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    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


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


    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.



    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:




    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.”


    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.


    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



     The staccato tapping of Nunes’ moli is the sound of a craft he revived from the brink of westernized extinction. “I never set out to become a tattooist,” said Nunes. “I wanted to perpetuate a cultural practice. This is my kuleana.” For Nunes, tattooing is no mere surface adornment, it is a celebration of a visceral connection of a people to a place and to each other. “The people who receive the work, it changes them.”


    “How many things can you participate in today that you can honestly say is the same as two thousand years ago? Once the individual lies down on the mat, what they’re  feeling is exactly the same as what their ancestors felt.”

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    “How many things can you participate in today that you can honestly say is the same as two thousand years ago? Once the individual lies down on the mat, what they’re  feeling is exactly the same as what their ancestors felt.”




    Though Fuga is no strict traditionalist, her birthplace and the legacy of her ancestors are prominent in her music. “When you grow up in a place heavily influenced by native culture, you’re influenced by it,” she said. “The accent, the diction, that’s my roots.” Though her influences are an eclectic mix including Motown and Reggae, the sounds of her kapuna are the foundation. “Sometimes when you play the ukulele and you turn it a certain way in the wind there’s a ring that gets left behind, this beautiful resonant note that captures the strings in the right way. That’s when the wind is playing the ukulele for you.” That sound is a timeless echo of generations past.

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    “When you’re given a gift, it’s your responsibility to use that gift to help others.”



    On the lush northwest coast of Maui in the Honokowai Valley one family chose to preserve a sacred place, and restore a native ecosystem. “My father knew there was so much work to be done,” said Ekolu, who, along with his mother Puanani, continues the work of the late Ed Lindsey. “He couldn’t do it all prior to his death,” he said. “I feel him working through me—I feel like a vessel. I don’t think about kuleana, but I carry it. My shoulders definitely got heavier.”

    The archeological ruins of homesteads and taro patches in the valley show that this land once supported some 600 Hawaiian families. The land has now become an outdoor classroom for local school children and volunteers—a living piece of native history. “There are a lot of people who can do the talk,” said Puanani. “We say talk is easy, but doing the work can be very difficult.”


    The work of Maui Cultural Lands is slow and deliberate—there’s little instant gratification in this labor. “I’m not an environmentalist,” Ed Lindsey once said. “I’m a culturalist.” Asked why this work is important by his then four year old grandson, he replied, “Because it’s who we are. Without this, we are just voices in the wind.” Puananiand Ekolu continue this selfless restoration of the Honokowai Valley with each native plant deposited into that rich soil. “As long as I can do the work, I’ll continue,” said Puanani. “I don’t ever want to sit back. It’s not me.”







    Ka‘iulani Murphy first saw the Hokulea—the storied double hulled canoe of the Polynesian Voyaging Society—on an elementary school field trip. “It was truly larger than life,” said Murphy. “I thought that would be the last time I’d ever see that canoe.” Her path would actually soon lead her to the decks of the Hokulea as apprentice navigator, joining a fiercely proud tradition of Polynesian wayfinders under the tutelage of Nainoa Thompson.

    Thompson’s story and that of the Hokulea have been intertwined since its beginning. Once a novice sailor on its decks during its first historic trans-Pacific voyages, he now charts its course and guides this treasured cultural institution. He recalls vividly the day in 1976 Hokulea made landfall in Papae‘ete to the cheering throng of 17,000 Tahitians. “It was a symbol that every single one of those stories that the modern world starts to push into mythology, become more and more real,” he said. “That started to shift the worldview, things started to change towards that long road towards restoration and began to pull Polynesia out of the sea.”

    Murphy’s life has come full circle. As she prepares for Hokulea’s historic global circumnavigation, she furthers the work this canoe has done to revolutionize Hawaiian education. “Part of our kuleana is to share the lessons of voyaging with the younger generation,” she said. Thompson says this is no easy path to follow, but one with great distinction. “You become a mirror of the ocean,” he said. “It’s hard but it’s a privilege. It will take you to the bone—but you are honored to be there.”

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