,. Dear Readers,
As we began working on this summer issue, we wanted it to be filled with sunlight and buoyancy and fun; the playfulness and freedom that this season brings. What we discovered, though, as we finished the issue, is that it is filled with something even more—tapping back into the spirit of sunny childhood days —combined with wisdom, experience and a sense of purpose found as an adult.
In our interview with Joel Guy, who is focused on preserving the community of Hanalei— he explains how his drive to serve stems from his childhood growing up there, tramping through the jungles and playing in the surf. Our interview with surfing icon and musician Donovan Frankenreiter reveals how he took his two favorite loves as a kid and made them both into rewarding careers. But our leading men of this issue aren’t the only ones parlaying natural talent into a fun, rewarding lifestyle: the ladies of Little Tsunami Tattoo have trekked through the male-dominated world of tattooing to be front runners of the evolving art form. Eleni Cameron of Sol Seas bikinis took her crafty sewing skills she learned from her mother and created a swimsuit line that’s sexy and functional. This issue is great because of all the people in it, including our readers who sent us their best camping stories. We loved the contributions so much we decided we will continue to include your thoughts, advice and experiences into each issue of Purple Inc. Mahalo for your continued support as we continue to grow and evolve.
Aloha, Lois Ann Ell Editor
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ISSUE NUMBER 5
6 Hanalei Food Crawl
12 Wellness Wahine - Handstands
A tour of the best eats in Hanalei.
Strength and power exercises
8 Donavon Frankenreiter
On surfing, music, and Kaua’i living.
Camping Projects for the kids
14 Little Tsunami Tattoo Women thriving in the tattoo industry.
19 DIY: Driftwood Crafts 22 Empowerment Practice: Living Free in the Present
23 Defining Beauty: Feminine & Fierce Our Summer Photo Editorial featuring Eleni Cameron’s Sol Seas Bikinis
30 Interview with Joel Guy Growing up in Ha’ena and stepping up to service.
20 Your Camping Stories
Editor/Writer Lois Ann Ell Art Director/Photographer Keri Jo Cooper Contribu7ng Writers Jericho Rell Samantha Fox Olson Jolene JusAs Cudworth Jessica Krull Purple Inc. is published quarterly. Copyright 2012, 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: email@example.com
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Hanalei Food Crawl: Summer Edition By Lois Ann Ell
After you tire of lugging the grill, the charcoal, the meat, the seasonings, tongs, and plates to the beach, stop trying so hard, and try easy with a summer food crawl instead. We went on one in Hanalei, and sampled the best of what the iconic beach town has to offer.
What to order: A sampler of three tacos: carne asada, kalua pork and fish
What to order: A slice of the Veg-Head Deluxe
This taco truck is parked steps from the Pier, perhaps the best piece of moveable real estate on island. They are only open from noon to three—a few short hours of nonstop customers, including far-flung ones from across the globe, eager to try this infamous food truck they have read about on foodie websites. Emily Richardson works the counter, handling the crowds effortlessly.
A slice of the Veg-Head is a game-changer for the world of pizza: caramelized onions, roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and pesto, and then topped off with fresh basil and feta cheese. The result: a sophisticated medley of garden-fresh taste atop a saucy, cheesy slice of goodness. Our piece was from pizza maker Olivia Beard’s first pie she’d ever made. Beginner’s luck or pure talent? We didn’t decide; we were too busy eating.
The Dolphin Sushi Bar
What to order: The Lobster Roll
What to order: The Medjool Dates
Sushi Chef Jeff Benson will advise you to do it â€œOmakaseâ€? style when at the Dolphin; â€œsit and trust the chef to do what he wants to do.â€? Benson was trained under a traditional Japanese Sushi Chef, and ran Sushi Blues in Hanalei before venturing down the street to The Dolphin. He took us in the back to see the plethora of fresh catches ready to be served that nightâ€”Onaga, Mahi-mahi, Uku, Yellow fin Tuna. The town favorite is the lobster roll, only served on Fridays.
Surrounded by blood oranges, shavings of Manchego Cheese, spicy arugula and almonds with a mist of citrus vinaigrette, these dates are in good company. Itâ€™s the perfect summer dish. Itâ€™s hard not to find all the food here pretty much perfect during any season â€”local ingredients served tapas style using rustic, Mediterranean recipes, with stellar service. Chef Christoph shared his favorite summer favorites: fruit salad, gazpacho, a pitcher of tropical sangria. Rachel, Bar Acudaâ€™s manager gave us the ingredients to make our own batch below.
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Donavon Frankenreiter on Surfing, Music and Living Kaua’i Style Interview by Jericho Rell Donavon Frankenreiter is known for his long notable surfing career, his music, and his style. When we met up with him last month on the beach, we got to know more: how important his family and the island are to him, and his unpretentious and simplistic laid-back attitude. It’s no wonder he landed here on Kaua’i and decided to make it his home.
