February 27, 2009

Calley O ‘Neill–An artist for all seasons

calley-stained-glass.jpgThe Big Island’s Calley O ‘Neill is a highly respected public artist, mural painter, yoga/meditation teacher and pioneer in ecological landscape and community design. Critics have described O’Neill’s are as “ethnovisionary”, “dynamic” and “breathtaking”. “Her art, which spans three decades, finds expression in easel painting and public works: stunning murals and landscape designs. In these, her planetary vision is incorporated into ecological fine art that stands on its own merits, and also serves the purpose of nourishing the earth and healing its inhabitants.”

Calley has a broad range of creative experience including the design and construction of healing, herb, and meditaion gardens, edible landscapes, mosaics, painted and relief murals, stained glass and mandalas. She is well known for her cermonial work, especially weddings. Her passion is transformation and deep healing… “making paradise paradise again.”

Her teaching and art speak to human evolution and the transformation of mundane spaces into beauty. Calley accepts commissions in Hawai’i and abroad. She teaches seaside yoga, meditation, art, vision, fitness and WaterRhythmics at The Orchid on The Big Island of Hawai’i. Calley has touched the lives of thousands of students in intimate ways, that have for many years established a profound shift in their consciousness, health and their life. Through her practice and teaching of sacred art, flowing yoga and mind/body integration, a compassionate healing yoga has evolved, called The Full Body Elixir.

This work has been key to Calley’s profound shift from an A type striver in pain to a joyous, peaceful seeker on an ascendant path of healing and spiritual evolution.

I have taken classes over the years with her, there is nothing like coming out of a meditation right as the sun is setting in the ocean.

You can visit her web site like many of our owners and guests have enjoyed.    www.CalleyO’Neill.com

February 18, 2009

Puako Community Association

gary-sunset-king.JPGWe would like to give a big “Thank you!” to Rob Shallenberger for all the great work and effort he has contributed as president of the PCA in Puako.  Copied below from the January 2009 Puako Community Association.

“I leave this position with mixed feelings. On the plus side, my association with the Board members has been good fun. I’ve also been impressed by the folks, on and off Board, who have donated their spare time (and, frankly, their money) to better this community. With this support , we have made good progress on a growing list of community projects, some of which have been extraordinarily complex and time consuming. That being said, I’m also frustrated by the fact that we have barely scratched the surface in our efforts to encourage meaningful community involvement amongst the many other full and part time residents in Puako. There is so much, as yet, untapped talent and experience in this community. Think what we could accomplish if everyone on the street found a way to chip in. Awesome!”

Now that Rob is moving on , Peter Hackstedde will be the new President of the association. We appreciate all of the effort put forth by the Puako association.  We will be posting new projects as they take shape over the upcoming year.

February 6, 2009

Unique Island Asian Fusion or modern Hawaii beach cottages for your development or residence

Fine Design Interiors, Inc.    Shirley Wagner When building a home in Hawaii or remodeling a current residence you have a lot of different choices and possibilities. A long time Puako resident Shirley Wagner has been on the cutting edge of Island Asian Fusion. Known for her brilliant and unique designs, Shirley is invited to all parts of the world to help people create or recreate their dream home.

Island Asian Fusion Residence * 2007 ASID Hawaii Award of Honor

Island Asian Fusion Residence on Hawaii Island – completed in January 2007

Contemporary Asian influenced furniture and furnishings were selected to incorporate the client’s antique oriental rugs, African artifacts and collection of Asian and Pacific Art.


Shirley Wagner ASID, an interior designer in Hawaii since 1987, was educated at the International Academy of Design in Kansas City, Missouri, and became a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers in 1995 after passing the NCIDQ qualification exam.

She has worked on residential and commercial interior design projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the Mainland and the Caribbean.

Her ability to listen to the client’s wishes and then skillfully select architectural materials, forms, furnishings, colors, textures and art results in beautiful interiors. Tastefully blending all design elements together Shirley creates, with her client, a sanctuary for living. Many of our vacation rentals have been decorated by Shirley, with optimal results. Thank you Shirley for helping bring the styles we need to our homes, we really appreciate it.

Fine Design Interiors, Inc.
Tel (808) 885-8992 | Fax (808) 885-9339
65-1148 Mamalahoa Highway Kamuela, HI 96743