This photo captures a little bit of the everything that makes up Oahu, Hawaii. The traffic — too much of it. Sky scrapers and cement buildings big and tall. Green, green vegetation and expanses of blue water.
This is ocean water, even though the photo is of the Ala Wai Canal. I spoke to the couple fishing. The young man is teaching his wife to fish here in Ala Wai, where the water is calm and there is no surf to distract her. Fish caught in Ala Wai cannot be eaten because of water pollution.
If you biggie the photo, you will see that the sign has been graffitied. Honolulu has the same problems all big cities face — gangs, crime, inadequate public transport, inadequate parking, over-priced housing, homeless …. Paradise is only paradise on the surface. After all, it is still here on earth. The peace and beauty is an illusion hard to maintain for any real length of time.