chelseakauai ChelseaKauai

Hawai'i-born creative🌺 Currently🗺: Kauai Live simply, explore often, consume mindfully. Present over perfect. ✨🐳🐴⛺️🏝🌿📷
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chelseakauai: I’m not really a flowers, chocolates, teddy

I’m not really a flowers, chocolates, teddy bear kind of girl. Wait for it to get dark and take me to the manta ballet☺️💕 - Thank you 📷 and for these front row seats to one of the most special and surreal shows on earth. Now back out on the water for us!💙

18766 348 Feb 14, 2018
chelseakauai: What a place to ponder and say a

What a place to ponder and say a quiet goodnight to the sun.💛 overlooking one of only two tropical dry forests in the world in partnership with

17194 169 Feb 14, 2018
chelseakauai: At any given moment we have the power

At any given moment we have the power to make each other’s lives extraordinary.🌿 From small acts of kindness - a smile, buying someone’s food in line behind you - to big surprises and unforgettable experiences. This trip with exploring the special lands of crafted an itinerary of everything I love and I’m so crazy grateful I got to experience what is possible with their new . On day one we went heli-biking down the side of a volcano, swam in thermal hot spring baths, sped around in ATVs then climbed a giant fig tree, saw blue waterfalls and listened to live music under the stars. I watched the sun rise and set, I was well fed, completely dirty, and danced in the rain. It was a probably a once in a lifetime trip and I’m cherishing it as such☺️💕 But deliberate manifestations of thoughtfulness, they way we pay attention to details and to each other - that is a luxury I’m looking forward to making that part of my everyday. thank you for an exquisite stay. - Photo by one of my favorites

18873 158 Feb 12, 2018
chelseakauai: Visiting Saint Lucia was a dream of mine

Visiting Saint Lucia was a dream of mine for so long that I was worried maybe the real place wouldn’t match the story in my head. From the moment I landed I had the biggest silly smile. We climbed the mountain to my left, drank coconuts in the colorful streets, and went cave diving in the crystal clear bay. A friendly young boy gave us tips on better tree climbing techniques. Enroute to our taxi driver figured out we really like taking photos and went out of his way to show us this amazing deck overlooking the town. It’s my favorite thing to experience the spirit of a place, true warmth that’s so much more than just picture perfect. Photo by - PS: is giving away an all expenses paid trip for two, details on their page🌸

32466 396 Feb 9, 2018
chelseakauai: Passion is contagious. I look at this photo

Passion is contagious. I look at this photo and think how neat it is that from this one person on the highline (hi ) nearly all 12 of us have fallen in love with slack lining and four now also highline. Ryan has picked up photography and it’s a subtle, slow beauty, watching the cross-pollination of all of us learning from one another. This was how we welcomed in our new year - light rays, double rainbows, challenging logistics and lots of cheering - the culmination of so many elements working together to create a day I’ll never forget. - Captured on T7i 16-35 mm 2.8L USM 16mm f/ 5.0 ISO 200 shutter 1/160 sec - Photo with my edit. Thanks to for the many hours spent on research and rigging that morning, we were all STOKED.

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chelseakauai: Stay weird🖖🏼🤓 I always wanted one of those

Stay weird🖖🏼🤓 I always wanted one of those fancy pictures with a fan just for my hair. This is what happens when you find a blow hole on the edge of a cliff near the ocean and decide to take portraits - at 120 frames per second of course. Dominican Republic with this crew has been next level in just about every possible way. So happy.

24948 587 Jan 31, 2018
chelseakauai: Sometimes I wonder if people in the past

Sometimes I wonder if people in the past would laugh at the things we do for fun in the future :) Aerial perspective from ’s which just released this morning! I was so excited to get one early and see how crazy small it is. I’m putting up a few stories so you can see it if you’re curious😊 - Thanks piloting this one.

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chelseakauai: Found: solar powered jacuzzi. Slight weather damage. May

Found: solar powered jacuzzi. Slight weather damage. May have to share epic views with new fish friends.😋 Photo

34242 402 Jan 23, 2018
chelseakauai: Earthling🌿 We ran where we could and hoisted

Earthling🌿 We ran where we could and hoisted ourselves uphill. Between rain storms and happy dance moves I suppose I must have stood still :) thanks and (Photo) for committing to this even with the weather!

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chelseakauai:

“See anything big? No sharks or dolphins?” my dad asked me after noticing I had dove multiple mornings in a row. And I get it, we have a tendency to focus on the big stuff, the bucket lists, to be impressed by the extremes. What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever swam with? How long can you hold your breath, how high have you climbed? Personally those don’t make me the happiest. Where ever I am in the world, whatever I’m doing, I practice noticing a thousand beautiful details a day and that has made all the difference. :) happy weekend humans! - From a very special dive filled with lots of little things🐟 with

21771 345 Jan 19, 2018
chelseakauai: Here comes the sun ☀️ I love early morning

Here comes the sun ☀️ I love early morning hikes, good food, and game nights. Today I get all three😊 Excited for this week on Oahu catching up with so many friends! Shot by , who incidentally, is also really good at cooking🤷🏻‍♀️

29850 311 Jan 19, 2018
chelseakauai: This water was a real thing. A nuclear

This water was a real thing. A nuclear missile headed for Kauai, thankfully, not a real thing. What an utterly terrifying 20 minutes. Grateful for this life and the chance to say thank you many more times💙 - Photo (love and miss you guys hope I get to see you soon)

