CRE8 Magazine | Issue No. 9

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features 12 Red Velvet ---------------------------------

Cupcake Ladies Maui

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Collaborative Work

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Various Works

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Handmade Jewelry

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The Red Shoot





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Our Mission


Letter from the Editor

9 Contributors 12

Red Velvet : Cupcake Ladies Maui


Protecting The Pueo


Robert Hardgrave : Various Works


Mastrich Metals : Handmade Jewelry


Kojo & Ry-N : The Red Shoot


Eat Colorfully : Recipes


Things We Love!


The Meaning & Feeling of RED

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Lona Ridge


Photography By Beau Richards


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CRE8 Magazine: a biannual online Art and Lifestyle publication highlighting individuals, artists and businesses that embody the spirit of creativity, ingenuity and passion!


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From the Editor... Welcome to “The Red Issue” where we focus on that most passionate of colors; a color that we find everywhere around us, in so many situations, and that can mean so many different things. In everything from art, fashion, food, health & beauty, or just everyday life, red plays a significant role in the world we live in, and we’re excited to celebrate the diversity and impact of one of our favorite colors in this special issue of CRE8! We hope that you’re having a fabulous 2015 so far, and the entire, wonderful and amazing staff here at CRE8 Magazine thanks you for your readership and support, and we hope that you enjoy this tribute to RED!


Russell Carbonell Editor

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p ub lisher Unique Ar t Hawaii Inc. UniqueAr

editor Russell Carbonell r

crea tive director Jennifer Stephens

wr iter s Lar issa Treese Lani Morr is

m ar keting consulta nt Kr ystle Alcain

photog r a p her Amity Mason Instagram @cre8magazine


Mastr ich Metals - See Page 40 CRE8 Magazine, its publishers, its staff and its advertisers are not responsible or liable for any misinformation, misprints or typographical errors in any ads or articles which may appear in this publication. Readers are required to do their own due diligence before relying upon any information provided or advice or opinions given by CRE8 Magazine, its publishers, staff and advertisers shall not be responsible or liable for reliance upon the information provided in this publication. The contents of CRE8 Magazine are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the Publishers. By submitting materials to CRE8 Magazine our advertisers warrant and represent that they are (a) the sole, legal owner or licensee of all rights or licensee of all rights including copyright, to each copyright, trademark, service mark, trade name, logo, statement, portrait, graphic, artwork or photograph of any person or any other intellectual property included in such design, (b) will hold CRE8 Magazine harmless from any claim that any portion of the design infringes upon or constitutes wrongful use of any copyright, trademark or other right of any third party.

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Amity Mason Photographer Amity Mason received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography, and since that time has been photographing anything and everything that inspires her.


Larissa Treese Writer • Head Aquarist - Maui Ocean Center Larissa is an avid outdoor and environmental enthusiast who is also considered “chef” to friends and family. She has worked in animal husbandry for over 15 years and is currently working at Maui Ocean Center as the Head Aquarist. Larissa lives on Maui with her husband and two dogs, and is always looking for her next challenge in life, country to visit or recipe to perfect.


Lani Morris Beauty Editor and Advisor - Holistic Esthetician Lani is a Holistic Esthetician who has worked at Maui’s top resorts and spas, including: The Four Seasons Lanai and Wailea, The Kapalua Spa and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. She is now working at her own practice, Beauty By Nature Maui, where she offers a variety of different modalities. Lani is also an instructor at Spa Luna Holistic School for Estheticians, teaching advanced esthetic workshops.


Krystle Alcain Marketing Consultant • Graphic Designer Krystle graduated with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture, and now focuses her creative energy as a freelance marketing/P.R. consultant and graphic designer/owner of Alcain Design, LLC. She is a lover of miniature things and pitbulls, and has a passion for inspiring others to live a healthy and creative lifestyle.


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The decadent allure of the moist, buttery red velvet cake has made this flavor an icon in American culture. Next to its drab vanilla and standard chocolate counterparts, the recipe even earned itself a luxurious and seductive name. Naysayers would chime in that the red dye-laden dessert is downright hokey. But the once simple layered cake, stacked with whipped cream cheese frosting, has recently drawn heavy traffic into bakeries across the country. Trending at the top, numerous and sometimes outlandish variations of this classic flavor were born; red velvet cake has been reincarnated into red velvet cupcakes, lattes, protein powder, wine blends (that only vaguely represent its namesake), red velvet banana bread, and even red velvet-battered chicken fingers.

