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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

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Check out my article in Hawaii’s Newspaper…The Midweek

I got a call yesterday from my mom in Hawaii with sheer excitement as she opened “Hawaii’s Favorite Newspaper”‘; Midweek and saw an article about our awesome event. They published a photo I had taken of my brother David and little Maile on a wave they were riding at White Plains Beach, HI. Reporter Ron Mizutani from KHON news, Hawaii had spoken to me the day after our event and wrote an article that appeared in yesterday’s printed copy. You can view the article by clicking here.

KHON had planned to bring out a reporter to cover the inaugural They Will Surf Again program from Life Rolls On at the beach.  However, they were unable to make it out due to a few fatalities and news breaking events that occurred on the island that weekend. I spoke with Ron and he summarizes it well in his article. I am still riding on that high and so thankful to all those that participated and made Life Rolls On first visit to the islands a HUGE SUCCESS. Mahalo again to all.

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  • kawika - Love that picture. What a blessed day we had. Thank you, Gayla and all of the volunteers that made Maile’s and all of the other participants dream a reality. Life Rolls On for people that have spinal cord problems is true to their name. Mahalo Nui Loa!!!

  • Tessa - This article was wonderful to read. Congratulations on the success of this even going to Hawaii. Seeing children like Maile fulfilling a dream makes me feel hopeful and excited for the future.

Life Rolls On comes to Hawaii!

Life Rolls On is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected with spinal cord injury. Founded by paralyzed surfer Jesse Billauer, LRO continues to push the possibilities through their amazing events. After attending my first They Will Surf Again last September, I felt it would be great to have an event back home in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Home of gorgeous beaches and tons of aloha. I took on being the event leader for They Will Surf Again – Hawaii and was focused on making their first trip to Hawaii a successful one. It started with pulling permits, which was done by my mother and was quite the challenge. Thank you to the US Navy for allowing us access to White Plains beach. Once that was done, it was off to plan the fundraiser and event itself. Whoa… that was a bit challenging since I have ZERO experience with event planning or fundraising, so this was completely new to me.  I started by doing a little video on my niece Maile ( you can watch it by  clicking here) followed by numerous emails, calls, texts and messages. I emailed all my friends, colleagues and businesses that I thought could be of assistance. I reached out to many people and was able to connect with quite a few people and companies willing to participate and assist in making this event a successful one. I personally walked into all the local hospitals, rehab centers and surf shops dropping off flyers with my darling little niece Maile surfing. The response was incredible. I called Noel Pietsch, one of the partners from Wahoo’s Kahala in hopes of hosting our fundraiser there. And, that’s where we held it on Friday 4/29/11.  We had over 70 prizes ranging from $25 to over $700 in value. Some of the prizes included an autographed surfboard from the cast of Hawaii 5-0, a Las Vegas package with travel and hotel accomodations, local goodies, gift certificates, board shorts, bags, hats, t-shirts, sanuk slippers, sports memorabilia and so much more! It was awesome.  We had a great crowd and as tired as I was, I could not fall asleep with the anticipation of the actual They Will Surf Again event.

Saturday 4/30/11 was surf day at the beach and the weather was PERFECT. I felt so proud to be apart of a wonderful organization and to see the event finally come together was magical for me. Plain and simple. I have poured my heart and soul into this project and to see it come together so beautifully was incredibly rewarding and gratifying. Upon arriving to White Plains beach, I took a moment to soak it all in and say a little thank you prayer for allowing me to be apart of such a great day. I then grabbed my gear and started shooting away. Thank you Aunty Miki and Aunty Nif for assisting me throughout the day and following me around with my cameras.:-)

Once everyone checked in, they went to their designated areas for a team meeting held by awesome land leaders: Robin, Joann, Quynh and Tina. Once briefed everyone got together for a beautiful prayer and blessing by our Kahu, Manu; who blew his conch shell to open our day and bless everyone. Two of the youngest surfers; Hunter, age 5 and Maile, age 4 were amongst the first to hit the waves. Both children were born with spina bifida and are unable to walk… however, fully capable of surfing!

