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Heather Brown Surf Art from the North Shore of Oahu

sandy-toed divas Dear readers,

We are thrilled to present the first issue of Purple Inc. The idea for this magazine was born on a long walk down the Kealia bike path. There we were: walking together, laughing as usual, looking out over the vast ocean, watching whale spouts like white explosions against the azure sky-- when it just came to us, like a message from above, “Start a Kauai-based women’s mag!” Now, a few months and hundreds of work hours later, we are ready to share our creation with you. Purple Inc. is a forum to connect island women. Amazing, strong women live on these islands, and this magazine is the place for us to inspire one another. It is also the platform to generate abundance for local businesses and artists. Through Purple Inc, we hope to generate fun and good times, especially for island ladies. We believe that women in Hawaii are looking for information that is relevant and valuable to our unique lifestyle in the islands; and this is now the location to discover that information. Inspired and motivated by family, the ocean, beach culture, art, friendship, and fitness; our hope is that this magazine can be an expression of these shared motivating factors. Purple Inc. may be enjoyed by all island women, and women who love the island lifestyle. We promise always to present information from a positive viewpoint, and also to promote local consumerism wherever possible. We believe that buying local is an important part of sustainability in our islands. So, grab your favorite beverage, put on some tunes, and enjoy the first issue of Purple Inc, ‘Easy Summer Livin’.

Aloha from the ‘Sandy-toed Divas’,

Longtime friends Keri Cooper and Amanda Baker

Amanda Baker editor/author

Keri Jo Cooper editor/photographer

Keri Jo and Amanda

My  story  begins  in  the  beau0ful  state  of  Utah.  As  a   child,  I  was  purely  and  completely,  a  bookworm.  I  began  to   thrive  in  the  outdoors  as  a  teenager,  becoming  an  avid   snowboarder,  mountain  biker,  and  camper.  I  a?ended  the   University  of  Utah,  where  I  earned  a  degree  in  Anthropology,   hoping  to  someday  become  the  female  version  of  Indiana   Jones.  During  the  college  years,  I  enjoyed  several  interna0onal   journeys:  hiking,  exploring,  and  white  water  raEing.   When  I  set  out  for  Hawaii  ten  years  ago,  my  goal  was   to  a?end  the  University  of  Hawaii,  to  begin  working  toward  a   Ph.D.  in  Anthropology.  Visi0ng  the  University  on  Oahu,  I  was   inspired  by  Professor  Les  Sposel.  “Kauai  is  the  island   considered  by  both  the  ancient  Hawaiians  and  a  modern  Hindu   sect,  to  be  the  entrance  to  Heaven,”  he  informed  me.  I  was   en0ced;  I  decided  to  put  my  scholas0c  dreams  on  hold,  and   spend  some  0me  on  Kauai.     I  fell  in  love  with  Kauai  instantly,  and  have  been  here   ever  since;  not  even  my  earlier  goal  of  becoming  a  professor   has  been  enough  to  call  me  away.  My  new  goal  (besides   making  Purple  Inc.  fabulous),  is  to  start  a  company  that  travels   to  the  schools  in  Hawaii,  teaching  extra-­‐curricular  subjects  that   may  have  been  recently  cut:  such  as  gym  and  art.  I  also  intend   to  get  my  young-­‐adult,  ac0on  books  out  to  a  much  larger   audience.   Kauai  is  part  of  my  soul,  perhaps  the  entrance  to   heaven,  and  definitely  home.  I  live  on  the  East-­‐side  with  my   husband  (the  man  of  my  dreams),  my  two  children,  and  my  big   black  dog.  

I  am  a  country-­‐girl  at  heart,  with  some  city-­‐girl  energy   and  sass.  Photography  is  my  crea0ve  outlet,  my  voice,  and  my   passion.  It  always  has  been.     At  age  seventeen,  a  month  aEer  high  school   gradua0on  I  moved  to  Kauai  from  Kansas.  No,  I  didn’t  ride  in  on   a  tornado.  I  had  spent  0me  on  Kauai  as  a  teenager  and  made   up  my  mind  that  this  was  where  I  was  going  to  live.  I  eagerly   hiked,  snorkeled,  beach  combed,  camped,  and  soaked  up  as   much  Kauai  nature  as  I  possibly  could.  And,  my  camera  was   always  in  tow.  I  learned  more  about  photography  through   prac0ce,  not  just  in  classrooms.  I  also  had  a  great  job  with  a   master  photographer  where  I  found  my  passion  for  wedding   photography.     Since  2000  I  have  been  dedicated  to  running  my   photography  business  and  busy  photographing  weddings.  I   love  what  I  do  because  I  can  be  crea0ve  and  outgoing  while  I   work.  Mee0ng  new  people  and  trying  new  things  are  my  ways   of  keeping  life  interes0ng,  because  ‘variety  is  the  spice  of  life’.   Con0nually  progressing  my  rela0onships,  and  my   talents  is  very  important  to  me.  I  am  eager  to  learn  and   improve,  create  and  share,  and  enjoy  all  that  life  has  to  offer.       My  friends  tell  me  I  make  them  laugh  every  day,  but  hey,  I’m   not  making  any  promises.     Home  to  me  is  the  East-­‐side  of  Kauai  where  I  treasure   my  simple  beach  life  with  my  hubby,  and  our  two  dogs  and   three  parrots.




/ ISSUE NUMBER 1 Editor-­‐Photographer Keri Jo  Cooper


Editor-­‐Author Amanda Baker Contribu3ng  Writers Nina Samantha  Fox  Olson Jolene  JusAs  Cudworth

Our Cover Model: the lovely

Kate Burkett wearing Red Tie Dye Swimsuit by Daisy’s Swimwear, sold at

Sweet Bikini

ON THE COVER Whatʼs Growing at The Garden, in Kilauea? More than a food review; this article dives into the haps at The Garden restaurant, the new spot to be, on the North Shore of Kauai.! ! pg 4

Easy Summer Livinʼ A photo editorial - our models rock some of this summerʼs best bikinis ! !pg 14



Wellness Wahine Come here to receive useful info on fitness, and well-being !

