THE HEART OF SEEING – A Fundraiser for Hui Ho’olana

An 8-Day Photographic Workshop at The Hui ~ Molokai, Hawaii

Seeing simply, creatively expressing our inner vision,
reconnecting with our environment, creative arts, including our photography and ourselves

The Teachers

Rik Cooke

Rik Cooke, has been a professional photographer for over 40 years. Much of that time he worked as a freelancer for The National Geographic Society, where he traveled to much of the world on a variety of assignments. His main interest is focusing on the innate beauty of his subjects and honoring that.

His assignments included shooting two books: America’s Ancient Cities and The Blue Ridge Range as well as work in other National Geographic publications. He also photographed a book for the Smithsonian on Hawaii. His experience touches the full spectrum of photography, from lighting pyramids to photographing polar bears in the Arctic as well as national advertising campaigns for commercial clients.

Rik and his wife Bronwyn are the authors of the award-winning book, Molokai, an Island in Time. In the early 1990s they moved back to Molokai. This island was part of his childhood, and today they live on lands that have been with his family for 110 years. They run the educational and arts center, Hui Ho’olana, which is dedicated to healing its lands as well as the students it helps to inspire.

To see some of Rikki’s images go to his website at

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, two of Dewitt’s films were nominated for Academy Awards.

In the business community, Dewitt’s work is also well known. He rose to the forefront of creative marketing by photographing national advertising campaigns for organizations such as Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines. Dewitt has published nine books including California! and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature of Leadership, was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey.

Dewitt is also recognized as a world class lecturer and speaks to audiences around the world on creativity and vision. His genuine style and ability to communicate with audiences make his presentations truly outstanding. Dewitt’s inspirational messages are further discussed in his best selling training programs. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in drama and holds a Master’s Degree in filmmaking from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dewitt makes his home on Molokai, next to the Hui. See Dewitt’s work at

Jonathan Kingston

Since 2002, Oregon-based photographer and outdoorsman Jonathan Kingston has been traveling the globe collecting images of the natural world and capturing vistas of life lived on the edge.

From arresting images of vibrant tribal dances to underwater vistas of elephants swimming at sea to silhouettes of climbers scaling rock cast against a crepuscular sky, Kingston’s penchant for itinerancy and a love of the wild have taken him to some of the most remote and unmapped corners of the world. He is a contract photographer with National Geographic Creative and his work has appeared in print and online publications including National Geographic, Geo Saison, The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. Kingston has received honors from the prestigious Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annual competitions and he is one of a handful of artists represented by the National Geographic Fine Art Gallery.

An avid outdoorsman, climber and surfer, Kingston was fascinated as a young boy by photographic storytelling. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson, long considered the father of photojournalism, Kingston views his work as an act of observance and a framework for introspection. For him, it is a photographer’s responsibility not just to capture a point of view but to bear witness to life’s gravity and greatness. With his lens as his guide, Kingston strives to remain accountable to that ethos.

Matched by his love of photography is Kingston’s passion for teaching. In addition to the many photographic seminars he leads around the world, Kingston is a photo expert for National Geographic Expeditions and served on the faculty of India’s first photographic college, Light & Life Academy, from 2002 to 2004. Kingston is the author of the 2009 instructional DVD, Photoshop CS4 Basics and Beyond.

Ed Sancious

Ed Sancious has been engaged with photography since the early 1970s and as a Professional Photographers of America member has worked as a wedding and portrait photographer and photographing real estate. Managing a photo lab and doing private instruction have also been part of his journey with the art of photography.

Over the years his work has been recognized and awarded in various venues. Ed’s earned grants for his fine art imaging and has images in several private collections. Other accolades include winning 1st place in a Black and White photography competition judged by the New York Museum of Modern Art, being published in a number of commercial marketing/advertising publications, publication in Photographers Forum Best of Photography books, Celebrate What is Right eBook. B&W Magazine and the international Spider Awards competitions have also recognized his work.

Ed’s photography journey has led him to a place where his energies are concentrated on images that are quiet moments of reflection and observation. He describes his work as meditative spaces that are a reflection of the experience that when there’s stillness and presence, there too is the beauty of the invisible in all things visible. Ed’s creative process focuses on imaging as an act of paying attention; rewarding us with gratitude that Life, with or without the camera, becomes alive when we inhabit what we encounter.