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What kind of work or accomplishments have you done with your artwork? I've been published in Kekalehea Art and Literature Magazine at the University of Hawaii. I've worked for 5 years as the new born photographer at the local hospital, I make my own native plant note cards and native animals as well. I'm freelancing as well. I've won a couple contests.

Why the interest in Hawaii? Hawaii is where I live. I see the beauty around me every day, every day is like a new gift for me to share in my photography. I started out helping a local activist group by shooting photo's of the native forest being threatened by Geothermal development and that gave me the interest to learn more about this fragile enviornment that I'm blessed to call my home.

How many years have you been pursuing photography? Since I was 10 I think, but I got serious about 15 years ago.

What year where you born and where? 1947 in Detroit, Michigan.

Do you do this full time, and if not, what else do you do? I shoot as much and as often as I can. my camera is always with me. I'm a full time student at Hawaii Community College majoring in Administration of Justice and Psychology. I work for various enviornments groups on the island and take photo's for them or donate native plant and animal cards to them. I was a member of the Puna Outdoor Circle and on the board for many years.

Has anyone been a particular inspiration to you in pursuing art? Linus Chao, my former photographer prof, and my dad, he loved photography.

What is your goal with your artwork - to make money, or are there some other personal goals? My goals...of course to sell my art, but I want more than that, I want people to recognize and learn to respect our fragile world and maybe showing them pictures of the Io, the Honu (green sea turtle) and the Ohia Lehua will make them sensitive to what's around us all. I want to be the Mathew Brady of Hawaiian history lol.

Did you ever have any formal training in photography? Yes, a year and a half of photography at Hawaii Community College with Linus Chao.

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