finding inspiration in the little things

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it’s not obvious. It doesn’t have to be loud or flamboyant or trendy or popular. It can be small and down to earth and simple. Sometimes just a few words from a favorite song can spark off a new understanding for your own vision …

our aloha house

_ ALOHA HOUSE from Leaves from A Grass House by Don Blanding Green are the hills behind my home; White are the clouds that froth and foam To the high blue sky where the rainbow’s veil Is a gauzy Scarf. There’s a winding trail Through fern and guava and waving ti…. …A pleasant jaunt when you visit me. Deep and cool is the broad lanai; The place to sit as the days slip by Watching the surf that is madly hurled On my coral reef from the edge of the world. Broad and soft is the hikiea Where lazy souls …

The Bus

When we were in Hawaii, there was one thing I really wanted to do with Merrik. I wanted to take him on The Bus. It was our primary mode of transportation when Jim and I lived there and I loved it. I still enjoy the bus when I take it from the Fullerton train station to CSUF every Thursday. You definitely see a lot of characters from a cross section of society. It is a refreshing change from the the anonymity of driving a car everywhere. So, after hours of wandering around Haleiwa Town, Merrik, Maliea and I hopped on …

more hawaii favorites

My favorite family photo is one of us up on The Pali. It was crazy windy up there and just about lifted Merrik off the ground. This is a collage of images from Waikiki, happy hour at The Royal Hawaiian hotel, the Hawaiian Railroad, the North Shore and our octagon house.

somewhere over the rainbow

We found our pot of gold at the North Shore. After a few days of surf and sail in Waikiki we discovered the best hideaway possible: a perfectly placed octagon shaped house not quite a mile down the beach from Pipeline. With the most beautiful beach and shoreline just outside our window, we settled in for several days of whale watching, live ukulele music and rainbows. Everyone had their wishes come true on this trip: Gramma Grampa spent a full week with Merrik and Maliea, Jim learned to play the ukulele, I surfed Queens and did a lot of photography, …

aloha oe

We’re leaving for Oahu tomorrow so I thought I’d post some past images I took when we lived there. We will be staying in Waikiki-it’s is a weird experience to go back as a tourist-and on the North Shore. I am so excited to experience staying on the North Shore and can’t wait to do some photography there. Grampa Grampa will be with us the whole time so I should be able to get a few surf sessions in! We are also going to check out the Hawaiian Railway for Merrik. It looks really cool.