Purple Inc.: Tell us how you ended up on Kaua’i. Donavon Frankenreiter: I grew up in Southern California. I lived there my whole life until the age of thirty six and then I moved to Kaua’i. I turned professional in surfing and I started traveling; I’ve been traveling ever since. I’ve been on the road eight months a year, every year since that time. Basically I’ve been on the road nonstop living different places. We had a home base in Laguna eleven years ago and then we had our first child four years later. It was around the time we got pregnant with our second baby boy we decided to move. We came here and it took about a year for us to decide we should sell everything in California and move here permanently. PI: Did you come straight to the North Shore? DF: You know it’s funny, about 18 years ago I came here to do a photo shoot for Local Motion. It was the first time I ever came to Kaua’i and it’s definitely changed from 18 years ago. But it’s still so cool and I have always loved Hawai’i and the culture and I
have always felt really comfortable in the Hawaiian Islands. When I came to Kaua’i it was sort of a dream scenario. I never knew if it would come true or if my wife would love it. This is what we had been looking for—a little bit of land and a garden. Have a real basic, simple life for our kids. So everything kind of worked out. I am on the road a lot, and then I come home and I am like, "Ahhh!" It’s so worth it. I don’t do anything when I am home. I just stay home with the kids and enjoy life so much. When I am on the road and it gets kind of tough. I love surfing, I love the beach, and I love the culture. Coming home is incredible, being able to live here and make it work. I feel so lucky to live here. PI: It’s the best of both worlds to be able to go out on the road and then come home and be on the island. DF: Yeah, it’s very simple. You can escape here and hide out and no one would ever know. I used to drive a lot in California and now that we are here on the North Shore I will be like, “Really, I gotta go to Kilauea?” That’s really as far as I go. PI: Right, it’s interesting living here with the invisible barriers. DF: I remember I would drive three hours a day just looking for waves. So that’s what is fun about slowing down. Here, my kids have a unique opportunity to learn the culture and learn how important family is. We never had a garden before. Here it’s so great, it rains every day. Things I didn’t
have growing up—it’s neat for my kids to experience. PI: When did you start playing music? DF: At sixteen I went on surf trip and I saw a guitar at a friend’s house. I picked it up and just fell in love with the sound of it, and the companionship. I took it everywhere—on planes, boats, to hotels. At that time I was not a big reader, I was very hyperactive child. It [the guitar] was the one thing that slowed me down and made me eager to learn. Wherever I went, it was always a learning process and I never got bored of it. It was like surfing; I never get sick of it because every time I surf it’s different. There’re two things that I love in my life, surfing and music. I never feel like I have lost any love for them. I am obsessed with those two things because they are always changing and always exciting. You never know
what kind of song you are going to write, or what’s gonna happen on the guitar, and in the ocean it’s the same thing. Now, being
older with kids it’s cool to share what I love with them, pushing them into waves and watching them surf. My son takes guitar lessons and ‘ukulele, and he really enjoys music. So it’s neat to be able to share that with them. PI: There is a close tie between the lifestyle of surfing and playing guitar wherever you are. DF: They really go well together. It was never, “should I surf or play music?” It was: surf all day and then at the end of the day, grab our guitars and have a bonfire or a house party. It never conflicted; you could always surf all day and play music into the
evening. I love how in music and
surfing you make these split second decisions like, ‘I am going to turn right here,’ but you don’t even ask yourself that, you just do it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s the same thing with music live. I love that feeling of how it has a structure but it’s completely alive and open and anything can happen. PI: Who inspires you musically? DF: I get inspired by everything. We listen to all different types of music at home. I love all the old stuff—Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Steve Miller, The Beatles, Prince. The list could go on. Growing up surfing there was a lot of “surf pop” like Blink 182, Pennywise, and Metallica. As I started getting older I started listening to Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley. I got into songwriting and the lyrical side later. What it’s like writing a song—that changed my taste. I am always getting turned on to new artists with the Internet. I truly love music— I’ve never heard anyone play music and thought, “Aw, that sucked.” I think it’s all really beautiful and everyone can show their emotions.
PI: Who would be your ideal collaboration? D: Bob Dylan. PI: In your recent album, you used what sounded like homemade sounds. DF: Every couple years when a record comes out we put out these recycled recipes, which are six song covers that I reinterpret. So I went into the studio to make this new record with my buddy Matt Grundy, he’s been with me for ten years since I started. I didn’t know if it would work, it was just an idea that I had. It was something that I hadn’t tried before which was use my music, learn it on the bass, get a drumbeat, and get the basic tracks, and add to that. Matt was totally into it, he said, “Let me get a bunch of different instruments.” He got a banjo, a couple different ‘ukuleles, and a lap steel. We
went in there and started to record and I said, “Whatever you think is the right thing to do, don’t do that.” I loved that recording. I wrote all these songs over the last year of traveling, when I was on tour. There are a lot of love songs about home, about missing home, and there was one song about losing Andy Irons. There is a song called “Start Livin’” about instead of worrying
about all these things, just enjoy the moment where you’re at. Enjoy what you have. PI: It seems like this album has a lot of your personal experiences. DF: It was really personal—this record more than others. I made a conscious effort to write these songs myself. I did a lot of co-writes on the last three records and they were fun. I love cowriting. I just wanted to write songs that I feel kind of represented the last year of my life. PI: Where are you touring now? DF: All of June I’ll be on the West Coast, July on the East Coast and Europe, then back to West Coast, then off to Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year. PI: Are you taking your family with you on tour? DF: They are coming for four months when we do West Coast and East Coast and all through Europe. They love traveling with me. PI: What are your favorite parts of living here? DF: The Hanalei Elementary School. The farmer’s markets. I love the people of Kauai; I feel like if anyone needs anything, everyone pulls together. The
simplicity. We feel really lucky to call Kaua’i home. It’s a place people come on their honeymoon once in their life.
