RELL SUNSHINE

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 by

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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

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TOWN VIBES

Friday, July 28th, 2017 by

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SOUTH SHORE SUMMER FUN

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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

FAMILY BUSINESS

Saturday, July 1st, 2017 by

OHANA WAʻA

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Ocean photos by Pono Cambell
Aerial photos by Zak Noyle

TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 by

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KAHAKAI DAYS

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 by

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MOKOLIʻI

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 by

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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

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CHRISTMAS IN APRIL

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by

BLUE ROOM

CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
By Haylee Watson

When I got the chance to design a hat last spring for the Hui 2016 Collection, I decided to base my design on a space which always inspired me, The Blue Room, in ʻIolani Palace. I was inspired by the room’s intricate designs and bold royal blue and contrasting golden hues. About a year later, a man named Brian Mikami messaged me and said he received The Blue Room Slaps Wind for Christmas from one of his sons. He was super stoked about the hat because he had done work on The Blue Room. Brian upholstered and restored much of the furniture in The Blue Room. In fact, the final chair that he upholstered for the room was dropped off at ʻIolani Palace on Christmas morning in 1991!! After sharing his awesome story and a brief history of ʻIolani Palaceʻs Blue Room, he invited me to come check out his workshop near Kapahulu.

Kauwila, Lily, and I went to Brianʻs workshop and man, did we get the coolest history lesson! Brian showed us pictures, invoices, and even letters he saved from when he was working on The Blue Room furniture. He showed us pictures of special knotting techniques he used, horsehair that was in the furniture from the original Palace furniture, and even a picture of the couch that had a bullet shot! He began discussing the process of upholstery for the pieces and told us about a traditional technique called spit tacking. A spit tacker would load tacks in their mouth and spit them out onto a magnetic head of a hammer, then they would hammer the tack into the upholstery to hold down the fabric. He said some professionals would take out all their teeth to make the process quicker, and some who accidentally swallow tacks, would quickly eat bread so they wouldn’t slash up their insides or tear a hole when it came out the other end. We also got the chance to see and touch the silk fabric he used to upholster the Blue Room pieces. Amazingly the silk fabric was all hand-made for the Palace by Scalamandré, an American fabric company who did prints for The White House and castles throughout Europe. Later on, Brian was kind enough to give us a piece of that fabric.

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We would like to give a huge mahalo to Brian Mikami for sharing a literal piece of history, as well as sharing your detailed craftsmanship and process. It was like Christmas in April! Not only did we leave with new insights and a silk piece of history, we also left with Brianʻs inspiration. We were reminded to never let your craftsmanship skill down, and were reaffirmed to do what you are passionate about, and just enjoy life. ALOHA SERVED DAILY.

Mahalo Nui,
Haylee