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  • February 14, 2017

    MEET MARK & MIGUEL

    The mysterious and alluring island of Kaua‘i was the perfect place for Mark Healey to meet Miguel Rodriguez. Mark, a world-renowned waterman and big wave surfer, makes his home on O‘ahu. Miguel, who hails from Peru, chose to put down roots on an island in the same ocean as Mark, but in the much colder Pacific Northwest. As they explored the more secluded spots of Kaua‘i, they found that a life surrounded by water has deeply shaped them both.
    MARK HEALEY
    Global Waterman / Founder of Healey Water Ops
    O‘ahu, Hawaii
    MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ
    Photographer / Surfer
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    MARK HEALEY
    Check out a few of Mark's favorite water-worthy styles
    MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ
    Explore Miguel's favorite styles
  • February 13, 2017

    KEOLA SEQUEIRA: THE ART OF KYUDO

    A testament to the diversity of the Hawaiian islands, master canoe builder Keola Sequeira, one of Hawaii’s celebrated wood craftsmen shows us his favorite pastime, the Japanese art of Kyudo.Filmed at the historic Lahaina Jodo Mission in Maui.

  • February 13, 2017

    DOWN. UNDER. UP.

    KICKING DOWN I FOLLOWED A RAY OF LIGHT ALONG THE WALL. FROM THE SURFACE I HAD SEEN THE ARCH THROUGH THE MAZE OF CORAL SOME 20 FEET BELOW AND I SET ABOUT TO DIVE DOWN TO IT. ONE DEEP BREATH, AND KICKING LIKE A METRONOME I MADE MY WAY ALONG.

    DOWN. UNDER. UP. I WAS FREE DIVING, IN A SENSE.

    Breaking through the shimmer of blue, I spat out the last of my breath blithely into the sun, aware that I had accomplished what I set out to do. I might have also seen a turtle. I think the bottom was sandy. Perhaps I saw an octopus but probably just a plastic bag. I was supposed to be at work, being creative. I was in the water for fun. As it were, the responsibilities of one were strangling the magic of the other.

    I dove again concentrating on not concentrating on my breath holds. In my mind, I wandered my house, recalling my things and what I still had to do today, so that as I swam deeper I wouldn’t think about the pain in my chest as my lungs curled tighter. As I passed under the arch I panicked because, though I’d been here before, I realized I had just crossed the point of no return and I couldn’t fight the irrational thoughts about being trapped. Every part of me screamed to breathe. I flailed wildly for a second, catching my heel on the arch and scaring myself into a frenzied sprint to the surface.

    Safe, I rolled prone through the crystalline water, breathing haggardly through my snorkel, noticing for a moment the warm sun on my back as I starfished across the surface, laughing as a way to forget, and determined to find my next “adventure.” But lolling with the swell, things started to come loose. I could hear the water washing across the shore more than the lists in my head. I didn’t much care anymore that I needed to get back.

    I dove again, but this time followed an uhu, smiling because he was turquoise and pink and was rowing his fins lazily in the way that parrot fish do. The noise that I’d brought down bubbled away. I realized I had been missing something. I could hear the whale songs, and my heartbeat. I noticed past the edges of myself.

    I found the skylight in the lava tube and dove to the arch again. Coral broke the startling blue in fans and heads of riotous color. I was sure that Dr. Seuss must have been a free diver; bulbous, pointy, round and spiraled, the ocean makes shapes in colors we only dream about. Moorish idols, yellow tangs, unicorns, butterflies, sergeant majors, surgeons and puffers darted past, parades of color rolling in the gentle swell.

    I followed a ray of light across the coral wall. One deep breath, and kicking like a metronome I made my way along. Down. Under. Up. I was free.

    About the Author:

    Jennifer Holcomb is a writer and editor who concerns herself with tales of adventure and water, usually together, from her base in San Clemente, California.

  • February 13, 2017

    LAUREN BARTLETT: THE OCEAN TAKES YOU HOME

    Join waterwoman, wife, mother, and Olympic athlete Lauren Bartlett, for a run on Maui’s Haleakalā volcano and a training paddle on the world famous Maliko downwind run.

  • February 13, 2017

    DO YOU DREAM OR DO YOU PLAN?

    The sun was beating down on us and we were aching all over. Our packs were weighing us down and our blisters were on fire. I held my breath around the dodgy corners so I wouldn’t slip and tumble to my death. We completely underestimated how tough this hike would be.

    After two nights of camping on the remote Kalalau Beach, my boyfriend and I were heading back to civilization along the Kalalau Trail, a rugged 11-mile hike hugging the cliffs of Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast.

