Freediving Underwater Huntress Exploring this world and within as authentically as I can. Fascinated by nature, food and our connection to both.
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Such a fun day diving off the Kioloa! Mahalo Uncle Mike for always taking care of us and taking us on so many incredible ocean adventures! And thank you @kimbermalie for being such a beauty inside and out, a constant pillar of support in my life, always by my side, cheering me on in all that I do ! Photo by @mikaele1
My girl @captainlizclark just wrote a book! She sailed from Cali to Tahiti 12 years ago on her boat Swell, which she fixed up and has been living on ever since. I had the honor of sailing with Liz, bonding with her first mate Amelia (who happened to be a cat), diving, surfing and laughing the nights away under the stars. She has been working on this book so tenaciously for the past few years and it is beyond inspiring to see her dream realized, tangible and now available for all of us to dive into! She is currently on her book tour and heading to Hawaii, sadly right as I fly out ! But for those lucky ones who want to meet this badass she-pirate, the Hawaii event dates are below. Go give her a big hug from yours truly. Love you Sis!
3/27 Kaimuki bookstore 6pm
3/28 Patagonia Honolulu 6:30pm
3/29 Patagonia Haleiwa 7pm
@patagonia_surf @patagoniahonolulu @patagonia_haleiwa @patagoniabooks
Polvo diving with @_pauloafonso_ ! When we hiked back up the cliff with dinner in hand, I saw @djstruntz and said “Look D.J.!!! I got a polvo!” To which he replied, “I know. I was watching the whole time from up here. Sure took you long enough.” Ha, I love my friends. Photo by @djstruntz for @riffe_international
Hitting the wall of the Arctic floe edge while anticipating what lies beneath. It was such an intimidating and incredible experience learning to navigate this foreign and frozen seascape until it felt like home. I fell in love not only with the underwater world but also with the beautiful Inuit culture and all the friends I made while preparing to explore the unknown of this spectacular place. It’s crazy that an environment can be both so dangerous and so fragile at the same time. Forever in awe of the Arctic. photo by @perrinjames1 @harborhouselife #wetsuit #icediving #brrrrr
This photo was taken after a nice long day of diving with @_pauloafonso_ and @djstruntz on a tiny island in the Azores. When we got out of the water, Paulo’s family asked us all to come help them harvest their peaches and figs at the family orchard before the rain rolled in. There is something so magical about having a hands-on experience with the source of where food comes from. I think it gives us a sense of belonging to the natural world that we are all a part of.
It’s pretty crazy how complex our food system has become and how disconnected we as a species have become to it. I most definitely have so much to learn and sometimes it’s downright overwhelmingly difficult to find answers when examining how it all works these days.
One thing I’ve been learning about is organic regenerative farming. Regenerative farming goes further than just being organic. It uses permaculture-style practices of a biodiverse agricultural system that uses the right combination and variety of plants that together, actually improves the top soil (and reverses global warming) by taking the carbon emissions out of the air and putting them back into the soil where they belong. So many times when trying to find answers to issues, humans often try to invent new concepts/systems using the most technologically advanced modern approaches. That can be a great tool but if we also look back at the way nature is designed, the answers are often already there waiting.
I posted a link in my bio of a video made by @patagoniaprovisions about how they source their mangoes. I find it inspiring that this man saw the waste left behind by industrial agriculture companies and used the opportunity to teach regenerative farming, improve the soil, help out a community, create a great product and power the whole operation on solar. It’s so nice to hear of stories like this one .
Photo by @djstruntz
We were casually crossing the street when the whole sky happened to catch on fire before right before our eyes! ! Love it when she flirts and shows off like that! It’s downright humbling when you get stopped in your tracks by the beauty of this crazy world!
iPhone photo by: @cinematowski
Once a year some of my best buddies and I meet up to give ourselves a small window to try to restock and replenish our provisions with some real gold. Last year we were successful and got to enjoy rewards in various forms: fresh, raw, smoked, cooked, canned, frozen and dried, for months to come. I love my crew because they are badasses in the water, the most selective hunters I’ve ever met -displaying such admirable restraint and responsibility with their skills, and because when a fish is landed, it’s always honored, celebrated and shared as a team. We’ve become quite a family over the years spent underwater and always have a great time whenever we’re together. There’s a primal bond that comes with being a part of a pack -and though we rarely express it with words, it’s one of the most real things I know. Photo by @perrinjames1
Oh Boy. Even though you were never officially my dog, I’m so glad that never stopped you from intruding into my house and life every day. I’m so happy that your family shared you with all of us and let you live out your nomadic, protective and oh-so-loving ways. You brought joy to so many of us and no matter how much I’d pretend you were a bother or tease you that “you don’t really live here” your company was always adored and appreciated and I know you were perfectly aware of the effect your weird little charm had on me. You had me wrapped around your paw and I’m so happy and grateful for all the energetic and absolutely joyous love that you gave me. I know I’ll miss finding you in my house everyday, miss hearing your footsteps patter like a cheerful storm on the wooden floors every time I start cooking, miss looking under the table and seeing your face always staring back at me, and even miss the weird habits you had of rubbing and dragging your junk all over the yard. I know I’ll get sad when I miss these moments but it’s hard to be sad when we got to experience so much good together. Gosh we were so lucky to have you and I’m proud of how you lived life. Love you Boy. Say hi to Tonka for me!
Photo by @jennysath
3/4/18 Boy got hit by a car and went to doggie heaven. He will be greatly missed by his family and the whole neighborhood.
I met @ben_moon at a party in Austin, Texas last year. We had a lot of mutual friends so chatted throughout the night but we really bonded over the love we have for our loyal dogs, both who got us through some tough times in life before moving on to doggie heaven. We shared old videos, photos and a few tears together before going our separate ways. I ran into Ben this year in Colorado and he asked if he could take my picture. He asked me to smile with my eyes, so naturally I thought about my sweet dog Tonka but I found myself nostalgically longing for him so then I thought of my fat new baby-nephew, Werner who recently came into this world and I felt an inner twinkle.
Thank you Ben for not only sharing your own story with us (watch the film DENALI about Ben and his dog! ) but for also sharing the stories of so many others that are incredibly inspiring. It is an absolute honor to be a part of your special series of portraits.
Go to Ben’s profile to see more of his heartfelt work.
Just landed in NYC today and found myself staring at this photo of my friend Pamakane @ocean_dreamerr getting me ready for a little @keepwildco photo shoot with one of her handmade beautiful lei creations. We grew up together on Maui and supported each other through thick and thin times, so this collaboration was a really special one.
This image makes me smile across the sea and reminds me where I came from and to honor all parts of my journey. It reminds me that is good to feel scared and excited at the same time when venturing out of my comfort zone. And it reminds me to bring the love and aloha in my heart wherever I go and a sense of belonging will always follow!
Ready for you NYC! Thanks for taking this photo @instaclamfunk
That time I made everyone venison ribs for breakfast . I absolutely love finding yummy ways to use all parts of the animal and watch people enjoy and appreciate with gratitude while wasting nothing.
Today @traegergrills is having a big contest/giveaway. Check out their page for details. Photo by @cinematowski
#traeger #traegergrills #meatmadness #giveaway