Maxine Alo is a dear friend of mine and an amazing P.I representative in the San Diego community. She's a proud Hawaiian photographer who has an eye for capturing the different and an energy that empowers everyone she comes across. She was a wonderful guest to have on our episode about Pacific Islander Representation and Empowerment (Season 2) and added such valuable insight.
We talked about what it feels like to be P.I, how we're treated differently for not being raised on the islands, and how representation can create a world of difference for young P.I boys and girls. Maxine's ability to speak her mind and her willingness to share her experience is phenomenal.
As a photographer, Max was recently interviewed for an article about her published by SD Voyager. When i saw this article posted on Facebook, I was almost brought to tears. Max was doing the damn thing and being recognized for her talent and story. Talk about being a representative in the PI community.
One thing that I admire most about Max is her ability to capture insane moments. She has such a creative and artistic ability that you are able to immediately pick up on when you view her portfolio.
I can't thank Max enough for coming on the show, being such a wonderful friend, and for inspiring so many keikis to follow their dreams. Maxine is someone who is truly paving the way for Pacific Islanders in the industry.
I love you, Max!
The latest episode featured recording artist Kamaka Mullen and how he preserves Hawaiian culture through his music, gardening, dancing, and learning more about the language (Olelo) and history.
His commitment to preserving culture has helped him throughout life and especially with maintaining his mental health.
Below are some pictures from Kamaka's journey, highlighting his garden, dance, and musical adventures. I've also shared a link to his music and Youtube playlist.
I hope you enjoy learning about Kamaka and watching his musical journey unfold.
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