I'm headed back to Maui, Hawaii in a couple of weeks to not only do another round of fine art photography, but to show work on March 25th at Hoʻomau - an annual music festival to benefit Hawaiian-immersion Preschool Pūnana Leo o Maui.
I will always maintain that no matter how beautiful the Hawaiian Islands are, what is far more beautiful is the culture. "Aloha" isn't just a greeting or a cool word to print on a t shirt (although it does look pretty rad). Aloha is a way of living. It's a way of being part of all and all part of you. It's love, respect, hope, humility, service and being one with the creation. This harmonious state offers the opportunity for someone to not just feel joy, but share it as well.
I spoke with a wonderful artist on Maui named Rachael Ray. She will also be at the festival. She wisely advised me that as I pursue my fine art photography career and seek to become more immersed in the Hawaiian culture, I must "trust God and Live Aloha." But that doesn't mean I should only do that when I'm there.
Hawaii is one of those places where I'm sure we all dream of visiting and even living one day. I can't blame you - I think about it a lot too. But even though we aren't there, we can still live Aloha by being humble, respectful, serving others, giving our best at all times and understanding how great the gift of the world is to us. Take nothing for granted and give your full heart as much as you can.
My hope is that my fine art photography prints of the Mahalo Collection from Maui and the Kauai Collection from the Garden Island can serve as a beautiful reminder in any home or office to live Aloha no matter where you are.