Haani Raine

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Since Haani Raine and her mother moved back to Hawaii, I’ve been wanting to photograph her. She’s a tiny little girl from the mainland with strong island roots and a happy personality. Her mother, Rochelle, is one of the strongest, nurturing women I know. Yesterday was Rochelle’s birthday and as a small gift, I did a “Mommy+Me” shoot for her. Enjoy only a few of the best shots…

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This last shot is one my faves. It truly shows off Haani’s personality. I hope you enjoy these Rochelle, Happy Birthday!

Statehood never looked so good…well, the weekend line-up at least

yoza_release_party_750I’m pretty stoked for Yoza’s CD Release. Let’s all hold hands, lift our drinks up and celebrate this talented woman’s success tomorrow night at The Republik.

1093785_645573962119860_575545001_oAnother fun one is this month’s Honolulu Night + Market. They got the most interesting vendors in town and ono grinds. Pencil this in.

 

Finding inner peace

photoHow did this summer fly by so fast?! I couldn’t catch it. Probably because I’m out of breath all the time. Well now is the right time to get back to breathing and finding inner peace and happiness. Namaste.

DIY Nails

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I’m so far behind on the whole DIY nail trend. Here’s my take on it. Pretty crappy. But I love the colors.

Saying Goodbye

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It’s so sad to say goodbye to my HPU familia. I’ll definitely miss my colleagues and students. HPU is the second university I’ve taught at and it has been the most stress-free and relaxing job I’ve ever had. My colleagues are caring, creative and insightful. They’ve given me career and life advice that I’ll probably refer to time and time again.

Teaching others the Spanish language and culture is something that sort of fell into my lap and I thank God for the wonderful experience. As for my students, they’ve opened my eyes to new things throughout the years.

One of my biggest accomplishments is inspiring one of my students to apply for grad school and become a Spanish teacher. I like to think of it as a perfect way to (maybe temporarily) end my career in education. I’ve contributed one more Spanish teacher to the world.

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I’m so lucky to have met one of my good friends, Sue Haglund (on my left), while working at HPU. She kicks okole in everything that she does and is finishing up her dissertation this year. She, too, has opened my eyes to new things and always offers another perspective. As for the rest of my HPU family, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with you all!

I finally got my weekends back!

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Here’s a healthy toast to free weekends!

My bestie and Aunty went to the swap meet yesterday. Nothing but overpriced touristy goodness. All I got was some fresh coconut juice. Photo taken with my crappy iPhone. 🙂

My new job at Easter Seals Hawaii, a Chicago conference and a new life mission

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I’m proud to say that I’m a new member of the development team at Easter Seals Hawaii! I never thought I would get back into public relations and marketing until my good friend Umma recommended that I apply for an open position. Upon my first week on the job, I was told that I would be flying to Chicago for a marketing and public relations conference at the Easter Seals headquarters. It was amazing and eye-opening. I’ve met some really altruistic and insanely intelligent marketing and PR managers that dedicate their lives to the beneficiaries of Easter Seals.

In addition to meeting fellow public relations and marketing managers and learning about the impact of having a news background (which I am very proud of), I was given a personal tour of the headquarters office in Willis Tower. I instantly became inspired by the quote that is embedded into the wall of the lobby. “Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take…but by what we give,” said the founder of Easter Seals, Edgar Allen. This is something I’ll have to frame in my office to remind me of my mission in case any unnecessary stress arrives.

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After the conference, I did some exploring on my own. It was my first time in Chicago and I had never seen snow until this Wednesday. Crazy, huh? Aside from freezing my tail off, it was nice to see what people in Chicago ate, wore and behaved. Based on my observations over the past three days, I can tell you a few things: Chicagoans love sandwiches, pizza, dark clothes and they always joke around. Although I wasn’t a deep-dish fanatic, I did enjoy the regular pizza and cafes on every corner. People in Chicago love their coffee, heck, if it were 30 degrees out, I’d love coffee that much too. I ran into every coffee shop on every corner just to warm up. This island girl can’t take the cold weather! Can you see my teeth chattering in the first photo?

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This photo pretty much sums up my experience. I took a head cold and a new life mission as souvenirs and I’m full of ideas for my new job. Now preparing for takeoff…here we go!