Waikiki Beach Skyline

Waikiki is the epitome of Hawaii 5-0-style Hawaii.  The beach culture of the mid 20th century might have evolved a bit between then and now, but the beach is the same.  They’re even bringing back the series, so nostalgia runs high.

I can appreciate the beach and strolling the sand, but the encroaching high-rise hotels, some of them dating back directly to those glory days, make for some of my favorite pictures.

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Starting from the south (zoo, aquarium) end of the strip with Diamondhead at your back, the Aston Waikiki Beach is the first big hotel you see.  I love the scalloped balconies.

I got a bunch more.  Click for the jump.

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Black, White and Modern

I was back in San Diego last week.  Especially downtown and along the waterfront, so much has changed since I lived there.  I blame Petco Park, but mostly I think it was just the real estate boom.

For all the new, there is still some old.  Down in Seaport Village, the Marriott Hotel is still going strong.  As much as those new buildings might look nice, this is the only one I wanted to take pictures of.

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina

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Since it’s all geometry and lines and shapes, I think it turned out pretty well in black & white. Color isn’t bad either, but this got my vote.