Welcome to Hokulii Images' on-line journal and website! Here you'll find some of the coolest experiences in my life as a pro photographer & island girl in one of the most awe inspiring places on earth - Hawai'i!!! My name is Geralyn Kamahaʻolani Camarillo, Welina Mai! Welcome and enjoy!!!
Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen: "Photo Jojo - Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas This is such a friggin' FUN book! I love the ideas and inspiration that jumps out from these pages. I really, really love Photo JoJo and the brilliant crew that runs her! www.photojojo.com (*****)
Sonia Choquette: "Ask Your Guides" LOVE knowing that we're not alone in the universe! I'm enjoying connecting with my Divine Support System. :) (*****)
T. Harv Eker: "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" This is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller! I can understand why. Change your "Money Blueprint" today by reading this book! (*****)
I met another new spirit today who has joined our human world. Alanui is only EIGHT days old and this big spirit in his Human Recreation Vehicle (as Anake Mahealani would lovingly call it) is adjusting pretty well to his new form!
Truthfully he wasnʻt in the mood to be photographed. All he wanted was to sleep and be fed by his mama. That was it! I couldnʻt blame him!
And what do I always say? The keikis run the show!!! So as he consumed his lunch I got to catch up with his mama who is a dear friend of mine. A win-win situation!
Then the time came...his belly full of mamaʻs milk and contentment poured over him.
As I took advantage of this window of slumber, I remember my spiritual teacher Leilani Dicocco reminding me to ask Alanui what message he has for me. Remember, these gentle spirits are filled with much purpose! Do not be fooled by their tinyness!
So as I photographed him, I quietly and telepathically asked him, "What message do you have for me, little one??" And as soon as I asked he responded, "Be in your JOY" and SHAZAM! He smiled!
I immediately got Chicken Skin (Goose Bumps) and I mirrored his smile as I continued to document him. I responded, "Thank you, Alanui!"
Those three words stayed with me throughout the day. And I was totally in my JOY the entire day! Why? Because I was CREATING! I documented this beautiful newborn and proceeded to "create" at The Bead Gallery where my Feng Shui and Kahu Sister, Jamie Yoshida along with her crew taught me how to make a bracelet that Iʻve been jonesing to make for the last two weeks!!!
We are spirits who are designed and made to CREATE! When you create, whether it be taking photos, making jewelry, cooking, gardening, baking, painting, singing, making music, etc. you are in your JOY! That is when your heart is soooo happy! So I highly encourage you, to take these four simple words from an eight day old and "Be in your JOY!" Do what inspires you! And I promise you, when you do youʻll inspire others around you to do the same!
I get to see some of the most BEAUTIFUL wedding dresses ever created! All of them befitting for the anxious and excited wife-to-be! Some of these dresses require lacing or hooking on buttons. I donʻt really know what the professional term for it is but I do know that:
1) Having a crochet needle really helps to make the task easier
2) Having SEVERAL METAL crochet needles ensures that youʻll accomplish the job successfully since they wonʻt break and you can have someone else assist with the job.
Itʻs important that the preparation or Getting Ready part of your wedding day go as smoothly as possible so as not to impact your timeline with delays. Think of all the things you can to make it go as efficiently as possible.
So HOORAY for the simple metal crochet needles who do their part in helping my bridesʻ special day start off calmly!!! Chee-hoo!!!!
I needed to share with you that this has got to be one of my very favorite "Something Blue" on one of my delightful brides! You can be really, really creative on your wedding day and I thought this was super cute!
Thank you to all my AMAZING friends, family, colleagues and clients for your wonderful Christmas Cards I received in the mail and via eMail! It was soooo nice to see all of your lovely, smiling faces during the holidays.
Thank you for your kindess and best wishes!!! I love them all!!!
Five days to Christmas!!! I donʻt think Santa would mind that my letter is running a little behind schedule due to the busyness of the holiday season. So in between editing and processing, I took some time to write my letter to Santa tonight!
I brought out my folder paper and Crayola Colored Markers and went to work....
It felt soooo great to write to the Big Man himself!
Remember, you are NEVER too old to put in your request to the Big Man! The Big Man who represents LOVE, JOY and all things GOOD! Sound familiar??? :)
Happy wishing, dreaming and MANIFESTING, my friends!!
Today, December 10, 2010, is the last day that this OPEN sign will be up.
Incredible SAVINGS on all kinds of Peggy Chun goodies, gang!!!
And even, Debbie Friedrich's ZenatonaBLOOMIES are going to be making a very special appearance for all the Peggy Chun shoppers!!!
Thank you, Ali, for setting them up for sale!
Ali is doing his Happy Disco Discount moves because of all the SAVINGS that'll be going on at today's SALE!!! Go, Ali, go!!!
Yes, gang, get down to the Peggy Chun Gallery and purchase all you can at a very discounted rate! Fill up your red wagon, recycled shopping bags, or SUV for the holidays and support the Peggy Chun Gallery!!!
My dear Feng Shui Sister and friend, Kimi, introduced me to a fabulous store in Chinatown today called, Super Citizen!
It's located at 22 South Pauahi Street right next to Mark's Garage:
I was so excited just walking through the front door! Look at the graffiti chalk drawing of the STARS on the wall!! I don't know if this is supposed to be there or not. But I didn't care as seeing hokus (stars) are always a great sign in my book!!!
Kimi wanted to introduce me to her friend and fellow Chinatown shop owner, Sandra Fowler. Kimi had recently introduced my BSS and fellow artist, Debbie Friedrich's, special line of Zenatona products called Bloomies.
And here she is! Super citizen herself, Sandra Fowler, owner of Super Citizen!