A fascinating, fresh look at Hawaiian culture - based on interview with a true island woman! ! !pg 21

taping of the inside workings of a local business.!! pg 3





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Back Woods Boy

Tropical Skincare Learn

Our first featured artist makes for a good story. ! ! pg 8

awesome skincare tips pertinent to our island climate. BY NINA !! ! pg 7

A Surferʼs Wife A humor column!

Grammy~Time Our resident Connecting With Puna

The Buzz at Nani Moon Meadery We view a real T.V.

ʻGrammyʼ shares her Grammyisms: fabulous tidbits on raising kids, or just being a rock-star auntie.!


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Create your own beach cover up All you need is a basic tee-shirt to create this look for yourself. ! !pg 13





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Stay-cation Forget the stress of travel; enjoy an incredible get away, right at home. ! !pg 20


Purple Inc.  is  published   quarterly.  Copyright  2011,  all   rights  reserved.  The  opinions   expressed  by  the  columnists   and  contributors  to  Purple  Inc.   are  not  necessarily  those  of   the  editors.  ContribuAng   writers  assume  responsibility   for  their  published  columns;   and  for  the  informaAon   therein.  No  part  of  this   publicaAon  may  be   reproduced,  not  even   electronically,  or  through   informaAon  storage  or   retrieval  systems,  without   wriEen  consent  of  Purple  Inc.   All  items  submiEed  to  Purple   Inc.  become  property  of   publisher.  All  correspondence   and  inquiries  should  be   directed  to:


Buzz Around Nani Moon Mead

by Amanda Baker

Keri and I had a fun and unique evening recently; we were invited to the filming of a show for HD.Net, called Drinking Made Easy. The name of the episode was It’s All About Mead, since it was featuring Nani Moon Meadery in Kapaa Town. Stepping out of the muggy Hawaiian evening and into the cool, blue-lit atmosphere of Nani Moon was quite a contrast. Royal purple draperies hung artfully from the eaves. Dangling prisms caught the light and scintillated over the bar. The Meadery buzzed with life and excitement as the cameramen set up their elaborate cameras.

AC T I O N ! We stood back and watched as the producer, Zane Lambert, interviewed Stephanie Krieger (Nani Moon’s founder and owner) over a beautifully laid table complete with wine glasses that reflected the violet light, fresh fruits, cacao, and vanilla beans. Stephanie was amazingly composed and professional as the cameras rolled and the producer fired questions at her about Nani Moon Mead. I was fascinated as she told the story of the first mead, “Mead predates any other alcohol by several thousand years. Someone harvesting honey came across the first alcoholic beverage, which was mead. Honey, naturally occurring yeast, and rainwater had combined in the beehive and fermented on its own, creating the ‘nectar of the gods’: the first mead.”

Explaining the meadery process

Sipping my glass of mead was a treat. The drink was absolutely delicious; much less sweet than I’d expected honeywine to be. Stephanie explained as the cameras continued to roll, “Traditional meads are heavier and sweeter. But, in Hawaii we want refreshing and crisp, so I ferment my mead to be dry. The mountain apple ferments into a nice, light mead, perfect for a Hawaiian summer evening.” It was exciting to watch a local business be featured on national television. In front of the big lights, camera, and crew, Stephanie shared the fact that various types of honey create different flavors. For example, in the case of Kauai wildflower honey, the bees roam and feed on all sorts of flowers, giving the honey a tropical taste, while macadamia nut blossom honey is made by bees that live on mac-nut farms. For the Cacao Moon Mead, Stephanie combines mac-nut honey, cacao (raw chocolate), and vanilla which creates a semisweet mead. “The honey, fruit and water hang out in these tanks for four to six weeks,” she points to the large silver tanks behind her, “then the mead goes through a filtration process and is filtered into holding tanks for a number of weeks.” It is interesting how she has simulated the natural occurrence of mead, by combining the honey and fruit in the tanks. When it’s finished, the mead is 10 to 12 percent alcohol. As Keri and I returned outside after the event, I looked up to see a sky glittering with starlight. We agreed that Nani Moon Mead, with its light-honey taste, would be a great complement to any long, summer night.

Zane, the producer, has a taste of Kauai honey.

Stephanie pours one of her custom cocktails for Zane and the showʼs co-host.




More than restaurant, more than a farm. Find out how The Garden is taking root in Kilauea. by Amanda Baker


he Garden, situated on twenty-two acres within ‘Common Ground Kauai’ (the old Guava Kai Plantation on the mauka side of Kilauea town), does its name justice. Coming down the long driveway to access The Garden, I am overcome with sensations: the smell of freshly growing fruits, vegetables and flowers, and the visual of a flourishing abundance of edible plants. I am here with my three-year-old daughter and baby son, and I am meeting my friend and her four-year-old little girl. Entering the open-air restaurant, I am greeted by a cart offering huge avocados and vividly green garden starts. I arrive in the eating area, a gathering of long wooden tables bustling with diners, who seem totally content in this beautiful environment; the dining room looks out over the garden itself. I go to the service counter and look over the menu. A lot of fresh, organic vegetables here…a refreshing option. I also see grilled steak sandwich is offered, and it’s not just any steak sandwich. Fresh, free-range, Kauai beef (free-range Kauai cows are happy cows, looking out at green pastures as far as the eye can see), is seasoned and grilled, then topped with a mushroom sauce and is served with herb sautéed mushrooms, and tropical French fries. Perfect for my husband; I will have to bring him here next time. I order my own lunch, and then sit down at our table. Of course, as soon as my friend and I sit down, our little girls become restless; the concept of conversing while waiting for our food is totally lost on them. Instead of what usually occurs in this situation (me battling it out with my three-year-old to just ‘stay seated’…trust me, NOT fun), we realize that the girls can walk back into the garden and play; we sit and relax, while keeping an eye on them. Brilliant! When my food arrives, I am pleasantly surprised at the amount of yumminess on my plate, much more than I expected for $9.75: a perfectly cooked, generous ahi steak sits on a crusty wholegrain bun, with a heaping side of sweet potato fries perfectly fried in coconut oil, and a colorful organic salad dripping with delightful homemade dressing. I enjoy my meal, as my little girl happily romps around the garden. I wrap up her cheese quesadilla for later, when hunger finally hits her, knowing it will be a healthy appetite after her vigorous play session amongst the flowers and greenery.


couple of weeks later I am back at The Garden to talk with the head chef at The Garden, Jay Sklar for this article. I am served a delicious almond milk latte that I sip on while we chat. Chef Jay, a humble and interesting man, is more eager to discuss the restaurant than himself. A brief summary of his culinary history begins in Seattle, where he ran local cafes for many years. He has been cooking professionally on the North Shore of Kauai for thirteen years, owning a catering company, and also working as a private chef for elite clientele on-island. Traveling often, he picks up new ideas for recipes in places such as Europe, Africa and Central America. It is apparent that he truly cares about the food he creates, and that he thrives on providing a top notch culinary experience.


