Saturday, June 27, 2009

E-HoloGrams - Revolutionizing Print through Art and Technology

One of the very first articles written about me and holography was in “Sky” Magazine (1974, Delta Airlines) entitled, “Holography: New Light on a New Dimension” by Lionel Rolfe and Nigey Lennon (article @ .) One of the storylines was my involvement in pioneering optics and embossed holography with Michael Foster (my inventor/partner at that time) and also discussed some of holography’s potential.

“…Already, says Allen, Foster has patented a device called a thin lens, the implications of which could have the most profound effect on the field of optics since Galileo made his lenses. Basically, the thin lens is made holographically, but, more important, it can be embossed on plastic…

...It has been only eleven years since the advent of holographic technology. From Dennis Gabor’s first crude microscopic holograms, it now appears that we will soon be inundated with a promiscuous, mass embossing of holograms that can be made for literally pennies. The implications and applications are unlimited…”

Shortly after the article’s release I received letters from the Presidents of both Hallmark and Hoyle Cards excited about the use of holography for their cards. Unfortunately, it was premature, since there were no mass-production holography facilities existing at that time. Ten years later though, our embossing technique was utilized by National Geographic to make the first embossed holographic cover (the Eagle, shown above) for a major publication. Today, billions of embossed holograms are being produced primarily for the markets of holographic security and packaging. Because of this, the infrastructure exists and is in place to offer inexpensive, mass replications of holographic imagery and content to really take print to its next level.

I occasionally see some clever uses of the holographic technique in print but they really haven’t touched holography’s potential in this market. Eileen Borgeson and I are being pro-active in this regard and have been creating holograms that show ways of combining holography with art and design in what we call E-HoloGrams or HoloGraphics (for 3-D print commercials.)

Together we have collaborated on five E-HoloGrams for print including: the A&E Magazine cover (shown above), a magazine insert, a fine art print, an art poster and greeting cards. We also have an ongoing educational/marketing campaign focusing on Promax/BDA members, who have been receiving Eileen’s sculptures as their awards for 15 years.

The print media now has the opportunity to go beyond just words and pictures -which holography does. The print media (magazines, books, catalogs, newspapers, brochures, inserts, postcards, greeting cards, direct mailing pieces) are physically and personally delivered, which holograms need. So by combining these two mediums, we just may be seeing the perfect marriage that can re-invent the printing industry as well as holography.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Microsoft’s, Paul Allen’s get-away…another fan of Kealakekua Bay

Here’s a picture of his homey little yacht (the one with the helicopter). Kealakekua Bay, a Marine Conservation area, is known to have the best snorkeling on the island and Paul chooses to use his yellow submarine for up-close viewing (it’s underwater with the fish and coral at the time of the shot.)

Eileen Borgeson and I have been playing in the same area with the dolphins and fish, but we had fins and kayaks. There are three favorite houses we stay at in Kealakekua Bay.

Two of them are Gary and Apolonia Stice’s Hale Naia (locals call it the Point house) and Dolphin Retreat. Eileen and I have collaboraed on many inspired art and holography projects here. We’ve always been able to do business here with high speed Internet and FedEx. Both Hale Naia and Dolphin Retreat include separate living quarters so we’ve had business associates fly in and be able to maintain privacy for all.

Shown in the aerial photo posted here, their Point house is the farthest on the left across from the Hawaiian Heiau. The Dolphin Retreat House is just to the left of the pier. This shot is from a series of low flight photographs taken of all the Hawaiian shorelines. The photographer, Brian Powers, shares his visuals and vision on his website, and on my friend, David Cook’s, site, which is an on-line almanac of Hawai’i (The Big Island) living.

We started coming to this Bay when we’d visit our Marin/Mendocino coast friends, Willa Martin and David Carlin, who own a house on Kealakekua Bay. When I first saw their house I was seduced by its Bali style...very .few walls or windows with all the rooms open to a landscaped courtyard. Comfortable living outside with furniture, beds, music, and curtained privacy when desired. Ahh…then there was the hammock stung between the two palm trees. Ahh…and the upper lanai to relax, chat and take in a sunset on the bay.

There’s also a great “good island feeling with lots of Aloha” place we’ve stayed on Highway 11 overlooking the Bay from the top of the hill in the town of Captain Cook. The Manago hotel is very basic but their rates are extremely low and it’s got a million dollar view. Their casual dinning room serves up hearty food enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. One of our favorite places is a couple doors down from the Manago, Senor Billy’s Cantina. They have especially good salsas, beans and drinks with overall good quality Mexican food and service.

