Kauai is like Oahu 30 years ago, beautiful and uncrowded white sand beaches, small local restaurants with that genuine home cooked love and taste. You can still bbq and drink beers at parks and beaches without being bothered by law enforcement as long as its within its legal boundaries and nobody is fighting…lol…Locals have pride in the up keep of Kauai and pick up there trash no matter what so others can enjoy the same beauty they were afforded prior to being there. I could go on forever but Kauai is just Kauaiswhy
We will always be back to KauAI
The moment I heard Unko Buttons passed away i was at a loss for words, called the fam to see if it was true and heart breakingly enough it was. Drank a couple beers to slow down all these racing thoughts and emotions I have right now in my head because in someway i would like to grow from something as sad as this. (weird as that may sound). I have one wolf in me i want to feed with anger about cancer, loss and how unfair this fucking shit is but then i have another wolf in me that i want to feed with compassion and value of life…I went with the right side.
Reasoning: The reason why his passing for me is such a hard reality to swallow is because I loved how he seemed to always bounce back with his positive outlook on life, also the honesty he had with his bad habits.
I can relate to his struggle and I will always admire his comeback story, not to mention he was one of my fathers favorite surfers and listening to the way my dad and unkos used to talk about him made him that much more legendary and as we all know LEGENDS NEVER DIE!
I Have so much more I would like to write praising his accomplishments and strength but im pretty sure those that took the time to read this already know.
A hui hou Kanaka your presence and light are timeless
With the amount of clothing lines popping up everyday it seems im constantly asked what we do that lends credence to the brands seemingly overnight success and the honest truth is that it wasnt overnight, not by a longshot. Sean-Paul started a brand called Autumn Arts right out of high school and although it didnt quite go anywhere he learned alot of what not to do’s from it. When teaming up for this venture I told him when someone asks you for a free shirt and tells you they wanna support please remember thats not supporting because theyre getting it for free, put some confidence and faith into the brand and when we do our job correctly and design stuff that people like they wont have a problem purchasing it. That also brought us into our second convo of what will make us different from the other brands and that for me was the easy part
“Use hand drawn art work rather than the pick a font off the internet with a somewhat funny or seemingly deep quote” and although typography and fonts are pretty necessary it wont separate you from the rest who are in it for the fame or just trying to cash in. Lastly and what i consider a pretty big piece of the puzzle is that when putting ourselves out there as a lifestyle brand, get out there and get dirty, be a part of that lifestyle instead of just trying to take from it. How many other brands do you see involved directly with the lifestyle they say they represent? Thank you Sean-Paul for being such an important and patient part of this team.
Its Taken me a few days to accept the reality of the loss our family and myself are going thru but I found something that brought a wave of relief recently.
It was a letter I had written her when I finally got to my new location in Louisiana, as I read the letter I was flooded with all these memories and thoughts of how I was feeling at the time then at the end of the letter my biggest fear was confirmed “take care of yourself till i get out”. I just wanted to make sure I got back to her before anything happened. If you dont know or understand my background my birth mother had me when she was 16 and my dad was just a couple years older than her which still makes them kids, my mom left me at her moms house and said she would be back shortly but after not returning that night she picked up my grandma Daisy and they went to the house and found a note saying that my dad Mark could have me and that she had left for the mainland. My life from then on was a culmination of the family giving what they could when they could while my grandma took on the role of both dad and mom and as i’ve stated before she was the one who taught me how to read and write at a very early age. Theres is no doubt in my mind it is the reason why I know how to express myself the way I do. I could go on and on but lets stay on track for the sake and meaning behind this entry.
I have found myself in a depressed state where all I do is cry and mope around her house, Then I found the letter I wrote to her while i was locked up,I remembered my biggest fear and biggest wish!
My biggest fear was not making it home to her. My biggest wish was to bounce back and make something of my life again, both of which I have to remind myself that I did make it home to take care of her in her last days and that I have a growing company doing what I love and been planning out for the last several years.
So now instead of being depressed and wishing she was still here im letting the appreciative feeling for the time I got to spend with her when I got back fill the empty hole her departure from the physical world has left. More importantly I stopped being selfish and asking for more time and more conversations with my Grandma, now im just gonna reminisce and be thankful for the time I did have with her.
A hui ho Grandma Daisy -Rest In Paradise.
Humble, Thankful , Still Hungry…
Made a journey to the No Ka Oi side of life a couple weeks ago and I had a hard time leaving to be honest, saw and hung out with a bunch a my childhood friends and while the landscape has changed dramatically over the years the love and Aloha was still the same (maybe even greater). I remember during High school I was all about this city life and partying, made some major life decisions that rippled into what may have become my own personal rendition of the chaos theory. That flutter of a butterflies wings that quickly turned into an out of control storm has long since passed now and i’m rebuilding what I lost with an even stronger foundation…That country living i grew up in is haunting me and calling my name now.
I will return one way or another.
Mahalo Nui from The Pineapple clan and myself. (Keoni Payton)