What is a muse? If you ask me, a muse is someone who sparks inspiration. A person who wholeheartedly loves, and has a capacity to do so selflessly. This is a most rare and cherished thing. Luckily, I am surrounded.
One of my oldest and most talented friends, Kuʻulani Muise is a writer, artist and mother of three. I've been lucky enough to have worked with her on projects throughout the years and on rare occasion, have a drink and some amazing conversation.
The past couple weeks, I got to sit down and chat with her a bit. Of course there were some questions I had...inquiring minds, you know. So here's a quick intro in to the who of Kuʻulani Muise:
-Where are you from?
I grew up on Molokaʻi until my family moved to Hilo when I was ten and besides Oʻahu for school, I have been here ever since.
-One word to describe what you do.
Just one?! Well then, I am going to have to cheat and say - dabble. I dabble. When my husband and I decided I would stay home while the kids are little, I have only had enough time (usually at some ridiculous hour of the night) to dip my feet in small creative endeavors - a small-scale kids clothing line, graphic design, writing, and most days nothing else at all but hānai keiki.
-If you were given $100 and you had to spend it contributing to your community, what would you do with it?
I absolutely subscribe to the age-old adage about teaching a man to fish, which speaks to a dream of mine to organize volunteer-based public workshops to foster creativity, but more importantly - connectivity, within our communities. Maybe the $100 could go to fliers!
-What is your definition of “legacy”?
Well, as a mama, I immediately look to my children whenever the word is mentioned. They are the echoes of my heart's longings, so too is any work to which we give ourselves honestly and freely. Now to explain the photos: This is a quick photoshoot we did for Love at Dawn, a whimsical and fun clothing company that shares the same core values we believe in: Respecting the past along with keeping true to the current and evolving realm of today - whoa. Mouthful for a vintage repurposed clothing line huh - no but seriously, she is a vintage clothes magician, and I owe it all to the fact that she loves what she does. Wholeheartedly.
Mahalo / Kuʻulani Muise, more of her writing is on her beautiful blog Hāpunaleo. Angela Tomiye of Love at Dawn. All accessories by Hana Hou.
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