Incidentally, Paul Allen received the ‘Space Visionary’ Holographic Crystal Award that Eileen and I created for the National Space Society and Space Tourism Society. Burt Rutan accepted it for Paul at the 25th Annual Space Development Conference a couple of years ago. A free downloadable 25th ISDC06 poster of the event designed by Eileen Borgeson is available at: under ‘recognition.’ The poster includes all the key speakers like, Elon Musk (Pay Pal), Peter Diamandis (X Prize) and Astronaut, Rick Searfoss (also an award winner) and the other award recipients besides Paul, including: Buzz Aldrin, Richard Branson, Dennis Tito and the X Prize.

Whenever we come to Kealakekua Bay we stock up on food because we’ll find no reason whatsoever to even think about leaving this place. The neighborhood is its own unique experience. There’s been a certain ‘timelessness’ in each the stays here.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Birthday (106th) Al Hirschfeld - June 21 - Legend in Line

Eight years ago, Eileen Borgeson, Margo Feiden and I worked on a 98th birthday tribute for Al Hirschfeld. 48 Theater, Movie and TV Icons participated with Eileen Borgeson to create this Tribute Piece. The first public showing of this piece was in San Francisco at an event partially hosted by Louise Hirschfeld at the 'Hirschfeld Centennial' exhibit in San Francisco. Al Hirschfeld had passed away on January 20th, 2003. He had just finished Charlie Chaplin "The End".

The Tribute piece was showcased at the entrance with other artist proofs of Eileen's Hirschfeld's drawings in black glass, including: Bringing Up Baby, Casablanca, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Einstein, Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire and Ricki & Lucy. The pieces feature raised glass lines to accent his drawing lines offering actual shadows. The pieces were then hand oil painted.

Tribute participants, included: Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Valerie Harper, Mary Tyler Moore, Joel Grey, Cher, Phyllis Diller, Ed Asner, Polly Bergen, Charlie Rose, Ann-Margret, Lauren Bacall, Bea Arthur, Bernadette Peters, Steve Kroft, Ed Bradley, Leslie Stahl, Mike Wallace, Don Hewitt, Morley Safer, Betty White, Barbara Walters, Carol Channing, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, Dolores Hope, Bob Hope, Jason Alexander, Gregory Hines, Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, Margo Feiden, Julie Andrews, Woody Allen, Tracy Ullman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mel Brooks, Katharine Hepburn, Wendy Wasserstein, and Barbra Streisand.

Al Hirschfeld Museum Collections include: The Smithsonian Institute, National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney, Museum of the City of New York, Lincoln Center Library and Brooklyn Museum.

Eileen was honored when told that her interpretations of his work in glass were the only ones from any other artist that Mr. Hirschfeld had liked.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Newsflash on Artist Eileen Borgeson - In Real-Time

I wrote an email to a collector of Eileen’s Erté “Diana” Czech Crystal Vase. It seemed to cover areas that would be interesting to those of you who know Eileen and/or collect her art so I’m posting it here. In the ‘economy of effort’, and being somewhat lazy here in Paradise, I’m posting the email in its entirety (minus the collector’s name of course.)

(Visual - Ad in 2008 Promax/BDA Conference Magazine)

“I hope this email finds you well.

Since we last communicated in Kauai when you acquired "Diana", Eileen and I have made a trip back to our Mendocino coast studio and are now back in Hawaii on the Big Island.

Yesterday I was bringing our extended family/friend, Linda Siegel Kane up-to-date on some of Eileen Borgeson's recent activities and it occurred to me that since you have one of Eileen's most beautiful pieces, you may be interested in what the Artist has been up to.

Gold and Silver "Muse of Creativity" Sculpture
Tomorrow, in NY, at the Promax/BDA 54th annual International Conference and Awards Show (, Promax will be honoring hundreds of companies and individuals with Eileen's Muse statue as their Promax Muse Award. Eileen's Muse is considered the 'Oscar' of the television industry. [Note: One year Eileen's Muse even replaced the Oscar, for the first time, on the cover of R. S. Owens' catalog (attached.) They produce the Oscar©, Emmy, MTV Music and the Country Music Awards as well as Eileen's Muse of Creativity.]

Recipients of the Muse include all the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Turner, CNN, BBC, etc.), cable companies (HBO, Showtime, etc.) satellite (Direct TV, etc.), and the advertising/creative companies that service this industry. The awards are for the best in marketing, promotions and design.

