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  • FLUX Hawaii | The Charm Issue | Fall 2015 | Hanapēpē, Kaua'i

    The latest issue of FLUX - The Charm Issue - Fall 2015 has been out for a couple months, but don't mistake my delayed post as lack of enthusiasm because I'm actually thrilled to be a contributor to this really awesome publication. The delay is because, you know, life.

    I returned home from Portugal nearly a month ago and found a copy of FLUX in my mail pile. Big thanks to Nella Media Group for sending it (and bigger thanks for asking me to contribute), you all are wonderful. I love so much about this issue, I started photographing the stories I liked - like The Shaka Field Guide cover story by Travis Hancock with stellar images by Jonas Maon - and then I realized I should just tell people to buy the issue rather than try to show it in low-res photos, ha.

    There are great articles ranging from indigo dyeing to the valet industry to mango desserts to weatherman Guy Hagi, and more. And then there's my little article on things to see and do in Hanapēpē, "Kaua'i's biggest little town." I was excited to have an excuse to explore this historic town earlier in the year. I'm including more photos that didn't make the print edition, and you can read the article here: Itinerary: Hanapēpē.

    The Art of Marbling - Becky Wold

    Hanapēpē Swinging Bridge

    Little Fish Coffee

    Salt Pond Beach Park

    J J Ohana's Ni'ihau Shell Jewelry - Gale Sagucio

    Then there's Taro Ko. Also located in Hanapēpē, this tiny taro chip company warranted its own story, but I have to add that it's a must-see/eat if you are in the 'hood. I couldn't find a link to the article written by Coco Zickos so you'll have to pick up a print copy to read it. I'm including more photos because Dale Nagamine and Stanley Sakoda amazed me in many ways and totally made my day. Partly because it took 20 minutes to get Dale to tell me his name. He's shy.

    Pick up a copy of FLUX - The Charm Issue (you have until the end of October) and don't miss Sonny Ganaden's "Blooming Romance" on Hawaii's wedding industry. It's funny, poignant and true. And on that note, I'm off to shoot a wedding in Waikiki. ;) Happy Aloha Friday!

  • Kikaha by Island Air | My First Cover

    I started writing this weeks ago and got too busy to finish it...so here's a quick post featuring the fabulousness that is the Jan/Feb/Mar 2015 issue of Kikaha by Island Air. I may be biased regarding its awesomeness because it's my first cover! Last year marked the first time I was ON a cover (HAWAII Magazine's Outdoors Issue - truly hilarious as I am clearly no model) but this time I SHOT it! And even better, the model/subject/author is my dear friend and writer/chef extraordinaire Jennifer Hee aka Lady Awesome.

    I'm excited because the magazine looks great, the paper feels rich and hearty, and the articles are thoughtful and well-written. You'd expect nothing less from Nella Media Group, the people who bring you publications such as FLUX, Foundry, Room + Service, and more. You have to fly Island Air to pick up a copy of the magazine, so go book your tickets now!

    You can read Jenn's full article here: The Infinite Yield of Foraging - unfortunately, not all of the photos are shown. I disabled comments on my blog but feel free to profess your love for her raw and beautiful writing on my facebook page. :) Seriously, she's my favorite writer. (I did a quick mental scan through my immediate family to make sure that comment wouldn't offend anyone.)

    I'm posting more photos from the shoot that didn't make the cut. SADLY, the baby goat triplets didn't make it either. I know these look very similar to my previous foraging and baby goats photos, but I swear they are all different!

    I was fortunate to contribute photos to two articles in this publication - the second is Jon Letman's Making a Mark featuring Patrick Dougherty's incredible stickwork sculpture at McBryde Botanical Garden on Kaua'i. The talented John Hook took the "making of" photos and I shot the finished sculpture. I'll share more on that story later because it is worthy of its own post.

    I hope you enjoy the article and photos. Many thanks to Jenn, Anna, and the NMG team for this opportunity!

  • Kikaha Magazine: Urban Foraging + Baby Goats

    About a month ago my friend, Jennifer Hee, asked me to take photos for a story on urban foraging that she was writing for Kikaha Magazine.

    I was excited to collaborate because saying I heart Hee is a huge understatement. And because I knew it would be a fun adventure. On our previous foraging excursion Jenn sank knee-deep into maggot-filled muck while reaching for pohole. Ten minutes later, after she washed off the maggots in the stream, I found a baby centipede wiggling on her back. I managed to escape the expedition unscathed, save for the 20+ mosquito bites I got through my pants. Fun times. But really, it was. 

    The plan was to go to the same spot for foraging photos, then to Pauoa Valley to take photos of the kids. And by kids I mean triplet baby goats! Swoon.

    I've been told I can post B-roll shots for now. These are more like C-roll, C for super freaking CUTE.

    Look out for Jenn's article in Kikaha Magazine's upcoming issue. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these adorable kids. I know it's a lot of goats, but scroll to the end. You won't be disappointed. :)

    Weeee!

  • Edible Hawaiian Islands - Winter 2014

    Last Sunday I attended the Winter 2014 issue release party for Edible Hawaiian Islands at Taste in Kaka'ako.  The vibe was lighthearted and organic, echoing the tone of the quarterly publication.  Jennifer and Christina Hee (above left and right, respectively) of Kale’s Natural Foods and macrobiotic chef Leslie Ashburn catered the delicious event.

    I was fortunate to contribute photos to Catherine Toth’s article Gooch Goes Raw detailing local chef Mark Noguchi’s vegan “cooking class” with the Hee sisters.  My photos are nothing extraordinary, but being my first publication I was excited to see the issue.  I loved the hearty, raw feel of the paper in my hands.  Pick up a copy for interesting reads and healthy recipes. 

    Printed publications may limit the number of photos per story, but blogs do not!  We had even more fun than showed up on paper…here are some photos that didn’t make the cut.

    Special thanks to Edible Hawaiian Islands for the opportunity, and Jenn, Christina, Gooch and Cat for the entertainment!