Producer. Founder. Creative.
Nicole Naone is by all definitions — a producer. No truer statement could begin to define a woman who is composed of visionary approaches in the fields of fine art, marketing, and cinema, while representing the forefront of cultural storytelling through modern mediums. As founder of PointHawaii.com and producer of an award-winning feature film Waikiki, who has served as one of the board of directors for Hawai‘i’s Domestic Violence Action Center — Nicole is the consummate creative rooted in the essence of ʻāina.
Meet: Nicole Naone
Born & Raised: Honolulu and Hawaiʻi Island
Currently Reside: Honolulu
IG handle: @nicoleforever
Websites: NicoleNaone.com | PointHawaii.com | WaikikiTheMovie.com
What does “be aloha” mean to you?
Quite the large question. The English language is really quite poor for translating Hawaiian. Hangugo does it justice with certain concepts, but still never quite gets it right. If weʻre going literal translation, ʻalohaʻ describes an acknowledgment of the life force (hā) within another creature, and an exchange of energy. When I think on the idea/act/notion that is ʻalohaʻ - itʻs difficult for me to not also think of makawalu. For me this is impossible without makawalu, which literally translates to ʻeight eyesʻ and refers to the acknowledgement of multiple perspectives. Being aloha is only truly achieved if we are able to see a creature/situation/time from at least eight perspectives.
The Be Aloha Spotlight Series shares the stories of our Hawai'i community through the lens of its people. Get to know the artisans, community leaders, small business owners, and advocates of Hawai'i as we uncover the aloha they wish to see in the world. All imagery credited to Kenna Reed.
mmmm, loved getting to “know” this mana wahine through your thoughtful writing. A steady force behind some powerful movements of energy in Hawai’i nei, and a book color coordinator, nice combo—so appreciated Nicole’s breaking down of aloha and makawalu—“empathy for all” is a powerful takeaway for me. mahalo mahalo mahalo