The worlds oceans connect people across the globe and inspire creativity, passion and a deep connection with nature.  

Four years ago, on the 2nd June 2015 - just three weeks after my 40th Birthday (life begins at 40 right?) I found something that changed the course of my life and took my passion away from me. That was a lump, which ultimately turned out to be an aggressive form of cancer. I battled the disease for three year. But now, I’m back and I mean business!

I am ready to take up a new challenge and a new fight, as I stand side by side with the hundreds and thousands of oceans advocates, ready to protect our wonderful ocean, The Big Blue.

And when I am asked why I love the ocean so much - and why it is so important to me to protect it, I tell people this .....

The Big Blue has been my constant for 44 years,

My happy place is in, on or under the water,

This is where I go to smile, to heal, to contemplate life,

Here I spend time with friends, run with my dogs, gaze at the horizon,

I love to bury my toes in the sand, to collect seashells and beach glass.

Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry, sometimes I scream and sometimes I like to dance.

It’s work, rest and play,

And represents my favourite colour,

It is ever changing and unpredictable,

It can be calm, it can be ferocious ... but always inviting.

I love the smell of salty air and watching the gulls soaring in the sky,

Hearing the waves crashing on to the beach,

The soothing feeling of the water on my skin.

My best memories are on the beach or in the sea,

With my best friends, surfing, supping, swimming, chatting round a beach fire

In to the early hours of the morning.

Certain life changing events have had a profound affect on me and my life. One thing is true. It’s not always obvious why certain things happen. But now - its not only obvious - its the only thing that makes any sense!

Maluhia a me ke aloha

Hannadora




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