BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - You can take a local boy out of the islands, even as far as the middle east, but not the islands out of the boy. After serving in Iraq for year and a half, photographer Tom Kualiʻi finds passion in photographing his home on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.
It kind of helped me to get over a lot of the experience that I've experienced up there.
Photographer/ Extreme Exposure
He ala ia e hoʻokuʻu ʻia ai nâ mea i ʻike ʻia ma laila.
ʻO ka paʻi kiʻi i o i ʻâina kekahi mea i ʻano maha a ʻoluʻolu ai kona naʻau iâ ia ma laila, a pelâ i ulu ai kona hoihoi no ka hoʻomau ma kona hoʻi ʻana mai.
Shooting people and families in Iraq brought him comfort and influenced his first shots at home.
From shooting people, sports it got me into shooting the land and of course learning about Pele.
Mai ka paʻi kiʻi ʻana i ka poʻe a me nâ haʻuki, ua komo i kçia ao o Pele.
Ua ʻano hei ʻia nô hoʻi ʻo Tom i kçia wahi a me ka paʻi kiʻi i ka nani o ia ʻâina ʻo Kalapana mâ.
Tom felt drawn to shooting Kalapana and its images.
Maybe it was either an ancestor, could be Pele, I don't know. It's definitely something, a presence, that was there telling me that: "you should go."
He kupuna. ʻO Pele paha ia. Pehea lâ? Akâ, ua ʻike au, he pono ka hele.
A ua ulu mai nô kona ʻiʻini no ka paʻi kiʻi i nâ ʻano mea like ʻole o ke ao kûlohelohe o Kalapana mâ.
His passion for shoting the natural beauty of Kalapana grew.
So I ended up shooting the ʻiliʻili rocks, and ended up shooting (take out um) lauhala patch, shot an old stone wall, and took it back home and posted on Facebook (take out: and stuff like that) and a lot of people were commenting about it.
Ua paʻi ʻia na ʻiliʻili, he ulu lauhala, he pâ pôhaku a ma ka hoʻouka ma ka Puke Alo, ua nui ka hoihoi o ka poʻe.
Ma ka holo o ka manawa, ua hui ʻo Tom me Bruce Omori a ua hoʻokumu lâua iâ Extreme Exposure, he pâʻoihana paʻi kiʻi.
Along the way, Tom partnered with Bruce Omori to form Extreme Exposure.
Together we've decided to share our images not only with the tourists, but with the local people.
He ala ia e laha ai nâ kiʻi i nâ malihini a kamaʻâina pû.
ʻO kekahi pahuhopu e ʻimi ʻia nei ʻânô, ʻo ia ka hoʻokumu ʻia o kçia hale hôʻikeʻike ma Hilo kaona i mea e laha hou aku ai kâ lâkou mau kiʻi ma ke kaiaulu.
The next big step is opening up this gallery in downtown Hilo as a means to share more of their work