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What gives this recipe the appeal that has become so widespread? Thought to be of Southern origin (although debatable), the real charm comes from perfectly paired chemical reactions of cocoa, buttermilk and vinegar, with a pinch of marketing sprinkled in. Cocoa contains an antioxidant called anthocyanin, the reddish-purple stuff found in wine that makes us feel better about drinking a glass or two a day. This naturally-occurring phytochemical turns red when combined with an acidic substance. When buttermilk and vinegar are added to the mix, the result is a deep, earthy red color and a soft refined texture that retains moisture. Rumor has it, however, that the initial rise of the cake took place in the 1940’s, when falling food coloring sales needed to be improved. Red dye was used to enhance the color of red velvet’s predecessor, the mahogany cake, which included the same basic ingredients, plus coffee. Red dye was then featured on recipe cards highlighting the new and improved red velvet cake, which then lead to the popularization of the dessert. -----------------------


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The dramatic contrast of the red cake with the strikingly bright white whipped cream cheese has proven to grab the attention of food lovers, home cooks, pastry chefs, and test kitchens across the nation. At first a marketing scheme, red velvet is now a staple and has made its way into our hearts, tantalizing our taste buds at celebrations like baby showers and birthdays. It has especially become synonymous with romantic occasions such as Valentine’s Day. Perhaps it’s the red color that invokes a feeling of passion, seduction, and romance that drives our desire to sink our teeth into the pillowy layers of a red velvet cake, cupcake or other variety. Having been around for nearly a century, the resurgence in red velvet recipes is apparent...just look up red velvet recipes on Pinterest, and you’ll see. **Find red velvet, classic and “uniquely Maui” cupcakes locally, through Cupcake Ladies Catering Co., a small family-owned business on Maui that creates delicious artisan cupcakes for weddings, showers, birthdays, holidays, and celebrations. Everything is baked fresh from scratch in small batches and includes high quality ingredients, many of which are sourced locally from right here on Maui.

Owner of Cupcake Ladies Catering Co. Jennilin Alcain

THE CARRIER OF THE SOUL Styling, Wardrobe, Design Work and Makeup: Dusty James Bolyard and Richard Blayne Walsh Make up look: Anastasia of Beverly Hills, MAC, Stilla & Yves Saint Laurent Photography: Cadence Clare Feeley - Video: Alexander Sasha Nitze -

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The wise, majestic pueo is full of grace, beauty and spirit. The pueo, also known as the Hawaiian owl, flew over the islands well before the first Polynesians sailed in, and is among the oldest physical manifestations and widely recognized of the Hawaiian family protectors; ancestral guardians known in the Hawaiian

language as “‘Aumakua.” After the death of an ancestor, their spirit will protect and influence the remaining family through the body of an animal such as an owl (pueo), shark (mano), turtle (honu), and many others. Each species channeling their particular ancestor, encompass their own unique strengths. The pueo ‘aumakua is specifically skilled in battle. The pueo is also regarded as a wise protector and was known to carry the soul over into its next incarnation.

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This beautiful creature is endemic to the state of Hawaii and is endangered on the island of Oahu, where over the last two decades their numbers have been declining. The barn owl is the only other species of owl found in the Hawaiian Islands. It is slightly larger, with lighter-colored feathers, while the pueo is smaller and darker. The barn owl is more commonly seen, and is nonendangered. The pueo have many threats to their survival. Pueo nest on the ground, which makes their precious eggs susceptible to cats, rats, mongoose and ranchers. The pueo are also greatly affected by pesticide poisoning and light pollution. They are often killed by vehicles due to their bright headlights. Being gifted with excellent hearing and superior vision, these nocturnal hunting animals will swoop in for their kill at night, and car headlights can blind them, making them crash and get injured or die. It is common in high traffic areas of Hawaii where there are a lot of trees to see dead pueo along the roadside.

