Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, love, peace, compassion, mercy, goodbye, and hello. Some claim Aloha is derived from Hawaiian words meaning “presence”, “breath of life” or “essence of life”.

I dedicate this to a man who just turned 21 and is in Iraq right now, but will return soon. His long service is ending for him and his team.

SO I say ALOHA! Hello (welcome HOME) US, Goodbye to the sand and Love! Love? Love is how I feel when I think of those who serve. You have to love the committment, strength and dedication to anyone who says I STAND UP FOR HONOR and Freedom to serve others. :#1:

So Andrew ALOHA & Mahalo (thank you)! WELCOME HOME AND HAPPY 21st Birthday man!


Update from Andrew:
I like it as well as the rest of my crew.. one friend even has it as his desktop backround :D when i get i would like to perhaps buy large print and get a frame for it etc :D I always had dreamsof living on a sailboat and sailing the world (when i was 12 my dad lived on a sailboat and we would sail to the bahamas and spend like a month) so the sailboat in the backround added a special touch to me..

Everyone says ALOHA back to you, and appreciates the photo and kind words very much!

I think we will be alright, and i cant wait to get back.. leave in 3 days

**Update Andrew set foot on US soil the 3rd week of April! WELCOME HOME HERO!

This picture was taken on a beach in Maui during the sunset. My favorite time to take pix is “the Golden Hour”!

Edits include a YELLOW ribbon for my man Andrew, contrast, brightness a crop, some blue enhance on a small part of sky. Removal of some people that didnt need to be in the photo.

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All Images & words are c to Zen Akita aka Bill.

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aloha, beach, blue, hawaii, love, ribbon, sunset, tree, water, yellow

I started taking pictures as a teenager using film cameras. Inspired by my Uncle, a 3rd gen Photographer & My mother a concert Photographer.
I see simple beauty all around & capture life as I see it. My portfolio contains sports, head shots, advertising & special events. My art hangs in boardrooms, print ads, law offices, & many homes. I have more art looking for a good home. Thank you for your interest.

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