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THEY’RE BACK! Humpback whale season in Hawaii!

January 29, 2010
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Photo courtesy of http://www.sailhawaii.com website

Spotted a couple of humpback whales at Diamond Head breaching and exuberantly playing with one another. What an absolute delight! It was not my first encounter as I also saw them (and a pod of dolphins, turtles, and fish) up close off the Waianae coast, where the waters are usually glassy. They’re massive and awe-inspiring creatures. It never gets old. Check this website for more info on whale watching tours in Hawaii! Enjoy!

-Stephanie


FINDING PARADISE AND THE HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL

July 15, 2009
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Photos by Tracy Gruenert

It sometimes take animals to remind us of the purity and innocence of life. The warm, tropical waters are always calming, but I often times see a Hawaiian monk seal resting on the sandy shore break at Diamond Head to remind me of the force of nature. It’s magnetic; her spirit is unadulterated. For just a brief moment, nature and man coincide as one. In Hawaii, you must stay a couple hundred feet from the monk seal, so you will see surrounding barricades around it to keep the locals and tourists from approaching too close. However, I gaze with drunken silence. I am still close enough to see its large, rubbery body and its eyes. For animal lovers, (I am unabashedly one), the monk seal’s eyes convey sweetness, innocence, and purity. Ironically, it has emerged from the ocean to sleep on land as I am preparing to enter her home. I am mesmerized like others. You want to touch it, but you can’t. So we accept the distance, soak her pure energy, and revel at the beauty of nature. It’s time for me to then go, and play along with the turtles swimming in the waves as well. Absolutely paradise. Hope you find yours.


ONLY IN HAWAII…RARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF COCO CHANEL BY DOUGLAS KIRKLAND

May 19, 2009
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Lifestyle drives me. Only in beautiful Hawaii can I emerge from a water session at Diamond Head, sun-kissed and invigorated, to the opulence and timeless luxury of the Chanel store in Waikiki. Without missing a beat, my friend Stuart gave me a personal tour of the rare photographic images being exhibited of the legendary fashion icon, Coco Chanel. It’s only in Hawaii that the Waikiki store is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and has an exclusive exhibition of photographs of Mademoiselle Chanel. It’s only in Hawaii that these rare photographs can be purchased and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. However, the most intriguing and captivating feeling of these photographs by Douglas Kirkland, taken in 1962 as he shadowed her for three weeks in Paris, is having a glimpse of her lifestyle.  Besides the fashion, which is timeless, elegant, and just breathtaking, the photographs capture her incredible talent, her classic elegance, and her personality. It breathes life into her collections highlighting her quest for detail and her legendary style of the strands of pearls, the tweed suit, and the little black dress. This is an exhibition not to be missed.

 Only in Hawaii

CHANEL presents

Douglas Kirkland

COCO CHANEL

1962 photographs

Curated by James Cavello

 

Exhibition Dates May 9-June 6

Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.

 

CHANEL

2116 Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu

For more information, please call 808.923.0255.

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 Photos Credit: Jennifer Chung(email:jenniferchungphotography@gmail.com)

  

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    DEFY FEAR™ Be open to change. Take risks. Revel in adventure and new experiences. Travel. Read. Engage your senses. Learn from your mistakes, your successes, and from the wisdom of others. Unravel a puzzle. Create and use your imagination. Be active. Find the positives. Keep it fun. Be EXTRAORDINARY. Love. Live the good life. Enjoy the ride. - I AM. Copyright 2009 by Stephanie Matsumoto STYLE. All rights reserved.