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I spent most of my life as an atmospheric physicist, specializing in environmental issues. Living in Hawai’i has provided me with a new perspective and has ignited my passion for the earth’s beauty and its inhabitants. The history of Hawai'i is embedded in the historic buildings and places. It is my intent to document in my fashion these buildings and places. I intend my pictures to provoke emotional connections that inspire as well as give comfort.

I'm working on an illustrated book about Hawai'i's 19th century 
missionary churches. Christian missionaries played an important part in Hawaiian history. Most of the missionary churches are still in use and look very much as they did when built a century and a half ago; like
transplanted New England churches built of local materials.

 I feel strongly that visitors to the Islands should have the opportunity to appreciate the impact of the missionaries on Hawaiian culture, but I do not want this book to be just a dry recital of facts. Rather, I intend it to also remind the viewer of the beauty and serenity of Hawai'i. Thus, my emphasis is on images rather than words. I am portraying the churches in an idealized, pastel-like fashion, much as they would have been portrayed in contemporary 19th century art.

In the meantime, I have uploaded several of my favorite images onto the portfolio page for your enjoyment. Each has a story, which I will tell as time passes. 

Images by Sam
Waikoloa, HI