For Gilles and Louda Larrain, life is magic, and that magic is comprised of light, texture, music and movement.
They’re finding that magic to be abundant in Kauai, where they’ve spent the last three years working on a project that marries humanity and nature — a project that combines Louda’s forte for fashion with Gilles’ pre-eminent photography.
Leilani “Lei” Matsumoto Texeira was born out of tragedy.
She took root in the imagination of Kauai-raised author Toby Neal when Neal was working as a counselor at a middle school on Maui. While she was there, two girls from the high school drowned and she was part of the crisis grief response team.
Initially, the deaths were deemed to be homicides. Later, police said the girls accidentally drowned while swimming in the sugar cane irrigation tunnels. Neal said she admired how the police handled the situation, but she had a thirst to find the truth behind the deaths for herself.