Kimi Vaka’uta is Kanaka Maoli raised in North Kohala and a graduate of Kohala high school. As a Native Hawaiian, Kimi enjoys photographing the vast and beautiful landscapes of the 'aina she was raised on. Her passion for photography grows as she strives to capture special moments that can be relived through photographs.
Kimi is guided by aloha for her five children (Kayden, Ben, Keti, Sio'eli, and Nafanua) and they are the inspiration for her business blessedby5 .
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Naomi Keawe Hauanio
My name is Naomi Keawe Hauanio and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Kohala High School in 2016. I have always enjoyed drawing since I was about 5 years old. I believe I see things differently and that's what I want my art to convey. I wish to continue creating my art and share them with people.
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My name is Ke'alohi Matthey. Kohala is a wonderful place to live, but there are limited opportunities for persons with disabilities, so I decided to make my own opportunity. I have created hand-made flower and craft cards, along with other original creations. Each one is personally assemble and designed in my home and put together with flowers from the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Kohala's Finest LLC
I remember my childhood days, fishing and hunting with my dad and watching my mom with the aunties canning and preserving food for us to eat from their gardens and from fruits and vegetables that grew wild. It was a wonderful life and the early introduction to my business! I met and married a local boy and moved to Hawai`i 45 years ago. Nine years ago after picking more fruits than could possibly be eaten and or given away I started making jams, jellies, and butters (curds) and giving them to family and friends. After receiving many requests to make more, Kohala’s Finest LLC was formed. Starting at our local Banyan Tree, Hawi Farmer’s Market, we sold just Lilikoi Butter. Today, there are more than 15 products and I’m proud to tell you that our Lilikoi Butter and Lilikoi Salad Dressing/Marinade both placed first in competition here in Kohala. All our products are made in small batches with locally sourced fruits. Our jams and jellies are organic and contain a third of the sugar you will normally find in other products allowing the fruit to shine. Enjoy a taste of Kohala’s fruits with your family and friends and reminisce on all the good times!
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Emily Beeson is a watercolor artist who moved to Hawai'i Island in November 2019 from Northern California. In Sonoma County, California, she worked as a full-time flower farmer, but a series of devastating fires to the region prompted her to move & start a new life elsewhere. She fell in love with North Kohala during a winter work-trade opportunity in Kapa'au on Hawai'i Island, and is very happy to now reside in Hawi, since January 2020. Emily also works as a landscape-gardener and this activity inspires her art, as she's most interested in painting fruits and flowers seen in her daily work. She is dedicated to painting the tropics "in bold color, with big love."
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Ocean inspired treasures!!!
Gold filled jewelry adorned with locally found shells and beach glass as well as handpicked Tahitian pearls.