Yesterday saw the best big wave surfers in the world take on the 30 foot swells at Jaws surf spot on the WSL's Big Wave Tour. The 30 foot swell's meant each wave had bone-crushing intensity. Hawaiian Keala Kennelly won women's event during a brutal session yesterday. The Men's event had been put on hold because the waves had become too dangerous for the surfers in Maui, Hawaii. When competition resumed, Billy Kemper took out the men’s title for a third time in a row. Click here to view the entire event
My passion for photography started back in high school when I purchased my first Olympus 35mm SLR camera. It had an internal light meter but was otherwise fully manual. Back in the '80s and 90's I built a substantial photography business that included a photo processing lab, two studios along with a substantial school and event photography business. Yes, we did school pictures, lots of school pictures, delivering up to 40,000 portrait packages a year. On peak days we would be in up to three schools, with 9 crews, photographing up to 2500 subjects in a day. Using specially designed manual cameras that carried 100-foot rolls of film and could shot 600 students on a single roll of film. We did proms and sports teams. At our studios on Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo, we shot with a medium format Mamiya RB67s and Norman Strobes. At our studios, we did a lot of family and senior portraits. Over the holidays we did Santa photos at the local malls. We also did all-school panoramic images using an 8x10 view camera. At our photo lab, we offered 1-hour processing, Ektachrome slide processing, and custom enlargements.
While the business was exciting and lucrative, over time it robbed me of my passion for photography. When the opportunity to sell my business came in the mid-nineties, I never looked back on offering my services professionally and I moved on to other endeavors. I have continued with my photography for my personal enjoyment and to support organizations that I was involved with.
After a twenty year break, I am ready to share my passion for photography again, but this time on a more personal scale. The modern digital equipment has inspired me, the capabilities the cameras and the quality of the lenses opens up new doors to leverage my legacy knowledge and experience from the days of fully manual professional photography. I have geared up this season with high-quality professional prime lenses by Sigma and Rokinon. This year I will be focusing my work on Events, Portraits, Weddings and of course supporting Maui Insider and Eco Preservation Society,
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Welcome to Maui Insider and my enchanted home in the middle of the sea. Maui is an extraordinary and magical destination and I am passionate about helping visitors uncover their own path of discovery of this island I love so dearly. I am deeply curious about the History, Culture, Environment, and Geology of the Hawaiian archipelago and I love sharing my knowledge with new friends that I make along the way.
My love affair with Maui began when I first visited in the 70s and I made it my home in the winter of 1997. After more than 20 years this magical island is still revealing its secrets and treasures. While Maui offers an array of amazing tours and activities offered at tour sales desks all over the island, I focus on helping visitors on their own path of discovery of the uncommon experiences that are not necessarily tied to generating revenues for the Tourism Industry.
I am truly an island boy at heart. I was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. My father owned a commercial fishing boat and I put myself through college working in Alaska for the summers, where I developed my appreciation for a strong work ethic.
I graduated from Seattle University with BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. During the 80s and 90s, I built a successful photography business that at its peak delivered over 40,000 portrait packages per year. The business included a photo processing lab, two studios and the Western Washington franchise with Jostens Photography. My business hired up to 12 photographers and we specialized in weddings, events, sports teams, senior portraits and of course high volume school portraits.
In 1996, I sold the businesses and in 1996 I moved to Maui and reinventing myself as a Travel Director, leveraging my business and logistical experience from high volume photography. Over the last two decades, I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States and even internationally. In 2007, I founded the Eco Preservation Society and our organization supported multiple conservation projects in Costa Rica, my role was to develop the Eco Tourism program and to organize international volunteer programs related to reforestation, wildlife rescue and sea turtle conservation.
Corporate Incentive Programs, Meetings and Special Events
My Maui story is not unique. Maui first captured my heart on a college backpacking trip. Many years later, while on vacation following the sale of my business, I decided to open the next chapter in my life on a magical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When I first started as a Travel Director, it was a side-gig, as I was involved in an internet business startup. I became affectionately known on Maui as the "Dinearound King" and I also helped out at the airport and advancing activities. Over time, my TD business grew and by the time the Dot Com bubble had burst, I was a full-time travel director working on programs on all of the Hawaiian Islands
It was exciting times in the industry, the nineties were booming, the incentive travel industry was booming. The scale and the budgets of the programs were incredible and a normal day at the airport saw multiple 500 pax, 1000 pax groups coming into OGG each and every day. the dynamics of the times provided me with a unique opportunity to gain a unique experience in the industry that would today be impossible to duplicate. What drew me most to the business was the camaraderie and the friendships that I developed. I've built scores of lifelong friendships in the biz and it is really the people that I love most about Travel Director work. In the late nineties, the scale and the budgets of the programs were on another level from what we generally see in the industry today. Over the years I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States as well as internationally.
Over the last twenty years, I have developed event management skills and logistical expertise working on high budget corporate incentive programs. I have experience working programs at most of the major resorts on Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai and Lanai. I have worked more than 80 incentive programs with 500+ guests and at least 30 incentive programs of 1000+ guests. All totaled Kevin worked on more than 400 corporate incentive programs, meeting and amenity experiences. In 2001, I expanded my business both nationally and internationally. In 2007, I relocated to Costa Rica to manage the Eco Preservation Society the organizations Eco-Tourism and Volunteer programs, keep my foot in the door in the Meetings and Incentive business back home. Kevin's forte is managing complex transportation movements (7000 guests). I have extensive experience managing large transportation movements, particularly at the Maui International Airport (Still all the same porters). In addition, I have extensive experience with VIP and Celebrity Service, Hospitality Desk (up to 1000 guests), Tour Sales, Golf Coordinator, Food and Beverage Lead (up to 3000 guests), Expo and Display Lead, Dinearound coordinator.
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