Welcome to my profile and insight to who I am;
Moana in Hawaiian means, "Ocean."
It is here in Hawaii near the Hawaiian Ocean where
I find my inspiration. I also am very connected to my
Hawaiian heritage here on the Big Island of Hawaii.
I believe in a very sacred word in Hawaiian which is, "Kahiau".
Kahiau means giving from the heart
lavishly and freely without expectation of return.

I am here to share my photographs and friendship with those here on flickr who are interested in developing a meaningful and respectful friendship.

Being part Hawaiian and from Hawaii, I embrace the Aloha spirit which is reflected in my work and words here on flickr.
I believe in sharing from the heart and reciprocating kind gestures in return.

We all have the right to freely express ourselves as an artist, photographer, and individual with our own creativity and artistry. I am a very private but passionate person with a very wild and limitless imagination. I credit this to my father who taught myself and my siblings at a young age to listen with our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations.

The key to happiness comes from within.
People search their whole lives for it.
Photography and the way you express yourself defines
your character.

Your photographs, words, and music that you share with others, convey who you are. I create. Therefore I express. It is through my expression of photography and art, that you feel my spirit, my heart, my Aloha, and my personality.

"People don't remember what you said or did,
but they will always remember how you made them feel".

Moana :)

~You're born an original, don't die a copy.~


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If you would like to have any of my photos, please
contact me through flickr or by email, and I will gladly
send you a digital copy. Aloha, Moana :)

58 of 60 photos of mine made EXPLORE:
1. God is Love, even His heart shows..., 2. Where there is light, darkness can not follow..., 3. Earth, Wind, and Fire..., 4. Volcanic Skies, 5. Alpha and Omega, The beginning of a New Year and the end of an old......, 6. Conversation Between Two Good Friends at the County Fair..., 7. ~Santa's Favorite Reindeer~, 8. I am the King....,

9. An Endless Horizon..., 10. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 11. Angel's Wing, 12. Celebrating Father's Day in Brazil and other Countries outside The United States of America, 13. The Woman in the Shadows, 14. ~Straight Through The Heart~, 15. ~The Dancers of the Light~, 16. ~Pocket Full of Sunshine~,

17. ~Virtual Peacock~, 18. Tributes from Around the World on Flickr in Memory of Michael Jackson, "The King of Pop" 1958-2009, 19. In Memoriam: Michael Jackson 1958-2009, 20. ~The World within a Tree~, 21. Across the world celebrating Father's Day, 22. ~Two Nations Side by Side~, 23. ~Ice Blue~, 24. ~A Mother's Love~,

25. ~Rooted in Strength and Grace~, 26. ~Her Wings Are Pink~, 27. ~La`akea~, 28. ~Purple Rain~, 29. ~Green with Envy, Red with Desire~, 30. ~Liquid Gold~, 31. ~Up for TAGGING!~, 32. ~Veins of Life~,

33. ~Itsy Bitsy Spiderssss~, 34. ~The Drive Home on Saddle Road~, 35. ~Time on the Big Apple~, 36. ~Healing Colours of Light~, 37. ~Christmas Morning in Hilo, Hawaii~, 38. ~Willie Wonka~, 39. ~What's Cooking?~, 40. ~Pele's Sun~,

41. ~My Hula Halau in a Christmas Performance~, 42. ~My World~, 43. ~You are the Light that Reflects in Me~, 44. ~Working Together~, 45. ~A World of Messages for Obama~, 46. ~The Passport That Has Never Been Forgotten~, 47. ~Honoring her Memory: President Elect Barack Obama's Hawaii Grandmother Madelyn Dunham~, 48. ~Welcoming in the Holiday Season~,

49. ~You're All The World To Me~, 50. ~


"The Spirit of Aloha"
The literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others.

According to the old kahunas (priests), being able to live the Spirit of Aloha was a way of reaching self-perfection and realization for our own body and soul. Aloha is sending and receiving a positive energy. Aloha is living in harmony. When you live the Spirit of Aloha, you create positive feelings and thoughts, which are never gone. They exist in space, multiply and spread over to others.

