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The weekends seem to be getting away from me these days and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to get everything that I want (and need) to get done.  I start out with grand plans on Friday night and the next thing you know it’s Sunday night and the list of things that I wanted to do seems to have grown not shrunk!

It’s not like I sat around procrastinating all weekend while monitoring Facebook.  Wait, I did do a fair bit of that but I also managed to get some laundry done, made a trip to the grocery store, walked the dog a few times, helped my Mom work on tracing our family’s history back to the 1670’s in Quebec, and I even made a nice casual dinner for the family Saturday night.

Sunday morning rolls around and I still have some errands to run but I haven’t found the time to go out with my camera.  So what is a girl to do?  Take the camera to the local shopping center and wander around on the way to the drug store.   Multi-tasking turns out to be a good idea even on a drizzly morning just a couple of miles from home.  As I pulled in to park the car inspiration hit me right away.  Lines and light, the natural and man made environment side-by-side, and yes, even a billboard with a cheerful rainbow over an amazing vista that was hard to miss.   Your AD Here…

I made a few images, picked up the things I needed from the drug store and headed home feeling pretty good about making some time to engage my creative side while also crossing some items off my to-do list.

When I got home my husband was watching television and it seemed as if it had been on all weekend.  It is the background noise of my life and I am usually very good at blocking it out but not today.  It’s now Sunday afternoon and as I’m hanging laundry I find myself humming softly (and singly badly) “Believe it or not, I’m walking on air” and wondering why.  I am enlightened by my husband who tells me that it is the song in a new Aaron Rodgers State Farm commercial.  A conversation ensues about materialism and consumerism and the idea that if we believed all these advertisements we would think that money and things would make us successful, happy and the envy of those around us…

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I might be have a song from an advertisement stuck in my head but I’m not buying!

My ad would have nothing to do with a bow topped new luxury car in the driveway, better insurance, or any other material thing.  It would promote sharing a simple home-cooked meal with family and finding meaning and beauty in the simple things around me even if I have to find them on the way to the drug store…

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Click on any of the images to view as a slide show.

Kaimuki – A Dream Come True

On September 1, 1938 Tuck Yee Yap opened a new supermarket in Kaimuki.  The occasion was of such significance that the Mayor of Honolulu attended the opening and, along with Yee Yap, commemorated the day by carving “A Dream Come True” into the cement threshold of the new store.

Almost eighty years later, this small portion of cement sidewalk has been preserved.  The establishment has changed but the sentiment remains as strong as ever for many of the business owners, residents and visitors to this small enclave just three miles from downtown Honolulu.

Kaimuki, built around a rusty red dirt hill with panoramic views of Honolulu, is one of the last intact historical commercial areas in Honolulu and retains much of the charm and nostalgia that began with the dream of two developers in 1898.

The area is densely populated and home to many long time residents who make their homes alongside trendy eateries and shops.  There is only one high rise and preservation is a point of pride for the residents and business owners in the area.  Buildings are rarely torn down but are refurbished and re-purposed allowing the Kaimuki to retain a unique look and feel that is quickly becoming a rarity in the islands.

It has been my great pleasure to spend many hours in the area over the last few years making images that I hope will give you a sense of the the neighborhood that has been a dream come true for many over the years.  Here are just a few…

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Exploring Kaka’ako

Last weekend I had the pleasure of catching up with two photographer friends for separate explorations of the Kaka’ako area of Honolulu.  This area is symbolic of the growth and development of the city and we found an urban landscape that has changed dramatically over the years.

Block upon block of warehouses have become a canvas for street art that is created and celebrated during the annual PowWow! event.   Large scale street art covers almost every flat vertical surface in the area and it is such fun to see what is around every corner.

This small scale work made me stop for a second look – a big grin spread across my face and then I chuckled.  I love the sense of humor in this piece of street art found in an out of the way corner on one of the warehouses.  It would have been so easy to miss and I’m so glad it caught my eye!

A number of the warehouses in Kaka’ako have given way to condos and very modern mixed uses spaces.  Call it an urban revitalization or gentrification – old sits side by side with modern and new but it all seems to work together.  It seems as if the whole area has been given a new coat of paint…

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