6 Years…a Kauaiversary

Admittedly this is 2 days late.  And pretty telling of where life stands as of current.  May 7th is my Kauaiversary.  My land date.  Forever burned in to my synapses as the beginning of the current phase of my life.  I landed at night.  Without ever having been to Hawaii in my life.  Was picked up at the airport by my employer at the time who I hadn’t seen in a year and driven north to where I was to live and work, Princeville.  At some point along the ride I asked “so where’s the ocean”, which at that point we pulled over to the side of the highway and rolled down the window.  The spot was Kealia just north of Kapa’a on the east side of the island.  The ocean, not more than a couple of hundred yards from the car.  Next was the mysterious rain that was falling without a cloud to originate from.  Stars above.  Rain on the windshield.  Fascinating!  And finally to my studio apartment for the next month.  My landing pad.
The next morning brought what I would eventually come to be accustomed to, trade showers and the sun which was to show me the incredible beauty outside my door of the north shore.  3000’+ mountains, waterfalls, Rainbow Eucalyptus and Plumeria.  I walked down to work…my Canon 20D in hand.  Snapping away.  A rather surreal experience.  The idea; move to Kauai to open a new restaurant and manage.  Then reevaluate after 6 months.  Probably go back to Utah to ski another season…
…6 years later.  3 Galleries.  And the journey’s just begun 🙂
Thank you to everyone that’s been a part of the last 6 years and of course to this island that’s taken me in, challenged me, and always given me what I need.  Whether I liked it or not.
Here’s to 6 more <3

Portrait of photographer, Aaron Feinberg