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Honolulu..........38th Annual HJCC Art Exhibition
Graphic Design by Michael S. Nomura
HJCC Poster

Commitment To Excellence 2016

I was very pleased to learn that my photo "1,681 views of Leahi" was selected by this years jury of Charles Cohan, James Jensen, and Gregory Northrop for the 38th Annual, Commitment To Excellence Art Exhibition.

The show, which opened August 8, is sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, . Sixty two works of 2 and 3 dimensional art were selected from over 500 entries for the annual exhibition which will be open to the public until August 18th. The event is being held at The Honolulu Museum of Art's Lilikona Gallery in the Museum's Art School building.

Commitment to Excellence
Opening reception for "Commitment to Excellence" 2016
"1,681 Views of Leahi", Pigment Print on 100 % Cotton, Photo by Phil Uhl
The exhibition this year includes works from the following Hawaii based artists:

Yida Wang, Jimmy Tablante, Roy Okano, Brady Evans, Christopher Edwards, Ellen Chapman, Pratisha Budhiraja, Linda Kane,Olalehua AhChong, Tom Harr, Chislaine Chock, Russell Sunabe, Roland Serania, Kenny Kicklighter, Don Matsumura, Rio Suzuki, Marissa Eshima, George Woollard, Daven Hee, Karen Kiefer, Kenyatta Kelechi, Alan Ness, Yoshimi Teh, Denise Karabinus, Kaethe Kauffman, Mary Mitsuda, Tania Arens, Francisco Clemente, Anderson O'Mealy, Phil Uhl, Alison Beste, Brandon Ng, Tom Klobe, Tonia Moreno, Kloe Kang, Alan Levy, Hiroko Sakurai, Barbara Taylor, James Kuroda, Julie Peterson, Rachael Roehl, Tyler Wyatt, Laura Mellow, Nisha Pinjani, Hannah Day, Boris Huang, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Ka-Ning Fong, Andrew Yamauchi, Suzanne Wolfe, Jared Wickware, Allyn Goo, Paul Galang, Jon Rawlings, Mary Philpotts and David Smith.

Honolulu................2016 Contemporary Show

Pacific New Media
It should be interesting to see what Jay Jensen, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, has come up with for this years Contempoary Photo Exhibition sponsored by Pacific New Media.

This will be the eighth year for the event that has grown to become the most important exhibition of photography in Hawaii. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held on First Friday April 1st at the Arts at Marks Garage in China Town. Most of the 41 exhibiting phohtographers should be on hand for the event, so stop by if you would like to see the show and meet the artists responsible for the images. The exhibition will run through April 9th.

Photo by Phil Uhl
"Facing the Future" Awarded one of two Jurrors Awards, Photo by Phil Uhl
Honolulu.......................Whats up with Lasers?
Laser Foiling

I recently had a request from WYCEF (Waikiki Yacht Club Educational Foundation) for some shots of the the WYC youth sailors with their new foiling Lasers. Fortunately after a few Kona (light wind) days, we were able to get out on the water with 15 to 20 knot winds. Even with the great conditions however, the kids found out fast that there is definitely a learning curve to getting the boat out of the water. By the time we were ready to head in, the young sailors were getting the hang of it, -and wanting more.

Foiling enables a boats hull to rise clear of the water with only the foils making contact. Foiling at high speed enables apparent wind sailing which allows boats to travel at speeds in excess of the wind speed.

WYC sailors
Instructor Guy Fleming showing the sailors how the Glide Free system attaches to the laser

Most of the excitement and drama from the last America's Cup in San Francisco was a result of the 72 foot foiling catamarans that hit speeds of up to 50Mph.

It seems that foiling has taken yet another step closer to mainstream sailing with the launch of the Glide Free foiling kit for the Laser, the worlds most popular sailing dinghy. . The easy to attach foils are the result of six years of development by two Sydney sailors, Ian Ward and Peter Stephinson. who formed Glide Free Design in 2010.

America's Cup UHL
USA wins the America's Cup flying across the finish line
Laser Foiling
Mystic Seaport CT......... Marine Art Exhibition

Geoffrey Huband
"Storm Clouds Gathering, 1805" Oil on canvas by Geoffrey Huband
I was very fortunate to have one of my acrylic paintings accepted by jurors, Douglas Hyland, Director, The New Briton Museum of American Art and Abigail Starliper, Art Specialist at Christie's Americas, for the 36th annual International Marine Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. The International Exhibition is the most comprehensive collection of contemporary marine art in the United States. Award-winning artists from around the world present more than 100 examples of their most recent work. The exhibition is a commemoration of our maritime heritage with intricately researched historical scenes and contemporary images that document man’s relationship to the sea. Represented in this show are exceptional paintings, drawings, sculpture, scrimshaw, and ship models depicting tall ships, sailing yachts, working craft, commercial vessels, warships, and scenes of the shoreline, beaches, harbors and wildlife that inhabit our seafaring world.

Shore Birds Uhl
"Shore Birds" Acrylic on wood by Phil Uhl
All works in the exhibition are available to view and purchase daily between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through Dec. 31.

Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, in Mystic, Connecticut, is the largest maritime museum in the world. It is notable for its collection of sailing ships and boats, and for the re-creation of the crafts and fabric of an entire 19th-century seafaring village. It consists of more than 60 original historic buildings, most of them rare commercial structures moved to the 19-acre site and meticulously restored

Mystic Maritime Gallery
The 36th Annual Marine Art Exhibition and sale opened to the public on Sept. 27th
New York........Hokule`a on the Travel Channel

Hokule`a 1976
Hokule`a segment to air on "Mysteries at the Monuments"

Took a trip back into the film archives recently to find some images of Hokule`a for Optomen Productions in New York. Five of the photos will be used for an upcoming segment of "Mysteries at the Monuments" (formally Monumental Mysteries) the popular series hosted by Don Wildman on the Travel Channel.

Hokule`a by phil uhl
I had to go back to 1976 to find images of Hokule'a as she arrived at Diamond Head, completing her round trip from Hawaii to Tahiti and back. The voyage made international headlines by solving the mystery of how the Pacific Islands were colonized. Hokule`a and crew proved that the early Polynesians were capable of navigating their sailing canoes over long distances, using only the sun, stars and wave patterns.
Thousands were on hand at Magic Island to welcome back Hokule`a
Honolulu.............Lending Club 2 sets new record

Lending Club 2 approaching Diamond Head
Got a call from the Lending Club sailing team less than a day before the 105 ' trimaran was due to complete their attempt to break the Los Angeles to Honolulu sailing record. They wanted me to film and videotape their arrival at the Diamond Head finish line.

I was very lucky to be able to get a last minute booking for a helicopter from No Victor Aviation here in Honolulu. We took off from HNL at 5:45am and sighted "Lending Club2" in the Molokai Channel a few miles off Makapuu Lighthouse, Unfortunately, the winds were light, but the sun was up, the rain had stopped, and we were able to follow them all the way to Diamond Head, setting a new record of 3 days 8 hours and 9 seconds.

"French best selling author / sailor Olivier de Kersauson set the previous record on the 110 foot "Geronimo" in 2005.
"Lending Club 2", formally known as "Banque Populaire VII," and "Groupama 3" is one of the fastest ocean-going vessels in the world. The boat was chartered to Renaud laplanche, CEO of Lending Club for the 2015 season. Together with co-skipper Ryan Breymaier and the rest of the sailing team, they have successfully set three world sailing records; the Cowes to Dinard, Newport to Bermuda, and now the LosAngeles to Honolulu.

Lending Club 2 crossing the Diamond Head Finish Line

Honolulu.............Long & Associates BIA Award

Long & Associates
Exterior of "Hale Pualani"
Long & Associates wins the Overall Grand Award for "Hale Pualani"

One of my projects last year was shooting Jeff Long's latest creation "Hale Pualani". The East Honolulu, oceanfront residence, was voted the Overall Grand Award winner at the 30th Annual BIA Renaissance Awards Gala held recently at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Long & Associates
Entry & Spiral Staircase
Guest Shower
Long & Associates
Master Bathroom shower and bath
Honolulu...............New designs for TRANSPAC

One of two Tee Shirt designs I created for Waikiki Yacht Club, that was based on the overall win by the classic yawl "Dorade" in 2013
Grand Illusion
Custom shirt design for the crew of Grand Illusion, James McDowell's Santa Cruz 70 which won first overall again this year for the third time.

New York............ Stan Honey in Fast Company

Charlie by Phil Uhl
Nolan Bushnell's CHARLEY first boat to finish in the 1983 TRANSPAC
Great article on Stan Honey and ETAK, in the latest Fast Company. Author, Benj Edwards, tells the very interesting story about how the worlds first car navigation system was conceived on a racing yacht on its way to Hawaii.

I first met Stan in July of 1983, shortly after my partner, Leslie DeMeuse, and I created Channel Sea Television. One of our first projects was producing a video for Atari cofounder, Nolan Bushnell. Nolan's Yacht CHARLIE was entered in the next Transpac, and he wanted to document their attempt at being the first boat to finish. Stan Honey was Bushnell's choice for navigator for the 2225 mile voyage. It was a good choice and CHARLIE was indeed the first yacht in the biannual race from Long Beach, to cross the Diamond Head finish line.

Stan Honey_Uhl photo
Stan Honey aboard "Morning Light"
In 2006&7 Stan worked with us here in Hawaii teaching navigation to the young group of sailors chosen for the Disney movie "Morning Light". Two of the crew members, Charlie Endright, and Mark Towill from Hawaii, just completed the Volvo Ocean Race. Their team "Alvimedica" had the youngest crew in the fleet, and won the final leg of the 45,000 mile race around the globe.

Stan's most recent creation Live Line, creates the on screen, real-time graphics that were used for the TV coverage of the last America's Cup in San Francisco. Similar to earlier systems he developed for NHL, NFL, and NASCAR, broadcasts, Live Line has revolutionized the television coverage of sailing events.

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