Here is what I found in Hawaii..... retro! I used to live on the island of Oahu for a while when I was a kid. I went to King Kamehameha elementary school and lived the charmed life of a disheveled little beach kid with tangled salty hair, tanned and barefoot. I made a short visit back a couple of weeks ago and my memories floored me. Mostly as a special place with my family but also that unique Hawaiian style, the vintage flair, the island life and that insane pacific ocean beauty, I was overcome with emotion and nostalgia. It had been 19 years since I was last here and it's a place that welcomes you home like an old friend. Have you been? You should go! It's magical. I didn't have a chance to take as many photos as I would have liked but here's a few and perhaps you can see that retro vibe I'm talking about. Waikiki's 1950s beach front hotels, surf culture and kitsch tiki bars.... take me back! Aloha.
I did mention Hawaii in my last post. Then I went looking through my old stuff. Yes, I have some sunsets! Isn't that just typical? Made me laugh. I spent some time as a kid on Oahu with my family in the 1970s, where I went to school for a year. And then again as a teenager when I spent a gap year on the island of Maui. I took these photos when I was 19, about the time I really started getting into photography. Seems so innocent when I look at them now. Aloha!
photos by Tanya Moss. 35mm kodak film.