I met Mahina Alexander two years ago in Hawaii during Pow Wow 2014, and it kinda feels like I’ve known her since she was a child. Truth is, the difference between a woman from 18 to 20 can be phenomenal. Her new Stab Magazine cover feature, a sophisticated black & white fashion shoot honoring her North Shore princess status, came out shortly before she bounced to West Australia with her new lover, RVCA surfer Jay Davies. Mahina’s all grown up now, living thousand miles away from her family and her comfort zone, in a different country where she can reinvent herself as a business woman, artist, photographer – whatever her little heart desires. Have a read of our catch up session and head over to RVCA to shop her Inspired By piece.
LF: You’ve been taking a ton of pictures. What’s your camera of choice at the moment?
MA: For almost every one of my photos-especially lately-I use my iPhone. On rare occasions I use my 60D, though. It’s really just about lighting and editing.
LF: What’s one thing you discovered that most people might not know about Western Australia?
MA: I think that West Aus is a lot like Hawai’i. It’s a small town. A tight knit community with a lifestyle based around surfing, the beach, family and respect. I really love it here. The beaches are absolutely stunning. It’s a magical place.
LF: What’s the most notable difference between Mahina single and Mahina in love?
MA: Mahina single… She had goals. But they were more short term. She had motivation and imagination… But Mahina in love puts that into action. I’m more motivated, long term goal oriented, focused and happy. Being in a strong relationship makes you think about the future and what type of life you want to create for yourself and the person you love. We talk about the many things we are mutually passionate about and inspire each other to take action and create. Together we draw, read, paint, and talk deeply about many different things. He sees the best in me as I do in him. He makes me want to be the best version of myself. Our relationship is soul food.
LF: What’s the biggest challenge starting your own business? Can you tell us anything about it?
MA: The biggest challenge is finding a manufacturer and making my ideas come to life. I can’t tell you anything about it yet but I am working on a little side project with RVCA right now that I think will be a good way to debut the new brand I have in the works. Once I’m finished you’ll be able to get a peak into what type of brand it will be 🙂
LF: What’s the recipe to creative life?
MA: Adaptation to constant change, observation, focus, awareness, no judgement, optimism, meditation, and being unapologetically yourself.
LF: What is your most treasured possession?
LF: What is your greatest extravagance?
MA: Books! I love to read. Pretty much all my money goes to food and books. Haha
LF: Favorite photo you’ve ever taken?
MA: I’m not sure the answer to this one. I try not to think about the past and focus on the present.
LF: How FAST do you live?
MA: Hmmm I like to take in my surroundings and give myself time to observe and understand things so that I may reflect the inspiration of mother natures infinite creativity. I guess you could say I prefer to live a little slower and just go with the flow. The world is an amazing place moving at such a fast pace. Theres so much to see and do that I feel like, for me, what works best is to slow down and count my blessings and take time to enjoy it all. “Life is what happens to you when your busy making other plans.”