The humans behind In awe, Sara and Dj.
We went around to every single corner of the island on a day the swell was small - north, south, east, and west to capture some of our most favorite places. All shots from the day were captured on a Canon AE1 with a couple of 35mm rolls of film. A lot of hidden spots and areas with the most breathtaking nature and places to get lost in. Each side has its own unmistakable differences. We find life around here to be quite similar, but also obscure. As we discover our surroundings we find diversity, but no matter where we are, there is always something to connect us. Similar with the places we discover, we realize more and more that we are here to inspire each other. We hope to communicate our observation the very best we can as we find this liberating and we love sharing this lifestyle with you.
To bring you into our lives a little more detail, we asked each other some questions!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on two small islands in Hawaii, Oahu and Maui.
Your favorite childhood memory?
I always love looking back to the beginning stages of learning how to surf, skate, and play music with my best friends, JJ and Dane. We did what we loved and nothing else mattered. We weren’t trying to be anything. We would just skate till four in the morning and drink monsters on the wall at the gas station. We felt badass.
What are you passionate about, besides surfing?
Well, I really enjoy creating social awareness projects that help people understand people, you know? I mean, anything related to creating really. I love photography and film. Oh, and writing and creating music of course. I am stoked to be getting back into recording some new tunes this year.
Okay, really quick... first song that comes to your mind? Go.
Kin, by Penny and Sparrow. It reminds me of the day we got married.
What makes you feel inspired and fuels your personal meaning of life?
I used to paddle out to my favorite surf spot. It’s a hidden break out past Honolua Bay. It’s secluded and usually empty since it’s not the best wave, which makes it somewhat of a personal hiatus. I would sit out there all alone and always have this eerie feeling. I felt humbled by my surroundings. The water is usually so clear that you can see the bottom, even in the deep end. Honestly, it’s so scary, and I swear every time it feels like a shark will swim by at any moment. But the peaceful solitude is where I feel a sort of connection with God. It’s the only place I’ve found to clear my head for what really matters and what really doesn’t. So, I guess it’s being alone in the water that makes me inspired and focuses my pursuits in a positive way.
Do you have a favorite piece of vintage clothing, if so what’s the story behind it?
Well, the one button up you got me the other day, I can’t seem to take it off or even wash it. Super soft and comfy, I can wear it with anything. I like the feel of vintage, the fabrics and the colors is usually faded, which you know I like.
Where are you from?
I’m from an island called Nøtterøy in Norway. It’s actually directly translated “nut island.”
Your favorite childhood memory?
Hmm, there are so many good ones. I think the first one that comes to mind is going on road trips to an island in Sweden where my pappa grew up. We would go most summer vacations, packing up for a couple of months. Another one is also in summer, walking down from our house to the harbour with my neighbor who is pretty much my little sister. We would fish for crabs or just wait to go sailing.
What does the perfect morning look like to you?
Looks like... sleeping in, waking up in fresh linen sheets, eating breakfast and drinking water in bed with you and Ziggy!
Favorite music genre and why?
I am in between jazz and rap. Dang, next question.
If you had to choose one food item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Well, if health wasn’t involved, pizza. Since health is, organic mangoes!
What really inspires and motivates you to create?
Depends on the season I’m in I would say. When I drive places or just doing our daily things, I usually see textures and weird architecture. Even just having a conversation with good friends, or hard times too. I’d say I am always drawn to details. It could be an old ugly building, but I will find beauty in a certain part. You can’t force creativity, but one thing I find that helps heaps is staying organized around my space.
Why fashion and why In awe?
I knew since I was young that I wanted to do something involving clothes, styling and run my own business. Responsible and slow fashion is definitely a passion thing. While living in Australia I felt really inspired, I saw it could become a reality. It led me to study in Sydney at the Fashion Business Institute. I also knew that I couldn’t have a regular job if I wanted to create change in the world, in a place where my heart felt it was really needed. As you know, that is for the care of victims of sex trafficking. I pressed into what I felt I was called to, then after lots of hard work and waiting on the perfect timing, I started In awe.