Breakfast was provided by Leonard’s Bakery, Ba-Le, Starbucks. Yeah, malasadas is king! LOL  Drinks provided by Function Water and Lulu’s Waikiki. Lunch provided by Lulu’s Waikiki, Duke’s Waikiki and Panda Express. Blessing of the beach by kahu Manu Mook, music provided by Local Uprising. My family was instrumental in assisting me make this a huge success, including many of my friends, colleagues and local businesses throughout the local community. This event would not have been possible without all the support from many, so thank you everyone for helping me make Life Rolls On first trip to Hawaii a success. The support and love I’ve gotten was overwhelming and so appreciated. MAHALO.

Some of our sponsors were: Ty Gurney Surf School, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, US Navy, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Las VegasHawaiian Island Creations, Star Beach BoysWahoo’s Kahala, Barefoot League, High Status Hawaii, Jams World, Surf N Sea, Tanioka’s, Rainbow Drive Inn, Augie T,  Laird Hamilton, Roy’s Restaurant, Walmart, Target, McDonalds, Franco HarrisKurt Suzuki, Shane Victorino, Access Surf, Rehab of the PacificPretty Sweet Custom Cakes,  Hypersquad Dance Company, My2 Fish custom cards, artist Luvi Lewis, Mana Kai Beach resort, Trader Joe’s, Rudy’s Flower Shop, Hawaii Photo Rental, Sanuk Slippers and more.

A big mahalo to all the volunteers who came out and helped. Everyone was instrumental and key to making this They Will Surf Again a great one. On behalf of Maile and my entire family…. MAHALO to all. Me Ke Aloha!!!

Please watch a little slideshow below by clicking play on the lower left corner……

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  • Camille Edwards - Awesome pictures of this awesome day!!!!

  • mommy - There are no words for my expressing what I just viewed. Just a flow of tears,
    How EXTRAORDINARY the captivation of all…..Just amazing, how beautiful, needless to say, “Fantastic, wow-wow-wow, you are the greatest photographer, and I can vouch it
    after all—–I am the photographer’s mother….I LOVE YOU

  • Mama Goose - Ohhhhhhh My!!!!!

    That whuzzzzzz soooo AWESOME! Excitement, Anticipation, Soul searching, and life rewarding. As a volunteer, the entire experience of LRO TWSA Hawaii 2011 was incredibly humbling and heartwarming for me. The participants not only inspire me to help others, but the journey gave me the gift of pure joy.

    GREAT JOB COUSIN!!!

    I LOVE YOU MORE!!!

    mama goose

  • Joyce Poe - I can hardly type for the tears. Thank you dear friend, for the joy of the occasion. You are amazing and I am grateful. Maile is so beautiful and you have captured her and Dave so beautifully.
    Love and hugs, dear one.
    Joyce

  • Joyce Poe - Okay, now I watched the video. WONDERFUL, and the music OMG. Thanks again. Much love and appreciation
    Grandma Joyce

  • Merv - Gayla: You did a tremendous job photographing everyone on the beach that day. I got to watch a true professional pro do her expertise shooting pictures. We all went to eat Filipino food on Tuesday and missed having you there since you had to fly out the day before. Congratulations on a super job emceeing at the Wahoo restaurant also. I am sure next year will be even better. Love, Uncle Merv.

  • JoAnn Inamasu - Great job in capturing a very special day for all of us! A beautiful day…spectacular event…with warm smiles all around us!

  • Petko - What an amazing event!!!!! Thank you so very much for all the love support from everyone who made this a reality this was such a blessing to be a part of and i am so looking forward to more events in the future it all came together in such a positive way ! it may have been some of the best surfing i have ever done and i dont think i stood up on one wave!!!i think i can say i now can say i understand the aloha spirit in such a diffrent way mahalo to all my hawii family!!!!!!!!God Bless

  • Petko - PS Gayla you are amazing and beyond talented and i swear im not jealous even a little bit

  • petko - Pss sorry for my lack of grammer Hawaii thank God i can Draw

  • Barbara Yasuhara - OMG! I love you for doing this!!! I am always so touched by your fusions too! Mahalo for making a huge difference in the lives of these children and people! Maile on the board is beyond words for me, I am touched beyond belief! YOU are my new hero!