Driving the kids to school I will look at my wife and still say, “Can you believe we live here?” PI: Do you feel like you were welcomed with open arms? DF: Yeah, even when I came seventeen years ago. You know you just have to have the utmost respect for this place, especially with the locals and the surfers. I just wanted to come here and enjoy this life. PI: So people use this term a lot: soul surfer. What does it mean to you? DF: I believe every surfer is a soul surfer. Even at the height of Andy or Kelly’s career they still just loved surfing, but they are incredible competitors. And that’s the difference between some surfers and others; you have to have this amazing competitive drive to win. Surfing to me was always like a thing I loved for the peacefulness of it, I never wanted to be number one. I got so lucky in the surfing world where I was able to do this thing and still promote these products that I was endorsing but I didn’t have to do contests. I started when I was sixteen and I’m almost forty and I still make a living surfing; it turned into this amazing career. And it’s been an incredible ride, it’s still going on— I have a collection of clothes with Billabong this season. PI: How did you deal with all the success at such a young age? DF: This thing happened to me when I was young and I never forgot it. I went to a surf shop before I was pro. I was about eleven and there was a chance to come and meet all these surfers. A couple of them were so great, and a couple of the guys were just dicks, and I thought if I ever become a pro surfer I am never going to act like that guy. I thought I am never going to treat somebody like that. No matter what is going on in life, you have to block out whatever is going on in your personal life. It’s a privilege when people come
up to me and want an autograph. It’s why I get to do what I do. You know, people are taking the time to acknowledge me; I acknowledge them. You gotta be nice, but genuinely nice.
Donavon has a style all his own, and a hundred different smiles to go with it. Left CenterTattoo of his wife and 2 sons, and Sunchild- his first band
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Handstands: “I Am Strong and I Can Support Myself” Want to flip your world upside down? For most of us, the answer is no. Not many would choose to flip their world upside down on purpose. But with practice, handstands offer a new perspective on life that will bring a wealth of well-being to your life.
When a client came to me wanting to improve her handstand, I asked her which alignment principles she was focusing on in this pose. She replied, "I am only thinking about if I fall; I am not thinking about anything else." What clarity! We had something to work with; her fear was a doorway to her profound discovery and positive transformation. The truth was she was incredibly capable of doing a handstand on her own. However, the words she kept playing over and over in her head each time she attempted the pose were interfering with her progress. I described to her all the things I saw in her practice that showed me she was safe to practice handstand in the middle of the room. We didn't change much alignment in her body, but we radically shifted the thoughts in her head. I gave her a few examples on how she could begin to truthfully speak to herself as she began her handstand, but she came up with the mantra herself: "I am strong and I can support myself." When she said these words out loud, something inside of her shifted— to the degree that I physically saw her awakening! Her mind shifted, her heart expanded, and her handstands became amazing! Handstands will rock your world if you let them.
Why Handstands Rock: • Handstands (Adho Mukha Vrksasana in Sanskrit) are invigorating and energizing! Feeling sluggish? Try kicking into a few handstands to experience a new you. • The internal organs are flipped over from their usual upright position, massaging them and helping them to perform more efficiently. • The inversion enhances blood flow to the head, enriching the pituitary gland, and stretches the diaphragm. • Handstands build a confidence in each consistent practitioner like no other pose. • The benefits of handstands go on and on. Every cell in the human body is nourished when in a proper handstand.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” -Marianne Williamson !
First Steps in Learning a Handstand When learning a handstand you must remember to breathe, and to keep your arms strong. Handstands take practice, trust, and are ridiculously fun. This exercise will help you build confidence and strength in your upper body to eventually take on a handstand in the middle of the room:
1. Sit with your back at a wall and extend your legs out straight in front of you. Mark where your heels are. Now come to all 4s, and place your handsâ€”shoulder distance apartâ€”right where your heels were. 2. From here, with your feet on the floor, lift your knees. 3. Bring one leg to the wall, up only about a foot from the floor. Keeping your arms strong and your gaze at your hands, press your weight into the foot on the wall to lift the other foot from the floor to meet it. (This part can be very challenging for many people, so don't worry if it takes you a while too.) 4. Keeping your shoulders directly over your arms, slowly walk your feet up the wall until they are hip height. Hold here and gradually work up to 10 rounds of breath. Enjoy the feeling in your ability to support yourself. If can: Only if this is easy for you, begin to lift one leg away from the wall slowly and over your head. Play with switching legs mid-air. Handstands aren't for everyone. Check with your physician or a skilled yoga instructor to make sure they are healthy for you. And don't forget to watch Purple Inc.'s You Tube channel for detailed video instruction on the exercise above.
