Category Archives: Photojournalism

Kalai Kiʻi: Kanani Kaʻulukukui

Kalai Ki'i

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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Happy New Year… Got Fish?

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I’d been meaning to shoot the Honolulu Fish Auction for a while now, but the 4AM call time is pretty rough. Last night, it dawned on me that there isn’t a better time to go there than the New Year’s Eve ahi battle. This is it, the Super Bowl of fish buying and selling! So, I grabbed two bodies, the Fuji x100s and the Panasonic GH3 with the Nocticron, and waded in. It’s a feast for the eyes— there’s so much going on. It’s a man’s world; there are very few women around. Funny thing— many of the guys wear camo and hunting gear hats. Fisherman as hunters? I guess so. There’s ice everywhere, fish blood, pallets whizzing by… great fun! A good place to practice “seeing.” Thanks, guys, for letting me into your world.

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Huang Xiaoming!



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October 4, 2014

Saturday night at Honolulu’s Hughes Corporation IBM Building was an amazing celebration of Chinese film and China’s hottest film star, Huang Xioming. I was there to capture the event for the good folks at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Poised to explode on screens around the world, the “heartthrob of China” is as nice as he is handsome. And, he’s easy to find: just look for the flock of beautiful women! He was presented with HIFF’s  2014 Special Achievement Award. Look for him in the upcoming John Woo film, The Crossing.

The evening also officially launched the Hawaii International Film Festival Foundation which endeavors to recognize and support emerging talent, promote original collaborations through innovative education programs and facilitate cultural exchange through the cinematic arts. Also attending was Chinese mega-star Yue Sai Kan, the “Oprah” of China, and

•in red: Nora Xu, 2014 Miss Universe China
•in blue: Karen Hu, runner up, 2014 Miss Universe China

Catch the excitement here— RED CARPET VIDEO:

Huang Xiaoming at HIFF




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