Inspired by the philosophy and the wisdom of the Spirit of Aloha, nowadays many institutions and businesses in Hawaii carry its name: Aloha Tower, Aloha Stadium and Aloha Airlines. Many Hawaiian singers write and perform songs about aloha as well.

~MOANA~The Hawaiian Ocean
"Don't Justify Your Life, Just Live It."

This video has over 6 million views. This is ultimate big wave surfing.

~Ocean of Love~

The "Aloha Spirit" is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, "Aloha," the following unuhi laula loa may be used:
"Akahai," meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness;
"Lokahi," meaning unity,to be expressed with harmony;
"Oluolu," meaning agreeable,to be expressed with pleasantness;
"Haahaa," meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
"Ahonui," meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii's people. It was the working philosophy of Native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii.

"Aloha" is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.
"Aloha" means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.
"Aloha" is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.
"Aloha" means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.


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    billiefromthebeach, da blonde is back and ready to says:






    April 27th, 2011

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    "I know Moana since 2008 and I am glad to know her.
    She touched my heart and soul, it's simply because
    she is a special person who believes in *Unconditional Love*

    If you want to know more about her, you must look at
    her art, her pictures closely. And read the words that
    she shares with you. She has always something to say.

    *Angels Do Exist in this Lifetime*

    I will always count her as a friend till the day I die.
    You know that good friends are like stars. You don't
    always see them, but you know there are always there.

    Wishing all the best to Moana, her family and her loved ones.

    Create Your Own Happiness
    Photos by The Visions of Kai

    March 30, 2011
    New York City"

    March 30th, 2011

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    Lino Sgaravizzi  says:

    "Ho conosciuto "virtualmente " Moana un giorno commentando una sua foto che mi aveva colpito per bellezza e per l'ottima realizzazione dello scatto "The Nature of Daylight..."
    Guardando poi il suo album mi sono reso conto che non era solo uno scatto casuale ma era nato dalla bravura di chi lo aveva eseguito perchè ne ho trovati tanti altri bellissimi.
    Da allora sono tornato di frequente a farle visita per cercare ispirazioni dalle sue foto.
    Moana oltre che una bravissima fotografa è una splendida donna , non solo fisicamente come tutti possono vedere e apprezzare la sua bellezza.... anche interiormente, premurosa e gentile con le persone che soffrono, attaccata alla vita e all' amore in tutte le sue forme.
    Dico la verità ero veramente dispiaciuto, quando giorni fa aveva deciso di abbandonare flickr per ragioni sue personali, fortunatamente non l'ha fatto....grazie per questo e grazie ancora per la nostra "amicizia"."

    March 19th, 2011

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    emblatame (Ron) says:

    "From an Aussie Friend

    It was just by chance I found Moana’s Photostream because of a connection through another photo. When I opened it I was just amazed with what lay before me. It was one of those rare sites that begs to be explored and my interest was aroused as I had spent just 4 wonderful days in Hawaii and could identify with the spirit of what was in her photography.

    I am deeply impressed with the intelligence and quality of Moana’s photography. Indeed, she portrays the Hawaiian essence of existence through her displayed work, and each image resonates with the core values of her existence. Her images innately capture the heart of photography exceptionally well and radiate the true Hawaiian spirit which draws you in. Moana, you are "sharing" with me many wonderful highlights through your photos, culturally, geographically, and all with a caring nature that is indeed the aloha spirit. You are truly a genuine representative for your proud and admired nation.

    Moana expresses her varied and abundant talents in her intelligent descriptions and photographic depictions. The careful and comprehensive Profile she has written demonstrates her desire to be truly representative and thorough. Although I have known her just a short time, I can easily conclude she is a true and loyal friend and a fantastic ambassador for her country. I am honoured to write this testimonial for her as she is so genuine, gentle and decent. She is a very beautiful woman but if that is the main criterion for adding a contact or writing a testimonial, it is a sham and very superficial. She deserves one because the whole person is a genuinely lovely person. Regards (Ron Ferguson)"

    October 30th, 2010

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    Phiggys.com.Photography BPE2* says:

    "What can you say about this OUTSTANDING !
    Human being she is such charming and lovely lady.
    And so talented creative and accomplished as a photographer!
    I have followed THROUGH_HAWAIIAN_EYES for a long time here on flickr.
    And always find her work a inspiration.
    If i have only one regret in life it will be that I will never get to meet her in person.
    Take care may your god always be with you and your work continue to inspire others all around the world.
    God bless you Moanalani Ke`alohilani Roquette.
    And thank you for your beautiful friendship.

