Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tahitian artisan, Heifara Aiamu

Tahitian artisan, Heifara Aiamu has created this unique coconut fiber jewelry. Many hours of concentrated labor have been invested in each piece. A true artist, Heifara creates only one of a kind pieces: utilizing the rare and extremely beautiful bblack pearls of Tahiti, carved shell, bone, feathers, fresh water pearls and small sea shells from Kauai, Niihau and Tahiti. Heifara is also an accomplished musician and stone sculptor. First, the correct species of coconut is chosen and then real work begins. Constant soaking, pounding and cleaning of each strand of fiber takes place before Heifara begins a new creation. Enjoy wearing this special piece in the ocean and the shower...water doesn't hurt the fiber. All of Heifars's work has a 2 year guarantee. 2 years ago, his wife passed away. "She was my love, best friend, and work partner" he said.  He continues to create arts, believes that his wife is very proud of him.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Aloha Classic Bodybuilding Championships

The Aloha Classic Bodybuilding Championships, sponsored by INBA/PNBA, made it to their 3rd year on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 and was hosted by the Kauai Veteran Center and Museum in Lihue.
Kevin Jones, 51, has never stopped training since he won second place at his first competition in his hometown of Boston back in his early 20s, and has attended more than 40 contests since then.

When Kevin moved to Kauai he decided to bring his passion of bodybuilding to the island. He continued training others as well, and was able to introduce a world wide bodybuilding competition to the island of Kauai in 2011, Aloha Classic Bodybuilding Championships, sponsored by the International Natural Bodybuilding Association and the Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association.

“I eat 6 meals a day when I am training, it is really about what you put into your body, the diet and work out shapes your body, not drugs, No one in my family do drugs” Kevin said. He has trained 4 women and 3 men this year, and says the hardest part of the training is changing your diet and changing your eating habit.
Kathy Saldana, the vice president of INBA and PNBA welcomes the show. “We are going to show you many of the categories we offer which remind you that there is something for you when you get motivated this evening to change your diet” she said. She appreciated attendees for being at the event to support athletes. INBA and PNBA’s largest competition of the year is Natural Olympia, which is on the second week of November each year. Over 400 athletes from 37 different countries attended the Natural Olympia competition in San Diego this year. Both organizations promote natural bodybuilding worldwide, testing for performance enhancing drugs by International Olympic Committee standards using World AntiDoping Agency labs.
This year, the first place metal for Figure went to Amber Fraiola, 34, from Hawaii, a mother with a one year old daughter. First place for Grand Master Figure, for ages from 50-59 years old, went to Rose Lalin,51. She is a mother of 5 boys and has a one year old grand daughter. “We celebrate all ages in this organization because you don’t stop living and training until you don’t stop living,” Kathy stated. The first place metal in Men’s Physique went to 56 year old Eassie Ace Soares Haae, who also won Grand Master in the 2013 Aloha classic. Second place went to Brendon Anderson, 31, who is a personal trainer himself. Lisa Evans, 49, who won Atlantic state in 1992, got the first place metal in Women’s Open Body Builder Bodybuilding, where the organization is hoping to have more women compete in the future. For Men’s bodybuilding, Eassie Ace Soares Haae was awarded first, Kevin Jones second, and third went to Greg Killeen. Lisa Alvarez, 43, won the Aloha Classic 2014 Miss Bikini Diva Masters Division and Crystal Caday-Bargayo, 50, won first place in Masters.
All the funds raised through the events go to the Kauai Veteran Center and Museum to support veterans. Jones and 3 war veterans J. Q Smith worked with Norberto Garcia, commandant, MCL , Aida Padilla-Cruz Aileen Cataluna-Takenaka, Marlene Burgess to make everything possible this year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Aloha Tour Kauai

I had a fun assignment to create a promo video for the Korean Tour company here on Kauai last November. Enjoy:)

Friday, July 18, 2014

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