A L O H A and M A H A L O
First of all, allow me to greet you a warm Aloha and Mahalo ... two of the most widely used words of the Hawaiian language. You hear these words everyday and almost everywhere in Hawaii. All residents of our beautiful islands - the young and the old, the rich or the poor, Hawaiian or not ... they all know these two words by heart.
Aloha means many different things. It can be used to say hello, goodbye, welcome, love, good wishes, and also to express compassion and caring affection. It is a word which easily rolls off one's tongue like the soft breezes and gentle waves that come to the shores of our beautiful islands. Mahalo simply means thank you. Just as in any other language, it is used to express gratitude or appreciation ... as for a gift, a favor, and the kindness or generosity of others.
Kumusta po kayo? Buti naman at nagkaroon din kayo nang pagkakataon na dumalaw (How are you? It is good that you found the time to visit). My name is Juny P. La Putt and among my friends in cyberspace they also know me as "The Hawaiian WebMaster." Listed below are some of the Websites which I designed and constructed. Working on Websites started as a hobby for me way back in 1996 and somehow up to this time I continue to enjoy it. I would like to invite you now to come and visit these Websites and I hope you will enjoy whatever you decide to see.
Your Are Visitor No. Since May 5, 2002
In Honolulu, Hawaii it is now
Baguio City, Philippines - A home page portraying the cool and beautiful City of Baguio which is also known as the "City of Pines" or the summer capital of the Philippines. Items portrayed include: its history, scenic tourist sites, the city government, educational facilities, directory, Igorot art, hometown news, calendar of activities, and visitor information. Also included are numerous color photographs of Baguio City, letters to the WebMaster, the Baguio earthquake of 1990, and other relevant items its former residents and visitors will find informative and useful. This home page was constructed in November 17, 1996.
The Philippine Military Academy - This home page portrays information about the premier military institution in Asia, its mission, organization, historical background, admission requirements, academic & military training programs, physical training, the corps of cadets, cadet traditional rites & ceremonies. Also featured are female cadets, academy trivia, academy songs, plebe knowledges, scenic views at the academy, beautiful kaydet girls who have been portrayed in "The Corps," and numerous photographs depicting cadet life and activities. It is the first Web site on the Internet portraying a unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This home page was constructed in February 8, 1996.
Corregidor - A Website portraying Corregidor, a small rocky island in the Philippines about 48 kilometers west of Manila stragetically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. This island fortress, also known as "The Rock," was a key bastion of the Allies during the war under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur which became the headquarters of the Allied forces and also the seat of the Philippine Commonwealth government. The portrayed digital photographs taken in 2002 gives an interesting ensight into this island fortress which now stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of the Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II. Initial construction of this Website started in April 20, 2002.
Camiguin - A small island province of the Philippines in northern Mindanao is featured in this Website. Known by the locals as "The Island of Your Imagination," Camiguin is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines. It is endowed with far more than its share of natural wonders from volcanoes, hot springs and waterfalls, to coral reefs, black and white sand beaches. With an area of only 300 sq km, Camiguin has some magnificent scenery to offer. You can drive right around the island in just a few hours, a distance of 40 miles (65 kms). Camiguin is often described as a unique combination of unspoiled beauty and old charm. Portrayed in this Website are digital photographs taken by the Hawaiian WebMaster during his visit to Camiguin in June 2002. This Website was constructed in July 14, 2002.
This Land of Aloha - This Website is about the Island of Oahu which is also known as the "gathering place." It is the most populous and the most visited among the Hawaiian Islands. Different topics have been carefully selected to provide visitors a better understanding of what this island paradise has to offer. Learn about its diverse ethnic population, the many beautiful attractions, its holidays and festivals, the ways and customs of the islanders, and its geography. The virtual tour gives one an opportunity to learn more about this ultimate tourist destination & will prove to be an exciting and memorable experience. This Website was constructed in January 2, 2000.
Baguio City Photo Album - A large collection of photographs taken in Baguio City is portrayed in this Website. Here you will find aerial photographs, assorted pictures taken at the Baguio Public Market, and also at various other places in the city such as its most popular scenic sites and landmarks. A number of photographs also portray the view along Kennon Road which one would see when driving up to Baguio. Another interesting set of photographs in this electronic album portrays residents and visitors of the city as they walk down Session Road. The last set of photographs were those which were taken during the 1990 killer earthquake which brought death and destruction to the City of Baguio. There are more photographs in Part 2 of this album. This Website was constructed in October 20, 2000.
Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies - A Website about the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) which is the umbrella organization of the 13 major engineering societies in the State of Hawaii. It identifies the objectives of the Council and provides an ensight into the different annual awards given to Hawaii's outstanding engineers. Also portrayed are the different local activities undertaken during the national observance of engineer's week, the HCES constitution, the officers of the organization, and the Website also provides direct links to the Websites of its different member societies. The monthly electronic edition of the HCES is accessible through this Website for the convenience of its more than 2,000 members. This Website was constructed in November 8, 2001.
The Province of Ilocos Norte - A Webpage portraying the different historical, religious, cultural, and scenic landmarks and attractions of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Included are the following sites which are most visited by foreign and local tourists: Malacanang of the North, Marcos Mausoleum and Museum, Museo Ilocos Norte, Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel, Juan Luna Shrine, Currimao's Nipa Beach Resort, and Salt Making in Pasuquin. Also featured in this webpage are the old churches and bell towers of Paoay, La Virgin Milagrosa Shrine of Badoc, St. William's Cathedral in Laoag, Sta. Monica Church in Sarrat, and the Bacarra Church, The capital city of Laoag is similarly featured and assorted photographs of its downtown are provided. Switch on your speaker and listen to the Ilocano song which is provided as the background music. This webpage was created in April of 2006.
New York City in Autumn - This webpage portrays my most recent visit to the City of New York sometime during the last week of October in 2005. Although I did not have enough time to see all the many beautiful landmarks and attractions of this most populous and most densely populated major city in North America, I was able at least to visit seven - the Statue of Liberty, Chinatown, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ellis Island, and Central Park. These tourist sites are portrayed in detail in this webpage, complete with photographs and an accompanying write-up. Since it was during the Autumn that I visited the city, take time to notice the beautiful fall foliage as portrayed with the other photographs I took at Central Park. Don't forget to listen to the background music as well.
The Eternal City of Rome - "All roads lead to Rome," is an expression the origin of which lays in the Romans' well-deserved reputation for their construction skills. Their network of roads meant that they literally did all lead to Rome. In September of 2004, my wife and I did take one such road that led us to the Eternal City of Rome which is the capital city of Italy and its largest city. Rome is so filled with Christian art and architecture, wonderful sights, cultural exhibits and so much more that the city will astound you. It is fascinating no matter where you look and visiting Rome was for us an experience of a lifetime. Through this webpage, it is my hope that I will be able to share not only the numerous photographs I took during our visit to Rome but also the information I gathered about the different major tourist attractions we saw.
Memorials at The National Mall - A webpage portraying the National Mall of Washington D.C. which I had the chance to visit for the third time during the first week of November in 2005. There is so much to see when visiting the nation's capital and to fully experience the National Mall all in just one day is not enough. The National Mall was intended to be a place to remember American heroes, to celebrate freedom and to be a forum to exercise freedom in the form of protests and rallies. I tried as much as I could to visit the different memorials which included the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the famous Washington Monument. With my digital camera, I recorded by way of photographs all the beautiful landmarks I saw and these you will see as you scroll down this webpage. I have also included a write-up about each of the landmarks portrayed.
Bohol Landmarks and Attractions - This webpage is about the province of Bohol which is now one of the most visited provinces in the Philippines. Bohol is being promoted as "a land of history and natural beauty." Even Tagbilaran, the capital of Bohol Province, is being advertised as "The City of Friendship." This oval-shaped province is located in the central part of the Visayas lying between Cebu in the northwest and Leyte in the northeast and about 700 kilometers directly south of Manila. The island province has an incomparable world of wonders to offer its visitors. Many tourists seeking the simple charm of a rustic retreat have found this in Bohol. The province is a tropical haven of natural beauty and its coastline is skimmed by gentle coves and white sand beaches. It is becoming a popular tourist destination not only among foreign tourists but local visitors as well since it is endowed with natural and historical attractions.
