Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bring your Seatback to its Upright Position: Hana Hou! Magazine

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Yes, there really is a grove of 80-year old Douglas fir trees in Hawaii.It’s shrunk from 200 seedlings to not more than a dozen mature trees, but the effect is still magnificent!

For my first publication in Hana Hou! magazine, I’m lucky to be able to offer a story that not many people know about. I’ve been following the David Douglas story for some time, and in 2009 I was the locations guy for a group of filmmakers from Oregon. Their film, “Finding David Douglas,” tells the story of the Scottish botanist/explorer, who died under mysterious circumstances on the slopes of Mauna Kea. When they told me they were coming back to put up a new plaque at Kaluakauka, the Doctor’s Pit, the place where he died, I had to go there and photograph their work. I’m glad that the folks at Hana Hou! Magazine thought the story worthy of publication. Photographically, my contribution is unique in that 1/3rd of their selections were shot on 6×6 film with a Pentacon Six, an ancient East German camera. Matt, thanks for not having a heart attack when I said I was going to shoot film… or WAS that a heart attack?

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Kalai Kiʻi: Kanani Kaʻulukukui

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Sometimes projects take a while to come together. Iʻve been following this story since I first stumbled into it in 2012. Now, Iʻm presenting a new gallery, a series of my photographs from last summer with Kanani Kaʻulukukui.  I first met Kanani during a shoot for a multi-screen (10!) video art installation at the Kepo’okalani Interpretive Center in Kona for the Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust. He was one of our cultural advisors, freely sharing with us his skill and knowledge. Although he works in many different forms, Kanani’s carving is most prized, and is featured in installations at a growing number of residences, cultural sites, and heiau. I look forward to working with Kanani again soon— his work is infused with his spirit.

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