Hawaii weather has been so good lately.
The first time I went into R/D, I was surprised because I didn’t think there was a space like it in Hawaii. The place was all about community and bringing creative types together; I was obsessed. So, it was bittersweet going in today to say goodbye to the place that not only introduced me to such talented and inspiring individuals but also where a lot of my favorite projects were conceived. The founders are moving on to new endeavors and the idea of an R/D 2.0 is still up in the air, so until that happens I’ll reminisce the days of jotting down ideas on the dry erase board tables, the work in the ii gallery, and of course, my iced caramel lattes with almond milk.
I finally hiked/climbed/crawled my way to the top of Stairway to Heaven. Despite not being mentally or physically prepared, I said yes anyway when a few friends invited me the day before to go with them.
Two in the morning, a good half hour into the forest, and we finally start the 2,120-foot, 5,922-step ascent in almost total darkness. It’s fun at first, but as soon as you realize that half an hour has gone by, and you’re only a third of the way up the first set of stairs before the rest stop, shit gets real. After a few hours, four long and brutal sets of stairs behind us, a good amount of “shut the fuck up’s” and “I’m over this already’s”, we managed to make it to the top just before sunrise. We stayed up there hoping to catch the sun, but the clouds were too thick, so we gave up after an hour of waiting. We backtracked down the same way we came up, the clouds started clearing, and we finally saw the amazing view. It was hell but it was totally worth it.