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On November 8, 2013 I floated safely inside my mothers belly as she sheltered in place for hours on the Island of Samar while high winds from Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda raged outside.  It was one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, with winds as high as 195 mph, more than 6,000 Filipinos lost their lives that day.  Fourteen days later I was born Kullen Thomas Babael Coble at a severely storm damaged hospital with no electricity located in Catbalogan, a small seaside fishing village in the Philippines.  The Filipino doctors and nurses called me ‘Tisoy’ best translation would be the Hawaiian word ‘Hapa’.

My Parents Place Before
Their Place After

On October 23, 2014 I landed at the Honolulu airport.  Soon after landing my parents took me to Fort Derussy Beach Park in Waikiki and when my father lowered me to the sand I took my first steps on my own and walked freely for the first time straight into the ocean.  I guess Hawaii was a place I wanted to explore more of and I have been exploring the Hawaiian islands ever since.  We visited Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, eventually we settled on the island of Maui. 

Aunties & Uncles, Slippers, Shaka’s, Lei’s, Ukuleles, Pot Belly Pigs, Crowing Roosters, Ono Grinds, Silverswords and Nene’s

Life In Da Islands

Niihau ~ Kauai ~ Oahu ~ Molokai ~ Lani ~ Maui ~ Big Island

My Life, Loves and Adventures…Traveling, My Ohana and Exploring Remote Places

Favorite ‘HOLOHOLO’ Activities

Being Outdoors…Enjoying Waves, Muddy Waterfall Hikes, Trade Winds and Skateparks

Surfing | Climbing | Skateboarding | Windsurfing | Stand Up PaddleBoardingWing Foiling | Fishing | Sailing | Snowboarding | Diving | Outrigger Canoeing | Kiteboarding

Doing It Island Style…From Da Ocean to the Mountains, From Da Windward to the Leeward Side

Exploring Remote Places From Sea to Sky

Going snorkeling to standing on a mountain summit.

“Seek adventure; travel the world, spend as much time as possible outdoors exploring remote natural places. Seek solitude; pursue activities that create long-lasting soulful experiences in environments that move you spiritually and leave you humbled, amazed and fascinated.”

“Life is inherently complicated; beautiful moments will happen – crazy terrible things will happen…do your best to navigate the magic and the tragic. Remember ‘Less is More’ always try to keep things as simple as possible. Live your Tao; balance dominates the Universe, Yin & Yang flows through the cosmos.”

“Create a lifestyle that is connected to the Ebb & Flow of the earth; Surf, Sail, Skateboard, Snowboard, Climb, Fish and Eat Healthy. Concentrating on these seven disciplines should be your religion, the natural world your church. Boardriding, Climbing & Sailing are all about immersing yourself in the elements and experiencing Terror & Joy. Understand…waves are meant to be ridden, wind is meant to propel us, snow is meant to be slid down, rocks are meant to be climbed, streets are meant to be skated. Combine all these activities with reeling in fighting fish, meditation, yoga and a healthy diet…dedicating your life to these Athletic & Artistic pursuits, being creative and perfecting your craft is the most stimulating pathway to a healthy Mind, Body & Soul.”

“Do your best to explore the four corners of the planet; Hawaii, Indonesia, Portugal & Chile and everywhere in between. It is important to immerse yourself in different cultures and understand everything is connected; Science, Art & Nature and all the People, Plants & Animals.”

“Get away from all the noise; you have to tune out to get tuned in. Living a blessed life is about Harmony & Honesty with yourself and your environment. Intentionally try not to get super detailed with planning out your life. Do your best not to force things, go with the flow and be happy or amused with whatever happens. Over time you will discover practicing this peaceful-play belief works best. Many of your most memorable moments will be unexpected experiences you could have never planned for.”

“Understand the clock is always ticking, you are going to die. Time is our most valuable asset because it is our most limited resource. Life is mostly made up of repetitive mundane activities, sleeping, working, eating, etc. Over an average lifespan there is not a whole lot of time available to do what you really want to be doing. None of us have any way of knowing how much time we have. Do your best to make the most of every day.”

