Sunday, December 5, 2010

Real Word 1st Anniverary Dinner

Real Word Magazine celebrated its first anniversary by hosting a dinner at the Hawaii Convention Center this past Friday. Guests included entertainers, artists, photographers, educators, writers, conservationists, entrepreneurs and other "real people" who have been featured in the magazine. Thanks to my trusty camera, I got to mix and mingle with some of them. I was pretty much in awe the whole night, not quite believing this awesome opportunity given me because of my association with the magazine.

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Leslie, my bestest buddy and my "date", now knows how intimidating it is to carry around and use a camera amongst PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS!
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MC Lance Rae, editor Cheryl DeAngelo and Vincent Bongiorno
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Harlen and Leona Fragas of Palekana Kai Ocean Safety.
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Chad Morisato and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Marquez
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In front, Rita Coury and Kat Reeder
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Debbie Friedrich, Eric Leterc and Paula Ota
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Ali Stewart-Ito on the right.
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Erin McCullough on the left.
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Erika Swartzkopf on the left.
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Brad Wismar and Tui Scanlan
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Emi Nakamura
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Editorial assistant Sarah Stanley and fiance Holo on the right.
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William Gilliam
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Kat Reeder and Chelsea Iwami
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Tom Kualii and Lincoln Ishii
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I love, love, love Arna Johnson of Ulu Art.
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Tai and Malia Utoafili
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Rick Blangiardi
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My idol Geralyn Camarillo.
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Debbie Friedrich
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Bruce Omori made me cry again.
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Bruddah Walter
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Jill Kuramoto center and Kim Taylor Reece on the right
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13 comments:

Les said...

ho da nice your pics came out!!! You fit in nicely :)

jalna said...

Awwwwww, tanks Les!

K and S said...

looks like you had lots of fun!

jalna said...

We did Kat!

Erick said...

Wow, very cool!

Randism said...

nice pickchaz as usual. questions: wuz jill dare cuz she's an artist or just a guest? as a reporter? and how did bruce make u cry again? btw, geralyn's shots (on her site) are pretty impressive!

jalna said...

Erick, every once in awhile I gotta pinch myself.

Rand, Jill was there as a guest. Her words were in the Makua edition of the magazine. Bruce shared his story of foresaking his career as an engineer to pursue his love - photography. He spoke of the hurt of rejection. And he spoke with emotion on how his photo gracing the cover of one of the magazine's issues validated to him his worth as a photographer. Geralyn is not just an awesome photographer, her spirit in everything she does and is touches me. BTW, you know those Polynesian Cultural Center buses with the unreal HUGE photos on them? That's Arna Johnson's!!

C said...

How come you failed to mention that u recieved a plaque and was recognized at the convention AND had your face up on the 'big screen'!! WOW! FINALLY! U deserve it!

jalna said...

Thanks CQ! But I'm kinda "unwordy" . . . but wait . . . I will be "wordy" some day . . . "real wordy". Hahahaha! I crack myself up sometimes!

sheree pokipala said...

Jalna, Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. You are definitely NOT a wanna be. My daughter in law is Lauren Kihara Pokipala. Her mom Kanani is related to you. Small world@

jalna said...

OMG Sheree, Lauren's dad is my cousin Dennis Kihara!! Thank you so much for your kind words. Congratulations on making the cover of the current Real Word issue. I looooove your work . . . absolutely beautiful!

Betty Townsend said...

Great pictures and congratulations on receiving your plaque. You are going to have to change your status on your blog. You are definitely not a wanna be photographer.

jalna said...

Thanks Betty! Hope you're feeling better.