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On our island home of Maui, the most visible pueo habitats are in Kanaio, Makena, La Perouse and one of the most toxic places on earth, Hansen Road in Pu‘unene. For the safety of the pueo, Dusty says that it is their goal to raise money for signs that can be posted specifically in these “high traffic” pueo areas. This type of signage is also needed in remote ranch land as well. Overgrown trails and property can get cleared by ranchers, where these beauties are nesting and living part of the time. For Dusty and Blayne, whose inspiration created this piece, it’s all about raising the awareness. Whether it is in art, fashion, culture or the youth, the message needs to be heard. Dusty and Blayne have a deep-rooted connection with animals, specifically birds. They act as defenders, speaking out for all magnificent creatures who don’t have a voice. “The photo shoot and video depict a Filipina earth woman beauty as the pueo. In the video she is owning and claiming her territory. She is immersed in ceremony. “

Click the link to see view the video from the Pueo Shoot.

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Stagedive - 20” x 16” - Toner transfer on tyvek

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Distant Wail - 18” x 18” - Toner transfer on Mulberry CRE8 • 31

Octavio - 20” x 16” - Toner transfer on tyvek

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Stronghold - 10” x 8” - Ink on paper

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Poke and Prod - 10” x 8” - Ink on paper

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X - 6” x 6” - Toner transfer on paper

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Cinderblock - 20” x 16” - Toner transfer on tyvek

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I am constantly in search of those ideas that can be pushed in multiple directions and still push back. I want to be challenged in such a way where the evolution of ideas flow, keeping me excited to stay in the studio day after day. I change mediums on a consistent basis and process each to a point where I feel proficient. This helps ideas feel fresh and uncharted. Each new medium requires unique allowances; I want materials to guide the work toward what it is going to be, while maintaining a consistent language across media. I believe that by allowing only a few variables to exist, the materials are forced to reveal their nuances. This permits my personal vocabulary to speak louder, conducing cross-pollination between media, where ideas, discovery and surprise reign supreme. This is my ultimate goal. See more of Robert’s work at

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ART MAUI 2015 APRIL 5 - MAY 2 Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and evenings before Castle Theater Shows 37th Annual Juried Exhibition Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Schaefer International Gallery 2015 Publicity Image “LIGHTING THE WAY HOME” by Sydney Yee

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Handmade Jewelry by Devon Mastrich

Hair & Makeup by Jessica Waite Photography by Amity Mason Models: Jamie Gay & Lily Solano

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Jewelry artist and metal smith, Devon Mastrich has been creating her modern, colorful designs on Maui since 2006. She was called by her love of the Pacific, and relocated to the magical island of Maui after receiving a BFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts from Northern Arizona University in 2005. It was here that she introduced her line of copper enameled jewelry and found her niche in the jewelry world. Devon has always felt a strong magnetism towards color, which plays heavily in her enamel work. All pieces are created using a process called enameling, which is the firing of colorful powdered glass to copper at temperatures between 1450-1500 degrees. Once the enameling is complete, the copper piece is set in sterling silver, where the addition of small glass strings and beads builds texture and adds another dimension to the surface of the piece. Devon’s current line of jewelry is inspired by simple geometric shapes, which she reinvents with bold colors and patterns to create an edgy, yet wearable line of jewelry. Because of the unpredictable nature of enameling, each design is a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. People that connect to Devon’s art are individuals that connect to the vibrancy and liveliness that she brings to her jewelry. Owners of Devon’s work have come to appreciate the quality of her craftsmanship. Devon was born and spent most of her adolescent years in upstate New York, until her family moved to Portland, Oregon where she finished high school. She has lived on Maui for the past 7 years, and recently took the plunge to pursue her dream of making jewelry her full-time job. Devon currently resides on the Westside of the island, and when not in her home studio creating new designs, you can find her swimming in the ocean or enjoying the island’s beauty. “I want the wearer to feel the love and passion that I have for what I feel blessed to do. I make jewelry because it is a fun and exciting process that leads to much experimentation and takes me down many new roads in the field of design. Not only can my designs enhance a wardrobe, but they are also a small piece of art that will stand the test of time. My work is bold and bright and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” To view more of Devon’s work, you can visit her website at

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cou·ture /ko͞ o ˈto͝ o r,-ˈtYr/

fashionable, made-to-measure clothes

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An amazing local Maui talent, Koa was born and raised on Maui. He is a fashion designer and instructor for the fashion tech program at The University of Hawaii. He does a lot of wedding and bridal designing, as well as freelance projects, including high-fashion designs from start to finish for photo shoots. Koa is currently working on his portfolio for FIT in New York. Koa’s inspiration currently includes personal experiences, nature and a lot of collaboration projects, where the inspiration just happens naturally and organically. Red Shoot: Koa Kojo Johnson Fashion Designer, Stylist Gown: 12 yards of two-toned Black and Red Taffeta A total of five days to complete Contact:

