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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’.

Typhoon Haiyan
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Typhoon Yolanda Philippines
My Parents Place Before
Typhoon Haiyan Phillipines
Their Place After
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baby kullen coble philippines

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. 

kullen coble first steps walking for the first time fort derussy beach park waikiki oahu

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

kullen coble wearing leis last day of kindergarten
kullen coble playing ukulele
kullen coble pot belly pig
kullen coble nene hawaiian state bird

Life In Da Islands

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

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

kullen coble climbing coconut tree maui
kullen coble iao valley needle maui

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

kullen coble snowboarding
kullen coble sup paddle boarding maui

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.

kullen coble snorkeling maui
kullen coble haleakala observatory skateboarding

“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; 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!”

 


enso circle
hokusai the great wave off kanagawa
enso circle
kullen coble namaste maui
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.” ~Kullen Coble

kullen coble kihei boyz maui
‘Straight Outta Kihei’
haleakala silversword maui
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.

CHANGING TRADITIONS & TRANSITIONS . . .

I have lived in the Philippines and the United States.  My dad is white and my mom is brown and we have done 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.

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