    We had a running joke, “How much money would it take for you to walk allllllll the way back to camp and then walk alllllllll the way back?!” my boyfriend asked.

    “There’s no way… I physically couldn’t do it. I would die,” was my response.

    A young couple from Germany caught up with us for a snack break. We throw our packs down and perch ourselves on the side of the rocky cliff overlooking the vibrant blue and green tropical coastline. The view is so stunning it looks fake. Aside from the occasional tourist helicopter buzzing overhead, we are the only 4 spectators watching the waves crash violently into the rocks down below. We sit completely exhausted in our Clif bar eating trances and wait for a cool ocean breeze to come by and slap us back to life.

    Breaking the silence I asked them, “What part of Germany are you from?”

    “Bavaria…where are you from?” the tall young German guy asked as the sweat dripped into his face.

    “Southern California…so what brings you to Hawaii?” I asked.

    “We’re 6 months into our year long round-the-world trip.”

    I gasped then responded, “Really?? We’re dying to plan an around-the-world trip one day.”

    Without hesitation he looked me dead in the eye and in his German accent he simply responded, “Do you dream or do you plan?”

    I shuddered as it sunk in instantaneously. “One day” doesn’t exist on the calendar. This guy was right. Maybe it was the sweltering heat, maybe it was because I was chewed up and spit out by this 22-mile trek, but his simple, straightforward, no BS response has resonated with me ever since.

    While stretching out my sore knees, I looked at my boyfriend and asked, “So… what would it take for you to go allllllllll the way around the world and back?

    Do you dream? Or do you plan? Make it happen.

    About the Author:

    Leah Sakellarides lives in southern California and writes about adventure and travel on her lifestyle blog, STATE of ROAM. Read more at stateofroam.com.

  • February 13, 2017

    ARCHIE KALEPA: FOIL BOARDING

    Legendary Hawaiian waterman Archie Kalepa talks about his love for Foil Boarding and life experiences.

  • February 13, 2017

    H2O: HENGKI KOENTJORO

    Sometimes, words aren’t necessary to talk story. Hengki Koentjoro demonstrates this principle with his awe inspiring B&W landscapes and underwater photography.

    About the Author:

    Hengki Koentjoro lives in Jakarta Indonesia and specializes in B&W landscape and underwater photography. You can view more of his work here.

  • February 13, 2017

    SWIMMING WITH PELE

    THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CJ KALE, NICK SELWAY AND THE HAWAIIAN FIRE GODDESS.

    After a three-hour drive from the Lava Light Gallery in Kailua, Kona, photographers C.J. Kale, 37, and Nick Selway, 29, have a one-to two-hour hike to look forward to. They’ve done this long, arduous journey many times before, and are on their way to shoot magma erupting from the Kilauea Crater on Hawai‘i Island, which has been flowing from the Pu’u’O’o Vent since 1983.

    Native Hawaiians believe that the volcano is the fire goddess, Pele, a well-known demi god throughout Polynesia. She is Kale’s and Selway’s muse, and according to them, her beauty is best photographed at sunrise and sunset. Kale and Selway have individually won the Smithsonian Museum’s Nature’s Best Photography Award for their portraits of Pele.

    “I can’t tell you how many times Pele has revealed herself to us in the images,” says Kale, who grew up on O‘ahu, and now resides in Kona. “In the first lava tube wave there are three faces in the imagery and it’s really crazy… we see hearts that have formed and all kinds of stuff like that. I feel like the Fire Goddess is on a pretty good relationship with us.”

    Planning to camp out on the lava field overnight, Kale and Selway travel as light as possible with just shoes, umbrellas, a jacket, their camera gear, and the clothes on their backs. From the car, it’s a race against time and the setting sun, which provides the ideal lighting to photograph Pele. It’s a five-mile hike to where the lava meets the ocean, but the distance feels much greater due to the treacherously steep terrain of the lava field.

    Kale explains, “What most people don’t understand is that every mile over the lava field, you don’t count it as one, you count it as two.”

    There is also the chance that they could fall into a lava tube during the hike. It actually happened to Kale once in 2011, and he shattered his ankle. It doesn’t faze him though because he’s been shooting Pele for over 16 years professionally now. Selway has nine years of his own under his belt. Their combined experience and partnership allows them to pursue their passion and avoid danger in the process.

    “We’re out there doing something we would normally do for fun, but we’re able to do it for a living and there’s really nothing else you could ask for,” says Selway.

