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  • Hawaiianism
    but I can reflect on another important question Why was I surprised by the association of the word idealistic with my grandfather To me and a dictionary an idealistic man forms his ideals and lives his life accordingly or he is a man who tends to see things as they should be not as they really are Either way an idealistic man pursues something that exists only in his mind something imaginary something lacking practicality Does this describe my grandfather To me he is a practical man who loved his family God his native islands and the Good Ol US of A And there is nothing unusual or imaginary or out of touch with reality in this list of Grandpa s main attributes In all fairness my grandfather s life needs context as well as dictionary meaning A native Hawaiian he was four years old when American annexationists intent on protecting their business interests in the Kingdom of Hawaii overthrew the monarchy to establish their own provisional government and ultimately annexation to the United States of America Grandpa was too young at the time to know that Queen Lili uokalani surrendered her sovereignty to the United States not the revolutionaries believing that American justice would eventually restore her throne In her mind once the real facts were known in Washington D C the United States government would align with her position and restore her power Her surrender of sovereignty was tactical made under protest and intended to save both her kingdom and the lives of her people The Queen knew she couldn t out gun the Americans with military presence in her harbor but she believed in American ideals and in American and international law She knew she could prove that the majority of native Hawaiians didn t want to be annexed by the United States and the consent of her people was prerequisite to annexation She was right The Blount Commission said she was right and recommended restoration of her sovereignty President Cleveland said she was right and recommended restoration of her sovereignty The Provisional Government in Honolulu however refused to honor either recommendation The U S Congress backed the annexationists the Spanish American War made Hawaii s strategic military location in the Pacific Ocean far too attractive for laws or ideals to stand in the way of American expansion Hawaii became a Republic then a U S Territory President Grover Cleveland s message to Congress delivered on December 18 1893 made it clear that he was ashamed of the whole affair Queen Liliuokalani never stopped believing that sovereignty illegally seized from her and her people would eventually be restored They were idealists Nonetheless my native Hawaiian grandfather was a proud American He was also talented and adventurous traveling as a Hawaiian entertainer in Asia and continental United States during the early decades of the twentieth century He married a Kansan in Kansas and raised his family in Hawaii He sent his three oldest sons to fight for their

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  • Surfing Is
    view regarding surfing Those statements reveal everything about those people s depth of involvement with the ocean The commentary engaged me I have always been a surfer At four years of age I knew that goal was what my life would be about To know the ocean and to surf became my path In a lifetime of study and involvement in all things water and ocean related I learned many things about the ocean that never cease to amaze and moderate me as a human being Waterwoman Hailey Partridge Water has got to be the single greatest creative foil for mankind ever It always wins You cannot compress it It is alive Within it and especially the sea is contained the genetic signature of all life which ever existed But what I find remarkable is that as a Hawaiian my ancestors gifted the sport and the resulting culture that arose for reasons many may not readily comprehend I have long been convinced that surfing and the resulting relationship with the ocean serves to be a mirror of who and what a person is In it is a near perfect reflection of everybody s true compass heading for their lives As I document and observe the people involved with the ocean to me the depth of every single human being is readily apparent by seeing how they relate to water In a world of people aspiring to be called surfers surfriders eco warriors watermen and all manner of ocean branded things it is readily apparent what surfing is to those people You can always tell who really comprehends the ocean and whether that person is there to simply use it to brand their movement or maybe just find a means of validating themselves Hard to fake it with something so vital