For the last 14 years they have given close to 20,000 of Eileen's sculptures. Besides their major show in NYC these Promax Awards are presented in eight other conferences and award shows in Africa, Arabia, Asia, Australia, Europe, India, Latin America and United Kingdom.

NY Times Article today:

Muse of Hope Bronze
In this Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Kosmos Journal, (an International magazine, sanctioned by the U.N., with their focus on global transformation), a full page visual of Eileen's Muse of Hope sculpture was featured next to the article, "As Our World Re-Shapes Itself". The publisher, Nancy Roof, discovered Eileen's work on the Internet and wanted to share her art with the Kosmos readers. One of Eileen's Muse of Hope bronzes was given to Bob Hope by his family on his 99th birthday. Kosmos also features this Muse on their home page -

Marilyn Monroe Hologram
Eileen has also signed an arrangement with Tom Kelly Jr., son of the Hollywood photographer who took the historic and iconic 'Red Velvet' series of pictures of Marilyn Monroe at 22 in 1949. (One of these pictures of Marilyn launched Playboy Magazine as their first' playmate'.) [Press Releases -,]

Eileen is creating various art editions of this image. Two holographic artist proofs of her Marilyn are currently being reviewed for cover consideration by the Editors-In-Chief of Esquire and Harpers Bazaar. Different visuals of Marilyn and her evolution can be seen on our blog - .

Incidentally, if you'd like to see your Erté Diana image which was carved on a large diameter plate format, Eileen had a one-of-a-kind plate made during the time the vase was made -

Hope you find this interesting and I especially hope "Diana" has become a welcome and inspirational addition to your home.

With Aloha,


Jeff Allen
"The Fine Art of Holography"
E-Art Gallery
808.965.1978 (Hawaii Vacation location)

"If You Want to Predict the future...Invent It!" Dennis Gabor - Nobel Prize Winners for Holography

Monday, June 15, 2009

Marooned on Gilligan’s Island

(Top image Jeff Allen strolling on Moloaa Bay)
(Captain's Quarters - The place to write your novel)
Flashback January 3rd. One of the favorite tourist attractions on Kauai is taking a bus tour and visiting locations where movies like Jurassic Park, the Raiders series, South Pacific and even television shows like Gilligan’s Island were filmed.

Moloaa Bay (bit north of Anahola) is where Gilligan, Mary Ann, Ginger, the professor, the captain and his wife faced the challenging, and mostly comical, prospects of surviving after being shipwrecked on an island (in reality, the not so tiny island of Kauai).

This was also the first stop in Kauai for me and Eileen Borgeson, staying at another one of Gary and Apolonia Stice’s five beachfront locations on Kauai. We came directly here after a short flight from Oahu leaving their Makaha Cabana location where we composed our first ‘Brief’ magazine ad. They designed a three story house and had it built right on Moloaa beach, and while gazing out the third floor balcony you get the impression that you’re on a ship complete with expansive ocean views.

While there, the thought that occurred to me most was what a perfect retreat to settle in to write a novel while sitting on a large wooden rocking chair mesmerized by the sites and sounds of the ever-changing ocean. Of course, herein lies the problem. It’s so easy to become mesmerized, when would you find the time, or incentive, or write?

In spite of the totally immersive and captivating experience we had at this location, we were able to conduct a lot of ‘virtual’ business and happily returned to this location after stays at three other of Gary’s locations. With a bit of sadness we left Kauai but at the same time with enthusiasm to be returning to our former home, the Big Island, and with excitement to begin work with Peter Sieg of Maalea Press in Hilo on ultra high resolution giclee artist’s proofs of Eileen’s ‘Aloha Marilyn Monroe’.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Two E-Hologram Sculptures created as Pulsed Laser Art and Awards

These large, pulsed laser created holograms of Eileen Borgeson’s bronze “Athena” and “Orbital Muse” are unique holograms with parallax in both the X and Y axis and dimension in the Z axis. What this means is that you can look side-by-side, up-and-down, forward and back-with complete parallax-at the three dimensional images of the sculptures which have been “identically reconstructed as light sculptures” exciting new twist to the ‘limited edition’ concept in Art.

They look exactly like the actual sculptures, catching even the bronze patina on “Athena”, except when you go to grasp them, which viewers invariably try to do, your hand passes right through them.

Ron Olson, at his Laser Reflections laboratory in Las Vegas, created the original holograms from Eileen Borgeson’s sculptures. From those originals, he then created ‘white-light-viewable’, ‘projected image’ holograms (where you see a portion of the image floating in front of the holographic glass plate).

