Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Marian Berger | Hana Hou! Magazine

I had the pleasure of meeting Marian Berger, called Hawaii’s most distinctive bird artist, she is known for her detailed and nearly photo-realistic watercolor and giclĂ©e prints of Hawaii’s birds. It was so lovely spending time with Marian and watching her paint at her home in beautiful Volcano on the Big Island for Hana Hou! The Hawaiian Airlines Magazine. Check out her gorgeous work and pick up the current Hana Hou! today.

Jesus Sanchez, one of the last traditional bookbinders in Hilo, with Marian's book "The Living Endemic Birds of Hawaii"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mayor Wright Housing | Honolulu Magazine

Matt Mallams and I photographed a family living in public housing hell at Mayor Wright Homes in downtown Honolulu, with gang activity, rat infestations, bed bugs, and until a year ago no hot, running water. We spent time with Frances Wong and her many adopted children she's taken into her home, made friends with the neighborhood kids playing at the playground made of old tires, explored the grounds of the housing project, and met with the lawyer, Victor Geminiani, that has been helping the community of Mayor Wright. We felt sympathy for the people we met and sad to hear that when we were working on this story for Honolulu Magazine, neighbor TJ "Tipuk" Mori was stabbed after an argument that night, we went to his memorial service the following day. We hope this article can bring some change to their living conditions.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Electronic Shark Defense System | Hana Hou! Magazine

As an ocean swimmer who's always got sharks on my mind, I was thrilled to meet and photograph surfer/inventor Wilson Vinano Jr., the creator of the Electronic Shark Defense System (ESDS), underwater for Hana Hou! The Hawaiian Airlines Magazine.
How it works is the 'ESDS omits electric waves that interfere with the gel in a shark’s nose and keeps them away from those individuals in the ocean. The ESDS pulses are easily detected by a shark in the vicinity, causing them to stay out of the signal range.'

What an awesome invention!