Monday, April 12, 2010

‘Does Your Dog Have Aloha?’

When I travel, I love taking photos of strange or funny signs and souvenirs as much—or maybe even more—than nabbing that “money shot,” or that photo of that really famous landmark that everyone else has already shot thousands of times before. There’s just something about finding humor in places where you might least expect it and I’ve found that, no matter where you go, you’re bound to encounter it.

Here are just a few of my favorite recent shots from Hawaii…

I would like to think that my boyfriend’s dog, Odie, has aloha, but I’m just not so sure. I know Bo Obama does, though.

The gold medallion necklace, the Fabio-like hair, the twin dolphins in the backdrop of a beautiful sunset—this poster is like priceless art.

My other dream man—he wears loincloth and spears octopus.

Of course, they’d sell Spam-flavored macadamia nuts in Hawaii. I wish I had sampled a few.

A shooting club poster in Waikiki. Live fire and women and children welcome? Sign me up!

For some reason, a lot of tourist stores seem to have a fascination with accessorizing statues of mini bull dogs. But one thing’s for sure—they all have aloha.

An antiques shop on the North Shore of Oahu was a treasure trove of strange objects and displays.

And yes—if I had survived a three-foot tsunami, I would proudly wear this T-shirt, too.

All photos © Deanna Ting

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