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Little Tsunami Tattoo By Jericho Rell Little Tsu is the reflection of the owners Acacia Jones and Chanel Andersen, who are the epitome of wit, style and art nouveau. I generally enter as a longtime friend stopping in to say hi, but on this day I entered a writer. Amongst the sound of laughter, the buzzing of a tattoo gun, and the constant flow of good music pulsing, we talked about what it means to be a woman tattoo artist and the ways the industry has changed. There is no doubt these women have paved the way for themselves and others.
Chanel Jericho: When did you first start tattooing? Chanel: About three years ago. I started teaching myself to paint, and then I met Acacia and Andrea who were tattoo artists. They were considering an apprentice. At first I thought it was far beyond my scope, because I had so much respect for them, and they definitely made it sound hard. And then I watched, and it made me think I could do it, and they really had the faith in me, which gave me that extra boost. And fortunately, I am kind of naturally talented. (Smiles) Jericho: But you have you have done art since you were little, right? Chanel: I was a late-blooming artist. I just kept challenging myself, trying to paint hard things. Jericho: What was your process with apprenticing? Chanel: I was on the fast track, a couple years. Jericho: What was the first tattoo you ever did? Chanel: A kanji on Acacia. That’s pretty typical; you tattoo the person that has taught you. Jericho: How have you since developed your own style? Chanel: My style is becoming more prevalent. Most tattoo artists think the bigger the better, but I appreciate clarity. I like something that is really defined. Even in the things I do that are black and grey. I think that color has been my strong point for sure. But I have been expanding my
black and grey portfolio. Acacia is amazing at black and grey, so she sets the bar high. Jericho: Tell us one of your favorite tattoo stories. Chanel: This guy Phil came in and he wanted a seahorse for his wife that had passed. She had Lou Gering’s disease and she knew she was going to go. They had been together their whole lives and she asked him, “How are you going to remember me?” and he said, “Well, I’ve always wanted a tattoo.” She said, “I would like you to get a seahorse for me.” So, if you ever see a guy with a seahorse on his ankle, don’t make fun of him because he is a pretty great guy. That was one of the moments where I felt like the person they were commemorating in the story was involved in the process. Jericho: How is it different being all women here in the shop in a typically male-dominated industry? Chanel: The whole Kat Von D thing opened it that right up. We women tend to be a little gentler to deal with. At least in our shop it’s very different. There isn’t that much of the ego aggressiveness…. the testosterone. And I think we’re cleaner. (Laughs) Jericho: Who is your apprentice? Chanel: Her name is Kiana. Then we have Rebecca, who is the eyes and ears of the shop. At one point we noticed her natural affinity for organization, and therefore she took the title (of manager.)
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Jericho: How is tattooing a unique art form? Chanel: With the element of bloodletting there is an undercurrent of something meaningful happening. I think it transcends art, it’s more valuable. Jericho: Do you think the social stigma of tattooing has gone away? Chanel: I think it’s just like anything in popular culture; you become desensitized to it, so it’s normal to see tattoos. I think in Hawai’i especially, because people wear fewer clothes. So a lot of times people say that everyone has tattoos here, and we are like, “Yeah, everyone has tattoos back home under their parka.” It seems there is this natural urge for people to want to mark the important points in their life. There’s a catharsis that happens when you are tattooing, and there’s a history of women being healers and there’s a connection there that we are just now tapping into. It feels important to be a part of that.
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Jericho: (To Acacia) when did you first start tattooing? Acacia: About fourteen years ago. Jericho: Did you do any type of art before that? Acacia: I started painting before I could put food in my mouth. Both my dad and my uncle are artists. Jericho: Was there a person or an event in your life that inspired you to start tattooing? Acacia: I think I’ve always been attracted to tattooing since I was really young. My parents would give me a wall to draw on and I would start drawing on myself.
Jericho: What style have you developed? Acacia: I have always tried really hard even before I started tattooing not to have a specific style, but to be able to do anything. Jericho: Is there something you love doing, though? Acacia: I love color pieces, big stuff that has room to breathe, stuff that has meaning to people. I love Asian and Polynesian. Jericho: How many tattoos do you have? Acacia: Seventeen. Jericho: How is it being a woman in the tattoo industry? Acacia: It was a lot different when I first started tattooing. It was a boy’s club, very maledominated. But things have changed in that also a lot of people prefer to be tattooed by women because the ego is a little less there. Jericho: How did you deal with that? Acacia: I was a fighter. I knew I was going to be tattooing and that was what I wanted to do. It’s one
of the hardest art forms there is. The learning part is a lot longer and the stakes are higher. Jericho: How has it been being a business owner? Acacia: Good. It’s a growing experience. I have a little more control over my environment. When people walk in, they feel good. They aren’t getting attitude. They know they’re not walking into that dark, dungeon-feeling biker environment. It’s sacred work; you are changing people’s bodies for life. There is no longer this thinking inside the lines. About 15 years ago, people started to see outside the box and had the ability to do artwork that has stood the test of time. The colors are getting better. Tattooing is a sacred art form; it’s something that has been done since the beginning of time. I think a lot more people want to get tattoos for really significant meaning in their life, whether it’s a grieving process, or whatever. The more artists that there are like Chanel and myself, who recognize we are doing energy work on people too, the better the industry is going to get.
