Eating Sunday.

Mmm, I love a sunday spent with friends driving to the north shore to eat and be merry. The weather was poops so we concentrated on making our bellies happy. We literally ate all day. It was awesome! I love spending time with Lucky and Mandy, two of my favourite people in Hawaii and the world. Bradley and I had a great day and so did, Vito – one of my favourite furry friends. Fun was had by all. Thank you, Hawaii, for all the wonderful moments and memories.








Anger.

I beg of you to think. To feel. To understand the wrongs and the rights. To question everything, to look beyond what is in front of you. To understand the agendas, the misinterpretations of societal norms, the inequality, the hate.

When I talk about politics or social justice issues, I talk about fire. I talk about things that are hot – that are not right in this world and I know this makes some people angry because it shatters their world view. It makes them question all the things they were told to believe in. It makes them look at themselves.

Gratitude.

I am thankful to the kind, houseless people in Chinatown who graciously let me take their photo.
These images speak to me of larger problems. Of a nation with some of the richest people in the world and some of the poorest. It speaks to me of the inability of capitalism to provide for people. It also speaks to me about the need for public healthcare in the United States. “A world superpower” ???, I think not.

How can you be homeless in your own homeland?

enter my life.


one of those days.

Gah, I had one of those days where shooting with film goes bad. I had just walked around china town with my friend and fellow photographer, Ashley and I had decided to shoot with my new hasselblad. I had shoot with it before and the photos generally came out quite well except for today. I had taken some beautiful portraits of the homeless people in chinatown and I just knew that these would be gorgeous photos. After we had finished shooting, I headed straight to Rainbow photo where I get some of my 120 film developed and when I got there I decided to call Brad and take my film out at the same time. MISTAKE. I had forgotten to rewind the film and when I opened it, I totally exposed it. AAAAHHHHHH. I felt sick. Goodbye photos. I took the roll into the lab anyway in some hope, one photo might have survived. I’ll find out tomorrow if that is the case. But my bad luck with film didn’t end there. I went to Hawaii Pacific Photo to pick up my other film and when I got there, I discovered that I had shot in the wrong exposure for indoors and all of my military photos, did not come out very well. So SAD. I had gone all the way out to Kapolei to shoot again and there were all my little film babies, ruined.

I know that none of this is a total disaster but when you put effort and soul into you work and you see how many beautiful shots just faded into the past, well, it kind of breaks your heart.

children.

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable. – Kahlil Gibran

beauty.


In beauty I walk

With beauty before me I walk

With beauty behind me I walk

With beauty above me I walk

With beauty around me I walk

It has become beauty again – Navajo prayer

LO’I KALO

Yesterday, I was very blessed to be asked to help work in the Lo’i Kalo (Taro Patch). My friend, Andi asked me if I wanted to join and of course, I said yes immediately. It was such a beautiful experience and I loved the feeling of being one with the land. Such an incredible, spiritual time. Not only did I get to interact with the land but I also got to meet some extraordinary people. The kind of people who change the world. Auntie Ku’uipo and Uncle Steve own and run the farm and they are such beautiful souls and so welcoming. Andi is also a teacher at Waialua and I got to meet her fellow colleagues and kids. Everyone was so amazing. It’s really nice being around children and see the way they look at the world and how they are learning such important life lessons when they get to do things like cleaning the taro fields.

Hawaii is that kind of place. The kind where you meet amazing people every day. People who are passionate about their aina, their culture and their nation. People who are passing down their knowledge – cultural practitioners. People who understand how fragile and important it is to teach the future generations about traditional practices.

Working in the taro patch beside all of these amazing people reinstated how healing and important the idea of community is and how much you can get done when you work together.

Hawaii No Ka Oi.









mix bag of recent photos i’ve taken….

every photo is like family to me. i love them all, equally and for different reasons.




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