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The Holy & Sacred Elixir

As women, we all experience the rite of passage into womanhood at some point in our early adolescents. We bleed for the first time and it is our initiation into great responsibility, beauty and sacrifice… the gift of creating life & healing the Earth. Our society has shifted out of honoring this time for women and now we are slowly going back into honoring our moon cycles and celebrating in ceremony. I met Arielle after a long wait and she knew she wanted to photograph her experience deep in the jungle honoring her moon cycle. I was so supportive of this having a daughter and wanting all young women to not feel shame around their bleed time. Arielle was so peaceful and beautiful when she had blood on her fingertips, her third eye and then offering it to the river. The Earth in that moment became still with us and it felt as if it was honoring Arielle in return. We saged our bodies and our surroundings. She drummed softly as the waterfall rushed on. As I watch fellow women reach deep within themselves to share these potent stories, I am honored to pass them along to empower all of you. Do what you can to honor your cycle. Rest, dance, be free and remind our young maidens to embrace this gift and cherish it. It is one of our gifts to heal each other and the Earth.  Arielle works with herbs to help with our cycles and emotions during that time. Check out her salves at Mahina Medicina or reach out to her on her Instagram at @mama.mahina.

I Honor the Goddess in You ~ Arielle

Much Aloha to You Always

A Refreshing Cleanse

Maui Goddess Project is still here….

This lovely goddess Kira had been patiently waiting for our session to happen as it had been postponed due to two hurricane scares and children becoming sick. It is the reality that we deal with as life continues to unfold all around us. The morning that we finally were able to go into Iao Valley was the most beautiful day the island had seen in a long time. It was as if the universe was giving us a gift for our patience.

Kira and I hiked back into the sunlit valley connecting on many levels. She is an amazing dancer and yoga teacher as well as a mama. We came upon a tree that was next to a small gazing pond and we began to honor that place and sink into it. I captured Kira making offerings and prayers to our surroundings. She gracefully offered yoga and cleansed in the crystal clear waters of Iao Valley.

It was such a magical time. I joined her in a refreshing dip and remembered just how blessed I am to have the opportunity to create with goddesses week to week.

Thank you Kira for all that you do and all that you are.

I Honor the Goddess in You Kira

Much Aloha Always ~ Desiree

Cutting to the Core of it All

Meet the beautiful Sarine and the lovely ladies that came fully prepared to support her clothing line Cut 2 a T Hawaii. It was so amazing to answer the call to photograph Sarine’s custom tops, leggings and bodysuits. The clothing was so fun to capture as each piece had so much personality and something unique about it. The beautiful backdrop of Kealia Boardwalk made for stunning lighting and great areas for the girls to bust out yoga poses & relax. It was so wonderful to promote the sisterhood we all share through each woman embracing the other and enjoying the moment. Please support all of these ladies in their endeavors and find Sarine at the Swap Meet in Kahului to check out her clothes. When she isn’t busy designing, you can find her serenading a crowd somewhere on the island as well.

Mahalo for having me….

I honor the goddesses in all of you ~ Sarine, Melanie, Cameron, Allarah, & Brandy

 

A Rose is Absolutely a Rose

Many of you may have seen Rose before as the face of Infinity Photography Hawaii for years as she was the model for one of my favorite stylized wedding photo shoots years ago. We randomly crossed paths again at an event on Lanai where I got the opportunity to thank her for unknowingly supporting my dreams. She then shared with me how she is pursuing more of her musical interests and has been out and about performing regularly all over Maui. I was so happy to hear this and I suggested we give her some fresh photos and a Maui Goddess Project Session. We met at the iconic Old Maui High to play with the rain and an array of cute outfits she had chosen for the afternoon. We had some great laughs together and she is such a sweet woman. She was just as fun to photograph at Old Maui High as she was years ago. I am so blessed to be able to share these times with women going after their passions and I hope these images help them along the way. If you wish to hear the beautiful voice of Rose Renee, look her up online under Rose Renee Music. You won’t be disappointed.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Rose

Much Aloha to you Always,

Desiree

 

Music for the Soul

Meet Laura…. she is an amazingly talented musician who is on the brink of making her dreams come true. We met casually at a job and I knew instantly she had this Goddess power just waiting to be seen. I offered her a Maui Goddess Session in hopes to remind her just how beautiful she is and that it is time for her to let the world honor her talents as well. Her voice has a quality of its own that touches the depths of the heart and as we traveled along in our session, she sang….

I was so impressed with her self composed lyrics and tunes. I took her to the Old Maui High School building and the angel like lighting along with mind blowing acoustics allowed her to really just be free to express herself.

Thank you Laura for all that you bring to me, this project, the island and the planet. I wish you the absolute best on your journey and I have a feeling I should have gotten your autograph while I had the chance.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Laura

Much Aloha to You Always,

Desiree

A Look Back at 2017

Maui Goddess Project is celebrating its first year of adorning, honoring and empowering women through visual imagery and connection. I am blown away by all of the beauty that unfolded and how touched I was by each story that was shared. I am looking forward to what 2018 brings to the women who are awaiting their sessions and the continuation of this very special project.

