from big island

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Naughty or Nice? 

“The nice side, we’ll go with my old teammate Frans Nielsen, I think he’s probably the nicest guy in the league. The naughty side, I don’t know, I think there’s a decent amount of guys that can go on that list, so I’ll put my friend Casey Cizikas on that one, he seems to get away with a lot of the things he does, but Santa’s watching.”

Sanji gets reverted back to a child and finally gets the childhood he deserves. [2/?]

  • Zoro takes what he assumes is Sanji into the kitchen.  He looks like what a 5 year old Sanji would look like but infinitely less irritating.
  • “Umm, where is this?”
  • “Your kitchen.  I know it’s been a while since you’ve been in it dartbrow.”
  • “I have a name.”
  • “Sanji!”
  • Chopper speeds into the room and Zoro lets down Sanji back to the actual floor instead of dangling from his hands.
  • “Did you eat something weird again?  What happened?  Why are you so small?  Did someone touch you with their devil fruit?  Do you know where you are?”
  • Zoro can feel the tension building up in Sanji’s shoulders.  He wasn’t there for the fight against Big Mom so he got an extra summarized version of Sanji’s past.  He figured Sanji wasn’t always the person he met on that floating restaurant years ago.
  • “Slow down there Chopper.”
  • He stands a little taller when he speaks again, “How do you know my name?  You called me Sanji when you ran in.”

Black rocks and blue lagoons

The hardened lava in it’s jet black omnipresence, cooled by the ethereal waters, of a calm so blue.

Intrigue and shadows, pull you into a haunting but delicious dream.

With a birds eye view, we roam in a copter over the active volcano, Kilauea, while she spits fire in the air. We swirl and swirl above her flowing glowing mass, while inhaling the smoke
from her smoldering womb.

From sulphur to sweetness, we head north, entering the dark velvety valleys
that taste of perfume. Nature in it’s
playfulness, squirts streams of water from it’s winking and smiling cliffs.

My favorite pilot is Crazy Joe. He flew
attack helicopters for the U.S. Army, which was obvious in his every maneuver.

His love for rock, trailed psychedelic notes in the tropical sky. Laughing, he was always laughing, with a twinge of devil in his eyes.

He would always find his way back to earth though, that giant floating black rock…

and as for me, with every flight I took with Joe, I changed a little…my eyes more wild, I laughed a little louder, and I would always chomp at the bit, to once again, soar in the untamed sky…

x-changes/so-realism

partial image of my own work, oil on canvas with ground Carrara marble from Italy

Finally home!

.. and already having California withdraws. I know, I know I live in Hawaii how can I complain?! But I love the humans on the mainland so much and I’m slowly learning that it really is the people that make it so special. Need to find a good tribe here on Oahu now that @tolackcolour is gone :’( if you live on Oahu and want to hang hit me up!! I’ll also slowly be going through all of my pictures from Big Island trip and Cali and posting those for probably forever, but I promise you won’t get sick of them because y’all these places are SO BEAUTIFUL. Prepare yourselves for non stop nature goodness coming at cha!

Moana mamafa: About the Project

| WHO AM I AND WHAT AM I DOING? |

I am Kristie, I’m 30, and I’m a local haole girl from the Big Island, Hawai’i. I have a major in Anthropology and a minor in history from Chaminade University in tandem with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Chaminade didn’t have an Anthro major so I filled in classes/labs at Manoa) focusing on the Pacific.

I’m not here to explain why you should hate Moana and I’m not here to explain the greatness of Moana.

What you really need to know is that this is a personal project done for my own curiosity and fulfillment focusing on more-information-than-people-want about the cultural aspects of Disney’s Moana.

Many feel (myself included) that the masking of the individuality of Polynesia into a congealed idealized representation defaults Moana into cinematic colonialism; a story using half and partial realities of living cultures. A completely valid criticism.

At the same time the film’s potential to move Polynesian islanders with it’s representation is very strong. The film shouldn’t be shunned simply because it isn’t perfect; Moana is the most successful film featuring Polynesian people/cultures ever made and many are excited that their history, accomplishments, and heroes have been recognized on a global scale.  

