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Giving Back to the Community: “Flavors by the Bay” Part I

I have been to quite a few leadership seminars over the years. Most of them start off with personal development, networking, positive thinking, and setting your intentions for your business. Question such as: what do I stand for, what are my goals, and what type of community do I want to help build? On a good day these topics are heavy and on any other day I would try to busy myself with productive, but procrastinating things to check off my list. It’s quite a lot to take in, even in small doses, but I’m one of those people that need to let big ideas marinate and take root. It got me thinking…in addition to wedding photography in Hawaii, what types of things and activities do I do that help build the communities around me?

Every year since that powerful leadership seminar, many years ago, I have picked various local community organizations to donate time and my photography skills. In previous years I have donated time and/or photography to organizations such as: the Hawaii Humane Society, St. Francis Hospital, Bishop Museum, New Hope, Eisa Festival, Naval Air Museum, and Autism Awareness. Though my part seems like a small component, small gears help to turn bigger wheels. The ability to be part of a community or movement helps a greater cause. On a personal note, it’s an invaluable learning and humbling experience. I have met so many amazing people who have a such a big heart for the community and that has really touched and inspired me to continue to do more.

This year I was the event photographer for Kama’aina Kids third annual fundraiser “Flavors by the Bay,” at Heeia State Park on the windward side of Oahu. I will write more about Heeia State Park in another post.  If you have any questions or comments please send me a message!

To be continued…

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