I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Hawaii. While I was born in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, I spent the majority of my childhood living in Kona, on the Big Island. The Big Island is far less populated then Oahu, which meant more areas of undeveloped land. I spent much of my time on the beach, or exploring the wilderness surrounding my home.
Growing up, as a self-described Country Boy, my personal interests have always been more towards nature, which is greatly reflected in the subject matter of my photographs. I’ve always found the beauty of a mountain top, or a beach, much more attractive than that of a city high rise, or a backyard swimming pool.
Looking back, I consider my childhood to be very special. My Parents were both educators, which meant that for 3 months a year, they didn’t go to work. That in itself is important, but the fact that they were willing to fly to the mainland and pack up the car with 3 kids for a month long road trip every other year, is even more important. By the time I was in my teens, I had visited most of the states and seen many of the great sites of our beautiful country.
Shortly after graduating high school, I met a person who I didn’t know at the time would become amongst the most influential people in my life. This person, showed me a way to capture the beauty of what I was seeing. He showed me what a camera could do in the hands of the right person. or should I say eye of the right person. He told me, go to the library (yes, the library), and find a book by someone named Ansel Adams. Needless to say, I was moved, as I spent several hours staring at the images in the book.
Well as time went on and life moved on, I moved to the mainland and went to college and become an engineer. I spent the better part of the last 3 decades working in the computer sciences field, and loving almost every minute of it. I’ve been able to witness magical innovations, and meet any number of wonderful personalities. I’ve seen companies grow from nothing, to become household names.
Well, all these years later, as I look back at the earlier times of my life, and look towards the future, I can’t help but remember the images and memories of my youth. My hope is to continue to learn and grow as a photographer and writer, and I would love for you to join me on this journey of self-discovery.
~ Kyle S. Okada