RY-N SHIMABUKU Also born and raised on Maui, Ry-n is a makeup artist, hair stylist, art director, and all-around amazing stylist. Ry-n is a self taught creative who primarily freelances. He does weddings, work for private clients, print work, video, film and high-fashion. Ry-n’s inspiration is to never follow trends and to be completely creative and inspired by the individual project. Through his art and talents, he tries to make the story he is trying to convey really make sense. He enjoys collaborations and working with an incredibly talented team to create these stories through vision and creativity. Red Shoot: Ry-n Shimabuku Hair, makeup, styling, head piece Makeup: MAC, Makeup Forever Contact:

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COLORFULLY words & recipes by Larissa Treese

Have you ever noticed how vivid the fresh fruit and vegetable section is at the super market? There is a reason for all of the vibrant colors… Mother Nature knew what she was doing when creating things “au natural”…the more bright the food, the higher concentration of nutrients. With all the fads going on out there surrounding diets and food, it’s almost to the point where you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep up with all of them. Who has time for that?! I say just treat your body with respect, and learn about what you are putting into it. The less ingredients on a package the better, and purity and color do matter. Antioxidants are found in all food colors of the rainbow, and are beneficial in helping with prevention of heart disease, inflammation, diabetes and stroke…plus they taste good! Win win!

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I know, I know…some things don’t seem worth making yourself. That’s the way I feel about lasagna and any bisque soup. But it goes back to knowing what is on the label, and sometimes you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already, so all you need to do is purchase a few fresh items and viola! New, fresh and flavorful food all on your own! And the best part that I keep emphasizing is that you are in charge of changing anything. You want it spicy? Add extra spice. You like vinegar? You know the answer. Add extras and have a heavy hand when you feel it is


needed, that’s the luxury of using your own kitchen to your (and your family and friends!) benefit. Just remember to fill your fridge with beautiful items like:

And of course do not forget the ever-so-popular red wine. It’s sometimes used as a flimsy excuse to drink while you cook, but it can add a rich flavor to your meal. Red wine follows all the other “red” perks, plus more. And it’s been recorded as a benefit and luxury as far back as 5400 BC! Remember, everything in moderation…from red wine (or alcohol in general) to the amount of food put on your plate. Then, take control and enjoy the benefits to your health and taste buds in living a rich, flavorful and eventful life!

{ Cut the tops and bottoms off, and remove the peels. Place beets in a foil packet, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and wrap up. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until a fork goes into them easily. Cut up and enjoy as a side dish or part of a salad. You can also toss with balsamic vinegar and add goat cheese on top. Beets are high in antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid and are a wonderful tonic for the liver‌ Enough reasons to enjoy beets?!



Popular on Maui for good reason, this beautifully colored and flavorful fish is so versatile. Cook it, sear it or eat it raw, the mild, smooth buttery taste of it pleases most palettes, and picks up the flavor of whatever you slap, rub or mix with it. •

1 pound sashimi or sushi grade ahi, cubed

¼ cup soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

3 green onions, sliced

½ white onion, thinly sliced

Hot sauce or wasabi to taste

If seaweed and/or tobiko is available, feel free to add

Cut, slice, mix all ingredients and enjoy! Serve on crackers, with seaweed wrap, tortilla chips or by itself.

Ahi is low in calories, high in protein and has an amazing amount of vitamins. Not to mention the taste!!

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This is an example of one of those things that doesn’t seem worth making yourself…”why bother?” Because you probably already know and have most of the ingredients in your pantry, so just get a few basics together for the recipe, grab a glass of red wine and enjoy the process. A fresh and different twist on condiments really elevates the taste of an old burger, so the next time you are having a BBQ, mix this up beforehand, and taste the difference!