The “Orbital Muse” E-HoloGram was a front page feature article in the Star-Bulletin Newspaper in Honolulu, (by Burl Burlingame, July 3, 2007) So intrigued were they with holography, they plastered ¼ of the page with the photo of the “Orbital Muse“ hologram! (Story entitled: “Holographic sculptures made by a couple on the Big Island are bestowed as awards” (Link to article -

Of the many different types of holograms existing, pulsed laser holograms are truly some of the most impressive and realistic holograms today. They can catch animate objects like people, animals and plants by the ‘pulse’ of the laser. It’s measured in nano-seconds and effectively ‘freezes’ any motion of the subject and enables an ‘un-blurred instant recording ‘of the image.

Some other types of holograms require a ‘vibration-free table or environment’ to capture even solid images. This is accomplished through extended time exposures. This holographic technique also creates holograms of ‘living subjects’ from previously recorded film of digital imagery.

And now, we suggest you keep your eyes open for the very latest innovation in holographic technology…creating large, moving, full-color holograms directly from digital files.

Eileen’s Promax “Muse of Creativity” Sculpture – Revisiting an Award Icon

Today Eileen Borgeson shot some digitals of her bronze “Muse of Creativity” (only two cast bronzes were ever made of the Muse) on our porch overlooking the tropical backyard. Yesterday Eileen had also just come across a slide of the original ‘sculpey’ version of the “Muse of Creativity” statue which she sculpted back in 1995 for Promax’s first Award Sculpture. They honored 50 winners for the best broadcast marketing promotions at their annual convention in Washington, DC. [Eileen had created two crystal/gold award designs they presented for several years to the winners previously.]

Now more than 10,000 Gold and Silver Muses have been given out since. Next Tuesday through Thursday (June 16th – 17th, 2009) Promax/BDA (the global entertainment marketing, promotion, and design community organization) will be having their 54th Annual International Convention and Awards ceremony (hosted by Bob Saget)in NYC and will be giving out hundreds of these awards. Eight other awards shows are held in other geographical areas (Africa, Arabia, Asia, Australia, Europe, India, Latin America and United Kingdom) throughout each year.

Eileen included in the shot of the Muse of Creativity, the Muse’s sisters, “Ascension” and “Pele”, which she sculpted over here on the Big Island maybe five years ago. Both these and three other sculptures were created at the same time in Hawaii and were made into molds and cast in different materials working with Scott Siegel of R. S. Owens, manufacturers of the Oscar©, Emmy, MTV Music, Academy of County Music and Eileen’s Promax “Muse of Creativity” Award. The sculptures premiered at the International Awards and Recognition Conference in Las Vegas in the lobby and at R. S. Owens’ booth.

The Pele in the image above was finished in 24K Gold leaf and Ascension, in bronze with a variegated green patina, was cast by Jim Marino at his Heretic Glass (& Bronze) Foundry in Gold Beach in the southern most part of the Oregon Coast.

Ascension has been given on two separate occasions, as a Holography Pioneer Award (with a hologram on its base) to holography legend Lloyd Cross and as a Space Exploration ‘Life Time Achievement’ Award by JUSTSAP (also with a hologram.)

The “Muse of Creativity” even replaced the “Oscar” on R. S. Owens’ ‘Elegance in Awards and Gifts’ catalog cover one year because of its beauty and success (see above visual.)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Haena Beach, Kauai – Gateway to Jurassic Park

As you can tell from the satellite picture, Heana beach is a secluded piece of Kauai paradise at the end of the road and the beginning of the 'Jurassic' Napali Coastline

At our two separate stays here we had two visits from family… Eileen Borgeson’s brother, Jim Martin and his new wife. [Note: Year before last Eileen was the wedding planner for Jim and Lynn and they tied the knot in Vacationland by the water… across the street from the house where, ironically, we moved into a few months later.}

Next we were visited by Candace, Mia (my granddaughter), spirited ‘Krazy’ Katie, her daughter Charley, and our newest ‘family’ member, Marjy Berkman. We later heard that Katie said it was the best vacation she ever had-a comment we keep hearing from those who’ve stayed at Gary’s locations. This is another one of the big houses that Gary and Apolonia designed and built themselves-with plenty of space for visiting yet also places to be alone. We understand the house they built on Maui is the same design only 50% larger.

As far as weather goes, especially for winter near the bottom of the range containing the rainiest mountain on earth, the sun shined almost every day. We were able to swim, snorkel, balance on the paddleboards, watch the kite surfers and just relax on the sunny beach almost ever day.