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Camping It's so much fun; the chance to get away from it all. You get there. You set up. You look around, and think you're done. Then you realize: you brought it all with you. Now start the fun! (This comes from Grammy, who carries a key chain that says, "Thank goodness I'm NOT camping.") Here are a few activities families can do together while camping that doesn’t require bringing too much extra stuff.
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GET CRAFTY: Camping Masterpieces When packing, throw in: √ Elmer’s glue √ Cardboard √ Scissors Cut the cardboard in rectangles. Apply glue to the cardboard, and then add the sand, shells, leaves, pieces of wood and other treasures the kids have collected. These works of art double as a camping memento long after the trip is over.
Camping 101: Start off making sure kids pick up any trash around the campsite. Explain we only have one earth and we must take care of her. Camping Activities: • Go on a Scavenger hunt
GET COOKIN’: Campfire Ice Cream What you need: √ Ziploc sandwich bags AND Ziploc gallon zip bags √ Sugar √ Vanilla √ Milk √ Crushed ice √ Rock salt Add 1 tsp. sugar, ¼ tsp. vanilla and ½ cup milk into sandwich bag and seal. Add ice and rock salt to large bag. Put small bag inside the large bag and seal tightly. Shake the bag. Within minutes you have ice cream!
• Collect wood, shells & treasures
• Play hide and seek in the dark
While you are camping you will often hear, "I want to do it, let me do it!" If possible, let them. If not, show them your hand with theirs and say, "When your hand is this big, then you can do it.”
Play “20 questions”
Teach your kids to whistle
Here’s a “handy” trick.
DIY DRIFTWOOD PROJECTS Driftwood Succulent Planter You will need: • Sphagnum Moss • Succulent Plant or Bromeliad • A piece of driftwood to your liking • Plant Tape Gently pull the plant from the soil and shake off the soil to expose the roots. Soak the moss in water then cover the roots of your plant with the wet moss. Wrap the tape around the moss, securing it to the driftwood. The moss absorbs lots of water and dries quickly, making it a great home for succulents. Plants get the water they need without the risk of rotting. Keep in bright, indirect sunlight. Water a few times a week. Paint your driftwood with acrylic paints, add a few hooks and you have a unique jewelry organizer or a keychain hanger.
Driftwood sculptures are easy to make with a hot glue gun. Inspired by the sea, here is a fun fishy with a puka shell for an eye. You could also paint the fish and display a few together so your walls are swimming with schools of driftwood fish that you created.
While floating in the ocean, driftwood provides shelter for fish and birds. Shipworms, gribbles, bacteria, and the elements help decompose the wood reintroducing it into the food chain.
Thanks to Marit at Growing Greens Nursery in Kapaa for the helpful hints and the beautiful plants. Visit her nursery at 66-60B Kawaihau Rd, Kapaa. 808-822-3831
Our Â readers Â sent Â us Â their Â most Â memorable Â accounts Â of Â stepping Â out Â of Â the Â comforts Â of Â home Â to Â experience Â the Â big, Â wide Â world Â outdoors. Â The Â Purple Â Inc. Â staff Â joined Â in Â too. Â Â Following Â is Â a Â colorful Â compilation Â of Â stories Â that Â reminds Â us Â why Â we Â go Â camping.
Camping was a necessity in 1972 when my Canadian friend and I hitchhiked across Europe. We didn't have enough money to pay for hostels or even a tent, but we did have two sleeping bags. We spent our days walking with our thumbs out and speaking French because Canada had made all students learn French in order to accommodate its French-speaking citizens and Lynda, my companion, needed to practice her conversation skills. One night in Holland, the night had closed in on us so quickly that we couldn't read the sign on the fence as we climbed it in order to camp in the forest that we saw on the other side. We threw our two sleeping bags under a tree and went to sleep only to be awakened to what we thought were sounds from crazy people that made us huddle together in fear in the dark until the morning when we could pull out my Dutch-English dictionary and read the sign on the fence: Dierentium. It means â€œZooâ€? in English. We had spent the night camping inside the zebra pen of a large Zoo. -Leonore P., Bemidji, MN
Camping Â Stories
Back in the day my friends and I all worked in factories. We worked until 11:00 p.m. and would hang out after. About once a month, we would be shooting the breeze after work. Someone would say, "Let's load and go!" We would all look at each other, some making excuses, others saying, "Oh yeah, let's go!" This meant we were going to cross the flatlands of Kansas and head to the Rockies. With no prep or planning, we would grab a few sleeping bags and pup tents. There would be 8-10 of us all loaded up in a panel van that didn't even have seats, let alone seat belts, just bean bag chairs in the back. Our only supply was usually a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. We would drive nine hours, all night long. We knew when the sun came up we would be looking at the Rocky Mountains. Next, we’d go into the mountains find a place to post up. We girls thought we need a bath. We would find an ice-cold stream and jump in. The rest of the day was spent listening to good music, making plans for the future, and just enjoying our surroundings. We didn't take many supplies, so the girls would take turns fainting. No food, icy water, high altitude. We would solve the world’s problems and have fun together. We went on these “load and goes” just to be in the mountains. They made us feel small in comparison, and put us in our place. –Grammy, Purple Inc. On my 26th birthday a group of friends and I packed up blankets, food, and firewood and headed to the beach. Ready to get away from phones, T.V. and computers, we were eager to spend a few days together swimming and eating food cooked over a campfire. Falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore under a star-filled