The Province of Ilocos Sur - A Webpage portraying the different historical, religious, cultural, and scenic landmarks and attractions of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Included are the following sites which are most visited by foreign and local tourists: Archbishop Palace & Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, Burgos Museum, Bantay Church and Bell Tower, Pagburnayan (Jar Making Factory), Crisologo Museum, Heritage Village (Mestizo District), Baluarte Mini Zoo, Plaza Salcedo, Plaza Burgos, Leona Florentino House, Mindoro Beach & Playa de Oro Resort, and the Vigan Tourist Park at Mira Hills. The interesting Fish Hunters of Vigan are also featured as well as the capital city of Vigan. Included are assorted photographs of Vigan's downtown which should give an insight into this old city north of Manila. Be sure to switch on your speakers and listen to a popular Ilocano song which is provided as the background music. This webpage was created in May of 2006.
Hawaii's World War II Memorials - Portrayed in this Webpage are the 4 World War II Memorials of Hawaii. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is where the remains of the first casualties on the attack of Pearl Harbor were interred. It was constructed to honor the service, achievements, and sacrifices of the men and women who served in the Pacific during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. The USS Arizona was a battleship which was sank with 1,177 of her crew when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harber on December 7, 1941 and which triggered the involvement of the United States in World War II. The USS Battleship Missouri was the ship where Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepted Japan's surrender on September 2, 1945 which ended World War II. The USS Bowfin Submarine provides visitors get a glimpse of where the crew worked, ate and slept through the patrols it made during the War. A Waterfront Memorial nearby pays tribute to the more than 3,500 submariners and 52 American submarines lost in World War II. This webpage was created in June of 2006.
Ala Moana Beach Park - The Ala Moana Beach Park is just but one of the numerous beach parks owned and maintained by the City and County of Honolulu. The 76-acre park is only a few minutes west of Waikiki on Ala Moana Boulevard and is a favorite among the local residents. It is usually filled with people during weekends who spend hours at the park swimming, surfing, fishing, playing outdoor games, and having family picnics. The beach park has plenty of shaded areas, picnic tables, a white sand beach, shower and toilet facilities. There are coconut trees and a number of other shaded trees that have been planted within the park. The park is well maintained by the City. Within the park is a large open parking space where visitors can park their vehicles.
Honolulu's Chinatown - This webpage portrays Honolulu's Chinatown which has been described as one of Hawaii's most exciting and mysterious neighborhood. The historic district is located in downtown Honolulu, and has long been a popular gathering place for local residents and visitors. Located between Nuuanu Stream and Nuuanu Avenue, Chinatown at one time was the center of Chinese cultural contact on the island. It was also once the center of Honolulu commerce. Chinatown is where the city shopped, ate, and played before the neighborhood fell on hard times. Today, with an influx of new residents and an infusion of public and private money, this 15-block downtown district is alive again.
The MckBrats Webpage - This webpage is envisioned to serve as a means of bringing closer together childhood friends, neighbors, and classmates (or better known as "McBrats") who used to live in Fort William McKinley (now Fort Bonifacio). The Fort is a Philippine military installation located in Makati City which is a suburb of Metro Manila, Philippines. This webpage is also intended to serve as a means or tool for fostering camaderie and friendship among fellow McBrats, keeping each other updated on their current lives, sharing their personal experiences, as well as helping and supporting each other, and at the same time allowing each one to reminisce and cherish memories of their early childhood and young adult life in the Fort. This webpage was created in March of 2007.
Landmarks & Scenic Sites of the City of Baguio - This website portrays Baguio City's landmarks and scenic sites such as: Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Camp John Hay, Lourdes Grotto, Wright Park, Baguio Catholic Cathedral, Philippine Military Academy, Bell Church, Baguio Public Market, Tam-Awan Village and other favorite and popular attractions frequently visited by local and foreign tourists. Nearby landmarks such Ambuklao and Binga Dam are also portrayed. This website was created in December of 2002.
Aerial Photographs of Honolulu - In this webpage are portrayed some aerial photographs taken around the island of Oahu. Depicted are different areas, districts, and familiar landmarks such as downtown Honolulu, Waikiki District, Ala Moana Beach Park, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and others. Photography was undertaken by the HAWAIIAN WEBMASTER on March 10, 2001 on board a 6-seater seaplane, "Fantasy Island," which was chartered for 60 minutes to fly around the island at mid-afternoon. Color film was used during photographs and the prints were subsequently scanned into digital images for portrayal in this webpage. This webpage was created in April of 2001.