Soaking in their hot tub in the day overlooking the bay or gazing at the stars at night with the constant sound of the ocean was a wonderful form of meditation.

Along with family visiting, I was involved with the marketing of my family’s interest in some mineral rights property in Utah. Eileen finalized her Marilyn and began some other art projects. We spent quite a few days taking pictures of Eileen for the ‘Brief’ magazine ad. The lighting changed rapidly throughout the day, not to mention the sporadic showers, but we finally got the shot we liked. (Above is a pic of Eileen Borgeson we considered for the ad)

Kauai - "Garden of Eden…without the Snake"

(Above Pic - Sunset Haena Beach with 'Bali Hai' mountains background - gateway to the rugged and spectacular Napali Coast)

Flashback Kauai. Why anyone would buy a round trip ticket to Kauai is beyond me. Why would you want to leave? It’s exquisite! Of course, there are other types of paradise…The Big Island, Mendocino, Big Sur, New York City… with many adventures awaiting.

(Left Pic - Eileen Borgeson floating on a boogie board off Haena Beach after cruising the bay standing up on a long board)

Speaking of snakes, actually there are no snakes on any of the islands…eels (and wild pigs)…but no snakes.

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands chain and possibly the lushest. Given Gary’s abilities to know the best places in Hawaii to stay, there’s no wonder why he has five places here on the north shores of Kauai.

Any wonder that South Pacific was filmed here also. I thought it had been filmed in Bali. When I saw the ‘Bali Hai’ mountains at Gary and Apolonia’s ‘Haena Beach’ location, it was like a Zen Slap…I really got it.

This mountain range is also the gateway to Jurassic Park and some Indiana Jones adventures.

Eileen Borgeson and I arrived in Kauai in January to start composing our next ‘Brief Magazine’ ad and for Eileen to complete her “Aloha Marilyn Monroe” drawing.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Flashback (Dec. 29th to Jan. 6th) to West Makaha – living right on the beach

Kind of Yin Yang… From the excitement of Waikiki to the laid back Makaha on the west (sunnier) side of the island (almost to the road’s end) where you can still immerse yourself in that ‘old Hawaii’ feeling.

Thanks to Eileen’s life-long friend, Loren Lasher, he and his canine buddy, “Buddy” (a hospital ‘positive therapy’ dog) took some time off to drive us to the new beach location. Loren is a motivational speaker who walks the talk and shares his insights in a weekly E-newsletter to his friends and associates here and around the globe. (

Here we spent a week basking in the sun on ‘another white sandy beach in Hawaii’, swimming, working on Marilyn Monroe and comprising an ad for ‘Brief’ magazine inviting Promax/BDA members to any of Gary and Apolonia Stice’s 17 beachfront houses on 6 islands in Hawaii for ‘creative vacations’. This is a term we gleaned from a headline on Obama’s two week stay on Oahu before returning to Washington to become the United States’ next president. Seems like Hawaii must be a good, creative place to be when Obama comes here to prepare for his newly appointed mission ‘to save’ the world.

It is time for the Aloha Spirit to spread throughout this planet.

For years I’ve had the dream of being right on a white sand beach and here I was-literally one step from the patio onto the beach with the ocean calling only a few hundred feet away. After pinching myself, I realized this was not a scene in a HoloDeck. This was real. And life is good.

Admittedly, it’s a challenge to be motivated and conduct business when you’re already living a life many people are striving for. Eileen and I are so lucky to be passionate about what we are doing or we’d possibly never get anything done. And Gary and Apolonia’s places are experiences you want to make people aware of and share with as many as possible. The happier the planet is the happier we all can be.

We spent New Years Eve here and actually participated in roasting a pig on a keawe wood fire, Huli Huli style… filling the pig with lemongrass, garlic, salt and lots of red wine…then basting, fanning and poking it periodically. Mmmm good, especially when shared with sooo many ‘uncles and aunties’.

The private fireworks here are surreal. Some of the displays coming from individual yards could compete with a small city’s display, though the lingering smoke is so thick you can barely see. I’m not suggesting an oxygen mask but it’s not a bad idea. But oh the brilliant, cascading explosions were just awesome!...and seeing them from the white sandy beach…quite a memory. Hawaiians certainly know how to bring in a New Year.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

On a white sandy beach in Hawaii

Flashback – December 28th, 2008. After many months of being mainland bound we finally returned to Hawaii. First stop for just an evening was Gary and Apolonia Stice’s Waikiki Penthouse overlooking Diamond Head and less than a half block to the beach.

