The 2008 Photo Contest

Presenting the Winners of the 2008 Honolulu Magazine/Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani Photo Contest


16 Stunning Images in 3 Categories



A. Kam Napier


Photography and magazines have evolved together for a century. It has been a natural pairing; the glossy paper and four-color printing of magazines had an advantage over newsprint in reproducing the photographer’s art. In the early 20th century, this magazine’s predecessor, Paradise of the Pacific, often featured freestanding photos, images that had nothing to do with the surrounding articles, but were simply fascinating revelations. In the 1920s, for example, these were often aerial photographs of the Islands, in which two radical new inventions combined to change the way we saw Hawaii.


If anything, this magazine relies on photography more than ever now, commissioning photographers to enhance the stories we’ve written with unforgettable photos. But we still love the revelations that come from photography for its own sake, so we are pleased to present this year’s winners of the HONOLULU Magazine/Hotels & Resorts of Halekulani Photo Contest.

This year, we introduced all-new categories: portraits, the natural world and the built environment. As the winning photos on the following pages show, photographers can still change the way we see Hawaii.

HONOLULU Magazine thanks our sponsor, Halekulani; our judges, who you can meet on the following page; and especially our contest entrants. Congratulations to all the winners.


Peter Shaindlin
Chief Operating Officer
Halekulani Corp.


I can’t think of any other artistic medium as dynamic and diverse as the constant and creative evolution of photography. Having said that, we tend today to focus (no pun intended!) more on the continuing evolution of photographic digital technology than on content, despite the fact that the dramatic and developing shifts in subject matter and creative technique at this time are equally radical and outstanding.

Such has been the case over the past four years with HONOLULU Magazine’s remarkable annual photography competition. This year’s collection is perhaps the most diverse and progressive to date, and in this regard it has established itself as a significant force in the evolving direction and development of the photographic art form in our great city. Thank you for viewing this wonderful ‘exhibition in print!’



Peter Shaindlin

Throughout his 28-year career, Peter Shaindlin has established a reputation for visionary leadership in the luxury hospitality industry. He was the founding principal of Lotus Luxury Group and has held executive positions with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Rockresorts, the United Nations and other acclaimed institutions. Prior to his hospitality career, he studied photography, business and arts at New York University. Shaindlin resides in the Diamond Head area with his wife and two children.

A. Kam Napier

A. Kam Napier has been with HONOLULU Magazine since 1994, becoming editor in 2005. He has served on juries for organizations such as the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Hawaii Panorama series of local films and the Historic Hawaii Foundation for its annual Historic Preservation Honor Awards. As a writer, he specialized in architecture, education and government.


Kristin Lipman

Kristin Lipman has been the art director for HONOLULU Magazine since August 2006. A local girl from Kahaluu, Lipman graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has been designing everything from posters, brochures and books to identity systems, packaging, CD covers and textile designs. She believes outstanding photography is pivotal to editorial design, along with great typography. She resides on the east side of Oahu with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.


Olivier Koning

French born freelance photographer Olivier Koning, is a UH Hilo graduate and long-time Hawaii resident. A regular contributor with HONOLULU Magazine, his work also graces the pages of Hawaii Business, Hana Hou! and The Kahala. His next project is shooting for Wallpaper, the London-based art and interior design magazine. An avid traveler, Koning’s work has taken him around the world, from Southeast Asia to his most recent trek in Kalapana, capturing the active lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano to the sea.


Steve Little

Stephen L. Little is director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Born in Michigan, he grew up in Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Turkey and upstate New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale in Ming dynasty painting. Little has worked as a curator at several museums including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Honolulu Academy of Arts before becoming its director in 2003. He sees works of art as doorways into cultures that are both familiar and alien to our daily experience.


Winners (by category)


Built Environment


Natural World

Best in Show