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Shark Attacks on Maui

December 3rd, 2013

Aloha everyone . . . it is Humpback Whale season in the Hawaiian Islands and for most everyone who lives on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands we know this is not a good time to go swimming in the ocean or for underwater photography or snorkeling . . the whales are mating and calving . . the magnificent and very beautiful central North Pacific population of Humpback Whales migrate between Alaska where they feed during summer and return each year to the Hawaiian Islands to calve and breed . . They are here and we will be having increased sightings in the coming weeks . .

"The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Hawai`i, lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats. " read more on

Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae, means "great wings of New England" and the Hawaiian name for them is Koholā
Indigenous (migratory). Status: Endangered Species

It is a well known fact that sharks are more present at this time of the year and in the past couple of days there have been several attacks on Maui . . it is heartbreaking to learn of those who have have injured and/or died

Maui County police identified a kayak fisherman killed in a shark attack Monday morning
"he was fishing with artificial lures to attract baitfish when his dangling right foot was bitten by a shark, according to a Department of Land and Natural Resources news release . . . This is the eighth shark attack off Maui this year. On Friday, a Paia woman was bitten while snorkeling in South Maui.
The woman was snorkeling about 30 yards offshore when she was bitten by the shark, leaving her with a cut on her shin and a 6-inch-long wound on her calf. The attack at Keawakapu Beach was about three miles north of White Rock, where 20-year-old visitor Jana Lutterrop was bitten by a shark Aug. 14. She lost her right arm in the attack and died a week later of her injuries." "Warning signs were posted to advise the public to remain out of the water from Ahihi Bay to Mākena Landing."

03 December 2013
Chris Sugidono states: - a visiting kayaker from Washington state died Monday morning after part of his right leg was bitten off by a shark about a half-mile off Little Beach in Mākena state and county officials said.

quote: "Question: What is the likelihood of being attacked by a shark in the waters of Hawaii?
Answer: Very unlikely. In 2012, 7.99 million visitors came to the islands and there were just ten shark attacks in Hawaii (the highest since 2002). In 2008 there were only two attacks and just three attacks each year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. So far in 2013, there have been twelve attacks with eight off of Maui. Unfortunately, the victim an August 2013 attack off of Maui died in the days following the attack, as did the victim of December 2013. Prior to those attacks, the last fatal shark attack in Hawaii occurred in April 2004.

Answer: There are several possible explanations. First, there are forty species of sharks found in the waters of Hawaii. This is their natural environment. Of these eight are commonly seen near shore, including the Sandbar, Reef Whitetip. Scalloped Hammerhead and Tiger Shark. The waters of Hawaii are home to many of the prey of various shark species, such as monk seals, sea turtles and baby humpback whales. Humans are not a natural prey of sharks. It is likely that when an attack occurs, the human is mistaken for another prey. Sharks are also attracted to waters frequented by fishing boats, which often trail fish remains and blood.
(source - Hawaiian Lifeguard Association)

Question: What can one do to reduce the risk of being attacked by a shark?
Answer: By learning more about sharks, and using a little common sense, the risk of injury can be greatly reduced. The State of Hawaii Shark Task Force recommends the following measures to reduce the risk of being bitten by a shark:

Don't swim alone.
Swim in guarded areas.
Avoid swimming at dusk.
Don't swim with bleeding wounds.
Avoid murky water.
Don't wear bright jewelry or high contrasting colours.
Refrain from excessive splashing.
Don't swim if sharks are known to be present.
Be alert if turtles and fish are fleeing the area.
Remove speared fish from the water.
(source - State of Hawaii Shark Task Force)" source:

. . . . also if you would like to learn and understand the cultural significance of sharks with Hawaiians read this wonderful article - The ĎAumakua - Hawaiian Ancestral Spirits by Herb Kawainui Kšne