On our first evening beach stroll we could hear a live group playing on a nearby rooftop restaurant singing ‘on a white sandy beach in Hawaii’. This is a song we love so much from the IZ album. It all seemed just perfect and it was sooo good to be back.

We have lived on the Big Island for many years now and being the newest island, it is mostly black lava shorelines with sometimes black (and green) sandy beaches (though since we have found some incredible white sand beaches on the west side). For the next couple of months we were embarking on a journey which included staying in 6 different locations of Gary’s beachfront houses on Oahu and Kauai while Eileen created her ‘Aloha Marilyn Monroe’ inspired by various Hawaii locations and experiences.

Though we usually find ourselves in idyllic remote locations, being in Waikiki was exciting and a pleasure. There’s something about locations where almost everyone is on vacation…not to mention nightlife, restaurants, galleries and other assorted activities.

We look forward to returning there soon. Honolulu is the largest city in Hawaii and a good focal point for conducting business in Hawaii. Honolulu also services an International crowd with one of the biggest art markets in the world and has some classic galleries offering art on the quality of Eileen’s art.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Kealakekua Bay Portal to Dolphin Heaven

Visuals - Left, then right view with Birgit, Ariya's childhood friend from Germany

“This is the absolute best place I’ve ever been on vacation!” We hear these words often from family and friends who have shared our stays at Gary and Apolonia Stice’s “Hale Naia” house on Kealakekua Bay, Kona side of the Big Island.

Eileen Borgeson and I are staying here for a few days with our ‘daughter-in-law’ Ariya and my grandson Naiya De before they fly off to Germany, Ariya’s homeland, for five weeks.

This amazing home, as are all of Gary’s 17 beachfront houses on 6 islands, is strategically located in literally the best spot on the Bay. It’s also known as the ‘point house’ since it’s at the end of the road adjacent to the Dolphin viewing point and closest to Captain Cook’s monument.

Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, is known by locals to be THE BEST snorkeling in Hawaii. A monument has been erected in the memory of Captain Cook where he was killed on February 14th, 1779. It’s placed on a piece of land that is the only property in the United States owned by England. This is also the destination landing place for kayaks and snorkeling boats taking off from Kona.

Dolphins are frequently seen swimming and spinning here and during whale session you can see Grey Whales breaching in the Bay. Our friends, artists Willa Martin and David Carlin, whose place is just a couple of blocks away, tell of seeing the birth of a baby whale right in front. Eileen and I swam with the dolphins many times just beyond the house. Remember…these are beautiful, wild creatures in their domain, and the experience is both exhilarating and reverent at the same time. It really does seem to change you. You wonder who is the most ‘evolved’. For one thing, they’re always playing. How uncivilized?

Eileen and I especially like to ‘brainstorm’, as well as ‘execute’ business strategies and future art editions here. With FedEx and Internet access there are no limits on conducting inspired and effective virtual communications from almost anywhere…so it might as well be paradise. Last year a business acquaintance flew in from Canada for a ‘relaxing’ intensive where we reviewed some holography opportunities with his holographic glass company and my business associations in Dubai.

Gary, the talented and savvy businessman/owner of these 17 Hawaii locations, was previously involved with mapping the shorelines on Hawaii and got to know the best locations on the island. His passion for Hawaii combined with his knowledge of unique beach locations inspired him to ‘collect’ houses in some of the most desirable areas in the Hawaii island chain. He and Apolonia now share their houses, as vacation rentals, to individuals and families looking for a ‘treasured experience’ in real Hawaii. Check out their website for pictures and descriptions of their hand-picked beach front locations on every island.

Eileen and I, without reservation, suggest to anyone coming to Hawaii for vacation, sabbatical or as a ‘creative retreat’ to stay in any of Gary’s locations. Many of the homes Gary and Apolonia have designed and built themselves using exotic woods and materials from Apolonia’s homeland, the Philippines. Their Anini Beach house in Kauai is a masterpiece with the white sands adjacent to the property and the gentle beach waters only a few feet away.

Each of our stays was like living the chapters in an adventure novel…Different beaches, mountains, neighborhoods, characters, sunsets, sunrises, food and history. Across the street from this house is an ancient heiau and next to it a monument to the first Christian church, which almost touches the sacred heaiu…not sure of the logic for this. The Hawaiians used to ‘bury’ their chiefs in the caves in the cliffs you see when looking towards Captain Cook’s monument. You surely can feel the intense history of this location.