What is it about Hawaii that has captivated you and led you to what you do today?
Hawaii is my birthplace and has been my home throughout my life. I’ve travelled around the world to tropical destinations, but Hawaii just has something that is unique. It’s hard to describe, but the word that stands out to me is “elegant”. The combination of its geographical remoteness, history, culture and natural beauty makes it just feel different. Also, it’s so environmentally diverse: Hawaii has 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones packed into a chain of eight main islands. It was the perfect place for a restless kid like me to grow up and I ended up making a career out of the things I love doing so much: surfing, freediving and hunting.
As well as a big wave surfer, you are a free diver, spearfisherman, conservationist, bow hunter, photographer and filmmaker. How do you incorporate all these elements into your work?
I’m able to take elements from all these pursuits and craft experiences that are totally unique for clients. That diversity in areas of expertise has given me the ability to work with the best professionals in multiple fields. If I need to bring in more HWO [Healey Water Ops] experts for a job, it’s people that I have actually worked with before. I know that not only are they competent, but also good people. That goes for specific activity instructors, cinematographers, photographers, captains, pilots, medical personnel, and chefs.