Snapshots | O’ahu in November

ko'olaus, kaneohe bay, o'ahu, hawai'i

If island life means going with the flow, then island life in O’ahu in November means really, really going with the flow.

One minute in the island could be filled with clear blue skies, but the next could be filled with pouring rain.  Still, there’s something about O’ahu in November.

November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro

The “pumpkin spice latte” and “sweater weather” mainland talk that usually comes with the fall season doesn’t apply here.  Though the energy of summer is a hard act to follow, there’s a different kind of energy that exists in the fall.  It’s the kind of energy that fuels “seize the moment” type of days, because the shorter days and storm cloud-filled skies that comes with November means making the most of whatever the day may bring.

November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro

Extreme conditions aside, rain on the islands always receives the respect it deserves.  The rain brings things to life and serves as a reminder that even in a November storm, the beauty of O’ahu still shines.  The Ko’olau Range is a testament of that fact, for only during the heaviest rains does it show its many waterfalls.

November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro

While not everyone may be a fan of rain, there’s no denying the magic of rainbows appearing after a storm.  Rainbows are like gifts from the November rain and O’ahu is notorious for always having these ribbons in the sky. Though common, rainbows are still like fleeting moments–enjoy them while they last.

November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro

Gray skies may take over the island, but November still has its fair share of sunset sightings. Though, with the shorter days and earlier sunsets, there’s a much greater chance of missing the sun slipping away to let the moon rise. Only those who are lucky enough to take a break in the late afternoon or witness a break in the rain clouds can catch the sun’s final showing for the day.

November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro
November 2015 - O'ahu, HI. Photo by Jamie Balaoro

Novembers on O’ahu are proof that life doesn’t have to stop because of a little rain.  Clear days, tropical storms, winter, spring, summer or fall–the adventures continue on. And, at the end of the day, the aloha spirit will always remain–that’s something that even November rain can’t wash away.

Jamie Balaoro

Photo + Video Maker | Visual Storyteller | DIY-er | Creator of The Golden Bullet Magazine

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