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1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped 1/2 tbsp ground mustard powder 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp allspice

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1 clove or 1/8 tsp ground clove 1 pound fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomato salt and pepper 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 2 bay leaves 1/2 tbsp molasses

Heat a sauce pan, add olive oil. When warm, add onions and sauté for 5 min or until translucent. Add the ginger and garlic, sauté for several minutes. Add mustard powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, allspice, clove, salt and pepper, stir and sauté for several minutes. Add canned and freshly chopped tomatoes. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until tomatoes break down. Let cool and puree (I’m not joking about this, if you try to puree before cooling, the machine will explode on you!). Strain and put back in the sauce pan. Place back on stove, add the bay leaves, brown sugar, vinegar and molasses. Simmer for approximately 1 hour to let it thicken, stirring occasionally. Remove the bay leaves, let cool and serve. Can be stored sealed in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. CRE8 • 73


Karli Rose



Cow Pig Bun

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Jamberry Nail Art


Photo Coasters

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Lavender Essential Oils



Donut Dynamite!

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CorkPops Wine Openers


Tiny Mail Kit


I Love Madeleine

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Color can have a huge impact on our emotions, perceptions, and our spiritual and physical well-being. Red is aggressive, exciting, energetic, enthusiastic, daring, determined, powerful. Red represents physical energy, lust, passion and desire. It symbolizes confidence, courage, and action. The color red is connected with the most primal needs of self-preservation and survival. Red is an intense color, with emotions ranging from passionate and intense love, to hatred, anger and violence. It is a strong, hot color that can stimulate excitement and energy. Red can create literal, physical effects on the body such as elevated blood pressure, increased respiratory rates, stimulated metabolism, increased enthusiasm, heightened libido, and higher levels of energy and confidence. The color red is extremely visible and eye-catching. It enables us to focus our attention quickly, hence the red color of stop signs, stop lights, warning lights and fire trucks. Red also represents courage, power and strength. Red is widely used on national flags, shields and achievement patches and badges. Prolonged exposure to the color red is believed to increase anger, irritation, and demanding, overbearing, oppressive behaviors in humans. Too little red can cause manipulative, unclear, cautious or lethargic feelings. To get out-of-control emotions under control, add green to your surroundings, the opposite of red. To get rid of exhaustion, add more red to your surroundings. Red holds many different cultural meanings throughout various parts of the world. In the United States, red combines with white and blue as the national colors, a symbol of freedom and patriotism for Americans. In South Africa, red is the color of mourning and represents death. In Russia, it is associated with communism due to the red Soviet flag. In China, red is used for manifesting good luck, and represents prosperity and happiness. Historically, red was the first color perceived by man. The powerful, protective qualities of the color red were used to ward against any evil influences. Warriors would paint their weapons, objects, animals, and trees in red to endow them with magical powers. Red painted amulets, or gems such as garnet or ruby were thought to bring invincibility to the wearer. Roman brides would wrap themselves in a fiery red veil, which was believed to bring fertility and love. Chinese brides would wear red wedding gowns, and the bride would walk upon a red carpet to be greeted by her groom, who would then lift her red veil. Red foods are packed with powerful antioxidants. A colorful, balanced diet is associated with good health and prosperity. Eat an abundance of red foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, guava, ruby red grapefruit, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, beets, cranberries, and red apples. The color red is used in fashion and makeup, providing a classic and provocative look. Red is also the color of the year for 2015! Wear red when you desire attention and drama. Red has the capacity to draw someone into you with depth and intensity. It is crucial to get the right shade of red to compliment your skin tone. Red lipstick can dress up even the most casual of outfits and enhance your natural beauty and sex appeal. Red is powerful, expressive and passionate. Play with RED to access your own individual connection with the many properties that this magnificent color embodies. 78 • CRE8


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The legacy of Leona Rocha Wilson words by: Larissa Treese photos by: Amity Mason Photography

