Recently I traveled back to my beloved West Coast for photography and modeling opportunities, making my way through California and up into the Pacific Northwest. Much to my delight, Kayko Tamaki and I had the chance to get together during my stay in San Francisco. It was abnormally warm for fall weather in the Bay Area but we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for makeup and a photo session. We sat for a few hours at a cute cafe in Oakland and exchanged stores of adventures in travel, self-exploration, relationships and love. Talked of the challenges of leaving home, the discomfort taking risks can cause, and the enlightenment it all can bring. Just 2 little hapa girls sharing life and friendship over lattes and a shared sandwich on a sunny afternoon. My favorite kind of day.
Originating from Hawaii and eventually making her home away from home (for the time being) in the Bay Area, Kayko took great leaps leaving her origins in pursuit of exploration; of herself, others and the world. Even the most seasoned tourist falls under the spell of the special magic Hawaii possesses, making it incredibly difficult for locals to move away from the island. But it was absolutely necessary for her to leave in order to experience life on her own terms, to see the world with her own eyes. And she is determined to continue growing and evolving with each new experience. The beauty of being able to call the islands home is that it won't ever matter where or how far away she roams, she carries with her the island girl essence and spirit that is her core.
The epitome of a multifaceted human, she is an incredibly talented painter, performer, photography and videography enthusiast, devoted yogi, traveler… the list goes on. An artist in the truest sense of the word, turning even the simplest of things into a thought provoking vision. Having a penchant for world travel, she has even gone on solo adventures in pursuit of exploration in some of the most amazing places in the world. A spiritual, free spirit, through and through. With her newest venture, Heart & Soul Hypnotherapies®, she is working towards spreading awareness and educating about the power of healing through hypnotherapy. Helping us understand how we can gain clarity by accessing our subconscious, connecting our hearts and souls to our minds and bodies and finding peace in the midst of chaos.
Considering all the different hats Kayko wears and the amazing, colorful things she embraces in her every day life, she is simply living, breathing the things she loves - and what makes her amazing is that she really cannot be defined. She doesn’t wear her interests as titles; they are all simply the different layers of who she is and she embodies it all as a whole. Constantly seeking her own self-acceptance and peace, navigating through the challenges of each day by sharing what she is learning with the vision that we can all share in this growing experience together. She commits herself to living in and savoring the moment, spreading good vibes and sharing love. And she does this by humbly exposing her own heart, allowing us all a window into her beautiful soul; with the risk of exposing imperfections, heartache, and all that makes us human.
There are few special individuals out there whose presence alone is capable of invoking feeling and emotion simply by being. They move you to want to fully experience the beauty of this life with every single one of our senses. They love, they explore, they feel their way through the chaos of our earthly existence and inspire us simply through the way they live. Kayko is undeniably one of those humans. She has a glow about her that draws you in and keeps you warm, makes you feel safe. Living on different continents for a time being, it was clear we were kindred spirits sharing life through each others eyes from afar. It's incredible how natural connections are truly organic, the universe bringing people together at just the right time. I am so very appreciative of her vision and view of the world, as it has been an inspiration to me in so many areas of my life. And I'm thankful she allowed me to continue improving my craft and express my art through her breathtaking beauty and light.
“Our souls are pure and whole but it is our mind and bodies that are wounded and in need of nurturing and love. If we can allow ourselves the stillness and meditative space that hypnosis guides us into—we can surely find our innate nature of peace and brilliance that we all have within us.” -Kayko
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