Plans are in the works to include a store, regular farmers markets and agriculture tours.

Chef Jay

Our delicious, organic lunches whipped up by Chef Jay.

Chef Jay has a clear goal, “I’m here to serve, and give back.” He says, “This food is my gift to the community. Through supporting local agriculture, and staying true to the model of local farms sourcing 100 percent of all of our fruits and vegetables, we offer high quality food, while also supporting the farmers on Kauai. One hundred percent of our fruits and vegetables come from the North Shore. Typically, restaurants in the islands follow a 90/10 model, meaning - 90 percent of their foods come from the mainland, and 10 percent come from Hawaii. I have flipped that model: 10 percent of our foods (including oils, legumes and grains) come from the mainland, and the other 90 percent come from Kauai.” This accomplishes a few things; for one, it reduces our dependence on the barge, cutting down on gas consumption for getting food to our tables. It also keeps dollars circulating in the local economy. In addition to these excellent achievements, it makes sense that eating food grown in the area in which you live is healthier for you, since the food grows using common rays of sunshine and drops of rain. Chef Jay explains that “The idea at The Garden is to bring a high level of integrity to our food.” I am reminded of something my grandma used to say: You are what you eat. Therefore, eating fresh, local food must make us healthier and stronger, infusing us with more energy with which to lead our busy lives. Seventy-five percent of the food served at this fine establishment comes from the two acre garden located behind the open-air dining room. Chef Jay hopes to develop the twenty-two open acres of land behind the restaurant into a ‘food forest’, providing other restaurants with high quality fruits and vegetables. He does not see this as helping the competition; he

sees it as supporting a common cause, and working together to make our island the best place possible. The Garden works closely with Malama Kauai, a nonprofit dedicated to caring for our island and her people, putting on events that support their overall vision of health, happiness and sustainability for everyone. The Garden hopes to change the paradigm of how business is done, through providing a working example of a new way, that is ultimately great for the island and its people. “I believe you can affect change through conscious consumerism. We can bring the vibration up for everyone and change the socio-economic structure to benefit local people,” He says. “The trick is to constantly be a living, working example of how the garden and the eating can work together ‘From farm to fork’. Diners sit and eat lunch, amidst the lush greenery that provided 75 percent of their meals. The Garden presents a unique dining option on Kauai.” Chef Jay wishes to create a model, not just for the island, but for the whole world. “The key,” he says, “is to take the time to get to know your farmer.” He makes the effort to drive to various farms on the North Shore and walk the crops. “I build my menus around what grows seasonably. For example, I’ve been making sweet potato fries for months, but now the sweet potato run is over, so I’m switching to local pumpkin and taro.” It’s clear that he is innovative, connects with nature, and understands the growth cycles here, ensuring that food is fresh and in season. Smiling contagiously, he points out how lucky we are on this island because food grows year-round on Kauai. Everyone who dines at The Garden can enjoy fresh water filtered through a cutting edge system created by Kauaian Eli Frank. I am happy to drink several glasses of this water, since it tastes deliciously pure. Chef Jay reports that, soon the restaurant will also be one hundred percent solar powered. The Garden now hosts events such as weddings, birthday parties, movies and music events. As I look around at the spacious dining area and surrounding garden, bursting with greenery and flowers, I am sure this would be an awesome location for any private I love party or event. the way I feel Jay defines the primary after eating at goal at Common Ground: “To The Garden, build community relations refreshed and energetic and around key issues such as somehow happier. Maybe food security and clean Grandma was right, water. This place is a we are what we eat, catalyst, a meeting place, for and eating food from the discussing what is possible.” highly positive Pushing the limits on ‘what is environment at possible’ sounds good to us. The Garden

pays off.


While touring the gardens with Andy Smith, farmer at Common Ground, he explains, “Just Green Solutions uses sustainable methods and permaculture designs in all the gardens.” Andy is happy to share with us that with Just Green Solutions' new management of the fields, Common Ground is only going to become more sustainable.

He invites everyone to come take a tour of the gardens, eat lunch, and grab something from the veggie cart. "None of this would be possible without the generosity and vision of Chris Jaeb," owner of Common Ground. With a good-natured friendliness Andy exudes, "Keep your eyes on Common Ground, because it’s growing.”






One of my teachers says, "If you look for the good, you will always find it." Looking for the good first has given me a deeper sense of being connected to the whole. It magnifies the ways in which we are similar, and also brings forth appreciation and gratitude. Looking for the good first does not mean closing our eyes to certain things we may not want to see or address. Rather, when we decide to first acknowledge what is good, it simply opens up the doors for greater connection, appreciation and joy. Try this way of looking at things and see how it will change your life and your relationships.You don't even have to verbalize the good you are seeing.

Simply Seeing It Is The Key Here is a perfect example of how looking for the good first brings more freedom and delight into our lives. Just the other day during one of my yoga classes a student of mine inquired more deeply about a posture we were working on because she was experiencing discomfort in her neck. I asked her to demo the pose for us so we could get a clear look at what was happening. Then I asked the other students to tell me what they saw. (Knowing the lesson that would be palpable here, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get a real glimpse into our theme of that particular class "First, look for the good.) The student took her pose and the others started to find every little detail of her posture that they could possibly relate to her alignment being less-than-perfecto. Needless to say, the yogini let us know that her pain was still there. I instructed her to try the pose on the other side and asked the students to listen. From that point I began to let her hear everything that I thought was absolutely beautiful about her posture. It was an authentic pouring out of my heart, looking for all that was truly beautiful in that moment with her, and she said, "Wow, my pain totally went away!" We did not change one thing about her alignment. I simply switched the focus for her and the entire pose changed. She experienced more freedom and delight and the entire room GOT IT! Now, every time I ask those students what they see, they always tell me something authentically good first. It was a sweet lesson learned and felt by everyone in the room.