“Taking a leap of faith, having a feverish fire burning inside you is how you accomplish your desires. You must first commit, then figure it all out as you go. In life there are times to go fast & furious and times to go slow & steady, trial and error is how you figure it out; preparation, practice, patients, persistence, passion, positivity & perseverance is the only way to achieve anything worth achieving. ‘Luck’ always originates from your gut, being lucky is spawned from intense preparation and placing yourself at the right place at the right time which is fostered from Instinct & Intuition.”

“Embrace change; be curious, be uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to enter the unknown. Always doing the same thing and being in the same place is stagnating and creates an unhealthy existence. Change and adversity are unavoidable, you must constantly adapt in order to evolve.  Generate new life experiences; try new activities, study new ideas, learn new tricks, experience new places. To stay stimulated you have to take chances, always be seeking out an inspiring new way of being.”

“Free will, campfires, ART, deep snow, dry deserts, muddy waters, old growth forest, mountain summits, tropical islands all contribute to a well-rounded mental & physical wellness. Raging waves, winds, rivers and remote wild places…pursuing these ideals are what you should Explore, Dream & Discover.”

“Live, Laugh & Love; nothing is more important than your happiness, stay positive, do what makes you happy, pursue what brings joy to your life. The secret sauce to life is keeping things stupid simple…for your Mind; eat healthy food, you’ll stay in a good mood – for your Body; chop wood, you’ll sleep good – for the Soul; Surf/Sail/Skate, for your spirits sake.”

“LIVE SMART, BE SAFE & HAVE FUN!”

Meditating, Yoga, Eating Healthy Is Important But Boring, I’m Much More Into Graffiti, Gangster Rap & Gummy Bears…Being One With Nature And Being A Boy Is A Complicated Balancing Act…The Yin-Yang Thing Can Be Strange Game, But Our World Would Be A Much More Boring Place If Everyone And Everything Was Always The Same 🙂

“Am I joking or being serious? That is the question; could I possibly be joking and being serious all at the same time? Nothing could be more yin & yang than that.”

Hail to Haleakala’s Tardigrades, aka ‘Da Water Bears’ 🙂
‘Straight Outta Kihei’
ʻāhinahina

FIRST . . .

Kullen; pronounced ‘KUH-lin’ origins: Irish meaning  ‘Handsome’ or “Good looking lad” Gaelic meaning ‘son of the holy one’ most likely derived from the Gaelic branch of the Celtic people, combined meaning “A handsome boy, son of the holy one.” 

LAST . . .

Coble; n. (context nautical English) small flat-bottomed fishing boat suitable for launching from a beach, found on the north-east coast of England and in Scotland.

HAPA . . .

Happy Hapa; ‘ha-puh’ is a Hawaiian word that was originally part of the full phrases: “hapa haole” or “happy hapa”, which were derogatory terms for someone half Hawaiian and half  “white foreigner”.   Today, the phrase refers to a person living in Hawaii of mixed-race heritage who identifies racially and culturally as both white and of Asian descent which is now considered a positive attribute. 

YIN – YANG . . .

Yin & Yang is a philosophical concept that describes opposite forces which are interconnected.  In Chinese cosmology, the universe creates itself out of a primary chaos of material energy, organized into the cycles of yin and yang and formed into objects and lives.

K is the eleventh letter in the alphabet and I was born in the 11th month on the 22nd day which is on the cusp of two different zodiac signs, meaning I’m a Scorpio-Sagittarius cusper…..another example of the Yin/Yang paradox, the duality-binary theme seems to play a recurring role in everything.

11:22

11: Idiot or genius, ugly or beautiful, poor or rich, doesn’t matter, we can’t have one without the other.   Numerology and astrology are pseudoscience, unlike mathematics and astronomy.  Again you have to have the low to have the high;  we need checkers as much as we need chess, the Simpsons as much as Shakespeare, the Beatles as much as Beethoven.  Mindless nonsense is just as important as a mindful complex strategy, neither is any less or more important.  Yin-Yang is what the game of life is all about.  Sour lemons are needed just as much as sweet sugar cane; nothing is better than a cold glass of sweet tea mixed with lemons on a hot day…..everything is math, chemistry and timing: we each require some level of mixed simplicity and complexity.

