baldwin beach is where I spend my days off. where I walk with my pup.
it’s a northshore favorite, with baby beach on the west end where mommas and their littles gather and play — and ‘the cove’ at the east end where you’ll find people doing acro yoga, hangin’, and occasionally music on sunday’s. in between is a large stretch of perfection. to walk and let your mind be at ease. just the sound of waves.
for Avi and her family, baldwin beach is a place they know well – where her man body surfs and the kids play with salt drenched hair. this paia family treasures nature, especially important with the happenings on our planet right now. our home. here are a few favorites from our sunset hang.
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last week we organized a gathering at baldwin beach, as our brothers and sisters at standing rock called out for international prayer around the world on this day.
this beautiful video by Sasha Nitze of Cinemaui Studio is a beautiful testament to our dedication, love, prayers, and action towards standing rock — even if we’re all the way out here on a different rock.
but now I can’t stop the feeling — I have to get out there. to document. the camps have called for media of all kinds to come. to stand in solidarity. to photograph the OCETI SAKOWIN youth with my friend Kellie Love, who is recording an album of their songs. learn more here.
I will serve in whatever way I can. there are many jobs to be done. part of this will be bringing supplies that have been requested, you can check out the list here to get an idea of the various items.
I have my flight budgeted for – but would like to raise money for supplies/van to bring them in to the masses who are enduring winter weather. I will also sleep in the van and use it as a mobile office to upload photographs/charge batteries/etc. I am aiming to leave next week.
so how can you contribute? I am offering mini sessions Sunday, November 13 from sunrise to mid-morning up in Olinda Forest. 100% of your dollas will go to Standing Rock. and you get beautiful photographs with your family, hunny, baby bump, or just your fabulous self.
I am happy to offer my work and passion at a super discounted rate to make this a win/win for everyone. youwill feel like gold donating to standing rock, making a difference for future generations and our planet, plus you get heaps of photographs for your holiday cards (and forever framed in your home) to remind you of the good thang you did and how cute you are.
$250 // 25 minutes // 25 photographs edited in an online gallery for you to print freely.
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thank you so much for supporting the most important movement in history right now.
for the indigenous. for the water. for people everywhere.
donate directly to sacred stone camp/legal fund here.
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name: Mary Ann Kamalani Pahukoa kids, age: Meleana, 3; Mahina 1 where do you live on Maui?: Keʻanae & Makawao
what’s daily life like in Kenae?: life is simple on the Eastside. The hawaiian way of life is very much alive in these valleys. We always base our days around the weather, high & low tides, and the rainfall. If the mountains have been raining, we do not play in our streams. If the tides are right we get to swim while daddy goes holoholo (fishing) in our backyard.
what is currently going on with the East Maui streams?: After 120 years of my great grandfather & my community fighting with the eminent Alexander & Baldwin Corp., over diverted East Maui streams, A&B has finally released 8 streams this year (2016), AFTER they passed a water bill protecting their (invalid) permits to continue diverting streams for their profit. The eight streams released fall within the valleys of Wailua Nui & Ke’anae peninsula. We are still fighting for the release of the remaining 12 streams, while working on producing a new “in stream standard flow” based off of scientific data collections of East Maui streams biodiversity & ecosystems.
how can the community get involved?: We have a new hui (group) that will focus strictly on stream restoration & data collection. We will be working with scientists, & students, while giving community members an opportunity to participate. Data collections will begin in December 2016. Visit our website eastmauiwaterstudy.org for more info.
what is the best part about being a mom?: Learning the act of patience has been my greatest accomplishment. Our days are slow in Keʻanae & usually consists of feeding baby goats, opening coconuts, harvesting fruits & flowers, visiting the aunties at the fruitstand for a smoothie, & swimming in a bucket, stream, or kahakai (ocean).
what has been challenging since raising a family?: My kāne (man) works in the field of Conservation, traveling to Hawaiʻis most secluded & pristine mountain tops, camping for 5 days, every other week. His absence has been challenging, but has only made me stronger. (& we are so proud of his hard work for our ʻāina) We are both working towards our Bachelorʻs Degree while involved in many community based projects. Slowing down the hustle since my baby girls has always been challenging, however, I quickly remind myself, my most important matters are raising my girls to be strong, powerful, healthy young women.
how did being a mom change you?: Iʻve become more intune to our gardens, pumping up the volume of homegrown foods, slowing working towards expanding our kalo patches. As a mother, I am always interested in projects & volunteer work for the betterment of our keiki. Whether its a playground, charter school, or after school programs, I am always trying to rally other mamas together to learn & share ideas on how we can move forward with kids activities.
advice to families and future moms?: Breathe deep breathes, love your partner, & always stay strong in your mind, body, & spirit for your keiki.
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brett’s mama grew up on Maui, so when he contacted me for an engagement session, I knew him and tiffany would be down to go on an adventure. the road to hana is certainly one of the most beautiful roads in the world. each twist and turn welcomes a vast view and fragrant scents of flowers and rain. romantic? yes. the perfect place to spend a morning.