Stand with your feet about hip distance apart and your arms to your sides. Then slouch forward gently so that you feel just a little shorter from your hips to your armpits, and you will also feel that the head of your arm bones are now in the front plane of your body. Right here pause, check in. How do you feel physically, mentally and emotionally in this posture? Some of the most commonly shared experiences there are, "tired, sad, dull." Not a very fun experience to hold in our bodies. Now try this: Standing with your feet hip distance apart, enjoy a few deep breaths. With an inhale lift up deliberately from your hip bones into your armpits. As you do this, allow the head of you upper arm bones to float up towards the

base of your neck. Try this for a few more breaths, feeling the arm-bones lift with each inhale, like floating drift wood on river water, and releasing back down effortlessly with each exhale. At the height of your next inhalation, when the armbones are lifted and the side bodies are long, draw the head of your armbones back and feel the shoulder blades integrate onto your upper back body. Pause and check in. How are you feeling physically, mentally and emotionally? The common agreements here are, "open, alive, optimistic!" You can practice this standing, seated, and supine. Try it: in line at the farmer's market, seated at your computer, standing on your paddle- board, and all throughout your day.

A positive attitude is paramount in any healthy lifestyle.

I hope you find these offerings are useful in bringing more radiance into your life. Namaste', Samantha




tropical skincare


Living in a tropical climate puts high demands on our skin; wearing less, all year round, and having to look great doing it takes its toll; not to mention, the high cost of intense UV rays. Although there are tons of skincare columns out there, this one will focus on skincare in Hawaii, so you can keep a healthy, vibrant, glow, everyday! Some girls are addicted to shoes… others, boys…well me, I’m addicted to skincare products. Your skin is one of your best assets, and if you treat it well, you can look younger, longer, without ever having to go through the drama of premature aging, injections, or surgeries.

Exfoliation It’s best to start with the basics. Taking care of your skin - your face and body - is an important part of your overall health. After all, your skin is the largest organ in your body. The first step is frequent exfoliation and moisturization, and lucky for us, the best products can be found locally made, right here, in Hawaii. Trust me, I have searched all over, from the simplest of body oils to the finest European creams. Exfoliation is critical to the rejuvenation of your skin cells; it removes the old dead skin and allows for new cell growth. Full body exfoliation should be done about twice per week, and should always be followed by a good moisturizer. I like to exfoliate using body scrubs, and was on the hunt for a favorite until I found Greensong Botanicals - made right in Wailua, Kaua’i.

Greensong Botanicals~ Body Scrubs ($10 - $18, sold at Nani Moon Mead and select stores)

Greensong Botanicals Body Scrubs ($10 $18, Nani Moon Mead and select stores) come in several formulas to accommodate different skin types. What is so amazing about all of them is that they are a 2 in 1 they exfoliate and moisturize in one step. My favorite is the Chocolate Bliss which exfoliates with sugar and cacao nibs, and moisturizes with mango and cacao butters. Don’t forget about showing off your toes… Rosemary Mint Foot Scrub cleans and invigorates, making it appear as if your feet have never even seen red dirt! Application is easy, simply scrub on while in the shower and rinse thoroughly to show off a fresh, healthy glow. After giving so many mini-Greensong Body Scrubs as gifts to my friends, I always get the question, ‘Are these for your face?’ No they are not. My quest for an amazing facial skin care line was satisfied in Maui, when I found Pala’au ( The creator blends her formulas with the finest and simplest ingredients, in conjunction with the moon cycle, giving way to one of the most unique skin care lines out there.

Pikake Coconut Face Cream has an addictive scent that will drive your man crazy.


But alas, as soon as you think you’ve got it covered, one dip in the ocean will leave you with dry flaky skin once again…my one and only beach bag essential is Greensong Botanicals After Sun Skin Cooler ($10 $18). Made with aloe, vitamin E and lavender oils, this non-oily, non-greasy, lightweight spray is perfect for an all purpose glow: for your skin, face and hair ... I’m seriously addicted.

Some months are better than others; if you find yourself not being able to purchase your favorite products, look no further than your kitchen cabinet. It is easy to create a fabulous scrub using raw sugar or sea salt, olive or grapeseed oil, and any other ingredients you may have, like raw oats and cacao powder. A day at the beach can be your own personal spa just by treating yourself to a full body sand scrub near the shoreline followed by Coconut Wyllies I fell in love with the three basics: Mermaid Coconut Oil (Long‘s Drugs, $6) … So Facial Scrub, Cacao and Rose Petal there’s no excuse; put on your bikini and Masque, and Pikake Coconut Face Cream get glowing!! ($15 - $20, Nani Moon Meadery and The three combined Next Issue- Your Daily SPF give way to toned, vibrant skin, and the

Greensong Botanicals~ Chocolate Bliss Body Scrub Morning Blend Coffee Scrub Rosemary Mind Foot Scrub

Pala`au~ Mermaid Facial Scrub Cacao and Rose Petal Masque Pikake Coconut Face Cream ($15-$20, sold at Nani Moon Meadery or



Josiah Baker was using power tools before he finished kindergarten. He grew up in Bonny Doon: the mountain community above Santa Cruz, California, on a sixteen-acre, wooded piece of land with its own well and self-generating power system. Josiah enjoyed a unique childhood experience that any little boy would dream of, complete with hiking through the magnificent redwood trees behind his house, and camping out with his older brother by the rushing stream at the bottom of their property. You could say that nature is in his blood. So, when he moved to Kauai in 1997, he was immediately drawn to the ocean: Kauai’s pure form of nature, and Josiah’s greatest inspiration. The Baker boys are a family of woodworkers that go back five generations. Josiah’s father had a cabinet shop on their Bonny Doon property, and that is where Josiah used his first jig-saw at the ripe-old age of five. He remembers using the jig-saw to create little wooden guns that he would wield in elaborate pretend wars with the neighborhood boys. Learning to carve designs into wood with that same tool came naturally, since he’s been drawing and sketching since before he can remember. Bar: American cherry cabinet, with a purple-heart ocean, maple clouds, afromosia cliffs, and an African mahogany sun. All handcarved and designed by Josiah.