BGH School of Nursing Class 62 Reunion - A webpage portraying the 2007 reunion of the Class of 1962, Baguio General Hospital School of Nursing. This reunion, which was attended by 16 classmates and their respective spouses, was held on board the Caribbean Princess. They went on a seven-day cruise of the eastern Caribbean with ports of call at St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Thomas, and the Princess Cays. Portrayed in the webpage are the individual pictures of the classmates and the different pictures taken on board ship and at the three ports of call. Also portrayed is their cruise diary, contact information of the 16 classmates, and a write-up about the ports of call with accompanying photographs. This webpage was created in June of 2007.
Celebrating Christmas & New Year in Honolulu - Christmas is celebrated in most countries around the world, owing to the spread of Christianity and Western culture. Here in Honolulu, we do celebrate Christmas and the coming of the New Year as well. Christmas celebration takes the form of various other traditions and customs, many of which were influenced by ancient winter festivals. In many countries, such as in the Philippines, the United States, and Canada, Christmas traditions include the display of Nativity scenes and Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, and the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Popular Christmas themes include the promotion of goodwill, giving, compassion, and quality family time. This webpage was created to show how we celebrate the Christmas Season here in paradise. This webpage was created in February of 2007.
A Visit to The U.S. Military Academy at West Point - A webpage portraying The United States Military Academy which is also known as West Point, or simply USMA. West Point was first a military post under the command of Benedict Arnold. It was stablished in 1802 and is the oldest military academy in the United States. It is located at West Point, New York, on a scenic overlook of the Hudson River, about 50 miles (80 km) north of New York City. Occupying over 16,000 acres (65 kmē), it is one of the largest school campuses in the world. The post itself was first occupied in 1778, and it is thus the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. Its students are referred to as cadets. Also portrayed in this webpage are some photographs taken during our visit to the Academy. This webpage was created in July of 2007.
Waikiki Beach - Known as Hawaii's visitor mecca, Waikiki is the heart if not the soul of the local tourist industry, where a substantial portion of the State's 6,000,000 annual visitors spend their vacation. Waikiki has always been a dream destination for people from all over the world. On weekends especially, Waikiki beach is alive with surf & canoe riders, and swimmers. Waikiki is reputed to be the most famous beach and is said to be "among the most exquisite, lively, and overdeveloped tropical beach in the world." The beach is one and one-half miles of exquisite white sands and crystal clear blue waters which can be enjoyed by every level of swimmer or surfer. It has been the backdrop for Hollywood movies and the starting place for many a romance. While the beach is a suntanner's paradise, the warm waters are perfect for snorkeling, surfing or just floating on an inflatable raft.
MIT Castle & Cardinal Alumni Association - A webpage portraying the members of the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Castle & Cardinal Alumni Association, Incorporated. The members are graduates of the different classes of the Institute's Advanced ROTC (Reserved Officers Training Corps) program and who have organized themselves for the purpose of promoting fellowship and camaraderie. The majority of the members have served in different branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and some have attained their one-star rank as Brigadier General. The group meets regularly in different designated venues within Metro Manila where they discuss their projects, goals, and objectives. The association has its own elected officers who provide direction and guidance for its members.
ALASKA: The Land of the Midnight Sun - This Website is a narrative account by Juny P. La Putt of what he and his wife Nena visited and saw during their 5-day land tour (June 4 thru 9, 2008) of Alaska and the 7-day cruise (June 9 thru 14, 2008) they took on board the Island Princess from Whittier, Alaska down to Vancouver, British Columbia. Numerous photographs accompany each topic listed and are presented by way of a slideshow. During their cruise they had stops at the following ports of call: Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan which are featured in this Website. Also included are the other places visited by Juny & Nena in British Columbia and Oregon right after their Alaska Tour & Cruise.
A Tour of the Island of Alcatraz - A webpage portraying the Island of Alcatraz. Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. The island was formerly used as a military stockade and later as a maximum security prison. Alcatraz has been home to bank robbers and murderers, Confederate sailors, "renegade" Indians and military deserters. Today, the island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Alcatraz is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Its name comes from the Spanish word for the gannet, a kind of seabird. The island is also known as "The Rock," and it was featured in a movie of the same name. It is home to the now abandoned prison, the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools, a seabird colony, and unique views of the coastline.