Let There Be Light! – A Kilauea Lighthouse Story

So, with the recent injury I hadnt gotten out of the house too much at that point. It was a Saturday and my partner asked if I wanted to go for a ride and get some fresh air. Off we went that afternoon to drive around town, looking for our favorite food truck (which wasnt there of course) and then ended up at the lighthouse. As we pulled up there was a sign at the entrance that said ‘free today’ so shoots! Why not! Once there we found out that it was the birthday celebration and that they would be turning on the light around sunset. Woah! (For those that dont know the light is never on anymore but a different beacon that operate). In the 10 years I’ve been on island I’ve never seen this so plans were made to return later with our gear.

Normally the grounds are closed at 4pm and people shuffled away. The area is a National Bird & Wildlife refuge so it’s near impossible to get a good sunset photograph from up close. As the sun got lower and the bird returned home it was definitely a special experience. The view of the north shore was incredible (an image to be shared later) and then of course the main event. Now, in my mind, the light would have been what it used to be when used originally, and this was not the case. However as the light faded and the lighthouse did it’s thing it certainly was a special moment. As we waited for the cart to assist back down the path (was over crutches for the moment) it allowed for one last chance to push the button before we were escorted out. Good thing I got that one last shot 🙂

Cheers to 10 years living on Kaua’i!
<3 aF


Crutching toward sunset 🙂

Kilauea Lighthouse shines at twilight on the anniversary of it's founding.
“Kilauea Light” (unreleased)

The Next Chapter

Sitting here at 2am. Looking for the proper words. Some of which have been coming to me over the last few days while in the car (you know where all of our good thinking occurs), or while day-dreaming or while in the hospital last night dealing with a severe hamstring injury. Bits and pieces of these thoughts flicker by as I finally sit to write. But not from Maui where I am supposed to be, but from my place on Kaua’i, awaiting an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of said injury. The trip to Maui was to be one of transition. And because I know some amazing people this transition is occurring…but without me. Which makes it extra surreal. The cliché phrase has been running through my mind for days now…”you miss 100% of the shots you dont take”. Of course when you do swing/shoot it doesn’t mean a home run every time. In fact…sometimes we strike out. Had enough of the sports analogies yet? 🙂

As of today, 5/2/2017, aFeinberg Gallery Wailea has closed its doors. When we (I dont like using ‘I’ in these cases because this endeavour for a long time now has been more about the people I work with than me alone), embarked on this journey it was the great unknown. My first Gallery off of Kaua’i and my 4th in about 4 years. Along the way there were speed bumps for sure, but analyzing them in real time are they tests of the character to push through or warning signs to pull back? Of course there is only one way to find out! I’ve been tested many times on Kaua’i and the cycle continues…however!

Have no fear my fine feathered aFein Fans but this is just a pivot! Once recollected there are plans to venture out into the wilderness. Offers of Gallery space on Oahu and California (even Texas) come up regularly. The grand experiment will continue! And along the way…we have some EXCITING NEW WORK TO SHARE!

In fact…we’re having a RELEASE PARTY on Saturday, June 10th at the Poipu location. Unveiling 5 new works including a triptych and quadriptych! We’ve launched our brand new medium, LUCHAE in the last couple of months and are receiving incredible feedback (you’ll have to visit us in person to see what the hype is about!). And more surprises up the sleeve for sure.

This is not the end, just another beginning and I look forward to the continuing adventure. 7 years ago this all started selling prints on the sidewalk out of the back of my car. Now, with the Galleries, over 1000 Collectors from ALL over the world and individual pieces fetching 5 figures I can honestly say we’re just getting started 🙂 Let alone “Beyond Here Lies Eternity” winning Photo Of The Year for Popular Photography a couple months ago!

Join us June 10th in Poipu if you can and thank you all for the continued support!
Much love and Aloha,
Aaron