Portrait by Leah Friel

Portrait by Leah Friel

Summer. What I thought was just around the corner has officially arrived. I remember saying the same thing last year-but suddenly it was Christmas, then New Years, and now here we are, celebrating our 6th anniversary of HILuxury! Spring is over and summer is here. Time really does fly when we are having fun! Memories come flooding back as we look at past interviews including Sarah Wayne Callies, Gabby Reece, Ivanka Trump, Scott Caan, Anthony Hopkins, George Clooney and Joe Montana-the list goes on.

They say that in life, there are six degrees of separation. In Hawai’i, I believe there are three. Our close connections have played such a big role in bringing so many of these great interviews into the fold. You know-from someone-who-knows-someone-who-knows-someone. Think about it, how many times has that happened to you?

For our anniversary issue, we are honored to have Pierce Brosnan grace our cover. In spring, the Brosnans opened up their home to us and shared an incredible experience we will never forget. Pierce and wife Keely’s love of Hawai’i, the ‘aina and the ocean run deep in their hearts.

They are true kama’aina, in my opinion.

Pierce has an amazing outdoor office, with cool gentle breezes coming off the ocean and a spectacular view to boot, while Keely’s passion for gardening is clearly displayed in the form of blossoming fruit trees and fragrant puakenikeni. Every corner of their property is unique and special. At one point during the photoshoot, the feeling of the Hawai’i spirit was overwhelming; you could not help but feel humbled. Pierce and Keely’s aloha is so genuine, our team was truly grateful to be a part of their family for a day…

As an adrenaline junkie, I love a good thrill. The feeling of my heart racing; the excitement of endorphins kicking in-life is good! Some of our featured men in this issue share the same sentiment.

Photo By Mark Arbeit

Photo By Mark Arbeit

Garrett McNamara rides the world’s biggest waves, while Shim Ching gets behind the wheel and goes from zero to 60 in less than two seconds on a Formula One circuit. Our thrill seekers go the distance, leaving all others in the dust.

Thank you to all of our advertisers, our readers, contributors, photographers and to my incredible HILuxury team.

The love and support for this magazine continues to astound me. Also, I want to send a special mahalo to our friends Eddie and Saranne Abubo for helping make our cover shoot possible.

Now that summer is here, kick back, wiggle your toes a little deeper into the sand, crack open a beverage and enjoy this special issue of HILuxury.

Live, love, laugh with aloha,

Linda Woo Publisher