22824 301 Jan 13, 2018
chelseakauai: Hiking above the clouds and warm hugs from

Hiking above the clouds and warm hugs from people who make me feel safe being my whole messy wild self - two things I can never have enough of. Thank you for the amazing week in Washington (photo by) and 🌲☁️

23191 327 Jan 11, 2018
chelseakauai: Always a privilege to be outside🌿
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Hiking adventures

Always a privilege to be outside🌿 - Hiking adventures with 📸

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chelseakauai: Turns out it’s a fine line between

Turns out it’s a fine line between windswept and eating your own hair. We experienced a good amount of both yesterday and had a heck of a good laugh doing it. (I may be curating a carousel of all the best worst images, there are some strong contenders😂) Photo by the lovely Ps: I’m LOVING reading all your entries on my last post, so cool to hear your plans and dreams of trips to spend time together💛💛 -

25082 336 Jan 5, 2018
chelseakauai:

*closed🏕 I’m teaming up with to give one of you $500 towards a stay at any of their properties worldwide (think domes, treehouses, cabins, A-frames). We just stayed in a historic wood lodge in the Willamette National forest very close to this waterfall.😊 This is the last of my three experiential giveaways and I hope it gives someone the opportunity to spend quality time with your friends like we just did. To enter: - Follow + tag any friend or loved one with your idea for an epic trip! - Closes Jan. 5 at 8pm EST - Good luck and get outside!💛🏕 📸Photo by -

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chelseakauai: Ending the year in a forest hot springs

Ending the year in a forest hot springs alongside some my favorite creative humans I feel so blessed to call friends. I’ve been overwhelmed this year, by gratitude, by my faults, by love and luck and a search for what in the world actually feels real and meaningful to me. A million thank yous to my family and the people who don’t take photos with/of me but have a huge place in my life. Thank you to you all, who somehow continue to support the journey of this deeply curious and imperfect human. Photo by the exceptional

28463 369 Dec 31, 2017
chelseakauai: Me, going where did all the time go?

Me, going where did all the time go? Hopping on my last plane of 2017 but not without a final reminder that this is home, forever and always.

23800 247 Dec 29, 2017
chelseakauai: This was the second time I went out

This was the second time I went out to shoot a lightning storm - a very rare occurrence in Hawai’i. When we got down there though, the storm had blown through. Slightly frustrated, after a moment I realized was extraordinary in its own right - it was the last week of the year where I’d see the core of the Milky Way until next spring :) It’s fun sometimes, when you have to abruptly reframe, when the scene isn’t what you expected or the composition isn’t obvious. Climb up high or wedge yourself in the sand. Imperfection asks for innovation. Change is an invitation leaving room for growth.🦋🌟 - Shot on ’s EOS Rebel T7i EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM. Self timer 16mm f/2.8 ISO 3200 SS 30 sec

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chelseakauai: GIVEAWAY🐳💧 [closed] From up in the sky to

GIVEAWAY🐳💧 [closed] From up in the sky to under the sea. This week is letting me give you and a friend a chance to get your open water dive certification. This is how I fell in love with the underwater world and eventually learned to freedive as well so I’m super happy to gift two of you the start of a very fun journey. To enter: - Follow me + - Comment below tagging a person you want to get certified with and where your dream dive destination would be! - Open worldwide, dive courses to be completed by the end of 2018 :) Footage from Belize shot by Song By M83 “My tears are becoming a sea”

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chelseakauai: Kathmandu was one of the most overwhelming and

Kathmandu was one of the most overwhelming and visual cities I’ve ever been to. Dust, music, marigolds. From an open window, the smell of incense mixes into the chaotic city streets. Outside of this Buddhist stupa hundreds of people walk clockwise spinning prayer wheels for good luck. In my head it feels quiet although it’s incredibly loud, each person immersed in their own conversation with the world. On some unseen signal - a plane passing overhead or a child running through the courtyard - and all the birds suddenly soar together. Like any special moment, this shot was partially planning and a lucky dose of perfect timing. - Shot on ’s EOS Rebel T7i EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. Continuous high speed shooting mode 18mm f/4 ISO 200 SS1600

24481 280 Dec 21, 2017
chelseakauai: I once read “art is an imitation of

I once read “art is an imitation of life”. If so, I want mine to reflect a canvas stretched to the edges with appreciation. A life of focus and continual reframing. One where I keep digging these little tripod legs in the shifting sands and hold as much depth, width, movement, and wonder as can possibly fit into a precious human frame. I’m not built to stand quietly, I’m here to be amazed.🙃 - Photo by

29385 311 Dec 20, 2017
chelseakauai: In the same day we swam in the

In the same day we swam in the sea and stood at 10,000 feet above the clouds for sunset. you are a wonder to behold. Each one of our national parks and monuments has something so unique, it’s a joy to be experiencing one that has both halves of my heart - mountains and ocean (and inversion layer☁️!). Proud to be partnering with and to encourage you all to get out and in our cherished national parks system this upcoming year.💛 ☁️☁️☁️☁️ Pc:

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chelseakauai: There is something arrestingly unfamiliar about these landscapes.

There is something arrestingly unfamiliar about these landscapes. Not quite desert or mountain, but a richly crumbling ochre, deep blues and sandy blacks. An appropriate palette for a place painted by volcanos one million years ago. I love quiet places like this. It’s easy to get swept away by it all, to want to create your own art and experiences against such a canvas. Honored to partner with and the on this trip through - Taken on the Sliding Sands trail by 📷 Please be careful not to go off trail on this delicate landscape, we made sure to hike until we could get an alignment where Michael was shooting from one part of the trail and I was on another :)

24551 350 Dec 15, 2017