Hammock!!!!!! #selfie #drinkingtheselfiekoolaid๐Ÿ˜’ #latergram

Hammock!!!!!! #selfie #drinkingtheselfiekoolaid๐Ÿ˜’ #latergram

New Year’s resolution número dos is working out! @loveinsuchabundance #moregirlfriends #piecesofthepeopleilove #latergram

New Year’s resolution nรบmero dos is working out! @loveinsuchabundance #moregirlfriends #piecesofthepeopleilove #latergram

Roommate. Friend. Brother. (At home in our kitchen) #latergram

Roommate. Friend. Brother. (At home in our kitchen) #latergram

Stussy visit with @craymart today. He shopped and a looked through the Hypebeast issue. #stussy #hypebeast  (at Stussy Store)

Stussy visit with @craymart today. He shopped and a looked through the Hypebeast issue. #stussy #hypebeast (at Stussy Store)

Happy New Year! ๐ŸŽ‰ #confetti #beach  (at The Modern Honolulu Spa)

Happy New Year! ๐ŸŽ‰ #confetti #beach (at The Modern Honolulu Spa)

New Years Resolution No. 2: Cultivate strong relationships with women.

I met Trish by chance during my first week of work at Fresh Cafe. She sat at a picnic table with her dog for hours while I tried to sell a mountain of my boss’s belongings that had sat in storage for ages. In between assisting visitors as they perused through the assortment of items for sale, we engaged in light conversation. Soon, we were discussing more personal matters and discovered that we both share an interest in photography and in “living purposefully.” Before we parted ways, we exchanged contact information and agreed to embark on a photo excursion through town sometime in the near future.ย 

I live for encounters like the one with Trish because they just make me feel less alone in the world. Anaรฏs Nin once said:”ย Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” My initial reaction is to sardonically dismiss this as the sort of cheese fit for “Thinking of You” cards in the greeting card aisle at the drugstore. But then it sinks in. I just can’t be nonchalant about how magnificently alive I feel when I am cultivating a friendship. And yet, as much as I enjoying sharing my life + witnessing other people’s experiences I still catch myself walling off and withdrawing when the going gets rough.ย 

These photographs sat on my computer for weeks without being looked at. This day was so full of joy and adventure, and God was SO present. I am publishing them now because I want to believe that having an open heart, being vulnerable, and letting other people love me is scary as shit but absolutely worth it.ย 

ย 

New Year’s Resolution: Spend more time caring for homeless people. Last week on Christmas Eve my roommates and I went out to the distribute small care packages to homeless folks in Aala Park. I was the happiest I have been in weeks. It made me realize that I want to spend more time out in the city loving on the people who live here. Honolulu has really become my home in the past year. This M83 lyric inspires me to get out there. The impact of these actions might be small, but I can feel it’s a step in the right direction. #love #newyear #reflecting #resolution

New Year’s Resolution: Spend more time caring for homeless people. Last week on Christmas Eve my roommates and I went out to the distribute small care packages to homeless folks in Aala Park. I was the happiest I have been in weeks. It made me realize that I want to spend more time out in the city loving on the people who live here. Honolulu has really become my home in the past year. This M83 lyric inspires me to get out there. The impact of these actions might be small, but I can feel it’s a step in the right direction. #love #newyear #reflecting #resolution

Today’s creation ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ I have always loved drinking Peppermint Hot Chocolates—especially during  long and cold Decembers in NYC. The weather is da ream here but I still crave these when it rains. This drink is part of this month’s Eating with the Seasons dessert only menu ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…. Crushed candy canes and whip cream make it ๐Ÿ˜. #ewtshi #freshcafehi #supportyourlocalcafe #supportME #haha

Today’s creation ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ I have always loved drinking Peppermint Hot Chocolates—especially during long and cold Decembers in NYC. The weather is da ream here but I still crave these when it rains. This drink is part of this month’s Eating with the Seasons dessert only menu ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…. Crushed candy canes and whip cream make it ๐Ÿ˜. #ewtshi #freshcafehi #supportyourlocalcafe #supportME #haha

Our amazing peppermint chocolate brownie drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Last week this only existed in my daydreams. One conversation +visit to @fairycakes808 later and now it’s happening in real life at @freshcafehi! This month’s Eating with the Seasons menu is desserts only. Because I think it’s okay to indulge during the holidays, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š#ewtshi #freshcafehi #dowhatyoulove

Our amazing peppermint chocolate brownie drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Last week this only existed in my daydreams. One conversation +visit to @fairycakes808 later and now it’s happening in real life at @freshcafehi! This month’s Eating with the Seasons menu is desserts only. Because I think it’s okay to indulge during the holidays, don’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š#ewtshi #freshcafehi #dowhatyoulove

I heart styling + photographing food for work! This month’s Eating with the Seasons menu is desserts only! #yum We created some fabulous treats like this mocha mint frappe. It will be on the @freshcafehi menu till the end of the month. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ‰ #doingwhatilove #ewtshi #dessert #christmas

I heart styling + photographing food for work! This month’s Eating with the Seasons menu is desserts only! #yum We created some fabulous treats like this mocha mint frappe. It will be on the @freshcafehi menu till the end of the month. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ‰ #doingwhatilove #ewtshi #dessert #christmas