There are drastically different understandings and perceptions among individuals on if the film Moana is representation in the right step or offensive tourism fodder - and I’ve witnessed that more often than not the film is viewed and discussed as being both of those things simultaneously by the people groups the film depicts.

This project is of my own observation, theory, and occasional criticism and I do not assume to speak or wish to speak for anyone but myself. This entire thing is just twisted nerdery.

| FUTURE POST FORMAT |

After a introduction to Polynesia I’ll be going through Moana’s script and screencaping scenes all while doing my best to clarify the various myths, imagery, and history the film uses to tell it’s story.

Some information may be redundant from the introduction and the information in the film posts will be relayed informally - although I’ll make an effort to link and/or cite info as I go.

I will also be making an effort to relay information without comment in the first half of posts and then throw my personal cents down in the later half, probably under a cut. 

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“Tiki” character work in progress. Model and sketches.

A character from my project “Big Islands”. Tiki is a mershark that was found by “The Tikis” after he washed ashore their island with life threatening injuries. Makotiki and Pakotiki, two wooden golem siblings, raised the mershark who now protects the Island as their guardian. 

Like most merfolk in this world, Tiki has a land form and a merform.

The Tiki’s speak their own language but it comes out sounding just like (Tiki, TIki!). Tiki’s name probably translates to Big shark man.

[Edit] put some head sketches in there too

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Here’s my prediction for the order of the islands and trial captains.

We know from the charm that the player will start on the yellow island, then go to the red, the pink, and finish at the purple.

Using this information we can predict the island captains.

For melemele it has to be Lana, as she doesn’t seem to fit with any other island.

Sophocles has to be next because the location he is seen in in the trailer appears to be the observatory from the big Island, which is the second in the sequence.

Mallow is next because it is confirmed that she is on Akala island, the pink island, real life Maui (to the right of melemele), which is third in the series.

And that leaves Kiawe on the last island, poni, the purple island (the left most island,based on kauai). This also fits because Kiawe is interested in dances and this is the most secluded island, most in touch with the tribal peoples who first inhabited the islands.

vimeo

Time lapse tour of several Hawaiian Islands. Highlights for me include the subtle tide coming in and out timelapse shot and the close ups of the small volcanoes inside Haleakala.

From the videographer:


Highlights include:
Being above the inversions on Mauna Kea (13,796’) and Haleakala (10,023’ summit, Holua back-country cabin @ 6,900’) was a memorable experience. The weather was so predictable during our stay. Clear through the night and into sunrise, then the Trade Winds shift all the clouds into the Haleakala’s crater around 9am. For the rest of the day you’re stuck in the clouds with limited visibility. Around sunset the clouds begin to clear and the inversion settles back into place just under 7,000’.
The shadow of Mauna Kea (13,796’) attempting to bend over the earth’s atmosphere, although it wasn’t as spectacular as I have seen in other videos due to some unwanted clouds blocking the sun near the end.
The Zodiacal light is visible near the end of several easterly facing star-lapse sequences. This is caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust particles in space in the final hours of darkness proceeding sunrise. Normally this is masked by light pollution.
Viewing other islands: you’ll notice Maui as seen from Mauna Kea (Big Island), Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa as seen from Haleakala (Maui), and Molokai, Lanai, & Kahoolawe as seen from Southern/Western Maui coastline.
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, as viewed from where we camped on Green Sand Beach, the southern most point of the United States. Lots of other Hawaii Milky Way photos posted on my Flickr page.
Waxing Gibbous moon light across Haleakala’s Ko'olau Gap with the grand finale being the setting moon as shadows dynamically passed across the super wide cater and Hanakauhi (8,910’).
Relaxing on the beaches, hiking through the rain forests, etc…. all the awesome stuff not featured in this video!

So feather-set gave me a fantastic idea! My bottle be a bit smaller, but I wear it as a necklace everyday :) Contains: Sea salt (protection), lavender (calmness, peace), small May flower (MAY!!), sea glass (spell for self confidence), piece of volcanic rock from Big Island Hawaii (to repel negativity), dash of red pepper (to help with love), and finally a small shell that I performed a self beauty spell on to help with self confidence and liking myself the way I am.