Rene Matthyssen

Mr. Rene Matthyssen
Favorite place in Hawaii?
West Side Oahu.
One thing you can't live without?
What are you doing when you aren't working?
Thinking about work.
Favorite FITTED hat?
Anything black on black.
What inspires you?
Being original.


Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

m 1

Can you think of a better way to celebrate a 1st birthday than on a remote motu off the coast of Moorea? Me neither! Yes, we broke from tradition and all that comes with the customary Hawaiian baby luau. Oh well, the decision was made, tickets were bought, and the accommodations booked–no turning back now. My apologies to all the family and friends who could not attend. We arrived on Moorea a couple days before Rell’s birthday. The weather was ok, but the winds were less than pleasant at a howling 30+ knts. The winds turned the normally tranquil lagoons into a choppy mess, which had me secretly questioning our decision to celebrate her birthday this far from home. As luck would have it, on Rell’s actual birthday, we awoke to the most flawless weather with dead winds and sunny skies. Leave it to baby Rell to bring out the sunshine!

Our local captain, Stephane, gave us the all clear. We boarded his 26ft twin hull Tahitian cruiser and began our day. Immediately departing the dock, his fist mate treated us all to cups filled with local rum punch made from freshly squeezed fruits. Let’s just say, it hit the spot! For the next 6 hours or so, captain and crew took us to all of their favorite spots in bays both big and small. The landscape was just as intoxicating as the rum punch! We finally tied up to a buoy at Coco beach for our intimate birthday “picnic” luau. Just imagine the K-bay sandbar, but with much warmer and clearer water, friendly sharks and rays swimming between your legs…ok, never mind, it’s not even close! Tables and chairs were set up, bbq grill was lit, sashimi was sliced, fish were cleaned, pasta was tossed, and wine bottles were opened–all under the sun-drenched French Polynesian sky! We all sang happy birthday to Rell with a live acoustic guitar jamming at the same time. Sometimes things just work out!

As anyone that has traveled with a small child knows, it comes with its challenges and extra baggages. A huge mahalo goes out to Uncle Kai for helping with all of the heavy lifting during all legs of our journey, as well as setting up some of the highlight activities–jet skis were epic! Another honorable mention goes to Auntie Dee for being Capri’s constant companion and keeping the fun levels on point–selfie game was tight! Capri, you are the best big sister anyone could ever want–your unselfish behavior was admirable. The biggest credit goes to mama Kristen for planning this destination birthday, as well as keeping baby Rell soothed and calm the entire trip! Well done rad mom!

Happy 1st birthday baby Rell! We love you! The look of joy on your face and the sound of your booming laughter are priceless. Love and aloha – Dad

m 2

m 3

m 4

m 5

m 6

m 7

m 8

m 9

m 10

m 11

m 12

m 14

m 15

m 16

m 17

m 18

m 19

m 20


Friday, July 28th, 2017


Thursday, July 13th, 2017


Thursday, July 13th, 2017


Summer on the south shore is hard to beat as you can see. Huge mahalos to uncle Paul Kema for this classic shot! In this world of disposable digital images please believe that I will be printing this pic of my first born in action and putting it in the photo album for the trip down memory lane later in life. Cheers – RM


Saturday, July 1st, 2017


Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

H 1

H 2

H 3

H 4

H 5

H 6

H 7

H 8

H 9

Ocean photos by Pono Cambell
Aerial photos by Zak Noyle


Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

T 1


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Kahakai Days from Jensen Young Sik on Vimeo.


Monday, May 22nd, 2017


Headed out early Sunday morning for some east side adventure with Capri and her bff Vai’iti. Dropped anchor at our destination just about the same time most kids are finishing their first bowl of Fruity Peebles. Short swim to the rocky coastline and the girls were off and running. Too blessed to be stressed… lucky you live Hawaiʻi! Aloha – RM






Tuesday, April 18th, 2017


Quick booze cruise with the boyz to Molos last week, and when I say booze cruise I mean that Capt. and crew were in full tilt mode from the night before when I showed up at the HK ramp at 4am. I was no exception having been forced to drink some brown fire water with my father in-law the previous evening. Even though I managed to get a full nights sleep it didn’t stop me from burping up the toxic scotch fumes before our departure. We managed to launch the boat and navigate the technical harbor exit without incident regardless of our inebriated state of mind. It wasn’t easy, neither was keeping my dinner down. All four courses were spewed all over the ocean like a chunky green oil slick only a few minutes into our crossing. Oh well it happens to the best of us. When the sun finally rose and the lures were in the water everyone seemed a bit more relaxed, myself included. Capt. C-Bal activated the auto pilot and retreated to his bunk for some much needed r&r, he didn’t reappear until he heard the rawkus from his crew at the stern… double Mahi hook up will wake anyone up! It was total chaos with bean bags flying all over the place as the sleep deprived crew scrambled to get both fish in the boat. The Capt. seemly unimpressed or simply to tired to give a fuck peeked out of the cabin and said “handle that boys” and went back to his bunk. Classic. Good thing his first mate Mr. Cassanova was on board and still awake because he took charge and we had both fish landed but not without our full concentration. Mr. Cassanova then turned up the Jawaiian jams and proceeded to serve some of the best damn sweet bread sliders I have ever tasted. My belly was happy and finally feeling strong enough to begin my own rehydration with cuzzo lights. With 2 fish in the box the lures were pulled in and we motored down the coast a bit, this coast is so freaking photogenic that one just can’t help but act like a tourist and start snapping away pics. And snap away we did. Many Mahalos to Capt. and crew for another successful channel crossing! Aloha – until next time. – RM









Editor’s note : It is advised that when embarking on an all day boat trip starting in the early AM hours that one refrains from drinking alcohol the night before and gets a minimum of six hours sleep.