I honor all of the Goddesses in Each and Every One of You and All of those to Come!!!!

Much Aloha Always ~ Desiree

Manawahine

I have had a long time friendship with the lovely Kate Griffiths, who is the creator of the Maui Mama Magazine. As a mother of two, this magazine became a monthly ritual for me for tips, advice and support especially throughout those younger years. Kate wrote me about contributing to the front page of the upcoming issue because the theme is Manawahine, the Power/Essence of the Woman/Girl as it seemed to be a perfect fit for Maui Goddess Project.

She connected me with a beautiful family of local girls and we set out to create imagery honoring the message of Mana Wahine. The super cute 8 and 4 year old daughters of Mama Pili were giggly, loving and very playful as we walked along the serene setting of Kealia Pond Boardwalk. I kept thinking I should have the girls give me strong, tight lipped faces with fists to show power and strength but it just didn’t seem right. As I watched the sisters help each other and explore together and interact kindly with their mother, I realized that this is our feminine power. Women are wired to have compassion, gentleness and to hold space for these to emotions with ease & grace requires immense amounts of internal strength. The imagery that we have been shown through mass media of what strength is and should be, isn’t all that power and strength actually entails.

Enjoy these photos of what the Feminine Strength can look like from the Maui Goddess Project perspective and continue to let this Manawahine in all of us shine.

Mahalo Kate for making this magical connection happen.

Dare to Follow Your Heart

I met Taylor through an email that she sent about creating a modeling portfolio for herself. In the shuffle of life, I put her on my calendar as a Maui Goddess Project Session without another thought. When I went back and looked through the email, it dawned on me that she was seeking something else, a photo shoot for her career not exactly the “Adorn, Honor and See” vision of Maui Goddess Project. We sorted things out and off we went to Kealia Pond Reserve.

It was a fairly stormy Birthday day for Taylor and she had been through a rough couple of days prior to our photo session. As she shared about her life, I saw so much of my younger self in her. I related to her Maui journey and all that lies ahead. It was no coincidence that we had crossed paths and I knew that we were actually going to heal together by the pond that day. Our professional, career driven session evolved into a need to honor this sweet girl and empower her to follow her passion. In the 15 minutes we drove together another Maui Goddess Project Session was upon me to spontaneously create with this young woman who was on the brink of a creating a new life for herself.

We really connected on a heart level and I guided her to soften and show me who she is. Each moment she was able to let go and enjoy all that was around her. Thank you Taylor for allowing me the opportunity to capture these sweet moments. I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful life ahead full of anything and everything you dream up.

I honor the Goddess in You ~ Taylor

Much Aloha,
Desiree

Wise Woman on the Mountain

Being that I live on the slopes of Haleakala, I was very excited when Naomi Love asked if her goddess session could take place practically in my own backyard. This amazing woman reached out to me and when I asked her what gifts does she wanted to highlight for our session, she responded with…”How do I explain all that I offer?…” I became extremely curious and looked up her work online and let me just say WOW! If you are a woman and have any kind of need regarding anything feminine, she is your goddess gal. She works with healing women on every kind of level you can imagine from conscious conception, womb massage, herbs specifically for women’s health and shamanic work. I just sat that evening for a moment after looking her up  completely honored to be the one who was going to be given the opportunity to capture her magic and essence.

We met together on a crisp morning in Kula and headed out to walk on Thompson Road. She drummed, rattled and saged an old, unrooted tree. We talked about healing the feminine story and uplifting one another. Her calm and sweet voice was ever so soothing as we conversated about continuing with the work that lies ahead for both of us. She was called to a powerful rock on the hillside and wild-harvested fennel that we came across on our walk. The light that day was so angelic and graceful.

Thank you Naomi Love for all that you are tapped into and all that you are sharing through your work in this lifetime. It is absolutely priceless and I am very glad to be integrated into your world.

Please look Naomi Love up if you are curious about this AMAZING woman at http://www.wisewombmedicinepath.com

I Honor the Goddess in You ~ Naomi Love

Much Aloha,

Desiree

Bee The Change You wish to See

This beautiful goddess Kerry has been in and around my Maui life for quite sometime now. We have catered large weddings together, been around the Waldorf school together as she was a nanny for children there and we have belly danced at Dance Church for an event or two. We have pretty much crossed paths many times so it was such an honor to receive a message from her that she wanted to be a part of Maui Goddess Project. She had a clear message and vision for her session that was very powerful and beautiful. Kerry has been facing her fear of Bees and had a once in a lifetime encounter with one at Sufi camp. She told me the bee sat on her hand for a long meditative moment and her fear of being that close to a bee completely softened. She also received a message from the bees to work hard at her passions and find the work that is like smelling the flowers at the same time.

On Halloween evening, we met at 3rd Day Nursery in Kula so she could express her love for bees among the lovely succulents and flowers. She had spent the day with the very talented Melissa Bruck, who had adorned her with striking bee inspired body paint. Our time together creating the story was wonderful and very fulfilling.

Thank you Kerry for all that you are and offer. I have been very fortunate to have you in my world.

I honor the Goddess in You~ Kerry

Much Aloha,
Desiree