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For those who don’t know what is going on on Maunakea right now there is protest being held by Nā Kānaka Maoli against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. This protest isn’t about stopping the further knowledge we can gain from this telescope, it is about calling to question: after years of mismanagement and the further desecration of sacred land, who should be entrusted and responsible for these very contested lands? Those who have listened to the spirits of this place and came to an understanding of its significance over thousands of years or those that see a place for all of its opportunity and gain without asking at whose lost? Why then is there such a hierarchy of knowledge that we often choose the Western’s way of the understanding the world when instead we can be learning from those that have lived, loved, and cared for the very lands that much of our ancestors have stolen from a people it wanted to erase? #kukiaimauna

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Pictured is my favorite North American plant, sumac, which is followed by neneleau, an endemic to the Hawaiian islands and is nicknamed Hawaiian sumac, also in the Anacardiaceae family but separated by thousands of miles and ages.

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For those protecting what is sacred, what is pono (right/balanced). #tmtshutdown #kukiaimauna

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Scrapbook 06.24.19-06.30.19 from my residency at @bmkresidency #bgkscrapbook

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“Discovery Channel”

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Scrapbook 06.17.19-06.23.19 some tongue twisters for ya during my res at @bmkresidency #bgkscrapbook

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Caitlin

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Scrapbook 06.10.19-06.16.19 halfway through my residency at @bmkresidency #bgkscrapbook

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Scrapbook 06.03.19-06.09.19 my first week in Victoria. Special shout out to @alanapaterson for taking me around her turf

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My father, from a trip we did to his home country after being in exile for 52 years

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Scrapbook 05.22.19

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My father on the roof of our house

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These dorks with their #mamiyarz67 - it’s been a great thirteen years of knowing you @nathancyprys, I remember lending you conté back in art school and I can still hear your man cries from that time you needed me to photograph you naked in a frozen lake. I will always have a bottle of whiskey waiting for you.

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Lauhala

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Breathe not the salt of the past but the spirits that you carry with you today

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To this Irish mermaid and wonderful mother. Mahalo nui for giving me the values and love and helping me become the person I am today.

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We had gone in search of the snow that had recently fallen in Polipoli, high up on Haleakalā. The snow had all melted by the time we reached the top but the mist and clouds had vanished leaving us with a clear view of our island home. This image along with other night images will be in the next issue of @fluxhawaii, entitled Night Skies

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Farewell you icy wonder

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‘Ohi’a Lehua Mamo

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Back to that place of magic and uplifting spirits. Where dogs roam free and the river can always be heard.

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Rosie Jaffurs of the North Shore and a long boarder with an incredible style you can spot in a lineup of many and from miles away #bgkcommission

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The darling and talented Kiera Seale #bgkcommission

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One of my favorite people I got to shoot this year. The incredible and wise Leah Dawson. #bgkcommission

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I’ll be participating in the Radial Survey Exhibition @silvereyecenter in Pittsburgh that opens tonight showing alongside @neeksiebeeks @ahndraya_parlato @nandodoteternity @corine_vermeulen @evaoleary @melissa_catanese @lydiapanas @american_spirit @susanvirginiaworsham Jared Thorne, Morgan Ashcom

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Scrapbook 03.18.19-03.21.19: Gibraltar Point #bgkscrapbook

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Vine Hawk Moth resting on Cannabis #kodak

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New feature by @fieldmag link in bio https://www.fieldmag.com/articles/surreal-hawaiian-flora-landscape-film-photography

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The sun setting on another time around the sun.

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Scrapbook 02.22.19-02.28.19 #bgkscrapbook

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scrapbook 02.12.19-02.20.19 #bgkscrapbook

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#bgkscrapbook

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Here’s my B-sides from the Blue Paradise shoot for @ssense Direction/Styling @taylorokata Production @ozgo Models @evanmock @haakeaulana @pineappleice Stylist Assist @mattbruening Colorist @jonahface Hair/Makeup @kim808_am Photography Assist @pptime

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Teamed up with stylist @taylorokata with producer @ozgo for this shoot for @ssense featuring @evanmock @haakeaulana @pineappleice and cam assist @pptime and hair/makeup @kim808_am wardrobe assist @mattbruening fashion colorist @jonahface

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As of late #bgkscrapbook

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Some more for the latest annual scrapbook #kodak #mamiyarz67 #bgkscrapbook

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More from 2018’s scrapbook #film #kodak #kodakfilm #mamiyarz67

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Mahalo nui for the featuring my latest scrapbook @ignant

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Pō Uli

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A monarch and its Milkweed

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From the newest scrapbook, link in bio. #kodak

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Scrapbook 12.06.18-12.10.18 Vancouver pt.II

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Mai’a #bgkscrapbook #forestofremembering

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Scrapbook 11.04.18-11.06.18

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Happy All Hallows Eve and introducing Arty. Thanks to @ohmicat for help on the Arty photo. Additional images taken from the archives, 2010-2017