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“Go try, what’s the worst thing that’ll happen?” Those words would change Leona’s choices in ways that she couldn’t have imagined, when her mom spoke them some 60-plus years ago. And, those words express a sentiment that all of us could, at certain moments in our lives, be greatly enriched by. They are so simple, when you read them in black and white. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from trying something new, for what IS the worst thing that can happen? When spoken to someone who will take those words and run with them, however, and follow their instincts to points unimaginable, those simple words can help to create a very interesting and vibrant life and personality. Mentor to many more than she knows, Leona Rocha Wilson has lived a life that many read and aspire to; an amazing story of the perseverance and triumph of a self-made woman. Born in 1937 and raised in Maui at Hamakuapoko, the sugar plantation camp also known as “H-poko,” this little Portuguese lady was the youngest of 6 siblings. After graduating from Baldwin High School in 1955, her best opportunity for higher education, which was encouraged by her mother, was from the Women’s Army Corp and the GI Bill. That led her all the way across the country to New York. Domestic life and motherhood did not diminish her desire for learning new things, so this secretary by day / Fashion Institute of Technology student by night took one semester at a time for 8 years, conquering what seemed like a never ending workload. 8 years for a degree. If you look at it like that, it seems daunting. “One semester at a time,” her husband told her. “If you look at the whole project, you won’t do it.” Another quote to live by. Break any project down and you can accomplish anything. Try to look too far ahead, and you can be so overwhelmed that you may sabotage yourself and not finish the task. Take it one step at a time. This led her to her life lessons of making things simple and productive…when she was pregnant and wanted clothes that fit properly, her husband told her to make something that would help. She got to work and invented the Fashion Ruler, which made alterations easier for the everyday seamstress, and started her company, Fashionetics. Leona soon traveled across the country promoting, teaching and selling this very instrument that is still being used today. She then went on to be a spokesperson for Simplicity and Vogue Magazines, which is where she met her husband, William. After some time, Maui was calling Leona back, so in 2006 she and Bill made the move. Reading the newspaper, she discovered that 6 acres in Wailuku Heights was for sale, and she decided to check it out. There was no road leading up to the property, so she trekked along the side of the mountain until she saw the most captivating view and fell in love, and she knew that this was where they would build their home. The excavation work was more involved than they expected, but after 3,700 truck loads and 2 years, the home site was finally ready to build upon. How did they get themselves involved

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in such a large project? Her husband would jokingly answer: “I said yes to Leona one too many times.” Unfortunately, Bill passed away before the completion of their dream home, but their combined effort and love for the home and grounds is evident. A Charles Dickeystyle house rests nestled up on the side of the West Maui Mountains, with land leading to one of the best views on the island. This place, lovingly named Lona Ridge Farms (a nickname of Leona’s) was built for many reasons and occasions. Retiring to Maui and enjoying the beach is a dream for many, but slowing down is not in Leona’s plan. From fashion to farming, she is a true example that you never know where the road will take you. Her farm is a place where many plants come to be recycled, giving them new life and love. She, along with the grounds-keeping staff, grow native plants like sandalwood (`iliahi), mamaki, tree ferns (hapu`u) and more than 300 rare koai`a trees. She opens her doors to schools, where students take a tour and learn about education and art, two very important things in Leona’s life. There have been movies shot here, with a rule of hers that they need to hire local crews and suppliers. Why? Maui has more diverse talent here than some may think, and having people work with local talent opens eyes and doors to many. Even while we were talking and the photo shoot for CRE8 Magazine was happening around us, she took a moment. “To watch creativity and watch this energy, my husband would have loved this.” At times like this, watching talented, excited people gather together to share their gifts, Leona sees her vision and purpose of her farm coming true. Education has meant so much to her and her departed husband that they established the William and Leona Wilson Scholarship Fund at the University of Hawaii, Maui College. I will always cherish the afternoon that I spent with her gathering information for this article, and yet there is still so much more to Leona and her vision for her farm’s future that I would love to discover. Her spirit proves that anything can happen. Start your day with that very same spirit. It may not seem like much at first, but after time you may surprise yourself with your list of accomplishments. Ask Leona; she’s someone that after talking to, you’ll feel like you can take on anything. You leave her home with a purpose, a desire to do more, take on more, and the confidence to complete it. What you continue with is up to you, but you should always keep her words with you…”Wake up each day with a purpose.” Lona Ridge Farms, “a little bit of heaven in paradise” is truly a place on Maui not to be missed. Tours and farm-to-table lunches are offered, and you will take away an experience like no other. With views of Central Maui and information about native plants and the importance of education, art and farming, please visit the website at

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Creative Beauty Tips by Beauty Editor and Advisor Lani Morris Beauty By Nature Maui • Holistic Esthetician Services