"Of the 11 known species of hammerhead, three can be dangerous to humans: the scalloped, great, and smooth hammerheads.
For Hawaiians sharks are considered to be gods of the sea, also known as aumakua, protectors of humans, and cleaners of excessive ocean life. Some of these sharks are believed to be family members who died and have been reincarnated into shark form. However, there are sharks that are considered man-eaters, also known as niuhi. These sharks include great white sharks, tiger sharks, and bull sharks. The hammerhead shark, also known as mano kihikihi, is not considered a man-eater or niuhi; it is considered to be one of the most respected sharks of the ocean, an aumakua. Many Hawaiian families believe that they have an aumakua watching over them and protecting them from the niuhi. The hammerhead shark is thought to be the birth animal of some children. Hawaiian children who are born with the hammerhead shark as an animal sign are believed to be warriors and are meant to sail the oceans. It is extremely rare for hammerhead sharks to pass through the waters of Maui, but many Maui natives believe that when the hammerhead sharks pass by, it is a sign that the gods are watching over the families, and the oceans are clean and balanced.. "

Hawaiian Name: Manō

. . with deepest condolences to those who have been injured and for the families who have lost loved ones . . . .

. . be safe and aware . Aloha . . . .

Sharon Mau
03 December 2013
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Journey with Spirit

January 13th, 2013

We are busy with the luxury of things.
Their number and multiple faces bring
To us confusion we call knowledge. Say:
God created the world, pinned night to day,
Made mountains to weigh it down, seas
To wash its face, living creatures with pleas
(The ancestors of prayers) seeking a place
In this mystery that floats in endless space.
God set the earth on the back of a bull,
The bull on a fish dancing on a spool
Of silver light so fine it is like air;
That in turn rests on nothing there
But nothing that nothing can share.
All things are but masks at Godís beck and call,
They are symbols that instruct us that God is all - Attar - Invocation - from The Conference of the Birds: The Selected Sufi Poetry of Farid ud-Din Attar

Photo Copyright © Sharon Mau
This is a Rights-Managed Image protected by copyright.
My images do not belong to the public domain.
Images may not be reproduced, downloaded, distributed, transmitted, copied, reproduced in derivative works, displayed, published or broadcast by any means or in any form without prior written consent from the artist Sharon Mau - Mahalo

Cosmic Love
Bright, flowing and free, love transcends all pain of the heart.
The universe, filled with the love of Spirit, knows me well.
Daily greetings from the sun, nightly nods from the moon,
I am a part of the great cycle of life.
As the tree sprouts to life, so do I.
As the flower grows, so do I.
As the leaves fall to the earth once more, so do I.
Nature, Spirit and I are one in the never ending dance of love.

Blissful Independence
I was born to express the freedom of Spirit.
When I reach out to you with love,
I feel this cosmic energy stream freely through me.
When I release painful burdens from the past,
I am the flowing water of the river and not a rock on its shores.
When I live in joy,
I create heaven on Earth.
The blissful independence of God lives through me.

I see the physical world, but I look deeper.
I hear words spoken, but I listen deeper.
I feel the impact of actions,
but I sense deeper.
I know many things about life, but I discern deeper.
I am an observer of life, noticing patterns, choices, and paths.
I am a participant of life, living in the heart of the moment.
I am a discerner of life, perceiving the underlying love empowering all moments.
I look for love, allowing it to guide my way.

I seek Godís inspiration,
the seed of creativity.
I search for wisdom,
the power of new growth.
I look within to discern lifeís truths.
I nurture hope, the divine expectation.
I have faith in life everlasting.
I know love, Godís eternal promise.
I am blessed on the path of illumination.

For the Love of Spirit
I open my heart to Spirit.
I trust in the love of Spirit.
I know that Spirit moves through me for my highest and best good.
I follow Spirit in each and every step I take.
I am Spirit in action.

Journey with Spirit
We journey into the heart of God,
Soaring on the wings of Spiritís love.
Embracing our forgotten memories,
We remember Godís guiding hand.
Spiritís light leads us home.

Who I Am
I am the light of peace.
I am the breath of Spirit.
I am the strength of a thousand horses.
I am the courage of a new day.
I am the love of a child.
I am who I am.

In the Silence
In the silence, I turn to you.
My inner heart, my inner mind knows the truth.
I am whole, complete in every way.
I am love, greeting all I meet with open arms.
I am silence, rich with simplicity.
In the silence, I remember these words:
Let all who come to me feel my spirit touching their soul.

