After two days of Search, Social Media and Sunshine in Honolulu, PubCon Paradise wrapped up with an after party at Jimmy Buffett’s Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. I almost decided not to bring my camera but I’m glad I did. It was after dark so I mounted up a Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens, grabbed a locally brewed Longboard Lager, and started capturing some photographs. Here’s what we got…
Seen here relaxing on an outdoor patio in Waikiki, Aaron Shear, spoke on content strategies and an expert spotlight session on SEO for large-scale websites.
Working in Waikiki was tough work for everyone. When not speaking at the conference, there was a constant battle of whether to work on a laptop in the hotel room or get outside for some sun and mai tais. Oh the struggles of life is an SEO.
Coming all the way from Hamburg Germany for PubCon in Hawaii, Axel Metayer, was a perfect photography subject. I love when friends just carry about with what they’re doing while I take their photos.
Social media scientist, Dan Zarrella, showed us the scientific approach to getting the brass ring on the hook. You had to be there, it was an addicting activity.
Alison Zarrella shows her excitement for Dan’s bar game accomplishments. At PubCon, Alison spoke about Facebook marketing, and she was also part of the Monday Search/Social Media training.
Not to be outdone by SEOs visiting from the mainland, a local shows us some real skill in balancing cups on one’s head. He did this all night, and I think 4 cups was the maximum I saw him balancing, never dropped one. Tricks like that really come in handy at parties.
The location was perfect for a conference after party, and it was great to see spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, and significant others joining us for a good time on a Wednesday night in Honolulu.
Even Brian Massey got out of his conversion scientist lab coat to enjoy good times with friends and conference goers. Brian also spoke during the Masters session and he’s a regular speaker at PubCon.
We were in Waikiki, so wearing flowers in one’s hair was a regular thing to do. The colors in Honolulu were great for taking photographs, and when not taking pictures of people, had to settle for photographing birds. They were quite colorful too.
Having a great time in Honolulu, Scott Cowley got into the spirit with a fresh Hawaiian flower lei, and a smile. Gingers make for great photographs.
Top gun fisherman Todd Malicoat bought me a cheeseburger, so he gets additional extra bonus points for being an awesome dude. I got really hungry taking photographs and I missed out on the nachos being served in the bar. Michael Bonfils spoke on international search and destination SEO, and I have to say that it was really cool PubCon had sessions dedicated to travel & tourism, and even local search for the Honolulu area.
Also visiting Hawaii from Germany was Ralf Schwoebel, and it was good to see Webmasterworld people like Roger Montti (Martinibuster) making the trip as well. This was the first time PubCon was in Hawaii, there’s lots of us hoping it’s going to be a regular thing. Thanks to Michael for buying the beer on Monday nights first networking party of the week. Was great to see sponsors supported the effort in Hawaii, and it was really great to see people stayed for the sessions, even when it was so beautiful outside.
Scott Cowley wasn’t the only ginger in the room, Sarah Carling got in a few of my photographs as well. For PubCon, Sarah spoke on convergence of social media and search. I’m discovering there’s far too many photographs for a single blog post, so I’m posting the PubCon Paradise Afterparty Waikiki set to Flickr.