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Stephanie Arne

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Stephanie Arne

I first met Stephanie when she was a semi-finalist in the nationwide contest search for Wild Kingdom’s next Wild Guide. I created a website for her to showcase her life-long devotion to animals, travel, and education, and also did a photo-shoot to provide her with a headshot to send to all the journalists asking for an interview. We had so much fun taking photos that we also went into a nearby forest and continued the shoot to show off her athletic and gymnastic abilities. Stephanie went on to win the contest and is now the host of the Wild...

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Wayfinder Wong Joining Hokule’a For Brazil Trip

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Wayfinder Wong Joining Hokule’a For Brazil Trip

Published in Windward Oahu Voice, a Midweek publication, for the week of December 16, 2015 Ask someone close to him to describe Kaleomanuiwa Wong, and you’ll hear words like ‘olu‘olu and ha‘aha‘a (kind, pleasant, and humble). There would also comparisons to PWO (master) navigator, Bruce Blankenfeld, and for good reason: Bruce has mentored Wong since he was a Kaiser High Student (as was Bruce), and in mid-December, Wong will fly to Cape Town, South Africa to join him as a navigator for the Hokule‘a on a journey to Brazil across more than 3,000...

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Secret Beach

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Secret Beach

Morning comes slowly, like a curtain of sunlight drawn in front of the eyes of God.  The stars fade to memory, swallowed by the blue. We turn to embrace the day....

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Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens

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Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens

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Byodoin Temple

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Byodoin Temple

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Nuuanu Park

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Nuuanu Park

When confronted with another’s pain, we often try to transmute it into a lesson, or place it in the hands of time’s healing grace, or call it “God’s will.” We try to turn their pain into something that we can bypass, or overcome, or embrace as a holy requirement. Or we simply turn away. We do the same with our own pain, but no matter how we try to hold our wounds together, they still hurt. I took these photos of a friend that was hurting. I wanted to give her a simple gift — of forgetting, for a brief time,...

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