Ed Helmic

Waikiki Aquarium's resident octopus takes a rare moment to stretch out and swim about.


ED HELMICK created his own paradise when he moved to Hawaii in 1999 and turned a lifelong love of photography into a career.

"I thought it was such a beautiful place that I could take pictures here that were marketable," he says.

While Helmick most enjoys art photography, such as these shots he took in 2001 at the Waikiki Aquarium, "those don't pay the bills." So he spends a lot of time on youth photography, such as documenting athletic events. Helmick also recently shot Roy Sakuma's ukulele festival.

Helmick says the shot he's most proud of on these pages is the one of the octopus.

"That one took a day and a half," he says. "The octopus spends most of his life looking like a rock. I told myself I was going to sit there until he moved. It took great patience."

The Hawaiian monk seals have a chat outside.

The aquarium's jellyfish tank is filled with the pretty, ghostly creatures that flit and float about.

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