“Lorem Ipsum Dolor Set Ahmet In Condinmentum. Nullam Wisi Acru Suscpit Consectetuer viviamus Lorem Ipsum Dolor Set Ahmet. Lorem Ipsum Dolor Set Ahmet In Wisi Acru Suscpit Consectetuer viviamus.” Leo Praesen

“I’m ready to put my paintings out there. I want to share what I’m trying to do, and hopefully people can enjoy what I’m bringing.” Josiah Baker

He began experimenting with painting at the age of twelve and created images of the ocean right away. Then, when he moved to Kauai at the age of eighteen, he began surfing, and was totally inspired by the beauty and power of the ocean. Surfing is his true muse, as is evident by his paintings of waves. He says that he is looking to capture ‘the soul of surfing’ with his artwork.

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“Kauai is the place I always want to be,” says Josiah. “The feel of living in Hawaii is what I’m trying to incorporate into my paintings. There’s a certain feeling you get when you live in Hawaii and that’s what I want to come through in my paintings.” All of his paintings are done on recycled pieces of wood from his woodshop. He uses oils and acrylics to create these vibrant, ocean-inspired paintings. An idea he would like to pursue soon, is to sand and finish some beautiful pieces of hardwood, and then to paint on them, keeping the borders free of paint so that a natural frame is created. This is a way he will utilize both his woodworking and painting talents. Woodworking on Kauai for the past twelve years, Josiah has created incredible works of word-art here on the Garden Island. His work is found in many homes around the island. He has built everything from the frame of houses to cabinets, but his favorite form of carpentry is carving wood into intricate art pieces.

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right: Gathering inspiration for his next work of art, Josiah at the beach. below: Josiah’s son at a table Josiah painted in Java Kai, Kapaa.

Josiah is happy that people have recognized: having surf-inspired art in your home is sure to awaken a sense of adventure and beauty in your life. If you wake up each morning to a painting of a wave, and eat your evening meal glancing at another one, you can be touched by the magic of the ocean, no matter where you live. Happiest when he’s by the water, Josiah makes sure to get to the beach at least one time every day. He talks about how he is


fascinated with the ‘moments in between the action’ in the ocean, those quiet, pure seconds inside the barrel that are almost impossible to describe, but that he strives to capture with his art. When Josiah isn’t creating beautiful woodwork in homes around the island, painting, or surfing, he is either cruising his thirteenfoot Boston Whaler up the Wailua River, riding his dirt bike, or playing with Jesse James, his sevenyear-old son. Raising the next generation of Baker Boy is a big responsibility, but Josiah is a natural with children, and it is obvious that he is his son’s hero. “I’m ready to put my paintings out there. I want to share what I’m trying to do, and hopefully people can enjoy what I’m bringing.”

Josiah says, “My artwork will be out in some places around Kauai very soon, so look for it. I want to share my paintings, so I can paint more.” It’s exciting that this talented artist, who has been creating art all his life, is finally ready to share his paintings. Does his work capture the feeling of living in Hawaii? Keri Jo and I believe Josiah definitely accomplishes his goal, with his use of color and oceaninspired themes. What do you think? We’ll be looking for more artwork around Hawaii from this ‘back woods boy.’ Josiah Baker


BEACH PUZZLE A second idea only requires dark construction paper from home. Send the kids on a scavenger hunt. Have them go after one item at a time; you pick the items. Send them after things you can naturally find at the beach: particular types of leaves, shells, rocks, sand, etc. As they bring each item to you, lay them on the construction paper. Make sure the paper is in the sun, and don't let the stuff blow away. In an hour or more, when you take the objects off of the paper, there will an outline of each one. The paper bleaches out around the objects. Kids love this one. And, you can save the items they found to later use as a puzzle by replacing the things over the dark spots on the paper.

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Two creative ideas for a little something different to do with the kiddo’s next time you are at the beach: 3D TREASURE BOX Bring the following items from your house: an old cereal box, Elmerʼs glue, (I find that glue sticks are not as easy to work with for the littleʼs), and a bucket. Have them start collecting "beach stuff" into their buckets: anything they can glue onto the cardboard, like leaves, small sticks and shells. Find a brush in the sand; the keys that fall from the lau hala trees can become paint brushes. Squirt some glue onto a leaf, or whatever treasure they have collected. Have the kids brush glue onto the cardboard, and make a collage of all the items they found on the beach.  


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Surfer’s Wife by Keri Jo Cooper “Hey babe, you wanna take a break and go to the beach with me for a bit?” My husband’s voice breaks into my concentration. As I sit behind my huge computer monitor with my vision going fuzzy from fatigue, my shoulders achy, and my fingers are all twitchy from the mouse and keyboard (the stupid fingernails I decided to grow out aren’t helping with my shoddy typing either); I think, that would be the perfect break from my day. I could use some sun and a snuggle on the beach with my hubby. I shut down shop and grab my beach gear. This seems like an easy task, but a girl likes to be prepared. I need my sunscreen, beach cover, sandals, hat, sunglasses, a book, my ipod (gotta charge it for a few minutes before I go!), earphones, and bikini. All the while the hubby is waiting by the door, wearing his trunks, holding a dingy old towel, surfboards loaded, and tapping his foot. He says, “Can I help you with anything?” That’s his nice way of saying, hurry up! I go outside to start picking out beach chairs, a blanket, an umbrella... My husband gives me that looks that says “Um, we are only going down for a little bit. Do you really need all that stuff ?” (He really has a face that he makes that says just that. For real.) A bag of popcorn, a bottle of water, and 20 minutes later we were off to the beach. Ok, I am all ready for break relaxing with my hubby. He drives us to a nice beach where it’s “secluded,” which actually means: we are hiking to this beach. This is not starting off very relaxing. Oh well, I am going to get some exercise, that’s cool. We head down this dusty trail. I’m holding onto all of my beach gear, the two dog leashes, and my camera bag. The hubby has his surfboards (“There probably won’t be a wave, but just in case,” he told me), my umbrella, and a chair. We are geared up. After sliding down the trail with our hands full for what seems like forever we are finally on the beach. Seems like a lot of effort for a beach break, but we have arrived at a perfect little sandy stretch with no one around. Sweet. Then he says, “Let’s go up this way.” Huh? What is up there? Here’s the sun, sand, and ocean right here. But, I agree; after all, this could be one of those times that he has planned some really sweet gesture. Like a huge sand sculpture or a beach picnic. You know, like the stuff they do on those dating shows on T.V. It’s hot, the sand is thick, and we are schlepping along until finally he says, “This is a good spot.” What? No sandcastle. No guitar player to serenade us. No gesture. I laugh off my silly girlish fantasy; my real life is already a dream come true, after all, I live in Hawaii and I’m married to a chiseled surfer.


