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
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.
For those protecting what is sacred, what is pono (right/balanced). #tmtshutdown #kukiaimauna
Scrapbook 06.10.19-06.16.19 halfway through my residency at @bmkresidency #bgkscrapbook
My father, from a trip we did to his home country after being in exile for 52 years
My father on the roof of our house
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.
Breathe not the salt of the past but the spirits that you carry with you today
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.
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
Farewell you icy wonder
‘Ohi’a Lehua Mamo
Back to that place of magic and uplifting spirits. Where dogs roam free and the river can always be heard.
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
The darling and talented Kiera Seale #bgkcommission
One of my favorite people I got to shoot this year. The incredible and wise Leah Dawson. #bgkcommission
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
Scrapbook 03.18.19-03.21.19: Gibraltar Point #bgkscrapbook
Vine Hawk Moth resting on Cannabis #kodak
New feature by @fieldmag link in bio https://www.fieldmag.com/articles/surreal-hawaiian-flora-landscape-film-photography
The sun setting on another time around the sun.
Scrapbook 02.22.19-02.28.19 #bgkscrapbook
scrapbook 02.12.19-02.20.19 #bgkscrapbook
As of late #bgkscrapbook
Some more for the latest annual scrapbook #kodak #mamiyarz67 #bgkscrapbook
More from 2018’s scrapbook #film #kodak #kodakfilm #mamiyarz67
A monarch and its Milkweed
From the newest scrapbook, link in bio. #kodak
Scrapbook 12.06.18-12.10.18 Vancouver pt.II
Mai’a #bgkscrapbook #forestofremembering