BUFF NATION // 2013 State Champions

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It's crazy how time is going by so fast, the year is already coming to an end and 2014 is just around the corner.

It's finals week, I've literally been studying late every single night (I'm writing this blog at 2:30AM), the baristas at Starbucks know my name, my order, my sleeping schedule is messed up, and now I'm just complaining......anyways //

So on top of all the studying, I am still heavily involved with a bunch of media projects. One of the bigger ones was this video that I worked on for the Punahou football team with Evan Asato (@jahsato). This guy is full of connections, full of ideas, and just overall an amazing friend; thank you for being such a good guy and dealing with my sh*t on set, haha.

The Punahou football team went undefeated this year and went on to win the state championship. After two tries, the third time was the charm. It was honestly an amazing experience, to be able to follow them on their journey, and to be able to tell their story. We're still working on another film which shows their journey to the championship, but here is the intro that I shot and edited for their highlight video:

Thank you to the awesome crew - Evan, Tyler, Alaka'i, Jordan, Calen, Brittney  !

Here are some BTS pics taken by Tyler Guieb (@tyjikun) :

    Luke (#12) full on runs into me after catching the ball, didn't even see it coming. You see the shot in the video, haha.

bowties and koozies // Robyn & Michael

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venue: The Lam Estate
photographer: John Hook
wedding planner: Say I Do by Karisa

Philip and I shot this wedding a while ago and it was so awesome! It was love at first site — when I met both Robyn and Michael that morning, I knew the rest of the day would be fantastic as their love for each other, their humor, and their authenticity was captivating!

As this wedding season is quickly approaching an end and finals are coming up, I am constantly amazed at the wonderful stories Philip and I are blessed to be a part of in this intimate way.

Check out their video, subscribe, share, whatever. Also included some cinemagraphs I made of their wedding too!



Beautiful, intimate wedding on the Lam Estate.

John Hook getting the shot with help from Philip Lemoine! This was way too epic.

Robyn + Michael
Taken only with my iPhone 4....tooooo epic.
Thanks @cassysong for the picture! Missing Riana! And thanks Michael for the bow tie!

Celebration of Faith 2013

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For the Vietnamese Catholic Community, the annual Vietnamese Martyrs’ Celebration is an important chance to honor ancestors who gave their lives for the Catholic faith. The actual feast day for the Vietnamese Martyrs is observed on Nov. 24.

These martyrs were canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988 for the witness they gave to their faith. During the 17th to 19th centuries in Vietnam, 130,000 Vietnamese martyrs suffered. The feast honors 117 of those martyrs who were missionaries spreading the faith throughout the country. The martyrs laid down the foundation of faith for the Vietnamese people, they had to struggle and were persecuted. This is our way of paying respects for what they did.

For many, this is a good way to combine the American Thanksgiving holiday weekend with Vietnamese traditions.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots from this past Sunday. And also a film that I made earlier in the year that shows the huge marble picture of the martyrs being mounted at St. Theresa Co-Cathedral.




down at the pier // 2013

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It's no secret that I love my job, but I LOVE MY JOB. No matter how stressful school gets, or how hard life hits me, picking up the camera and working with amazing/talented people always makes me happy. Lots of things have changed for me recently, a huge constant in my life is unfortunately no longer a constant, priorities have changed, I started a photo booth company (www.shootsphotobooth.com) with my friend Philip, and lots of other crazy stuff; in all my focus has really shifted and I'm slowly trying to get back into the flow again.

Anyways, I've been doing lots of shoots lately; short films, promos, branding films, and various photo shoots. Sorry I've been so MIA from my blog, but I've honestly had no time to do anything. I'll slowly be releasing these projects and will be blogging about them, so stay tuned!

Here are some shots from my most recent collaboration with some awesome people!
Models: Courtney, Deanna, Ocean
MUA: Bailee Nakaahiki (@baileenakaahiki)
Hair: Holly Tomita (@hollytomita)

Thank you Evan Asato for the location, Shaneika and Czarina for filming, and Amanda Kutaka, John Hook and Tommy Shih for showing up! 



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I apologize for not being able to update my blog as much as I promised, but this year has been sooooo hectic; from Biology/Chemistry exams at school, to weekly fashion films, to weddings, to family time, PLUS still trying to be social. I am super excited to start blogging again though, and whats greater than blogging about NIGHT MARKET.

This event is all about art, fashion, culture and FOOD. Night Market & Kaka’ako really try to merge local businesses and artists, and they do it so well. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you MUST! Check out the photos below, share the blog, follow, steal the pics, do whateeevaaaaaa. 

Stay tuned for some exciting stuff, promise!


P.S, speaking of blogs, follow my girl's new one and see where life is taking her, theater by theater.
Theater Gypsy

Jonas M. - Super fun guy, always hooking me up. His Site!
Cassie L. - 2013 UH Fashion Director, producer, architect, fashion enthusiast, best friend.
ze Hook family
Aloha Pops!
Yay Jenna!
OMG, these nachos hit the spot tonight.

Gabby - check her out on the cover of FLUX!
Katch x Kaka'ako x Night Market
hey vince, WAKE UP!

ask @svphilip what he had in his bag tonight.....