As I set up my little camp on the beach, I notice a damp in the air and see a darkening in the sky. Nope, not gonna rain on my parade. Ignoring the change in weather I realize that the hubby is in a deep trance with the ocean. He is already in the water even if his feet are still in the sand. Here it comes: “Hey babe would you mind if I just went out there and caught a few?” How can I resist him? It would be like torture, for him and for me. I know my husband well enough to realize that he needs to surf. He is addicted. He won’t be able to enjoy himself until he does. I ask him to not take too long, to be careful, and have fun. While he is surfing I go for a long walk with the dogs, taking my time so that when I come back, he will surely be out of the water. Nope. It starts to rain, guaranteed he will come out of the water now. Huh uh. Now it really starts to storm. I am huddled under a beach umbrella with two dogs and my camera gear, while it pours buckets around me, and here I am trying to make the best of it. Listening to podcasts (after each one I think he will be coming in now), reading a book (until the umbrella started leaking on it), and eating all the popcorn, I peek out every so often, and barely see my hubby through the downpour, still surfing. For at least an hour he surfs as I sit in the rain, by myself, on the beach, wrapped in a blanket. So much for sun and relaxation. At this point, I am bored, tired, and cold, and I wish I would have just stayed home and worked. Eventually the sun does come out. I lay down the blanket, slather on some sunscreen, and get my chillax on. Chipper again, I forget all of the things I was going to say to my hubby about how horrible it is that I had to wait in the rain, and, “See how smart I was to bring all of this stuff ? Told ya!” Plus, when he finally emerges from the ocean, he is all smiles and looking great, as he greets me with a salty kiss. He dries off asking if I saw him catch this wave and that one. I want to say,“Yeah, sure did, right through that monsoon we just lived through I totally saw your backside air reverse. Oh, and your first and third tube ride were the best for sure. Did you see me up here trying to read a wet book? Probably not because I was hunched under the umbrella the whole time.” It only takes about 5 minutes for him to get bored and ask if I am ready to go. Really, I want to punish him and make him wait and be bored like I was, but there wasn’t much sun left, and I am hungry. The hubby must see I that I am feeling somewhat defeated by the afternoon, or perhaps he feels guilty for leaving me in the rain. Instead of heading straight home he stops for TNT Burgers, and drives to a great spot to watch the sunset. From the back of the truck, we talk and and cuddle. And I’ve already forgiven him.


All you need is a T-shirt and some scissors. Vintage cotton is best, so use your old worn tees, or grab some from a thrift store.

Make Your Own Beach Cover-Up

Stretch out the material to get the best effect of your slits. Change up the knots for your unique style and fit. Use the extra pieces for headbands, wrap bracelets, or braid together for belts. There are so many possibilities.

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Open-Back Halter

Side-Slit Tank

1. Cut out neckline and the seam at the ends of the sleeves.

1. Cut the sleeves off at an angle from the bottom of the sleeve to the outside of the neck hole, and remove the hem at the bottom of tee.

1. Cut the sleeves off about 1 inch inside the seam.

2. Along the fold of the sleeves cut slits about 1/4 in. wide and about 2 in. deep into the top of the sleeves. Make sure you cut through both sides of the material. 3. Put the shirt on and make a mark on the back where your low back is, and another mark about 2 in. from the bottom of your neckline.

2. Cut out the back of the tee in a deep V at the bottom and up around the neck line at the top.

2. Cut the neckline out about 1 inch inside the seam. Cut more for a deeper neckline.

3. Add slits to the sides of the shirt under the armhole. Use longer slits at the bottom and make them shorter going up towards the arm hole. 4. Take off the bottom hem.

4. Fold the shirt in half so that the sleeves are in the middle of the shirt when you lay it down. (as shown below)

5. Cut apart the shoulder straps then tie them together for your perfect fit.! 3. From the bottom of the V cut straight down to the bottom of the shirt. Use those pieces to tie together at low back.

5. Use a straight edge to cut slits in the back like you did to the sleeves. Make shorter slits at the bottom and increase the length with each slit going up the back of the shirt. !

4. Cut open the neck line and tie together behind neck. 5. On the front of the shirt cut in some slits for added detail.

6. Cut the very top slit in half and tie it to cinch the neckline together for a tighter or loose fit.


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STAYCATION : A VAC ATI ON TH AT I S S PEN T AT H O ME E N J OY I N G A L L T H AT YO U R I S L A N D H A S TO O F F E R Planning on not planning a trip this summer? There is no


reason why you can’t get some R.&R., try some new things, and enjoy your own home for your vacation this year. No need to pack or plan. Just take it easy doing all of those thing you wish you had more time for in your daily life.

TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAYCATION: •Let your boss know you are going on vacation; just don’t tell them you are going to be at home. This way they won’t be tempted to call you in.


•Try that new restaurant you have seen in your town, or go to another side of the island for dinner. •Shop at the farmers markets and create a delicious meal using only island goodies. Don’t forget the Kauai chocolate. •Seek out Kamaaina specials. •Check out some local entertainment. •Make memories and take the camera with you. Shoot photos and make an album to remember your summer staycation. •Avoid your household chores; have a housecleaner come in for a few hours while you treat yourself to a day at the beach. The money you save on travel expenses will make it easier on your pockets so you can treat yourself to so a few nice things, like a stay at your local resort, a trip to the spa, or maybe even a little shopping spree.


