Akima was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. In 1999, Akima first got her underwater camera and started traveling the world. She has been fascinated with the underwater world and marine life and found passion to be in the salt water. She started free-dive in Hawaii and found free-diving is best way to photographing marine life.
She has lived in Japan (born and raised), Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines. After 12 years of traveling in these countries, North and South Pacific Islands Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Niue), she finally found a place to call home, Hawaii.
In 2011, she started selling her fine art photography at various Waikiki galleries. Her work became the best selling artist for Kuloko Art Gallery and the rest is history.
A STORY OF OUR NAME: WAIMEA BLUE N21° SHORE HAWAI'I
Waimea means sacred water. North Shore Waimea Bay is well known for a big surging beach. The color of the ocean is different. Ocean come in so many shades of blue. Waimea Bay gets super clear blue only a few times a day in the Summer. Akima always take her dogs, Waimea and Maui, to Waimea Bay and call that special clear blue water, Waimea Blue.
What is "N21° Shore"? It can be read as North Shore. This North Shore O'ahu is North latitude 21 degrees.
What you should know: Hawai'i - We respect the true name of Hawai'i. Official name is the Hawaii but a real accent/name is Ha-wa-i-i which needs an okina (') between i.
Something fun: Akima is not Hawai'ian, and she is not trying to be one. She fell in love with all the Pacific Islands.
Mythology in Pacific islands is very similar to Japanese. They believe all natural places have a spirit. There are: mountain spirit, ocean spirit, fire, snow, rain, rainbow god/goddess. Many beautiful stores...she believes the spirits are here with her.