ROSES are regarded by many people as the most beautiful flower in the world. Throughout history, the rose has been an integral part of many stories, myths, legacies and legends. With hundreds of species of varied colors, sizes and fragrances, the rose imparts a feeling of love and beauty. A beautiful red rose can invoke sensual, romantic feelings in even the hardest of hearts. The intoxicating rose has many health benefits, whether taking it internally in tea form, or using the essential oil. It’s a hormone regulator, is great for headaches, regulates blood pressure, heals asthma, helps in treating dehydration and depression, and most of all promotes fresh, youthful and glowing skin. The essential oil of the rose is extracted by a steam distillation process. There are several species that are ideal for oil production that are grown in Turkey, Morocco, and Bulgaria. It takes roughly 65 pounds of rose petals to create only 15 ml. of pure rose essential oil. The sweet, floral aroma of rose essential oil is uplifting and stimulating to the mind. The spiritual influence of rose is heart-opening and expanding, fostering unconditional love through relationships with ourselves, our partners, our work and the divine. The rose is such a beneficial gift for our skin. It nourishes, hydrates, protects, soothes and heals. It is the best ingredient for diminishing redness in the skin and for healing rosacea.

RED ROOIBOS is a tea made from the leaves of the Aspalathus Linearis (red bush plant) which only grows in the small Cederberg region of South Africa. It is often called “red tea” or “red bush plant” because of the bright red coloring the leaves take on during the oxidation and fermentation process. A cup of properly brewed red rooibos tea will be a rich red color and have a sweet, nutty flavor. Red rooibos tea has incredible health benefits due to the high concentration of antioxidants and minerals. When ingested daily it can assist in cancer prevention, headaches, insomnia and irritability, increased immune function, asthma, and stronger teeth and bones. You can achieve better, healthier skin with red rooibos tea as well. It can be helpful for various skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Scientists have been testing rooibos tea’s high levels of flavonoids, which encourage the body’s ability to destroy unwanted pathogens, thereby making it great for infections such as acne. It has hypoallergenic and antibacterial properties as well. Red rooibos is also rich in an enzyme called superoxide dismutase ( SOD ) which is believed to be an anti-aging enzyme. SOD fights wrinkles by destroying the free radicals that cause them. More formulations are being created in the anti-aging skin care industry containing red rooibos tea.

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ROSE HIP is the fruit of a rose. The most commonly used species grown for its hips are the wild dog rose, which grows up to ten feet tall and bears a white fragrant flower. Once the flower has bloomed and all the petals have fallen off, the hip is picked and used in a wide variety of preparations. Rose hips are the best source of vitamin C, due to the fact that they contain 50% more vitamin C than oranges! Because of high vitamin C content, rose hips are an excellent immune booster, and are often used in supplements for preventing and treating colds. The pulp from rose hips may also be used in making sauces or jellies. Rose hips also contain pectin and fruit acids, and when taken in tea form is a mild diuretic and laxative, and also helps to relieve symptoms of kidney disorder. The astringent qualities of rose hip seed oil make it a wonderful addition to cosmetic preparations. The oil can be used to treat dehydration, acne, scars, age spots and burns. While rose hip seed oil is astringent, it does not dry out the skin; it actually re-hydrates by sealing moisture in. With its high content of vitamin A, it regenerates skin cells, heals wounds and scars and helps maintain skin elasticity. With topical use in an oil form, and internal use with a daily tea, rose hip will boost immunity and skin health dramatically, preventing wrinkles and minimizing existing ones.

HIBISCUS is a beautiful flowering plant with several hundred different species and colors, and are native to warm tropical regions. Hibiscus is grown in abundance on our beautiful island home of Maui, and has many health and skin benefits. Traditionally, hibiscus was used for treating stomach irritation, loss of appetite, colds, upper respiratory tract pain and swelling, and as a diuretic, laxative and even an aphrodisiac. In more recent studies, hibiscus has had a great influence on a wide variety of today’s health problems. Prepared in tea form it is a gorgeous, rich, ruby red color and has very high antioxidant qualities similar to those found in cranberry, bilberry and red wine. These free-radical fighting antioxidants aid in helping protect the body against cancer, heart disease, and bad cholesterol. The tea is also used for relieving indigestion, and to treat urinary and kidney infections. The fruit acids aid in regularity and other compounds in the plant soothe stomach spasms. Hibiscus has many wonderful benefits for the skin. With its high antioxidant qualities, it protects skin from freeradical damage. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which soothes inflamed skin and helps calm conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Hibiscus has a high concentration of natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’S) which help to exfoliate the skin and speed up cell turnover. AHA’s also help control blemishes and promote fresher, younger, smoother-looking skin. They also increase moisture and improve flexibility and elasticity, which is the reason why hibiscus is also known as the “Botox plant.” CRE8 • 91

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