I remember who I am.
I use my power for peace.
I am blessed with spiritual vision.
I accept my inner truth.
I act in good faith.
I see love in all things.
When I remember, I create heaven here and now.

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Marketing Options

December 15th, 2012

15 December 2012
Sharon Mau

On the subject of Behind the Scenes - Control Panel - Marketing options on fineartamerica and artistwebsites

On fineartamerica - Behind the Scenes - control panel under Marketing currently we have the following options:

Facebook Applications
Slideshows & Widgets
E-Mail Campaigns
Artwork Page Sponsorships
Ordering Catalogs
Affiliate Program
Discount Codes
Sharing Buttons
Limited Time Promotions

And currently on fineartamerica we have the following sharing buttons

Google +

On artistwebsites - Behind the Scenes - control panel under Marketing currently we have the following options:

Facebook Applications
Slideshows & Widgets
E-Mail Campaigns
Ordering Catalogs
Affiliate Program
Discount Codes

On artistwebsites among other things we have no "Limited Time Promotions" nor do we have "Sharing Buttons"

ē I would like for all marketing options on both websites to be the same
If Sean does not want to include Jobs and Artwork Page Sponsorships on artistwebsites I completely understand but I do want the Sharing Buttons and Limited Time Promotions

ē For those marketing options I choose to enable or disable on fineartamerica I would like to also be in effect by default on artistwebsites . .

ē Say, for example, on sharing buttons, if I choose to have the pinterest option disabled on fineartamerica I do not want anyone to be able to pin my images on my artistwebsites gallery . . Aloha

Create Symbols and Emoticons using your Keyboard

November 17th, 2012

. ╰⊰✿ . . Aloha . . a visitor asked how to create symbols in our comments and this is my reply . . thank you so much for your kind comment . in answer to your inquiry . . to create symbols similar to emoticons using your keyboard you use your ALT key holding it down while pressing another key or series of keys on your number pad . . for example ALT+3 = ♥ . . ✿⊱╮. . . learn more . . here is an excellent resource on how to create symbols and characters using your keyboard . . Aloha . .

Customer Base Suggestion Sharon Mau 16 November 2012

November 16th, 2012

. . @ Charles K . . you have every right to your own opinion as we all do . as this is a discussion list . . a thread for members to post suggestions .
. . So . . I feel no one would be placed in a defensive posture for making your suggestions . . . . wishing you a good day . .

. . @ Diane T . . 'ae . yes . . I understand what you are saying . . what you are suggesting about commenting without being registered to FAA is similar to how we post on forums on msn and other websites and pages . . . often perhaps through our link through facebook or a blog or some other platform . . Yet . . If someone were not required to be logged in or registered with Fine Art America to post a comment on our work it would probably open it up for discussion forums and everywhere else we communicate in text and comments on this site so I wonder however if that would not open us up for all kinds of problems and security issues without a way for Sean (our owner) to track someone who spammed us through comments or some other such negative impact . . . . Also on another note personally I believe perhaps that is why sometimes we don't have a comment on our work from our buyer perhaps because the customer is shopping and making a purchase yet is not a member of Fine Art America . . just a thought . .

. . @ Lynn P . . perhaps we are not able to upload an image from our computer into a discussion thread on the forum because it would take up too much space on the bandwidth . . . . don't know if I am right about this but that's my guess . . .

. . @ Ron J . . . on the subject of of a customer list . . again . I feel it is a good idea and I second your suggestion . . as I stated above I've always wanted this so we may create a customer base hopefully for repeat sales . . . it would be nice if it was a confidential list included in our "Behind the Scenes" stats . There are several pro photographers here on Maui who have asked me if we have this capability of a customer contact list for generating a customer base intended for targeting repeat sales and customer loyalty yet have not set up a portfolio here because we do not . . So I will expand on my thoughts on this subject . .

