Photographer Stan Honda in Haleakala National Park



Photographer Stan Honda talks with Big Blend Radio about his month-long National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) artist residency at Haleakalā National Park in Maui, Hawaii. Plus, Tanya Ortega, Founder of NPAF,  discusses the foundation’s unique artist residency opportunities in parks across the country.

Astrophotographer Stan Honda is an experienced photojournalist who now works with natural landscapes — usually night-time panoramas — that fuse sky and earth.

Honda has long wanted to work extensively at Haleakalā and believes the volcanic island park is an ideal location for dark sky photography. Honda is a passionate defender of the increasingly rarer night sky light that is provided by starlight and the moon. “No one can travel back in time and photograph the ancient night sky. But it is possible to photograph an area such as Haleakalā today and say, “This is the sky that could be seen 100 or more years ago and with careful preservation, the same vista will be seen 100 years or more from now.”

Honda is a New York-based photographer who worked as a photojournalist for 34 years, most recently for Agence France-Presse (AFP), the French news agency. For 16 years at AFP he photographed news and sports in New York City and around the U.S., including the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the aftermath; post-war Iraq in 2003 and 2004. More at

“We are pleased to again partner with the National Parks Arts Foundation and Mr. Honda as he experiences the beauty, solitude, and wilderness that has inspired generations of artists who have explored Haleakalā,” said superintendent Natalie Gates.

Haleakalā National Park supports Native Hawaiian sites, stories, and traditions; and protects diverse ecosystems which are home to species found nowhere else on earth. More at

The National Parks Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the National Parks through creating dynamic opportunities for artworks that are based in our natural and historic heritage. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors of all sorts ranging from corporate sponsors, small businesses, and art patrons and citizen-lovers of the parks. More at


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