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Ode to Hawaii: Hawaii Girls in the National Spotlight (Part 1)

June 2, 2010
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Like how we like to claim Barack Obama as our own, it’s natural for every town, city, or country, to feel kinship and pride of any of their countrymen or women achieving great success. Hawaii is no different. Indeed, the obstacles appear far greater as Hawaii is an island in the Pacific Ocean, the 50th state of the USA, and culturally diverse where stereotypes and generalities can emerge. Yet, professional athletes, actors, models, businesspeople, musicians, and scores of others have reached national and international success. I want to celebrate it. I also want to share the paradise I live in. And nothing seems more appropriate than to celebrate Maui girl, model (she is also the face of Billabong, too), and surfer Tori Praver, who has a featured photo spread in this month’s Marie Claire magazine. The layout captures the ethereal, yet active energy of our lifestyle; the fashion what we should all aspire to. And thanks to Marie Claire for setting an example of authenticity from the inside out. Now, that’s style.

-Stephanie

Photographed by Matt Jones; Styled by Isabel Dupre in Alexander Wang, Burberry, Mango and others.

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Give it up for trying something new…Skiing on Big Waves in Maui. Oh yeah!

December 28, 2009
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Check out this video…SKIING BIG WAVES ON MAUI

Give it up for those who think outside the box, try something new, and just go for it. These guys ski, kite, surf, and love big waves and found a way to enjoy it all by using skis to ride the big waves on Maui. I love it! The creativity, the drive, and their passion are evident and contagious. Not to mention, like I always say, “Come to Hawaii and you will find an ocean of rock stars.” That’s right. I am in awe of the talent and energy you see here. Use your talents and see yourself energized. Hope you find a part of your day to just do something fun. You have to or you risk shriveling away.

-Stephanie


KITE SURFING AROUND HAWAII

September 15, 2009
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I am learning to kite surf and it is not easy. I have bruises and scrapes, but I am not complaining!! In the process, I not only learn a new and fun sport, but I feed off a new challenge. Learning takes me out of my comfort zone. And like an infant learning to walk, I also go through an awkward stage looking like a fool but you have to keep trying, keep practicing, especially if you want to get better and feel more comfortable. And I have, but of course, I still need to practice!! Many people on the beach are so encouraging and my frustrations can mount when you are depending on mother nature to have wind!! No wind; no kiting practice. Oh well, patience is another lesson to be learned. Practice and repetition are my keys; others may be more naturally inclined so they may not need it. Whatever it is, I do not want to stop learning new things. Anyway, I want to share with you some photos of  kiting spots around Hawaii and some very talented kiters as well!!

MOKULEIA BEACH (North Shore, Oahu)

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MAUI (KITE BEACH)

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BIG ISLAND (A-BAY, K-BAY, SOUTH POINT!)

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DIAMOND HEAD (OAHU)

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Diamond Head with a bigger swell..

AND THE KITER STUDENT AT MOKES….

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Photo Credit: Phil Fineman (great kiter!!!)


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