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Glorious Torture, Amber Crago

Massive, daunting cliffs. Huge, sweeping valleys. Epic, towering waterfalls. In 2008, Amber Crago was hiking Mauna Loa with a good friend. They had one day to do the 18 mile hike, and catch their plane that afternoon. Amber, being a photographer, wanted to stop at every corner to catch every incredible view on film; the more they walked the more and more magnificent the views became. But she couldn’t. She had to rush the hike.
Nothing is more painful for a photographer than the absolute perfect shot that they’re not allowed to capture. That, over and over again, for an entire day along with the pains of hiking non-stop in the heat, created the most beautiful hell Amber had ever experienced. She was forced to take in each spectacular scene in a second, knowing she would never be able to share it with anyone else because it was too beautiful for words.
As the day was coming to an end, the 5 foot tall, 22 year old with short, spiky hair and huge, dramatic eyes couldn’t take it any more. She picked up her feet and ran the rest of the hike for two hours straight. She ran right through the pain, and the exhaustion, the perfect shots and splendid views. She just ran, and didn’t let anything catch up to her.
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Start a REVO!

“REVO (short for revolution), is a movement based on the concept of love. It reminds us to think beyond ourselves and gives every person the opportunity to help make the world a better place. But most important, REVO teaches us to love – not out of pity or to gain recognition – but to love for the sake of love.” -startarevo.org
As a little girl, Janice Gaspar would sit in class and fill her notebooks with dreams of how she could change the world. She knew that no matter what she did, she wanted to make a difference. That continued as she grew older, but there were two things that she thought stood in her way. She was only one person, and she didn’t know where to start. Now, she is the head of the Oahu branch of REVO, an art movement with the goal of spreading awareness and gaining funds for non-profit organizations.

You, Me, and MB

Matt Bruening. Heard the name? If you’ve been in or around the art scene at all, then you probably have. Or maybe you’ve just seen the clothes. Think high waisted pants, plaid jumpers, retro print headbands, leather obis, furry hats… ring a bell? Maybe you’ve seen him, then. A local boy in a simple, black V-neck, and a nice pair of jeans with a contagious smile, bubbly personality, and posse of beautiful models. If you still don’t know who I’m talking about, then don’t sweat it, because you will soon. Matt Bruening, Honolulu’s next up and coming fashion designer, is launching a new line in Spring 2010. From the sound of it, it’s going to be just like him: fierce yet accessible. Exactly what Hawaii loves. (more…)

Taimane Gardner, Expect the Unexpected

T3 2     Led Zeppelin and Don Ho. Gentle Hawaiian music standards stretched out with 10-minute long virtuoso licks on a ukulele. A young Polynesian woman who, at the tender age of 20, has performed before audiences for 15 years.

     How hard is it to define Taimane Gardner?  Don’t try.
Tai, as she’s known to her growing legion of fans in Hawaii and around the Pacific, can’t be defined by genre or gender. An old pro at a young age, she’d be happy to be called an accomplished performer.
With two albums, Taimane is redefining the possibilities of Hawaiian music and the ukulele. Like local boy Jake Shimabukuro, the breakthrough ukulele sensation who has appeared on national television in the U.S. and Japan, Tai Gardner is re-conceptualizing the ukulele.   (more…)