begin quote
"The customer base is the group of customers and/or consumers that a business serves. In the most situations, a large part of this group is made up of repeat customers with a high ratio of purchase over time. These customers are the main source of consumer spending. In many cases, the customer base is considered the business's target market, where customer behaviors are well understood through market research or past experience. All actions the company takes would be through consideration of its customer base. . . All businesses begin with no customers. These start-ups begin with an abstract idea that slowly evolves into something someone will buy. As these products evolve from abstract ideas into primitive objects that are then further refined, the business that created the product begins to gain customers. The satisfied customers become the repeat buyers and core customer of the company. This is the process that creates the customer base. The main buyers of a company are rarely set in stone. Most often, successful start-ups begin with low-end or downmarket customers with low income and low costs. As the products or services that are being bought are polished and remade, a company gains higher-end customers who gain interest in the product as it reaches higher levels of functionality, use, and/or value of some kind. As the shift to these higher priority customers continue, they begin to be a larger source of income for the company, and slowly become the main base whom the business lends the most importance. This process, of moving from low-end customers to more expensive and more profitable customers, is known as upstreaming, and is an integral part of the theory of disruptive innovation. Businesses work very competitively to keep their core market intact. The sellers will research their buyers to increase customer awareness. Keeping products customer oriented has become so huge a priority, in fact, that it has become a large focus of business schools to teach all types of business administrators, from manager to marketer, to keeping the customer in mind for the improvement and creation of sellable products" end quote . . reference source Wikipedia . .

From this reference the most important aspects of creating a customer base are clearly beneficial for those of us who are trying to build and develop our business . . Most important points for me on this subject are:

1) The satisfied customers become the repeat buyers and core customer of the company [ie. . the company is me, or the company is you, whoever the member is that the buyer is purchasing from in this case is the "company"]

2) The sellers will research their buyers to increase customer awareness. Keeping products customer oriented has become so huge a priority, in fact, that it has become a large focus of business schools to teach all types of business administrators, from manager to marketer, to keeping the customer in mind for the improvement and creation of sellable products.

"Throughout the lifespan of one company, the people that are being sold to are studied so that they can be provided with more attractive products or services. The main market doing the buying is, of course, that companyís consumer base. Analyzing and understanding such customers is the main method of keeping them, and is why most assets are poured into Research and Development (R&D)." end quote by Wikipedia .

. There are many valid resources for referencing and defining this subject yet there is no better way of saying it . . I would like to have a customer base .

I propose in our Behind the Scenes stats where we currently view our

Balance, Sales, Purchases, Payment Information, Tax Information

Perhaps along with the sale under the Sales tab where we see subcategories for

Date: Image: Configuration: Customer Location: Price: x Total:

. . there would be added a reference or a link for contacting the customer who purchased it .
We don't need to see their Name, Address, Phone Number or any other identifying personal information . that information could be held securely for the buyer as absolutely confidential .

Where we currently see Customer Location as only the name of the city and state or borough or country, we may have a new link similar to the hyperlink we have on our portfolio homepage near our biography . . where we see, such as on mine,

Sharon Mau - Fine Artist
Member Since: 04/03/2010
Add to Watch List
Send Private Message
Join E-Mail List
Visit Website

The Contact link is what I am referring to . . it could be a confidential Contact link (meaning one where the sender cannot see the private email address of the recipient . . it is private, one that we could utilize which would arrive in the customer's personal email inbox where we could send a thank you note or other professional message and the customer would then have the option and choice to respond to us or not . .

Just as we have with our Contact link . . (when messages arrive in our personal email inbox it reveals the senders email address to us . . We may choose to ignore it thereby preserving and protecting our privacy and our confidential email address by not revealing it in a reply, or we may respond to the message with a reply thereby revealing our confidential email address for the purpose of developing a more personal connection with our buyer thereby establishing a professional customer base. . (It is an option)

For the same reason our buyer could choose whether or not to respond to our contact, if they choose to remain anonymous they would not respond. If they choose to respond and establish a connection they would reply. . . If we wish, for this purpose, we could set up a personal business email account for this site that would be separate from our personal private email account . . such as gmail, etc. . . Yet the most important point is that there would be a method established here on Fine Art America enabling us (the members) to contact our customers for an opportunity to establish an affinity/rapport with our customers for an opportunity to establish a customer base for the purpose of general feedback, special requests, customer satisfaction, suggestions for new material, etc. and repeat sales . . .


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