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    This is supposed to be where you can keep up with some of my latest work and see images and projects I am working on. However, I need to improve on keeping this blog somewhat current. Sometimes it looks like my blog is withering off to Never Never Land. Posting images and writing blog content is NOT one of my strengths, so please forgive me for not keeping you all up to date. I am often in Honolulu and Los Angeles shooting for some amazing people, pets and organizations. Feel free to shoot me an email at 105,110,102,111,64,103,97,121,108,97,101,108,105,122,97,98,101,116,104,46,99,111,109,46.moc.htebazilealyag@ofni

    I love the artistry of photography and am ridiculously attracted to images that speak volumes with no text. I've photographed celebrities, entrepreneurs, artists, products, food, real estate, moms, dads, brides, grooms, babies, pets and more. If it exists, I will shoot it. Follow this blog for a mix of everything and feel free to visit my portfolio on the "official" photography site www.GaylaElizabeth.com.

In my planning of Life Rolls On and They Will Surf Again – Hawaii, I reached out to one of my high school classmates at Carousel Candyland in Kahala Mall Shopping Center, hoping to get a gift for our fundraiser tonight at Wahoo’s Fish Taco. I was excited when they donated two $25 gift certificates to be included in our opportunity drawing. I picked up the certificates and returned to take a few pics to show everyone where to go for your sugar fix. Upon entering, the line was out the door and the entire store had a glorious scent of popcorn and butter. OMG. I browsed around and was amazed at the variety of goodies they have, so I grabbed a bag and filled up with some great sugar free goodies. I spent over $10 in snacks myself :-).

It is only through the generosity of friends like Carousel Candyland that Life Rolls On is able to provide this program at no-cost to participants living with spinal cord injuries.  For all you goody lovers… If you ever want some chocolate, li hing snacks, M&Ms, licorice, popcorn, Icee, or even some cute novelties… head on over the Carousel Candyland in Kahala Mall!

P.S. If you make a nominal donation of $5.00, you get three chances to win one of those $25 gift certificates! Come to Wahoo’s Kahala tonight, Friday 3/23/12 between 6:30- 10:00pm.

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  • Gina Kobashigawa - Sorry I missed you.. next time we all have to get together.. like a little reunion.. Good Luck and anytime.. My Hearts and Prayers go out to your niece and to everyone out there born with Spina Bifida..

  • Gayla Elizabeth - Thanks Gina! Your gift cards were a great add to the raffle.

Jamie and Pat’s wedding was a day full of glitz, glam, fashion and style.  The day started at the Grand Waikikian Hotel  with a few smiles, laughs, jokes and of course a few tears.  The Hawaiian Islands were hit with some major lightning and thunderstorms the entire week prior to this wedding and in fact, they had forecasted wind and rain on Saturday. There were a lot of people praying for some decent weather, including the folks at Mariposa Restaurant in Ala Moana, since over 100 guests were to be seated on the balcony. When the big day finally rolled around… the rain stopped…the sun popped out and there was a beautiful hawaiian breeze. Perfect weather!

Jamie, a die hard Iolani Raider Alumni, decided to have her wedding ceremony on campus at the Iolani Chapel. Once vows were exchanged, everyone headed over to the wedding reception at Mariposa Restaurant, located on the 3rd floor of  Neiman Marcus in Ala Moana Shopping Center. Jamie and Pat celebrated a fairly long engagement. You can see their engagement pics by clicking here. Congratulations Jamie and Pat, much happiness to you both.

See more pics in the slideshow at the end, or click here to view.

Wedding Vendors are as follows:

Wedding Ceremony: Iolani Chapel

Wedding Reception: Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Ala Moana

Wedding Planner: Savoir Faire Events

Wedding Photography: Gayla Elizabeth

Wedding Videography: Aria Studios

Photobooth: Shutterbooth Hawaii

Hair: Sean from Hair Alchemy

MC: Champ

Limo: Jay’s Limo Services

Live Entertainment: Ben and Malia

Makeup: Jordana



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  • Barry DeBlake - Awesome job Kalani (aka: Pat Loo) & Jamie..it was such an honor to be asked to participate in your wedding..you guys truly have some solid and very loving friends..as for you Jamie..you managed to do the impossible by catching the last unicorn (Kalani)..I sure hope your ready to be loved “FOREVER”

    May your lives be a never ending journey.

    God Bless the Jiu Jitsu…

  • Savoir Faire Events:) - Beautiful job Gayla! Love the slideshow at the end… really captures the feel and style of the day-thank you for all your kokua …. congrats to Jamie & Pat!! Lookin’ good!

  • Camille Edwards - Beautiful and Unique are the pictures and the way you put it all together! You’re SO AMAZING!

Life Rolls On returns for the 2nd annual They Will Surf Again in Hawaii on 3/24/12 and to kickoff our fundraiser, I have a surfboard autographed by the Hawaii 5-0 cast up for grabs. Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park signed the brand new Super Fish 7s surfboard by Global Surf Industries last week in hopes to raise money for a great program and organization. Life Rolls On is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to demonstrate the infinite possibilities beyond paralysis.