sky is the perfect birthday wish come true. Midway through our second night, two of my girlfriends awoke me and told me that we were going swimming. I thought they were crazy to want to swim in the ocean at night, so I protested a little. They each grabbed my hands and we walked across the sand together toward the sparkling water. Once we got to the shoreline I saw glowing streaks shoot through the lapping waves. It was phosphorescence, but it looked like magic. We were like little girls again as we jumped in, giggling in excited amazement at the streaks of light glowed around us. Opening my eyes under water was like seeing a hundred shooting stars pass me. I will never forget that sight. Everyone signed my tent with permanent markers to commemorate the trip. "Remember the bling," was my favorite comment and I still see it every time I camp. –Keri, Art Director, Purple Inc. When we set out, the moon was trading places with the sun as we drove. I had not been to Kalalau in ten years and all the times I had went I had hiked the red dirt trail. On this day we were going by Kayak. Before we were about to paddle out, my friend Nancy noticed that the plug to the boat was missing. She found a wine cork and it fit perfectly. As we paddled out my heart leapt out of my chest and we splashed around, hitting each other’s paddles, trying to find our rhythm. I thought the waves would die down a bit, but about a mile in I realized it was not going to get any easier. My anxiety began to creep in in and Nancy said sweet things about the view while I swore under my breath and my arms turned to rubber. There is a vast difference between surfing on a board and surfing in a giant kayak. When we got close to the shore of Kalalau I was exhausted. A huge rainbow covered the sky pointing down to our landing spot. We spent that afternoon in waterfalls and I took the most perfect nap on a rock in the middle of the river. We awoke the next morning and I was so tired I could barely drag the kayak to the water to make it to Polihale. Getting back out, the waves looked gigantic. We paddled fiercely the whole way until we came around the bend. The last part of the journey the water became flat and crystal blue as dolphins swam around us. We sailed in smoothly this time. I collapsed on the shore, never so happy to see all of our friends waiting for the third part of our camping trip to begin. -Jericho, staff writer, Purple Inc.
It was a red Chevy pick-up. I was told I’d be fine in the sand; if I got stuck all I had to do was deflate the tires. The road to Polihale has potholes deep enough to rattle the fillings in your teeth. When my companion and I reached the beach we were surprised to find it empty. We set up camp, had a couple of beers and then set out to walk the beach. A full moon was rising, but soon clouded over as the wind picked up. Despite running, we were drenched before reaching the truck. So were our blankets and towels. We jumped inside the truck, concluding our camping experience over. Upon engaging the transmission, I heard the tires spinning on the sand. I reversed, only to feel the truck spin deeper. I let enough air out of all four tires to the point they all looked flat, or close to it. We were on the brink of a shouting match when the rain stopped. Straight in front of us, the clouds passing quickly exposed a white moon and a moonbow; not a spectral color scheme, but rather arcs of white, silver and a weak yellow. I had never seen one before. Our spat over getting stuck stopped as we both expressed awe over what we had just witnessed. We talked for a while before we both fell asleep in the truck. I awoke before dawn to our immobilized situation. I removed the truck’s manual. “To engage the four wheel drive capability press the button on the dashboard marked F/WD.” I did, and felt the truck move effortlessly thru the sand. It was at this moment my camping partner awoke and asked, “Are we moving?” “Yeah, I just tinkered with the transmission and electrical system. I’ve got it all fixed now.” -Patrick S., Lihu’e, HI. We tented in the Himalayas, in the Haa Valley on the western border of Bhutan, a tiny country wedged between China and India. Hot water bottles in our bags helped ward off the deep chill of the 10 degrees F. Snow blanketed the site. On our guide's last trek here, a snow leopard attacked and killed a pack horse. The group descended the next day. We scurried to our tents in the dark, alert for the yellow glow of cats' eyes. The next morning we found leopard prints not far from our tents. We shivered and never stopped scanning the landscape for a leopard until we left the valley. –Patricia B., Davenport, IA I was about as far up as you can go in Koke’e with my two year old, my infant twin baby girls, and my adventurous partner Ryan, who insisted on playing music from our truck throughout the weekend. By Sunday afternoon, with empty coolers, tired babies, muddy clothes, and another cold night approaching, we piled in the truck to leave. It was dead. No jumper cables and no other trucks to jump with. Even the hunters were gone, the only other humans near us. I pushed the stroller with the babes in tow to the nearest campsite a few miles down the road to find no one around. It got dark. As I fumed silently and Ryan plucked out his fishing rod with a plan to catch dinner, we heard a truck engine in the distance. A rumbling pick-up approached, driven a DLNR worker and a truck full of young, tired volunteers. They had been at the end of the road cutting out invasive ginger. “Do you have jumper cables?” Ryan asked. “No.” “Do you have any copper wire?” Ryan asked. “Copper wire?” I repeated, rolling my eyes, not even knowing what it would be used for, perhaps his fishing pole. And who would have copper wire? “Huh, actually, I found this strip in the forest on the ground about an hour ago,” a voice said from the back of the truck. A volunteer handed over strip out of his pocket to Ryan, who used it to link the two truck batteries. Our truck started immediately. Ryan looked at me and smiled. “Ready?” -Lois Ann, Editor, Purple Inc.
