I finally scanned thousands of my papa's slides from my childhood adventures around the world. This warmed my heart and made me giggle all at once. When we began our expeditions there were no dependable ourdoor clothes for kids and then, at age 7, I helped @patagonia design the kids line. I told them I wanted a pink tutu, a magic wand and sparkly shoes - and this was what they came back with :) Probably lucky as it got down to 50 below zero on that trip to the Himalayas.
It's wild looking back at mini me and remembering how every day was a new journey, every day I had to slap a smile on my face and a backpack on my back and adventure on! Some days it was real life Disney, frolicking amongst monkeys and skipping through markets of shining jewels like a scene from Aladdin. Other days it was lonely, scary and tiring and all I wanted to do was go to a real school and live the "American dream." But now I've realized that it's not about one way of life being better then another - it's the diversity that makes the world spin.
As cultures disappear along with our wondrous wilderness areas I find it increasingly important to be a bridge between worlds. To put my hands on my hips, slap that smile on my face, grab my film gear, and continue to share why we need to protect culture and environment for our future generations. When you feel stuck in life or frustrated, look to your inner child...what would they do? One person can change the world. #beyourself#alisonsadventures#throwback
BECOME A CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER in Hawaii! Join my incredible yoga guru mommy this June at our sustainable oceanfront retreat home in Hawaii for the best teacher training you'll find - and island adventures, food, & picturesque lodging.
For over 20 years she has trained the top teachers in the world to change countless lives. ~
Night free dive with wild Manta Rays These friendly giants are under threat of extinction due to ocean pollution, plastic, and over fishing for Chinese medicine. Please steer clear of any products with Manta Ray gills and of course stop using single use plastics.
If you'd like to swim with Mantas, join me on my upcoming #AlisonsAdventuresHawaii. To apply: email firstname.lastname@example.org ~ @hisarahlee#teampelican#seaparadise
More plastic then sand on beaches now-a-days. Micro plastics, or small/broken down plastics, are a huge threat to our oceans - and us! As the NY Post just stated in an recent article, "if you are eating seafood you are eating thousands of pieces of plastic" because the fish eat the micro plastics - and then we eat the This clip is from last week's beach clean up with @wildhawaii and @surfriderkona - and the entire beach looked like this as far as the eye could see. You can help by choosing to not buy single use plastics like water bottles and cutlery.
TONIGHT I'm Excited to see @cyrus_sutton's highly anticipated film @island.earth ⠀⠀⠀
SYNOPSIS: A rich tale of a young indigenous scientist's struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. His complex journey through the corn fields of GMO companies to the loi patches of traditional Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that can save our future.
BIG ISLAND SCREENING
Captain Cook HI: Jan. 29, doors 6:30pm, screening 7:00pm at Ma'ona Community Garden. Tickets $8.
ALL OTHER ISLANDS: Check the schedule at www.islandearthfilm.com ⠀⠀ ⠀
Poster art illustration by @blazesykd
Love feeding the guests on #AlisonsAdventuresHawaii fresh local organic farm food - and it's an incredible experiencing harvesting it all! Check out my current insta story! WHAT WE PICKED: (from left to right): ~
mini dragon fruit
Today we changed the world in many ways . I set off with @wildhawaii & @surfriderkona to the southern most tip of America and collected almost 3,000lbs of plastic waste like fishing nets, bottles, spoons, straws and crates from all over the world brought ashore by ocean currents - this makes almost 200,000 lbs collected here in recent times. This plastic is killing our world's oceans and if the oceans die, we die. It's time to unite USA and love not just each other but our earth!
Uncovered this old slide of me as a baby in Peru...seemed relevant today...my papa who is carrying me (and mama taking the photo) taught me to love and respect people from all cultures not just through their words but through raising me in the remote corners of the earth with people that may seem foreign to many, but to me they were all my tribe, my family, my ohana. As a proud American I feel an even deeper duty to keep weaving a strong web of love throughout the world that will keep us connected to what is important - remaining united as a world, compassionate as a country, and kind as individuals.
It was fun today riding my mini gun made out of recycled coffee cups & plant resin! Incredibly thankful to @konaboys - our local surf shop - for saving the day with new fins, leash, wax, and kindness! It's wonderful seeing #KonaBoys support the next generation of surfers in the community not only with every ocean play toy imaginable, but also with eco products in all areas of fashion and sunscreen! Make sure you swing by their shop when you come to Big Island! #gosurf#gogreen@hisarahlee
Night swimming with manta rays is like sky diving with spaceships - so peaceful, so gentle. The manta ray, commonly confused with the sting ray that killed Steve Irwin, do not pose harm to humans. They do not have barbs, a venomous stinger or teeth and love to simply swoop around under lights at night filtering plankton for their dinner. Even though there are increasing international policies set to protect manta rays, over the past decade mantas have had an elevated risk of extinction due pollution, plastic, fishing nets, and harvesting their gill rakers for Chinese medicine. Similar to the dolphin slaughter in the Taiji cove in Japan, the Indonesian village of Lamakera is considered the world’s largest manta slaughter site, killing over 1,000 mantas in a single season and selling them to China. WildAid helped to successfully secure full national protection for manta rays, establishing Indonesia as the world’s largest manta sanctuary - but it could be too late as the process to prevent manta fishing is not as simple as passing a protection act. If there continues to be demand for Chinese medicine using mantas, then supply will continue - legal or not. @wildaid is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Manta Rays and their research shows Mantas are the slowest to reproduce of all sharks and rays. Manta Rays only produce an estimate 5-15 offspring per year and the threat to their extinction is rapidly escalating.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Do not buy any products made from manta and mobula gills.
Stop using single use plastic ~