

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May 2nd 2011 Mauna Kea Snow and Rainbow

Well we have had some interesting weather patterns here in Hawaii!   There has been a cut off low with some very cold temperatures that creates lots of instability and thus we have had a lot of thunder and lightening and snow on our mountains.  The sky parted at sunset to reveal the summits of […]

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Get the Boot!

A friend of mine who is involved with many things in our little town of Waimea asked me if I could get some shots of the boot. I was coming back from getting some April snow shots of Mauna Kea and the light seemed good for some boot shots.   The boot celebrates the 100 […]

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Mauna Kea Spring Snow!!!

Lots of storms today and our beloved Mauna Kea got a nice white snow today April 6th 2011!!!! She cleard just enough to get a few pictures this evening. Share on Facebook

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The Amazing Light of Waimea

There are a few places on this Earth that are just blessed with the right light and amazing colors. Waimea is one of those places. Everyday I pinch myself that I actually live here. Waimea is “up-country” at an elevation of around 2800 feet it is cooler than down at the ocean. Home to the […]

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The “Mana” of Mana Road

Red dirt, green grass and a snow covered Mauna Kea. Does it get any better? Share on Facebook

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Sometimes I feel like I am in the African Safari?

Taking a closer look at the Donkeys I noticed some of them have striped legs like Zebra?  The sun had gone down this evening on the way back from Waikoloa and the greens in the grasses were so vibrant.   The hill or pu’u is named Nohona o Hae. Share on Facebook

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The Things I saw Today January 21st 2011!

Crazy sunrise on Mauna Kea, it was some effect from my lens, but I have never seen that before?? Beautiful snow on Pu’u Ha’u Kea with Mauna Loa in the Distance. My shadow with moon The last photo was taken a few hours later at Hapuna Point!!! What a day!! Share on Facebook

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The End of One Day Heralds a New

The sky was changing so fast and these colors last a mere moments!! Share on Facebook

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One of My Favorite Places

I am always so fullfilled when I am in a place like this, Buster Brown has always been one of my most favorite places to be. The warm sun on my face, the cool trades blowing and the majestic view of Mauna Kea looming in the distance. Share on Facebook

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In All Her Grandeur: Mauna Kea Panorama (PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL SIZE)

This photo of Mauna Kea was taken with 3 separate images using the Canon 1D Mark IV and combined in in CS5.  It was shot with the Canon 85mm f 1.2 at f/10 at 1/45 ISO 200 (If you wanted to know!)  I hope you like the photo as much as I enjoyed taking the […]

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Mauna Kea finally reveals herself!

After a nice snow storm Mauna Kea stayed hidden all day yesterday.  She revealed herself briefly this morning just before another storm approaches.  These two photos were taken within a few minutes of each other!! Share on Facebook

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From Hawaiian Cowboy Country

This cow was walking along the fence and crossed the path of the sun, I thought it looked cool.  Very spiritual place along Mauna Kea Ranch Lands. Share on Facebook

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Where Glaciers Used to Roam

15,000 years ago a glacier sat on top of Mauna Kea.  What you are looking at is the glacial moraine at the top of the mountain.  Then Mauna Kea erupted under the ice sheet and the melt off created the Pohakuloa Gulch.  After the Earth warmed 15,000 years ago the ice melted. Share on Facebook

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Wow!! Another Mauna Kea Sunrise??

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Amazing Mauna Kea Sunrise

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First Snow on Mauna Kea!!

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Lake Waiau, Mauna Kea Summit

The 7th highest lake in the United States!  A sacred place on the summit. Share on Facebook

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Mauna Kea Summit and Keck

Couldn’t resist taking a shot of the Keck Telescopes under the bright moon! Share on Facebook

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Panoramic of Mauna Kea!!

Panoramic of Mauna Kea!!  I took 4 separate shots of Mauna Kea to get this one picture. Share on Facebook

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Purple Mauna Majesty

So I am am sitting at my computer and I look out the window and see Mauna Kea with perfect light cast upon its slopes and I think to myself, “gee how many pictures can I take of this mountain?”  Well, I am glad I captured the late summer light because the hues of purple […]

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Beautiful Waimea, My Hometown

Waimea on the Big Island is a beautiful place.  It is situated between Kohala and Mauna Kea at an elevation of 2500 feet which keeps the days and nights cooler than down at the ocean.  It is home of Parker Ranch, Canada France Hawaii and Keck Telescope headquarters.  A visit to the Big Island isn’t […]

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Mauna Kea Sunrise

Mauna Kea has many different moods.  The hue of colors this morning were very relaxing and needed to be captured!!  You can see some of the 13 telescopes at the summit.  Mauna Kea is the premier location on the planet for viewing the night sky and is home to the largest telescope on the planet […]

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