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Trash, Treasure and the Sea
The Aloha Shack started as an obsession with beach combing. As far back as I can remember, I much preferred to walk the sand, looking for treasure, as opposed to getting in the cold Pacific Ocean. Little did I know that when I moved to Maui in 2014, I was moving to beach combing paradise (and the Pacific was substantially warmer down there). It took several years, some serious luck, and a lot of research to find the types of beaches that are ripe for treasure hunting. Many will say beaches like this don't exist anymore...they do. But they are kept a secret, hard to get to, difficult to traverse, and sometimes just undiscovered.
Spending countless hours with the roar of the ocean in my ears has given me a great deal of time to ponder life, and the legacy we leave behind...sifting through centuries old "trash" in the form of sea glass and sea pottery, I can't help but think about what our trash will look like long after we are gone. In many ways, beach combing has changed the way I look at, well, everything. It's given me a different perspective of time, a greater awe for the magic of nature, a deep respect for life of all sizes, and a profound feeling of responsibility to the sea.
Please enjoy browsing through these collections. Each item has a story and has been inspired by a special set of circumstances. All sea glass, sea pottery, shell and driftwood is 100% authentic and found on Maui by myself or family. The only exception to this is the 'Opala Collection which has its own unique roots. You can learn more about 'Opala by clicking on its picture in the collection list and reading about each unique product.
Aloha Nui Loa
Aloha + Shack
Everything I make is part treasure, part trash; made with aloha and extreme attention to detail, but also made with lost, forgotten, and discarded materials that have little perceived beauty or value. Not only do I want to make and share beautiful art, I also want to weigh in on the global conversation about trash, conservation, and limited resources. My hope is that my art makes people stop and look and THINK. So...what can YOU reuse, reinvent, repurpose, rescue? What can you make beautiful again?