    September 21st, 2010

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    River Wanderer says:

    "Some people seem to have it all, and Moana is one of those. Her beauty is outstanding; very few women have the physical beauty that she has, and she wears it so well, sometimes innocently, sometimes invitingly, sometimes erotically, sometimes straightforwardly, always honestly... and it's a beauty beyond what most people will ever know.

    And beyond that outer beauty is the beauty within: she is perceptive, compassionate, intelligent, giving, artistic... and one of the warmest, kindest people I've ever known.

    She knows how to enjoy life, and takes advantage of the things she can do.

    There are hidden hurts inside everyone, and we all have scars that are unseen to others, and there is more inside Moana that may be better left behind, but those are things that have shaped her, given her strength and identity, and made her the woman she is, beautiful inside and out.

    For the gifts that that you have, Moana, and for the the gifts that make you who you are... the gifts that are you... rejoice and be glad, and keep on sharing yourself with those you love and trust. We love seeing the gifts you share... all of you, all of the dimensions of love, beauty, hope, joy and truth that you are."

    August 17th, 2010

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    Eduardo Amorim says:

    "Someone so special, someone so wonderful...
    That's why I feel so happy to give her a testimonial...
    That's why it's so hard to give her a testimonial...
    There are not enough words to depict an angel here on Earth...
    I've learned a lot with her, not just her incredible art...
    I've also learned about my own life through her...
    How can I depict the significance of, "Unconditional Love?"
    These two words which so perfectly symbolize her strongest
    beliefs and actions toward us, her friends, and fans.....
    She also said "We can be angels to each other."
    She taught a lot to every one of us... Much more than what words can say...
    She taught "Kahiau" to every one of us... "To give lavishly without expectation of return"... So Hawaiian, so Moana...
    She brought God into my life again after such a long time...
    That's why I can say she's right... We can be angels to each other and you have been an angel in my life, my dear Moana : )"

    August 11th, 2010

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    RufusZulu says:

    "To visit this person's sets is to take a lovely trip inward and find the sensual and and intensely emotional essence of one's self that would just possibly resonate with this amazing photographer's vision. I always enjoy my visit!"

    July 27th, 2010

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    FlipMode79 says:

    "Moana exemplifies the very essence of the Aloha Spirit."

    July 20th, 2010

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    desertdragon says:

    "There are angels that walk this Earth, and surely Moana is one of them... She is the rarest of artists and humans whose work is completely suffused with the compassion and beauty of her heart, the joy of her spirit, and the light of her soul. Thank you so much Moana, for everything that you are, and for sharing your incredible, luminous visions"

    July 14th, 2010

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    italianoadoravel .BACK ,,,,,,,,,,,, says:

    "I nave never met a woman that makes me feel like you do.
    I have never met a woman that touches my soul.
    You make me so excited with your exclusive mood, excited with
    every piece of your art! Soulful and beautiful. You creations are unique!
    But more, you are so sensitive being full of compassion and caring for others.

    You are the really the very sweet one. I love you Moana. You took me
    in and you touched my heart, and you deserve more."

    November 21st, 2009

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    digitalpsam says:

    "Who has not heard of the beauty of Hawaii I wonder, yet seeing the world through Hawaiian eyes was a journey into beauty that I did not expect. Passion flows with a swirl of colours and grace.

