We had the good fortune of connecting with Kehaulani @wonderstruckphotograhy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kehaulani, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Like everything in life I don’t believe there is one thing that can successfully stand on it’s own without the help of many variables. However, for the purpose of a response, the first thing that came to mind particularly at this moment in time, is diversity. Diversity provides insight into things we may never have known about otherwise. With diversity we have a broader perspective and more information to consider when deciding on something or expressing our ourselves or opinions. With the understanding of various cultures and social groups we have a greater chance of making connections from our own lives to theirs which will help alleviate fear and dispel negative stereotypes. Allowing for diversity helps ensure that all people have value no matter our differences.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I thrive on new environments and interactions whether it’s with others or on my own. I feel very deeply which can be overwhelming at times so I use my creativity as a vessel to share my perspective and/or as a means to release built up energy which may otherwise become a nuisance. Professionally I have been extremely fortunate to be surrounded by enthusiastic friends, family and colleagues who have always supported and helped promote my work. Balancing family life and a professional life was not always easy but without the challenges I would not be the person I am today. The life lessons I’ve held dear to me are the ones I hope to have or will have bestowed upon my child. For example: Not having what you want is not the same as not having what you need. You attract the energy you put out there, whether it’s positive or negative. Asking for help can be a blessing for both sides. Mindfulness is the highest form of respect. Surround yourself with people who inspire and challenge you. Compassion is key to understanding each other.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are endless fantastic choices for eating and drinking in San Diego. I live in North Park and there is an array of wonderful options for food, drink and entertainment. I love Little Italy for it’s fun energy and the art/gallery stores, pubs and restaurants. The farmers market in Hillcrest or Little Italy, yes please. Perhaps a ferry ride from downtown to Coronado. There are so many incredible hiking opportunities in San Diego so that would definitely be on the list. A sunset walk on the beach. Possibly an open mic night at a café or venue. Absolutely a gallery opening and live music outdoors somewhere.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without preamble my shout out would be for the friendships I have developed far and wide that have most definitely contributed to the person I am today, and without them I’m certain I would have lost my way. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to motherhood which has kept me on my toes and in line with the values I hold dear to my being.