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  • Fear Anger Hope
    scared as well as angry That is a righteous response But Below are two links They will make you sad they will cause you to fear you will get angry feel sorrow and at the end of it all a small light will begin to flicker inside Grab that The other stuff it just needs to be experienced for you to find that little glimmer We need informed hope Story One A beautifully done grand perspective on our struggle to exist Story Two is a piece that I shot while working under Cinematographer Greg Huglin Edited by my friend and colleague Rob Dafoe I WANT you to ponder the Gulf Sea Consider also that this was shot in the waters that I grew up in off of Santa Barbara and the Gaviota Coast These pods have existed there for ages In 1969 I lived in Goleta I saw the affects of the well head blowout that affected my beach and gave rise to the modern day environmental movement I swam sailed dove fished and surfed in an oil soaked ocean much as the Chumash who inhabited my home generations before had done But I am convinced what I experienced was far worse in terms of oil contact It went on for decades Think about that The tale of the 1969 Union platform blowout is here A couple weeks ago I was up working on the Gaviota Coast Beaches once soaked in oil were now clean For the first time in my 50 year long life and possibly ever they were pristine in appearance I suspect that the Environmental movement had nothing to do with this nor did the EPA The steady pumping of the reserve simply lowered the pressure and both the issues from the old wellhead blowout and natural seeps slowed to their lowest point I shot a few images to illustrate Man s relationship with the coastline that has been my home When I get angry part of my process is to create something positive Jeanette Ortiz who is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and connected human beings that I know collaborated with me Donna Von Hoesslin helped style the work The four images in this post are part of a 24 image collection we created as an homage to the Gaviota Coastline Organic Relationship Now ponder this We have drilled a hole into the past and unleashed a geologically based poison into the Gulf waters All of what we know and have done in the past may now be ineffective We could be wrong about everything Our Govt agencies are wrong our environmental groups are wrong we were wrong Wrong about what Our choice to disconnect our culture from God and subvert our role in creation We placed commerce and money in the position of being our God We cut ourselves off from Wisdom and Truth Wrong choice Timeframe Reconnect It is where the hope lies Here is a beautiful invitation to do that Better Here

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  • David Pu’u
    Pu u 0 Comments Water and air Air and water Blood to bone Flesh of one s own The uninitiate fascinate over the sea and the creatures in it But for a surfer the relationship is one of kindred spirit Oh yes that is insert marvelously made marine entity referred to casually by those in the water tribe in similar Continue Reading Posted in Blog Modus Light and Water Posted on May 19 2010 by David Pu u 5 Comments How many shots did it take to acquire this one It is a good question I hear it a lot Here is how it works Learn your craft Buy the right camera and lens setup Build acquire the housing Figure out optics in water Watch weather Select a swell tide surf break weather pattern with the Continue Reading Posted in Blog Motivation Song Posted on May 14 2010 by David Pu u 7 Comments This shot is of Ventura Surfer Adam Virs It was taken in Ventura California just south of the Harbor You can see Two Trees a landmark in the background If you are from Ventura this image is pretty cool It is a frame from the second or third roll of film that I ever shot Continue Reading Posted in Blog The Island Posted on May 10 2010 by David Pu u 16 Comments A sloop rode astride disparate shades of blue the ocean looking as if Gauguin had paletted every tone of that color available in the universe The lone boat sheered through cutting the briefest of white swaths which were deftly consumed by azure strokes of the artist s brush Wind sung in the lines with slap of Continue Reading Posted in Blog Deep Posted on April 30 2010 by David Pu u 2 Comments

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  • GMAC
    sustainability surf culture surfer Surfer magazine surfing surf photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star GMAC Posted on April 16 2011 by David Pu u 0 Comments GMAC Garrett MacNamara and I have been perpetually bumping into each other for over a decade now He and I for many years just seemed to always be in the same place and time to see the ocean and weather coincide to produce some remarkable moments He surfed I shot AFterwards we both laughed Wow you were there We finally exchanged phone numbers a few years back I will not say that having the digits made things any easier to connect but it sure makes for an extra few moments to share our very unique lives together I doubt that there are many watermen alive who have the good natured acumen which Garret does Probably under 2 dozen in the world which embody the skill level strength and aloha I have seen him demonstrate repeatedly at Jaws Cortes Bank Pipeline Wiamea Mavericks and points beyond He and I are team mates on K38 Rescue a global group of ocean safety oriented rescue boat operators headed up by Shawn Alladio GMAC Mavs