 

22: Our simple-complicated existence is mainly all about breathing in and breathing out.  Inhaling and exhaling are the two main yin-yang things you’ll spend the majority of your life doing.  Be conscious of the fact you’ve already had your first breathe and there will be a last breathe, do your best to fill the time in between with as many great experiences as you can.  Life consists of good days and bad days, the key to winning and loosing is don’t be to safe, don’t be to risky.  Like John Michael Osbourne once said; “You gotta believe in foolish miracles. It’s not how you play the game. It’s if you win or lose. You can choose, don’t confuse, win or lose. It’s up to you”.

KOOK

“Kooks Only, No Locals”

The K way:  Most everyone who knows me just calls me ‘K’. People with K as their first initial are said to be strong-willed and influential who go to extremes.  They are the embodiment of kinetic energy and perpetual motion because they have a great need for speed and thrive in a state of movement.  They need to constantly be on the move going in every direction, traveling the world and living in lots of different places.  K’s also tend to be creative, innovative, and full of ideas. They may also be drawn to art, music, and other creative pursuits.  Letter K represents something magical or mysterious, it symbolizes intuition, inner wisdom, and spiritual enlightenment and K’s tend to be a little kooky; their thing is doing lots of different things at lots of different places and never holding down fort in any one place or being dedicated to any one activity.  For them they truly wish to Explore, Dream, Discover; they seek out new environments and are okay with being a kook, being outside their comfort zone, starting over and being new at something.  Everyone’s existence is based upon their efforts, geography and economic situation.  For the most part people are products of their environments, mixed with what they spend their time doing in those environments.  Life is all about experiences; basically, where we have been and what we practice are the biggest influences on where we we’re going.  One’s lifestyle is derived from what we spend our time doing and who we encounter and hang with; sadly, most people are stuck and have almost no choice in these matters; it’s the lucky few who get to choose, I know I’m fortunate, so I try to be wise about my choices.

Kooky K:  I can’t relate to self-centered locos and the localism mindset; I find it sad and unfortunate.  Though I’m aware these individuals and groups existence are limited and understand it’s most likely no fault of their own because they just have no way of relating to outsiders or anyone different from themselves.  I personally do not want to be known as a local, I choose to live a nomadic existence and embrace many different local cultures and surround myself with those who embrace me and respect my outsiderism.

K Kulture:  There are only twelve letters in the Hawaiian alphabet; A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U, W. Hawaiians have a celebratory love and respect for the letter ‘K’ it is a huge part of the language and culture of Hawaii; Kahuna, Kai, Koa, Kamehameha, Kamaʻāina, Kane, Kona, Kumu, Kupuna. Keiki and Kauai.  All the letters in my name are from the Hawaiian alphabet and the name Kullen is derived from European folklore. My name was chosen as an all-around way to respect my hapa heritage.


BeDaKine 


 

KING OR KLOWN

Being Kurious and Kreative will make you Krazy-Kool 😉

Serious or Joking?!?!?

SAME – SAME

It was a strange Life & Death beginning; I was born surrounded by destruction.   I was lucky to survive a typhoon that killed many people and destroyed everything around me.  When something ends that’s when something else begins, we moved from the Philippines to Hawaii.  My dad is whitemy mom is brown and we like to do a bunch of traveling around.  Being mixed and living in Hawaii they call me Hapa, being half-n-half went from being hateful to being hip.  My yo-yo existence is as yin-yang as it gets.  I guess you could say I like the oppositely alike; Philippines to Hawaii, Surfing to Snowboarding, Makai to Mauka, Keiki to Kupuna, Tisoy to Hapa, Cool to Kooky….it’s all same-same but different.

“pareil pareil”

 

onaji onaji”

 

“stesso stesso”

“sama sama”

 

“ustai ustai

 

“mismo mismo”

“Andy’s dead, create your own Warhol.”

Same Same, Same, Same, Same . . . But Different 🙂
All You Need is Love ~Beatles

“The trick, as I know it is to care like hell and not give a damn at the same time.” 

  -Paul Simon

looney tunes thats all folks
EXPLORE | DREAM | DISCOVER