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Journey through the most magical place on earth! A coffee table photography book of the Kalalau Valley from the inside looking out
Journey through the most magical place on earth! A coffee table photography book of the Kalalau Valley from the inside looking out
Journey through the most magical place on earth! A coffee table photography book of the Kalalau Valley from the inside looking out
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INTO THE VALLEY: Where Everything is Connected

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A MUST SEE!   

THIS VIDEO TELLS MY STORY:

When I first heard about this magical place, I had to go.  Little did I know that it would take 3 attempts and multiple tragic events before I set foot on the path. After recovering from a serious injury, I was finally blessed with the opportunity to trek the 11 beautifully challenging miles.  At the end lies a majestic valley with an energy that fuels your soul.  The Valley heals and continues to mend my body and soul every time.

Valley Panoramic
Valley Panoramic

What started as an adventure of personal triumph turned into a body of work that continues to inspire me along with those who have been there, those who wish to go, and those who face challenges and need to know that anything is possible.  There is beauty in the world that makes every step forward worth it. 

The Heiau Plays Its Own Tune
The Heiau Plays Its Own Tune

I have traveled all over the world yet have never felt an energy like the one I do when I am here. Over the last 3 1/2 years, I have returned to this valley seven times and plan on returning many more.

Hands and Earth II
Hands and Earth II

 

Rock Breathes
Rock Breathes

 

Sunset Solitude
Sunset Solitude

INTO THE VALLEY is a journey that takes you to a sacred, ancient, breathtaking valley where you are placed in the moment, connected to everything around you.

In Tune.  In Touch.  In Truth.

Connecting to Gaia
Connecting to Gaia

 

Earth and Soul
Earth and Soul

These images embody a space where we can truly BE. A place where cell phones and internet are left behind.  Where worries and obligations fall away and your inner child is free to roam.

'Paradise at your fingertips'  It's hard to see small scale like this, but there is a person on the right with his arms spread wide looking at the view
'Paradise at your fingertips' It's hard to see small scale like this, but there is a person on the right with his arms spread wide looking at the view

Well over 3 years and plenty of my own money was invested in the creation of this project. I personally designed the entire layout and drafted three physical copies of the book.  I am committed to self-publishing and have faith in its success.  The only thing remaining is the final edit of images taken last month and the addition of a few more pages.  

Printing and binding a high quality large photo book is an investment for sure; a worthwhile one.  The goal is exactly what I need to cover Kickstarter fees, get the books bound, shipped to me, and packaged for you.  With enough pre-orders and love from ya'll, we can make this book available for all while simultaneously launching my art career.  

As my parents can attest, I have been an artist since the day a crayon was placed in my little fingers. Despite my fathers wishes, I went to college with the sole purpose of a Fine Arts degree.  He was proud when I graduated 5 years later with the burning desire to establish myself as a successful artist.  That flame has carried me to this moment, 15 years later, on the precipice of fulfilling my dream.  All it takes is a little nudge from you to make this dream a reality.  

Cover Spread
Cover Spread

Your PLEDGES push me to the finish line!  For your awesomeness, you can choose from many REWARD options. 

The BEST way to support is to get the BOOK!

INTO THE VALLEY: Where Everything is Connected will not be available for digital download.  There is no comparison to a beautiful printed hardcover book on photo quality paper.  Nor will I make a smaller softcover option.  I've made 3 softcover drafts over the past couple of years.... and then I paid $160 to have ONE large hardcover with thick deluxe paper made.  HOLY COW! What a difference!!!

Two advantages to preordering the book by JULY 30th: 

EARLY BIRD $55 (only 100 available!)

$65 KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ($80 retail)  

Book details:

  • 12x10 HARDCOVER
  • 128 pages of photographs including quotes from souls deeply impacted by the Valley and my own personal story of trials and tribulations making it to the Valley and how the Valley healed me.
  • Printed on HIGH QUALITY, heavy weight paper with spot varnish on each image

Most images on this project page are offered in some way through REWARDS!  First edition, MATTED AND FRAMED versions of one the following 5 panoramics:

1/4 Mile
1/4 Mile

 

Mile 8
Mile 8

 

Valley Rainbow
Valley Rainbow

 

Valley Sunset
Valley Sunset

 

Honopu
Honopu

Thank you SO much for your support!!!  MAHALO! xo

Jamie VanBuhler
Jamie VanBuhler

 

For other ways to support and to learn more about Jamie VanBuhler, go to: www.jvanbuhler.com

Risks and challenges

The risk is very low. If I don't reach the funding goal, then your credit card is not charged. If I reach the goal, then it is just a matter of printing the books and distributing them. Estimated delivery would be by Christmas this year. I am using a reputable printing company based out of San Francisco and will be ready to print the first run of books once I hit my goal!

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    Sweet! Thank you so much!

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    You are awesome!

    You will receive a digital desktop wallpaper for your computer, featuring a photo of the Valley with a personal thank you email typed by yours truly (Jamie)

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

    A copy of the book!

    (the book retails $80)

    U.S. media shipping rate includes all U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam... etc.)
    International Shipping: Please keep in mind that this is a large book weighing nearly 4lbs, shipping rates internationally are based on weight and destination.

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    Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE

    You'll receive a copy of the book!
    (the book retails $80)

    GREAT GIFT IDEA!!!
    Want multiples? For every $60 pledge added to this reward, receive an extra copy of the book (U.S. shipping included. For International: add $35 if shipped to the same address, add $52 if shipped to a separate address).