  • Calvina - So dang proud of you, Gayla! Looks like it was a success!

  • John Hopkins - Just to be part of this event was so amazing and full filling and emotional. I am so grateful to be able to help all those wonderful people to surf again. can’t wait for the next one, which you can count on me to be there as one of the volunteers. Great photos and thank you for sharing. Love you, cousin John

Congratulations Neal Inamasu

Last night was our fundraiser at Wahoo’s where we gave out over 70 gifts from some of our sponsors including: Hawaii 5-0 Cast, Las Vegas Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Franco Harris, Hyatt Waikiki, Hawaii Island Creations, Jams World, Surfline, Barefoot League, Laird Hamilton, Gabby Reece, High Status Clothing, Sanuk Slippers, Rainbow Drive Inn, Walmart, Target, Roy’s Restaurant, Tanioka’s, McDonalds, My2Fish custom cards, Kurt Suzuki, Shane Victorino, Surf n Sea, Zumba by Chelsea, Midas Touch Car Wash, Augie T, Mana Kai Beach Resort, Trader Joes, Luvi Lewis and many more.

I know many want to know about the autographed surfboard and the lucky winner was Neal Inamasu. Thank you all for your support!

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  • mommy - Eh, lucky bugga….but happy for you brudda, love you, aunty Della

  • mama goose - CONGRATS!

Win an autographed surfboard from Hawaii 5-0!

Only 2 days left to win this awesome autographed surfboard from the Hawaii 5-0 cast: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. A $10 donation to Life Rolls On will give you an opportunity to win this great prize and help an organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizes action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilites despite paralysis. 100% of your donation goes to Life Rolls On. Winners will be announced this  Friday 4/29 night at Wahoo’s Kahala at our kick off fundraiser event. You do NOT have to be present to win! Anyone can participate by going the http://twsa-hawaii.eventbrite.com/. Feel free to join us for night of inspiration.

Join us Sat 4/30 at 9:00 as we take those suffering from paralysis surfing at White Plains Beach in Ewa. If you know anyone living with paralysis, we have a few slots available. Register now by going to www.liferollson.org/hawaii. It’s FREE to register! Come join us for a day filled with food, fun, inspiration and surfing. Hope to see you there!

Little Maile will be one of those surfing too thanks to Life Rolls On. Be sure to click play below…

My hero Maile from Gayla Elizabeth on Vimeo.

See more of Alex and Scott with the surfboard by clicking here:

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  • Tessa - I love this show!! Hope this raises lots of money for this wonderful charity.

$10 can win you a Las Vegas Package: hotel/show/airfare

Yes, a $10 donation to Life Rolls On will get you a chance to win an awesome Las Vegas package. 4 days/3 nights at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino AND 2 show tickets to see the amazing Gordie Brown AND $100 off of your travel expenses from Myron’s Travel Services. You can get your chance to win online by clicking here. We all love Las Vegas… the city that never sleeps. This is an AMAZING prize and the winner will be announced at Wahoo’s Fish Taco at the Kahala location on April 29, 2011 during LRO’s pre-event party to celebrate the inaugural They Will Surf Again Hawaii. Winners need NOT be present.

It is only through the generosity of donations from individuals that Life Rolls on is able to provide their programs at no cost to participants. They Will Surf Again is a powerful series of bi-coastal events that empower paraplegics and quadriplegics to experience the freedom and mobility of surfing a wave with assistance of adaptive surfboards and dedicated volunteers.

Go online http://twsa-hawaii-vegas.eventbrite.com/, make a difference with a $10 donation and get a chance at this awesome Las Vegas package! Hurry only 1 week left. Winner announced next Friday at Wahoo’s Kahala.:-)And, reminder. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN……

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