Empowerment Practice: “Living Free in the Present” By Jessica Krull
Summer on Kaua’i means warmer days and more time to get outdoors and enjoy adventures. We are blessed with incredible sun, surf, and endless opportunities for play. We charge summer with a fierce determination and checklist of things to do. Before you begin to fill each day, take a few moments to undo, connect and empower yourself with freedom. Honor the present moment, set intention for your day, relax and energize with this simple, heart-centered empowerment practice that can be done in parts, or its entirety, anywhere, anytime.
1. Close your eyes and take deep, cleansing breaths.
Clear tension from your body by inhaling deeply through your nose, and exhaling completely through your mouth—with sound—three times. Breathe in and out through your nose. As you inhale, your belly expands, and as you exhale, contracts. Let your breath find a soft, rhythmic flow. Scan your body with your breath, relaxing each part. If you feel tense, tight, or uncomfortable anywhere, bring your breath to this area and imagine it softening and filling with light. Focus your attention at your heart and allow it to fill with light. With each breath, sink deeper. Breathe in positive possibilities; breathe out doubts, expectations, fears, stories and judgments. Invite empowerment into your heart with each inhalation. 5.Allow an affirmation to arise from your heart. “I AM ___________.” Gratitude, Love, Appreciation, Strength, Freedom, Clarity, Relaxation. Feel it, see it, be it and believe it, while repeating your affirmation several times. 6.Close by bringing your hands to your heart and pressing your palms together in Gratitude.
Living free in the present moment is a breath-to-breath choice, a waking up in any given situation and choosing empowerment.
An Interview with Eleni Cameron of Sol Seas Bikinis By Lois Ann Ell
When we were planning our summer photo shoot, bikinis were a must, but we struck gold with Eleni Cameron and her new line of functional yet sexy Sol Seas bikinis. This dynamic swimsuit line evolved from Cameron’s lifelong background in sewing, a decade of costume design, and living an active lifestyle on Kaua’i— understanding the importance of a bikini top staying put after a duck dive. Cameron’s mother grew up on a farm in Greece where sewing was a necessity. “There were no stores there after World War Two, so if you wanted something, you had to make it,” Cameron said. Out of necessity grew a talented seamstress, and she passed the gift on to her daughter. Cameron grew up sewing, weaving and crocheting anything. “I didn’t even think it was a skill I was learning, it was just life,” she said. Cameron began making costumes for her fire troupe, Kalalea Fire, in 2000. Her sewing background allowed her to produce anything she dreamed up for a show. One costume she remembers fondly is the “Temple Dancer,” which included Thai crowns, red silk harem pants, and gold paint on the dancer’s bodies. For another show, after finding one of her mother’s scarves, she used it as fringe for a costume to resemble a long grass skirt. “For me it’s all about creativity—before dancing I consider myself an artist; it’s another way for me to be creative.” Along with her art and dancing, Cameron enjoys an active life on Kaua’i, especially on the water. Whether she’s surfing, kayaking, or fishing off her boat, she knows the importance of functionality in a swimsuit. Sol Seas bikinis are made with tough nylon thread and quality Italian fabric to keep color and shape. “I know the Brazilian cut is all the rage right now, but I am a mom, and I’m active, and these suits are functional; they are not just for tanning,” she said. When asked how Sol Seas Bikinis came about, she said it started with a dream she had of a bikini bottom—the banded ‘garter strap’—one in our photo shoot, in fact. Upon waking hours, she took an existing bikini she already had and redesigned it to create the image that inspired her during her slumber. What followed was an entire collection, fueled by a surge of inspiration and productivity. Currently Sol Seas bikinis can be found at Spa by the Sea at the Waipouli Resort in Kapa’a, or you can order online at www.solseas.com.
By Jericho Rell
Feminine and Fierce
We’ve all seen it: a well- known fashion magazine featuring a gaunt-looking supermodel gazing out at the waves with a surfboard in her hands. There’s no authenticity in the photo. In our photo shoot we wanted to show what real women of Hawai’i actually embody. Kaua’i girls are a juxtaposition of strength mixed with feminine, of tapping into, embracing and owning their warrior spirit. Each one of the models in this shoot exemplifies this. We all are multi-talented in our own right— mothers, artists, dancers, surfers, D.J.’s, and so much more. I had volunteered to model for this shoot, and I will not lie, I was filled with trepidation at the thought of posing in a bikini, even though I am active and healthy. Every woman has a backstory to her body, and mine was influenced by the media and by other people from a very young age. I was often exhausted trying to meet that ideal. It wasn’t until I moved to Hawai’i that I really let go of my conditioned thoughts and realized that if I didn’t nourish my body and my spirit and soul, I wouldn’t be happy. That is what is beautiful— being able to enjoy healthy food, to hike a mountain, and paddle out in the ocean, gathering that mana, that light shining in your eyes. The spirit of enjoying life—that is what makes an image beautiful. After spending hours with these women during this photo shoot, I was filled with a fierce pride. We aren’t posing; we are representing what Kaua’i girls really are. When the shoot came to the last session, the sun was setting, and I stood with these amazing women in a circle. We were about to light up for the fire shoot and one of the models, Xochitl, sang a prayer for us. I felt a lump of gratitude in my throat as I ignited the flames and spun fire, the light breaking into that perfect golden hue that spread across the sky. We are beautiful because we enjoy the spirit of this life. We are fierce because we live it.