You guys, this store is sooooo cute! It's a Sustainable Lifestyle Store which means that all the products that Sandra carries are eco-friendly, handmade, organic and most likely one-of-a-kind! Her store reeks of wholesome goodness!!!
She is the first local retail store to carry Zenatona's Bloomies:
Sandra showed me some really cool earth friendly items like these biodegradable cloths that are made from wood pulp. They can replace 60-90 rolls of paper towels!!!
And these organic dolls!
She supports local artists by purchasing locally made items such as handsoaps and jewelry.
Several things really caught my attention such as this cardboard airplane that was hanging from the ceiling!
At first I was like, "whaaaat???" But then, I noticed this on the showroom floor...
OMG!!! Some company was BRILLIANT enough to take cardboard into creative forms of pretend transportation or how's this!
I remember being a kid and my sister and I had hours of fun playing with empty cardboard boxes. Isn't this soo dang clever??? Sandra has the Lemonade Stand, Airplane and ROCKET in stock at her shop. This is so awesome and I want one. One of each!!!
Loved these 2 Tier lunch containers!
And they are on SALE!! In fact, check out the sales too!!!
What I've shown you is just a snippet of all the wonderful products and alternative choices to your every day needs. Super Citizen is a really super cool store which you should all check out! Especially for the holidays, folks!
Take a trip into Chinatown and explore the great local shops that are there. Stop into Super Citizen and tell Sandra HI!!! And pick up a Bloomie or two while you're there, will ya?
Where I live there are rainbows....and this morning, after an exciting and successful TV interview on KITV with Jodi Leong, I was blessed with this beautiful sight! If you look closely, itʻs a double delight!
Oh happy day! One of my most FAVORITE days of the year is here! Actually, for me, every day is a Giving Thanks Day . There is sooo much to be grateful for! Why only ONE day out of the year, right? We should be counting and mentioning our blessings EVERY day!
With that being said, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am starting a Blessings Day Photo Journal: 365. I was inspired to start this by my dear friend The Kitchen Goddess, Fortuna Cooley Arai, who was inspired by someone else who is keeping a Gratitude Journal on-line. But of course, for me, in true Photo Chick style, my blessings need to be accompanied by a visual aid.
Like I said, every day there is so much to be grateful for. I am going to journal at least ONE blessing every day.
So here we go!!!!
I am thankful for....
Maude, the very friendly and pretty Plymouth Rock hen, for NOT being a turkey!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your loved ones! THANK YOU for visiting my blog and for doing what you're doing on your end to keep the love flowing....
Today is such a beautiful day in Kāneʻohe! I was feeling so inspired by the gorgeousness AND a Facebook post by my nephew, Maikaʻi who is snowed in in Washington State. I responded to his post by telling him that I would share a little bit of WARM aloha by going out to capture what today is like here in our islands.
So with that I put on my Vibram KSOs and did a quick trek out to a couple of my favorite places to give thanks and to capture the beauty of today.
During this little adventure I was inspired to write a Haiku about this special city I have the great opportunity to reside in:
Reminds us to breathe...deep breaths...
Thank you for the peace...."
This last photo was actually taken specifically for Maikaʻi and also my dear friend, Package A, who resides in another cold state.
You know what was so cool? While I was shooting this last image, playing on the radio was Brother Cazimeroʻs "Home in the Islands." It was perfect!!! I was overwhelmed with so much joy and gratitude for this special place we live at and are from. Iʻd love to leave you with a few lines from this very catchy well loved Cazimero tune:
"Thereʻs no other place
that Iʻd rather be
than home in the islands in the middle of the sea
Keeping real close, to family and friends
And taking it easy in the tropical breezes...
At home in the islands
At home in the islands
in the middle of the sea..."
And Kāneʻohe is only ONE town that depicts the beauty of our ALOHA State!!
So sorry for the long Title on this one, gang! Let me explain....
Several of my wedding packages come with an engagement session. Sometimes, I have clients who are flying in for their wedding and don't have time to do an engagement session from the time they've made plans for their Hawai'i wedding to the time they fly in for their big event. My advice would be not to stress out about it unless you're using the photos for the reception at your wedding day.
For instance, my lovely couple Amy and Bernie flew in just a few days before their 10/10/10 at the beautiful Moana Hotel. They opted to use their engagement session AFTER their fun filled event since they had a few days to chillax as husband and wife here on O'ahu.
Check out how cute they were on their wedding day!
How's their 10/10/10 Sunset photo!!!
Fortunately, like most of my couples, Amy and Bernie are a sweet laid back couple so they were open to shooting their engagement session post wedding day.
I suggested that we contrast their wedding day and do a SUNRISE shoot at Makapu'u Beach Park. They were totally gung-ho with the idea!
Here are a few images from their engagement shoot at Makapu'u...
Good morning, Sun!!!
Oooo! Wait! Before I go on...just a quick commercial break here...
This was the shoot where I "christened" my new Vibram FiveFingers Treksports! These "shoes" are AWESOME and totally perfect for running around on all them lava rocks! I purchased mine from the historic, Uyeda Shoe Store at University Square!
Okay, back to our sweet couple...
There is nothing like morning sunlight...and just so you know, when we do a sunrise shoot WE MUST BE ON TIME as the sun does NOT wait for anyone!!! Once she's up, she's up! So sunrise shoots don't last for very long as the light gets more and more intense and becomes less flattering.
Fortunately, when it started to get this way I found a little shaded "nook" that I could tuck these two love birds in.
MAHALO NUI LOA, to Amy and Bernie for their flexibility and their smiles.
And MAHALO NUI LOA to Vibram Five Fingers for making feetware that makes total sense! Especially for this island-trekking-documenting gal!!!
FYI...I bought these in black so that I could also wear them to some of my wedding shoots. Not for all! Just some!!! :)