    With their extensive experience capturing images of the lava flow they’ve been privy to a few unique instances. One in particular was when all of the conditions lined up a few years ago, and the duo was able to shoot Pele clashing with her sister, Namakaokaha‘i, goddess of the ocean. They shot the lava flow down the barrel of the wave while swimming 20 feet away from the action in 110-degree water. They wore no protective gear during the swim, and didn’t use any scientific instruments to gauge the hazards. Equipped with only their boardshorts, fins and Canon 5D in a SPL water housing, the duo captured the lava pouring into the ocean.

    It’s dangerous when Pele and Namakaokaha‘i clash. In addition to the threat of being boiled alive—they’ve measured water temperatures at 150 degrees plus—a highly toxic hydrogen chloride (HCL) gas is created when lava hits the ocean. Steam from the lava contains water vapor, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and hydrogen fluoride and when it mixes with seawater it causes an abundance of HCL gas called “laze.”

    Kale explains, “the key thing with the gas is to make sure the wind is at your back, you don’t have a choice of where you’re going to be shooting. You’re more dictated by the wind direction as to where the steam is blowing instead of where the sunlight is going to be, which is kind of odd for photography because normally where the sun is going to be is where you stand to get your shot.”

    Sleeping in the lava field without shelter can be a perilous endeavor as Kale and Selway hear the ominous popping and cracking of the lava moving. Despite the imminent danger in these hazardous conditions, swimming with Pele has been an unparalleled experience for these photographers. They genuinely love being out there, off the grid, ready to go in the early morning hours to capture Pele’s fiery hula at sunrise, their favorite time to shoot the lava flow.

    “There’s a lot of people that go to church on Sunday. For me going to the volcano is like going to church,” admits Selway. “It’s the most spiritual thing, ever.”

    About the Author:

    Daniel Ikaika Ito is a writer and editor for Contrast Magazine. He’s also a HMSA Content Coordinator, Journalist, Surfing Magazine Contributing Writer, ESPN Surf Correspondent, and Kamehameha Surf Team Coach.

    You can view more of C.J. Kale’s and Nick Selway’s work on their website: http://www.lavaphotoart.com/

  • February 13, 2017

    HAWAIIAN LIFEGUARD ASSOCIATION

    TERRAIN TESTED, HAWAIIAN LIFEGUARD APPROVED

    Nearly four decades ago, veteran Maui lifeguard and Waterman Hall of Famer, Archie Kalepa saw the legendary Eddie Aikau in action—feats of selfless courage so formative that Kalepa knew he’d someday join that brotherhood of elite Hawaiian life savers. “We perform unrecognized heroic acts every day,” says Kalepa with disarming humility. He and the 450+ guards of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association each proudly wear OluKai footwear as they patrol the rocky cliffs and rip tide ravaged shores of the islands.

     

    The Hawaiian Lifeguard Collection is developed to be part of the uniform, “part of our tool chest,” says Kalepa. This is rugged footwear for rugged terrain—the day-to-day demands of the HLA have tested these shoes and sandals for the needs of a true waterman. Simply put: “It’s a shoe that works,” says Kalepa. He and the rest of the HLA put these shoes to the test far before they find their way to the shelves. From the fit and overall performance to breathability and traction, the HLA take these shoes through real field research—the actual gauntlet of lifeguarding. Hawaiian lifeguards provide recommendations and suggestions to properly shape footbeds and increase traction—it is this kind of rigorous testing that vastly improves final design of the product. These shoes are not just inspired by Hawaiian lifeguards, they’re thoughtfully constructed specifically to meet their needs from the slick rocky outcropping around Hanauma Bay, to the 25 foot swells of the storied North Shore.

    Hawaiian lifeguarding is a proud tradition and tight-knit community, the highest standard to which guards in other coastal communities aspire. OluKai is humbled to play a significant role in nurturing that tradition. For each pair of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Collection, a portion of the proceeds directly supports Hawaii’s Junior Lifeguard Program, inspiring and training the next generation of Kalepas and Aikaus. “No matter what anyone says, if you put your mind to it, you can do it,” Kalepa tell these Junior Guards. “I know it’s true because I did it. Stay focused, stay healthy, stay fit, and keep your integrity. Those are things that we need to build, not just lifeguards but great leaders in the community.”

  • February 13, 2017

    ANUHEA: NO TIME

    We caught up with Anuhea halfway through her North American OluKai Presents: Anuhea 2013 summer tour to hear her play one of her favorite songs ‘No Time’. Filmed in her room at the Huntington Beach Hotel, CA.

    ABOUT ANUHEA

    With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii’s #1 female artist. Anuhea’s signature guitar rhythms, sultry vocals and honest song writing weave acoustic soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop with pop appeal, making Anuhea Hawaii’s next rising star.

    For more about Anuhea and her tour schedule visit www.anuheajams.com

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