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H aw ai i



By Amanda Baker

The first time I saw Puna E speak was nine years ago. Her presence emanated into the room like rays of sunlight. It was clear that not only is Puna extraordinarily powerful, she is also amazingly good. Now I send Puna an email about who we are and what we are hoping to accomplish. A few days later I receive a call from her, and I am thrilled when she agrees to meet with us. Even over the phone, I am struck by her palpable power. She asks us to meet her in Anahola at Kanuikapono, the charter school that she helped to found. Arriving at Kanuikapono, just in time for Piko; we join the school kids outside, beneath the bright afternoon sun. Holding hands in a circle with a hundred or so children, several teachers, and Puna herself, I can feel the connection between our linked hands. I realize that since this group practices this circle twice a day, they are certainly connected. Hawaiian chanting carries on the sweet island air, and it is as if we are temporarily transported to another time. Then, school is dismissed and Keri and I go into the teacher’s lounge to sit with Puna: an experience I will always remember. The first thing Puna says is, “This article is not about me. I am nothing without all of this.” She gestures to the school: the community of teachers and children. But, she seems to also refer to something more - like an unseen, supportive Force that sustains her. I am struck by her humility. We sit, enthralled, as Puna describes her early life. Growing up on the East side of Oahu truly sounds amazing. Soft Hawaiian beaches border crystal clear aquamarine waters, even now; imagine it

forty years ago. Both of her parents were Hawaiian. Puna’s mother and grandmother were Shamans, and Puna is a living descendent of this precious Hawaiian line, and a carrier of much wisdom. Hearing stories of her father is both entertaining and interesting. He sounds like a brilliant man, someone capable of flourishing a healthy family directly off of the Hawaiian ecosystem. Puna and her thirteen person family spent every summer on Flat Island: a small, pristine island off the coast of Oahu. For those months every year, everything the family needed was: fished, gathered, made, or bartered. Not only did Puna learn the orally passed, traditional Hawaiian spirituality, or huna, she also learned traditional Hawaiian methods of subsistence, such as pulling limu, or seaweed, from the ocean. I realize that Puna truly has much to teach all of us about living sustainably in these islands.

Puna is bubbling over with information to share, so rather than firing questions at her, we simply let her speak. Organizing the nuggets of wisdom that Puna shared with us that day into an article presents a challenge; her thoughts and words move in a circular fashion. The circular nature of how Puna speaks reminds me of a concept I studied in the Anthropology department when I was in college: most indigenous cultures think in a circular manner. While Western thought is linear and hierarchical, indigenous thought tends to swirl and connect, forming circles rather than straight lines. This article is organized in the same way that Puna speaks, and touches on the concepts she shared with Keri and me.

Sitting with Puna, we learn that there is a common misconception about the original structure of Hawaiian society. Most people think that the Alii, or Hawaiian royalty, were at the top of the ancient social pyramid when, actually, they were at the bottom. The Alii were the foundation of society and their role was to support the higher layers. At the very top of the pyramid was the ohana, or family. In essence, all of society was set up to support the family, especially the children. Puna explains that “In Hawaiian thought: there is Lono, which are the gifts we receive from the Earth, such as food and water: there is Kane, or the Heavens: and there is mankind, which is man who is kind. With our feet on the ground and our heads reaching toward the sky, we are the electricity that connects Heaven and Earth.” How do we properly be this electricity? Puna says, “Malama Ka Aina [care for the earth], and kokua [help the community] without being asked. This is our responsibility. Everybody has their part in the whole picture; we are all connected.” According to Hawaiian thought, every person has a responsibility to the whole: to consider the fruits of their actions on the next seven generations. Today, we are living within a picture that was created seven generations ago. And so, it is


important that our pule, or prayers and intentions, are in line with taking care of all that we have, so that it will be here for seven generations in front of us. “Everything that has occurred up to this point has been in preparation for the children that are here today; everything has been leading up to their arrival, and they are who we have been waiting for,” she says. I realize, anew, how extraordinarily precious our children are, and that it is up to all of us to care for them, and to encourage their potential.

connected.” As she says this, her love of traveling and other cultures is obvious. Puna’s perspective on not-judging other ways of thinking than her own is fascinating: “I will recognize - that is somebody’s thought. I will listen and see it from their perspective, then I can know how they feel, I will understand how they see this. I can appreciate how they came to this conclusion. In their culture, this is how they’ve been raised. You can’t discount that.”

How do we define wealth? According to Hawaiian thought, the answers are: ohana (family), wai (the water that sustains us) and aina (land), in that order. Puna explains the concept of aina one step further, “Aina is not just land: it’s home, the place where we are nurtured.” She then takes the concept of home even further than that, from a ‘place’, to an actual moment. “These are moments in time that we are gifted with,” she says. “We cannot take these moments for granted. We see the sun coming up in the morning; we feel soft rain on our faces. Sometimes we must take one step back.” It seems that she is saying: the moments in which we are nurtured are our true home. How can moments be home? I wonder. How can that be? I think of the times when I feel the most nurtured. These moments come in my house: my actual home. But, they also come at the beach, when the sunrays are bright, and the air and water are perfectly clear. I feel at home in the mountains, surrounded by greenery and streams. These nurturing moments also occur around a certain person or group of people, my ohana. I’m sure everyone has their own places and times when they feel nurtured. Puna is saying we must not take these moments for granted, that these moments are our true wealth. The idea that moments in time define wealth, more than the amount of material items one owns, is certainly something to consider.