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    The limited edition version of INTO THE VALLEY. Delivered in a beautifully designed clamshell box; signed and numbered as an edition of only 100!

    Each copy includes a music CD by Pete Kartsounes: Unwind. Songs written back in the Valley. The cover of the album is a photo from this book: The Heiau Plays it's Own Tune (pictured)

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    A stunning, signed, 8x8 - 8x12 print from the book. Multiple options to choose from.

    LIMITED EDITION version of INTO THE VALLEY. Delivered in a beautifully designed clamshell box; signed and numbered as an edition of only 100!

    Each copy includes a music CD by Pete Kartsounes: Unwind. Songs written back in the Valley. The cover of the album is a photo from this book: The Heiau Plays it's Own Tune (pictured)

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    1 hr photo shoot (plus all the post production/editing hours and full release of your favorite 15 images)

    PLUS a signed copy of the book

    Traveling expenses not included if needed to fulfill this reward. I live in Seattle and travel yearly to Portland, San Fran, Colorado (Denver area + surrounding cities and Telluride area) and Michigan (Detroit/Ann Arbor area). If you reside in one of these locations- I can fulfill the photo shoot within the year. If not, I can still fulfill but travel expenses will be added.

    Estimated delivery of book is by Christmas 2016. Photo shoot can be as soon as August 2016 and no later then June 2017.

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    Signed copy of the book

    Signed stretched canvas of one of the following:
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    Earth and Soul (20x20)
    Hands and Earth II (16x24)
    Rock Breathes (16x24)

    First come first serve, only one of each. Email to view availability and choose

    Shipping of book to all U.S. territories included! Shipping of canvas billed separately.

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    SUNSET SOLITUDE PANORAMIC

    13x40 signed stretched canvas of: Sunset Solitude (pictured)

    SIGNED copy of the BOOK

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    VALLEY PANORAMIC!

    9x40 signed stretched canvas of: Valley Panoramic (pictured)

    SIGNED copy of the BOOK

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    2 hr photo shoot (plus all the post production/editing hours and full release of your favorite 25 images)

    PLUS a signed copy of the book

    Traveling expenses not included if needed to fulfill this reward. I live in Seattle and travel yearly to Portland, San Fran, Colorado (Denver + surrounding cities, and Telluride area) and Michigan (Detroit/Ann Arbor area). If you reside in one of these locations- I can fulfill the photo shoot within the year. If not, I can still fulfill but travel expenses will be added.

    Estimated delivery of book is by Christmas 2016. Photo shoot can be as soon as August 2016 and no later then June 2017.

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    COLLECTORS EDITION

    Signed MATTED and FRAMED Panoramic with certificate numbering the panoramic as the first one created of that particular image.

    Outside frame dimensions: 15.5 x 27.5, already matted/framed and ready to hang!

    One of the following (pictured):
    Mile 8
    Valley Rainbow
    1/4 Mile
    Valley Sunset
    Honopu

    The limited edition version of INTO THE VALLEY. Delivered in a beautifully designed clamshell box; signed and numbered as an edition of only 100!
    Includes a music CD by Pete Kartsounes: Unwind. Songs written back in the Valley. The cover of the album is a photo from this book: The Heiau Plays it's Own Tune (pictured)

    Only one of each panoramic available. Email to view availability and choose

    Book shipping included anywhere in U.S. and all U.S. territories. Shipping of framed photograph billed separately

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    PLEDGE PARADISE

    Invitation to the book release/gallery event on island including 2 nights accommodation.

    Catamaran sunset dinner cruise with Jamie along the island coastline. See the trail and valley from the water and other beaches only accessible/viewable by boat. Hear stories of the Valley and how some of the book images were made.

    PLUS a signed copy of book

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    PLEDGE PARADISE FOR TWO

    Invitation to the book release/gallery event on island including 3 nights accommodation.

    Island tour to some must sees and hidden gems around the island with Jamie. Personal photo shoot along with visual documentation of this fun day.

    Catamaran sunset dinner cruise with Jamie along the island coastline. See the trail and valley from the water and other beaches only accessible/viewable by boat. Hear stories of the Valley and how some of the book images were made.

    PLUS a signed copy of book

    UP TO 2 PEOPLE: If you pledge this amount you may bring a friend/significant with you along the journey

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    ADVENTURE SEEKERS DELIGHT

    Join Jamie VanBuhler on a memorable trek INTO THE VALLEY. Food, shuttles to and from trailhead, and camping permit for 5 nights included. Detailed assistance of how to plan, pack and prepare for your adventure. Personal photo shoot and full visual documentation of this amazing journey.
    Fantastic overnight accommodations, both before and after the backpacking adventure, also included!

    If backpacking is not your style- opt instead for 4 nights of fantastic accommodation and one full day of a photographically documented island tour to some must sees and hidden gems around the island with Jamie. As well as a catamaran sunset dinner cruise along the island coast. See the trail and valley from the water along with other beaches only accessible/ viewable by boat. Hear stories of the Valley and how some of the book images were made.

    PLUS a signed copy of the book and an Invitation to the book release/gallery event on island

    UP TO 2 PEOPLE per pledge. If you pledge this amount you may bring a friend/significant with you along the journey

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