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  • Non Artistic Interpretation
    photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star Non Artistic Interpretation Posted on August 2 2010 by David Pu u 0 Comments It was only a year or two ago when I realized that I am an artist At a very young age I painted My Father and Uncle were both painters So as any child would I simply took for granted that painting and drawing were normal endeavors At 12 I had learned Photography and studied Philosophy It was what was going on around me and being inquisitive I learned So does a bird realize it is a bird Of course flying would not be so special to him But to someone without wings oh to soar I had a request this week for a look at a year s worth of work I put together an edit cull of an approximate 1 year cross section of subjects This required me for the sake of brevity to eliminate motion and all work shot but not through final post production from being placed into my edit list Keep in mind that this modus eliminated twenty or so projects I shoot a large number of subjects in a year When the cull was complete the Art aspect of the year s work flow really struck me I had no conscious thought while I was working that anything about what I was shooting was quite so special Many years ago a commercial photography colleague told me that I would have to choose between being a businessman or an artist in my imaging career Today I am not so sure one has much of a choice about what to be As many children of the fifties learned while watching the cartoon Popeye growing up when he would say nearly every episode I

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  • Interpreting
    pu u photography Donna Von Hoesslin ed brenegar environmental imagery environmentalism globalism Hailey Partridge Hans Rathje Jeanette Ortiz K38 Rescue Mary Osborne nature ocean ocean art Partridge twins Santa Barbara Seth Godin Shawn Alladio Sierra Partridge social change Social consciousness social sustainability surf culture surfer Surfer magazine surfing surf photography Sustainability travel ventura Wave Photography waves Zuri Star Interpreting Posted on July 23 2010 by David Pu u 0 Comments They Are Off A lot of subjects pass my way Whether I am examining and experiencing those as a Journalist Photographer or Film Maker one of the primary goals is to properly interpret the subject into the context I choose for the final communication of the work This shoot was at the behest of my friend Peter Ganibi who took me down to Los Alamitos a horse track he has become quite familiar with in his work as a horse trainer over the years One of the jockeys had died the week prior and a memorial was slated Racing is a culture unto itself Racing horses is even more so Unlike the upper echelons of the sport these jockeys do it out of pure passion or to put groceries on

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  • Small Town, Big World
    turn provide a foundation of hope It is a strong hedge against the forces which seem to be dragging our country into the gutter Last week my friend Kat Merrick one from that original group via Facebook let us know that she was planning a get together at a local Restaurant and bar Jonathan s is located across from Mission San BuenaVentura Well known local musicians Bobby Hart Eric Lemaire and others were going to perform It would be a good time My girlfriend Donna Von Hoesslin who heads up yet another globally connected small business that is based here Betty B told me that she was in desperate need of images for a new line of jewelry which is designed by members of Team Betty Donna Von Hoesslin So we dropped in on the party at J s sat in the window booth and shot the girl s designs there as Bobby and crew rocked Typically we would do this away in some distant land or somewhere on the coast Definitely not associated with any particular business I actually have developed a penchant for Ventura night street shoots But deciding to both take care of Betty B s business needs and provide bodies texture and a few extra dollars to the day s till at J s allowed for an exponential increase of benefit for everyone involved Here is a video that explains in 4 minutes the gist of Donna s remarkable company We did the piece for the Intuit Small Business United program It helped Donna win a 5000 dollar grant from Intuit which she used to help fund her Bali expedition On Bali last season Hailey and Sierra Partridge Jeanette Ortiz Mary Osborne and Donna did a Betty B design trip Each one of the girls worked with the local artisans who comprise a portion of Donna s creative team to produce collection pieces that exemplified themselves as ocean connected women Each young woman then selected a cause or charity whereby Betty B would donate a portion of the income from sales of each piece Donna s company is a very active member of yet another organization which was the brainchild of Ventura s Chouinard family Patagonia which is called One Percent for the Planet Through One Percent Donna and other companies support David Booth s fantastic Organization the East Bali Poverty Project which literally is changing the face of Bali by educating the youth on their connection to the environment via the Arts and cultural action So with our country on the ropes it all starts here With me With you In our own back yard The answer is right there in your community your dollars are a part of your voice Now do something Do it for yourself Do it for your town But more importantly do it By acting locally you affect Globally as well as Nationally Do it A Global Doorway This song from John Mellencamp is very appropriate Our past is our

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