“The ocean touches and moves against the island, and our breath affects the world,” she says of Hawaii. The literal translation of the word Hawaii is “the breath and waters of universal good. The sound ha means breath. Wai means water, especially referring to the waters we are all born from, meaning the water in the wombs of our mothers, and ii means universal good, or highest good.” Puna reminds us that being in Hawaii carries a deep responsibility; that it is the kuleana, or responsibility, of the people in Hawaii to stay aligned with this concept of ‘universal good’. It is her belief that our actions here truly affect the waters and the air that touches the rest of the world. “When a person thinks of Hawaii, wherever they are, a smile comes to their face,” she says. Being in Hawaii, this beautiful aina, with abundant gardens, sunlight, and pure air and water is a blessing. Puna is saying it is our kuleana in Hawaii to be grateful, so that our gratitude can touch the rest of the world through the ocean that connects us all.

Puna speaks of the moon, “The pull and tug of the moon greatly affects us. We are all made of water and it is obvious, from watching the ocean tides, that the gravitational pull of the moon profoundly moves the water of this planet.” Her face lights up as she animatedly explains that “the Hawaiian moon is tilted to the side.” When she speaks of her travels to Germany, I am fascinated to hear her observation that the moon sits straight up and down in the sky, relative to Germany, and so “when the German moon is half full, there is a straight line down the middle.” She concludes that this is why German culture is typically very punctual, while the tilted Hawaiian moon makes people more relaxed. “Every culture has its place, and we are all

Puna clearly explains the concept of ‘Hawaiian time’. “Hawaiian time is not late time; it’s no time.” How can people who have grown up with a totally different way of looking at punctuality, understand this concept of time? Puna uses the analogy of us here in Hawaii, on these tiny pieces of land floating on the vast ocean; similarly, we are all within this vast ocean of time. Time does not move in a straight line any more than do currents of water. “The time must be right in our stomachs first, in our hearts second, and in our heads last,” she firmly states. “Our kapuna, speak to us through a ha’au, or gut feeling, that signifies to us when the time is right for action. We then feel the kapuna speak to our hearts.” She points to her stomach first, and then to her heart, when she explains this concept. I realize that it must take practice to be able to identify the feeling she describes. It sounds like a wonderful way to operate in the world. “We are gifted with time,” she says. I think of the recent tsunami in the Pacific and the devastating effect on our

neighbors in Japan and I know, on a very deep level, that she is right. In the Hawaiian language, there are no negative words. If you wish to speak in the negative, you put the sound ‘a’ before the word, meaning to be without. “To say something in the negative is to create that intention,” she says. Traditional Hawaiian thought is very positive, and utilizes the belief that our words create our intentions, and that it is our kuleana (responsibility) to the whole, to have positive intentions. “Manifestation is real,” she says, “If you believe it, you have it.” She also said that “We are at the mercy of our creation,” in reference to the current state of our planet. But, her message is ultimately one of hope. We can start each day anew, with new possibilities of creating something beautiful. Starting each day with a pule (prayer) for something good, and ending it the same way, is what Hawaiian thought recommends. Puna is saying that it is our deep responsibility now, more than ever, to do so. She asks us if we know what is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from Hawaii. We were stumped. Then she tells us with us a smile, “If you were to draw an imaginary line from Hawaii, through the center of the Earth, you would reach Jerusalem. These are two special places on Earth; Jerusalem and Hawaii. I am often asked why there are so many Christians in Hawaii. The truth is very simple. If there is separation, it is not Hawaiian.” In Hawaiian thought, there are three elementary components to everything that is. There is Huna, or the esoteric intention, or mana; there is Hula, the female energy and visual expression; and there is lua, or male energy and expression. “In all things there are three. Just as in the Christian Trinity; all three exist together in one intention. One makes sense to the other. There is no separation.” According to Hawaiian thought, the pinnacle of the highest good is Pono, or pure righteousness. Pono lives within each and every one of us in the form of mana, “the spirit that lives within.” So, the pinnacle of goodness resides within all of us, in the form of mana, which also means power. Thus, ‘righteousness’ is our true power. Puna says, “In Hawaiian thought, we are meant to start every day from this place of Pure Light. This is how we can bring pure light for the rest of the day, because you are the light. Ask yourself, What, truly, am I trying to attain?”

She advises us not to get too caught up in meeting deadlines, because we may forget our purpose. When I ask her, “What purpose?” She replies, “To live in joy, love, fulfillment and light. That is the creative force. We must revisit that connection and intention every morning and every night. From the time of conception, a child is pure light and pure love. The purpose for being is to nurture that light. All things written and chanted speak of Pono. We believe we start from this place and we must nurture it throughout our lives, and in our children.” So, one of the most important aspects of our purpose, is to first reconnect with our own intrinsic Pono, or mana, and to then nurture it in our children. She emphasizes the importance of taking care of our children several times; especially since Pono (the pinnacle of righteousness and goodness) is so strong within them. If any of our relationships ever deviate from Pono, we must practice Ho’oponopono, a method to make everything absolutely correct. Ho’oponopono is very simple, Puna explains. The offended parties must say, “I’m sorry, I forgive you, I love you.” What’s more, is they must mean it. They agree to never revisit the moment of sadness or offense, ever again. They are to forgive one another, and to let go of all remorse. The offense is absolutely released. “When we say it’s pau (finished), it’s pau. You do not go back to the moment of sadness,” Puna explains. What a simple concept. Imagine never going to bed at night until we practice Ho’oponopono with anyone we may have had bad dealings with, including friends, family, or community members. What if all conflicts could be solved this way, even global ones: with a mutual agreement to release offense and to stay centered in individual Pono, with a commitment to considering the highest good of all in future actions? Puna is truly a reservoir of culture, carrying a verbal tradition that has been passed down for generations. I am so grateful for this opportunity to speak with her for Purple Inc. I could stay here, listening to Puna until the stars come out. But, after a couple of hours, members from her Hula Halau begin to arrive, and it is time to return outside. The bright afternoon sunlight has mellowed into the mysterious glow of early evening. Puna and her drummers sit on the grass as the hula dancers gracefully move in perfect unison. I am reminded of how Puna told us that hula movements form geometric patterns, that communicate our intentions to the stars. I look past the graceful dancers, and I see the dark blue ocean in the distance. I return my gaze to the Halau as the soft beams of evening light spill over Kalalea Mountain. The beautiful Hawaiian chanting, and the sound of the ipu carries on the ocean breeze. I am grateful to be here now.


Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life... When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality. -Henry David Thoreau


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