    It's a magical experience seeing THROUGH_HAWAIIAN_EYES"

    November 14th, 2009

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    Domi Rolland  says:

    "My very dear Friend, everything you make and just wonderful.
    J aime beaucoup

    I kiss you tenderly and kindly
    Your Friends

    September 8th, 2009

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    Jose Angel Vega says:

    "Hoy he sentido la necesidad de reeditar este testimonio hacia Moana. Cada vez que visito su galería me provoca una mayor emoción y satisfacción por tenerle entre mis amig@s en Flickr.
    En la vida es muy difícil encontrarse a personas tan excepcionales como ella.
    Yo tengo la gran suerte de haberme encontrado a 2 verdaderos ángeles del cielo: uno es el músico Eduardo Laguillo (buscar en Google su web!), al que he conocido personalmente este verano por fin. El otro ángel es Moana, un ser tan lleno de Luz, de Bondad, de Belleza por dentro y por fuera, de Sensibilidad hacia su mundo, nuestro mundo...
    Gracias Moana, por cruzarte en mi camino. He encontrado en Flickr una estrella compañera de viaje, amiga.
    Tus fotografías seguirán iluminando a Flickr!
    Jose Angel (http://javegarte.blogspot.com)"

    September 15th, 2009

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    Bastex - Street Photography says:

    "I really like Your photostream, and i love some of Your pictures!"

    September 23rd, 2009

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    "I'm glad to meet Moana here in Flickrland.
    Talent, big variety of images and kindness are just few words to qualify Moana.
    She is gorgeous, outstanding woman and talented creative photographer.
    More than words, have a look at her fantastic photostream and you will understand the power of Moana's of images.
    Each time I leave her photostream I have a sense of refreshing and inspiration."

    September 6th, 2009

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    Jordi TROGUET (Thanks for 1,923,800+views) says:

    "Recuerdo un día que una joven, comentó una foto mía de Córsica, de unas flores con unos colores fuertes y alegres.
    Me alegró mucho su comentario , pero no lo entendía con todo detalle y tuve que utilizar el traductor para no perderme detalle.
    Me quedé fascinado de la delicadeza, el amor y el cariño que sentía y siente por las personas, animales y las cosas vivas en general.
    Dejando por sabido que vive en un paraíso y sobre todo para mí, en una isla con volcanes, que me tienen enamorado, es un pedazo de persona que no creo que con este testimonio pueda dejar ni una ínfima cualidad de las que nos expresa tanto en sus fotos como con sus comentarios.
    Es difícil para los Europeos, poder entender tanto cariño y amor sin recibir nada a cambio.
    No creo que tenga bastante espacio para que pueda dejar por escrito, todo lo que es MOANA.
    Deseo que sigas así y que no cambies nunca, nunca. Aunque el camino no será de rosas, pero eso ya lo sabes.
    Saludos, Moana

    Jordi Troguet,
    Desde un pequeño País de los Pirineos.
    El Principado de ANDORRA"

    July 22nd, 2009

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    BB-1013 (Amazing 2013) says:

    ""Moana is such a Beautiful,Sweet Talented Person and A Great Photographer.Her Photo's Are Amazing,Artistic.Such a Pleasure to Visit.It's A Pleasure to Have Moana As My Contact.Thank You So Much For All Your Visits,Comments and InvitesYou Are A Special Person.Keep Up the Beautiful Work.Your Flickr Friend Boris""

    June 8th, 2009

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    oneoleqt says:

    "To know Moana , Is to really see though Hawaiian eye's
    Aloha spirit is in the heart of Moana in all she shares
    A true friend , A loved friend
    If only all people could be as true and warm , the world would be such a more beuatiful place for all"

    April 19th, 2009

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    reojoritchie says:

    "To know this wonderful person is to truly love
    i am greatly honored to be friends with such wonderful people here at Flickr , Moanas photostream makes my heart warm , truly a talented photographer , keep up the great work my dear friend"

    April 19th, 2009

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    Claudio.Ar says:

    "Nunca voy a terminar de agradecer(me) el día en que hice de Moana mi contacto en Flickr. Más allá de sus cualidades como fotógrafa, ella es LUZ y AMOR, una persona que dá mucho más de lo que creo que debería recibir. Más que mi amiga , una hermana del alma, una de las más bellas personas que he tenido el placer de conocer en esta vida.

    I will never finish to thank (me) the day when I made Moana my contact in Flickr. Beyond his qualities as a photographer, she is LIGHT and LOVE, a person who gives much of what I think should receive. More than my friend, a sister of soul, one of the beautiful human beings I've had the pleasure of know in this life."

    February 7th, 2009

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    Debasisphotography says:

    "Moana's photostream is little different than usual, her every photo carries an in-depth message shows her passion towards art and culture.....she is also a great appreciator of talents.....nice to see Moana's work.......

