Hi, I’m M the Writer
Since 2016, I’ve been helping entrepreneurs in Hawaii and beyond tell their stories and connect with their ideal customers by using the power of words. I specialize in blogging and writing creative website content for the tourism and hospitality industry. My mission as a writer is to shine light on cool people, places, and products to support vital local economies and help travelers have a positive effect on the communities they visit. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a few people who are kicking ass and taking names on the Big Island of Hawaii and beyond. Do you know a rad entrepreneur or organization I should write about? I’m all ears. Some of these stories have been featured in the West Hawaii Today newspaper in my ‘Imua in Business’ column.
Chef Flora Cadore grew up in southern Brazil, where barbecue is king. In the tiny town of Santa Rosa, near the border of Argentina, her family would gather every Sunday to cook and enjoy meat slow roasted over an open fire. Today, Flora shares that same tradition in Hawaii through Forged to Table, a unique live fire cooking experience in partnership with her husband, bladesmith Neil Kamimura, and friend Danny Bolton, a Kona coffee farmer.
A few weeks ago while my Dad was visiting the island, we had the opportunity to take a private tour of the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary at the invitation of the owner Norman Bezona and his partner Voltaire. It was a serendipitous thing, actually. My dad loves animals so I took him by the Kona Humane Society for a quick fix. Inside, we ran into Voltaire, feral cat trap in hand, who insisted we come up for a visit. I’m so happy we did.
The most jarring and painful events in our lives can align us with our true purpose. For Kona Bladesmith Neil Kamimura, this came in the form of his mom’s suicide in June 2016. Days after his mom’s death, his friend gave him a forge and anvil, with the instructions to “pound out his feelings”. Kamimura turned to blacksmithing and knife making as a way to cope.
Che Pilago has been tattooing since he was a teenager. Around age 15, he started sneaking his dad’s tattoo equipment to work on friends when his parents were out camping for the weekend. (Don’t tell them.) Che grew up watching his dad, Angel Pilago and close relatives tattoo. His dad’s side of the family comes from a long line of tattoo artists who specialize in traditional Polynesian style tattoo, or ‘tatau’.
As you might imagine, I’m a sucker for a good story. Brett Tennyson, master hair stylist and colorist is full of them. It’s a Sunday morning and I’m relaxing into his shampoo bowl for a wash and cut. He’s joking about a purple mohawk (sadly, my punk kid days are over) when I ask him how he got started doing hair. He tells me it’s a long story. Thankfully, I have more hair than is normal for most humans, which means I’m a captive audience.