l u f i t u a e b e r We a e h t y o j n e e because w . e f i l s i h t f o spirit e s u a c e b e c r We are fie . t i e v i l e w Models: Renee Parker Johnston Pualani Avaeoru Xochitl Illari Jericho Rell Kyahnasun Ekatram
Styling & Swimwear: Eleni Cameron, Sol Seas Bikinis Makeup: Ashley of Lavender Moon Body Boutique
Photographer: Keri Cooper
Joel Guy By Lois Ann Ell Step into Joel Guyâ€™s office in Hanalei, and the space will reveal his kaleidoscope of talent and interests: his original artwork is splashed on the walls, a documentary he is working on plays on the flat screen, and blueprints of a future community center for Hanalei cover a table in the corner of the room. Between phone calls lining up video shoots with Laird Hamilton and up and coming teenage singer Madison, he sat down for an interview. We discussed his travels around the world, his transition into service and the political arena, and why there is not one public swing set in Hanaleiâ€”and how he hopes to change that.
Backstory Guy grew up on Kaua’i’s North Shore, raised by a single mother and her household of four boys. His appreciation for his childhood is a driving force behind his motivation to serve that same community today. “We lived on the beach in Ha’ena—when you’re gifted with that kind of childhood, you can’t not give back to your community; it’s your responsibility,” Guy said. As an adult, Guy opened and ran the busy restaurant Bamboo Bamboo (now Bar Acuda) in Hanalei and it quickly became the town’s hot spot, as well as a hub for professional surfers. Around the same time, Guy had been honing his skills in filming and videography, and Andy Irons was rising in the surfing world. Irons made a proposal to Guy to travel with him, shooting footage and making surf films. “In 2005, Jim [Moffat, owner of Bar Acuda] created an exit plan for me—and at the same time Andy said, ‘let’s go’,” Guy said, and soon he was traveling the globe—Tahiti, Australia, Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia. “We would leave for three weeks to a month, come home for three weeks, and then travel again.”
“He [Irons] was the world champ three times over —anywhere we went, he was a rock star,” Guy said. “He gave me an opportunity to see the world; to grow up in Ha’ena and then have my passport hammered with stamps.” On one of these trips in 2008, while Guy was in South Africa, he came across a school that was in need of a copy machine. He explained how the school only had one or two books and the students had to pass them around. He was able to acquire a Canon printer for the school. It was perhaps a beginning of seeing the power in helping others and a life of service. His travels winded down eventually, which allowed Guy more time to spend with his son, and enter into community service and politics back on his home turf.
Stepping into Service Guy took a position working with Rep. Mina Morita when she was the Chair of the state Legislature’s Energy and Environmental Protection Committee. Together Guy and Morita worked on the Barrel Tax Bill and the Solar Hot Water Heater Bill. This experience led him to run for the KIUC (Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative) board earlier this year. Guy didn’t win a seat on the board, which in the end was okay with him. “When the news came in, I felt a relief,” he said, adding that instead of being at a board meeting in Lihu’e, he could spend his time and energy on the numerous projects in Hanalei to which he is dedicated. And there’s quite a few: currently is working with Waipa Foundation— a non-profit organization dedicated to Hawaiian values of sustainability—filming a documentary highlighting their land management practices. He hopes the film will help Waipa secure a commercial kitchen in the future. He owns and operates Grass Shack Productions, and he is President of the Hanalei to Ha’ena Association. He is also on the Charter Review Commission, one of seven on a board appointed by the Mayor. The Charter Review looks at the operations of the County government and proposes amendments and bills on the ballot during election years.
A Voice for Hanalei One issue Joel Guy feels strongly about and would like to see on the ballot in the near future is having a County Council representative for the less-populated, less centrally-located districts of the island, like Hanalei and Ha’ena. “If we had a council by district, I definitely feel I could do so much more in my community,” Guy said. Currently none of the County Council members live in Hanalei, and Guy feels therefore many pertinent issues are not addressed. And there are a lot of issues—land use, public safety, children’s resources and education. One plan Guy is collaborating on is a community center in Hanalei, which he believes would solve some of the existing problems. “There’s not a swing set in Hanalei,” he said. “We used to have one when I was growing up.” Guy is working on a plan for a community center in Hanalei town that includes a playground, a skate park, community garden beds, and ample parking. The center would double as a civil defense center for emergencies. Although growth can be a negative thing, as Guy has seen over the years, there’s also reality—“the jungles I played in growing up are now homes; that’s why we need this,” he said of the community center and its recreational facilities for children and adults.
Outside of his office, Guy’s artwork can also be found in the Hanalei School mural he helped paint when he was a child enrolled there. He frequents his old restaurant (now Bar Acuda) often, and still finds time to get in the water daily. His history with and dedication to Hanalei is steadfast. Although, beyond his community service, political aspirations, and his business ventures, he is first a father. On his business card, under his name, it reads: “Cole Guy’s Dad.”
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