    All the best Moana.."

    December 31st, 2008

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    Julio Ignacio Olivares Soto says:

    "the art of moana is really touching and significant, her artistic sensibility is spectacular. Great personality and worry, these characteristics turn her into a great person, apart from being a great artist. she has a free spirit and great wisdom.
    Really I admire her.


    December 6th, 2008

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    AMER AL AJEEL says:

    "Amazing images has a great heart"

    November 20th, 2008

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    CyrusMafi says:

    "Moana is an intelligent artist... Her approach to photography is amazingly intelligent and knowledgeable. I admire her immaculate composition and attention to detail. Moana has a way of illustrating complex exposures effortless and expressive at the same time.
    It has been a pleasure and honor to have Moana as contact!
    I have not only been moved by her art, but by her heart and conviction for love!!!"

    November 9th, 2008

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    the death of all things beautiful says:

    "...Moana's light paintings bring so much peace and beauty...the whole world should see them...you have a great soul, Moana...as deep and wide as the ocean itself..."

    October 27th, 2008

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    Kamalani Sanchez says:

    "I have known Moana for a couple of years through
    her husband's work with law enforcement. I also
    am in law enforcement.

    I have yet to see someone so dedicated to her
    profession with children as a physician and also
    to handle a legal practice with her family.

    How she manages to administrate The Light Painter's
    Society and keep her own photostream running is
    beyond me.

    Moana has an endless supply of energy and love
    for everyone she meets. This is an Internet site yet,
    Moana treats it as if she were meeting people in person.

    She's a dedicated wife, mother, physician, attorney,
    and great friend to so many people here in Hawaii.
    Her dedication to law enforcement and the support
    she gives each year through the charitable events
    held are tremendously appreciated.

    She makes a difference in everyone's life as she is
    a life force that can not be contained. She is Moana,
    the," Hawaiian Ocean." She is my very special gift.

    Aloha Moana,
    Kamalani Sanchez"

    October 15th, 2008

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    sheanphoto says:

    "very talented photography and a sweet person, very inspiring worke time on it, wish u all the best"

    September 22nd, 2008

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    André Ramírez says:

    "Hi Moana! I coudn´t resist the emotion to write some lines about your art work. I think You really have an impressive talent of capturing breathtaking flowers shot..This is the kind of job I feel inspired by.

    Your work reflects the beautiful spirit you have..

    Keep going Moana and thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures


    September 13th, 2008

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    Luis Eduardo ® says:

    "Moana is an excellent artist that always amaze me with impressive compositions and wonderful reflections. She is not just a beautiful human being, she is a beautiful woman too.

    I hope to see much more of her work and I'm happy to be one of her contacts."

    September 11th, 2008

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    Jorge Cortes Mx says:

    "Es posible que no existan palabras para describir a alguien tan maravilloso y con un espiritu tan puro como Moana. Posiblemente ni siquiera existan esas palabras. Habría entonces que inventarlas. Moana funde en un solo ser las excepcionales cualidades de belleza de cuerpo y alma, en un mundo donde solo lo material y tangible cuenta. Es un corazón exquisito que solo sabe dar y recibir. Su divisa es servir a los demás, sin importar distancias, razas, idiomas. Es madre. Y eso la levanta aun mas sobre el resto de los mortales, al igual que a todas las madres de todo el mundo. Moana es un angel de verdad enviado por Dios del cielo a la tierra para cuidarnos a todos, para darse a todos, para amarnos a todos. Quisiera que quienes leyesen estas lineas se den cuenta de la existencia de esta mujer gloriosa al ver su galeria. Pero no hay que ver por solo ver, sino admirar, y leer entre lineas. Solo así encontraremos los rasgos de esta dama preciosa que esta aqui, para hacer del mundo un lugar mas hermoso.

    Moana, gracias por ser tú. Gracias por el amor. Gracias por la luz que has traido a mi vida.

    Dios te bendiga siempre. JoM :)

    Gracias por mi nuevo icono, gracias mil! JoM :)"

    August 21st, 2008

May 2008
Hawaii Island
I am:
Female and Taken
Artist, Photographer, and Celestial Being.