The surfboard will be given away at our fundraiser Friday 3/23/12 at Wahoo’s Kahala which starts at 6:30PM. If you would like to participate in the drawing ahead of time, simply go to http://twsa-hawaii-2012.eventbrite.com/ or click here to get your chance to win the autographed surfboard. You do NOT need to be present to win; however, the winner will be responsible for any shipping costs. This is open to EVERYONE!  Help a great cause and get a chance for an awesome drawing!

If you would like to participate or volunteer for They Will Surf Again, be sure to register online by going to www.liferollson.org/hawaii or click here.

Note: Alex O’Loughlin was not on set and available for the photo, but he did sign it!:-)

Check out the video at the end of the post to see photos of Life Rolls On They Will Surf Again signature program. Or click here to view.


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  • News: Win A Surfboard Autographed By the Hawaii 5-0 Cast! - […] directly from Gayla Elizabeth blog: Life Rolls On returns for the 2nd annual They Will Surf Again in Hawaii on 3/24/12 and to […]

  • Becky Martin - love Hawaii.. luv. H5O surfs up.. yes.. surf again.. <3

  • joerne maier - The board should come to germany :-))

  • Keith Clark - Great Program!

  • Brenda Trimback - I Love the 5-0 crew. Love to win the surf board.
    It should come to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
    I’m a fan of Scott Caan.

  • Jennifer Boudreaux - I would love to win this awesome surfboard. I don’t surf, but may be I could get some surfing lessons from Scott ;-).

  • Courtney Kilcullen - Good Luck!

  • Tanja - I like H5O and I Love the Crew. I wish the Board to Germany.


  • leonardo - I like surfing and I am from belgium. In belgium we don’t have many
    surfing stars but i would like to be one. I would like to win this board.

    Thank you a lot for your work.

  • Anonymous - I think it’s great when I see this video above. The children there are so happy to try to surf and have some freedom.

Jamie and Pat made it official this past weekend by celebrating their wedding with many friends, family and loved ones. The hawaiian islands have been hit with some intense weather the entire week and it was a little scary for a minute. However, saturday rolled around and the weather was perfect. No rain… but there were a few tears, followed by lots of laughs and great smiles. I will be posting their wedding soon, but for now, I wanted to congratulate the new Mr. & Mrs. Pat Loo.  Wishing you both the best and a very happy marriage.:-)

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Life Rolls On 8th annual Night by the Ocean gala was held at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey this past Saturday for their signature fundraiser to help raise money to support quality of life programs for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Guests were greeted with leis as they entered the cocktail reception held at the pool which had an amazing silent auction. Some of the items up for grabs included, an few autographed guitars by some incredible artists: Sammy Hagar, Sarah McLaghlan, Elton John, Tim McGraw; an autographed Beckham jersey, surfboards, glicee prints, jewelry, a gucci tote, vacation getaways, apparel, accessories and so much more.

The event was hosted by Sal Masekela with honorable chairs: Dave Annable, Odette Annable and Jason Lewis. A night of motivational videos and clips of incredible people living with SCI.

The live auction consisted of some incredible items up for grabs including a pair of his and hers Corum wtaches, and all expense trip to Fiji’s Tavarua Island, and amazing Hawaii 5-0 package AND a few Jason Mraz packages which consisted of front row seats to his concert, backstage access, a chance to surf and hang out with Jason at Hollister and the biggie…. Jason Mraz coming to your home to chill with his awesome voice and his amazing guitar. Pretty cool!

Rachelle Friedman, who recently made national headlines after her freak accident last year, also made a special appearance and captured the audience as she rolled onto the stage to share her story with everyone. You can see her story by clicking here.

A big surprise came for everyone when Jason Mraz decided on playing live along side Toca Rivera, which ultimately turned into a little mini private concert by the end of the night. Everyone was feeling the love and to keep the Jason Mraz vibe going, San Diego Hat Company donated a hat to all guests, which was pretty cool.  It was a great night of inspiration, motivation and incredible people, made possible by some amazing sponsors and volunteers. As always, I left with a very filled heart.:-)

A special thank you to the sponsors for the event:

Balance Vector
Barefoot wine & bubbly
Bill Silva Management
Citizens of Humanity
Joanne Gimbel
Fox Television Group
Jason Mraz
San Diego Hat Company
Shoe City
Warrior Posts
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Wells Fargo Capital Financ

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  • Carolyn Donaldson - What an amazing organization with incredible people helping, participating and enjoying life as it rolls on!

  • Erika San Miguel - You are so talented! Love your work.

  • Matt Spence - kris nakamura…get me involved. congratulations on a great event.

  • Samantha Wood - Such a fun event! Thank you LRO!

  • Jutta Weber - The pictures are amazing.

  • Cecile Billauer Gifford - So vibrant…just like the LRO Foundation…you captured it beautifully, Gayla.

  • Lisa Fujimoto - It was an amazing event! so glad I was able to attend.