As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is. The Soil Beneath The Seeds is a collection of images I've taken over the years in what that place is for me. It consists of moments shared with my beloved family and friends and images captured of other people living in the area. For me, home is the Wahiawa/Mililani side of Central O'ahu. When I was 10, I moved here with my family from DC after my father's airport job relocated. My siblings and I have spent the majority of our lives here and growing up here has truly shaped me into who I am today. Without this island and the people who inhabit it, I would be nothing. This series is ongoing and is an ode to a special place and the special people that I hold incredibly close to my heart.
A series of photographs I've taken of my family over the years.
An image of my family's apartment in Wahiawa, HI.
My brother, Emmanuel Hobro (left), prepares for a day out while my sister, Catherine Hobro (right), does the same. There are four kids in the family and I am the second oldest below my older brother, Simeon, who is stationed in Vegas for the Air Force.
The street in front of my family's apartment in Wahiawa, HI.
My family eating dinner as our dog, Big Puppa “Biggie” Hobro watches.
Biggie, who was around two months old at the time, laying on the floor during her first week home.
My younger brother, Manny (left) laughs with my mother, Erna Hobro (right), as he's given a baton for his 19th birthday. Manny is currently following in my mother's footsteps to become a music teacher. At the moment, he is an assistant band director at Wheeler Middle School. We were surrounded by music growing up and still are to this day.
My Lola Vilma (Grandma) braids my sister's hair as my brother, mother, Lolo (grandfather) and Aunty Mouse sing to broadway songs.
A picture of my parents, Erna Sagrado Hobro (left), and Daniel Hobro (right), on their wedding day hang on our living room wall next to our family crest. My parents met while touring with a Filipino music group. We are of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Danish descent.
My younger sister, Catherine Hobro, poses for a portrait in her bedroom. We call her Cracky or Baby. Her room is filled with a vast amount of unicorn-related things.
My sister, Catherine, giving Biggie a kiss. Biggie was a surprise birthday gift for my sister’s 17th birthday. A month before her birthday, I told my mom that I was going to Wal-Mart to get my sister an early gift. An hour later, I ended up coming home with Biggie instead.
Manny (left) and Catherine (right) play the kazoo together in Catherine's room. They both want to pursue a career in music like my mother. Their family nicknames are Buddy and Cracky.
My younger siblings battle each other in animal costumes at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI. My family would often take trips to Honolulu when we were younger for family days.
My mother (left), watches fireworks being lit by our neighbors on our street with my father, Daniel Hobro (right), on New Year's Eve. Even though fireworks are now illegal in Hawai'i, this doesn't stop locals at all. Wahiawa becomes a clouded city full of smoke during this holiday.
My mother (left) laughs as my brother, Manny (right), poses with a life-sized Yu-Gi-Oh card I made for him on Christmas.
My sister trying to eat a balloon in our Wahiawa, HI home.
My mother kisses my brother, Manny, on the forehead after a heated family fight.
Damp clothes hang by the kitchen window of our Wahiawa, HI home.
Manny Hobro poses for a portrait in our family car.
A cardboard replica of Wahiawa's Exit 8 sign sits in our Wahiawa, HI living room.
Manny (left) smiles as he's shown a birthday card presented to him by his students and his boss, Brett Ikehara (middle).
Tory VV Vixen (left), my sister (middle), and Joseph Brune (right) smile while riding on the Gay Island Guide float during the 2017 Honolulu Pride. This was my sister’s very first Pride parade and my friends were kind enough to pull her up to ride the float with them.
Signs and balloons are held up during Leilehua High School's graduation in Wahiawa, HI. Graduations are a huge event in Hawai'i and are always followed by lei ceremonies. High school graduates are always given leis, floaties, banners, balloons, and other creative gifts. All three of my siblings and I have attended this school. Our youngest sister, Catherine, will be the last Hobro alumni and will graduate in 2018.
My hanai cousin, Phae Lagrisola, is given floaties and candy leis for her graduation in May of 2017.
My brother, Manny, adjusts his haku lei at the beginning of the lei ceremony during his high school graduation in 2015.
BB (left), a family friend, hugs Catherine during her high school graduation on May 25, 2018. Catherine was the very last Hobro to graduate from Leilehua High School.
A tired Catherine (left) and Manny (right) wait for our parents in the Leilehua band room after Catherine’s graduation.
My sister, Catherine, poses for a portrait on her 17th birthday at Wheeler Middle School. Both her and my brother, Manny, spend a lot of time there and her friends decided to hold her surprise birthday party there.
My father, Daniel Hobro, puts a YouTube video of a fireplace on multiple different devices to try and get the Christmas feel.
(From left to right) My father, mother and godmom, Lilian Nachman, excitedly open their Christmas gifts at our hanai family's house. My Tita Lilian is my mother's best friend and helped take care of us when we were babies.
My mother, Erna Hobro, poses for a portrait in front of our living room window.
AROUND THE BLOCK
Images of people in my neighborhood and the friends I grew up with.
An elderly man poses for a portrait on Ohai Street in Wahiawa, HI.
My best friends from high school, Asaiah Rutkowski (left) and Matthew Allen (right) eat pizza in Wahiawa District Park. We spent a lot of time in this park after school with our group of friends.
Ezra Hunkin, one of my best friends, poses for a portrait with his foil grills during our "Friendsgiving" celebration at Asaiah Rutkowski's house in Wahiawa, HI in 2013. Ezra and I went to middle school together but only became close once we reached high school.
Corey Bunch (left) and Darlla Kalio (right), two of my good friends from high school, pose for a portrait in their Wahiawa, HI home. They've been together for two years.
Hercules, otherwise known as the Hawaiian Santa, poses for a portrait at the Wahiawa General Hospital. I met him at the Queen's Medical Center when he suprised his nurse on her last day of work in his Santa costume. "I dressed up for her to make her day special." I tagged along with him when he came up to sing for Wahiawa General Hospital's retirement home with his choir. He also does shows for foster children and other hospitals. He was a regular Santa for 20 years in the Waipahu Christmas Parade until the former Hawaiian Santa passed away. "I told his daughter that I would do this until my very last breath."
(From left to right) My neighbors, Keanu, Guido and Dayton pose for a portrait in Wahiawa, HI on June 26, 2017 with their RC car. "This kind is the old school!"
A woman shows me her "bitch" tattoo in Wahiawa's homeless encampment. Hawai'i has one of the biggest homeless rates in the nation and many live in Wahiawa.
My best friend, William Lofft, climbs up the side of China Walls in Honolulu, HI.
My best friend, Taylor Ayau, poses for a portrait in an abandoned convalescent home. We often go on photography adventures together and explore abandoned places.
Caesar Caberto, a long-time friend from high school, poses for a portrait on Ohai Street.
Severina Pule, an old friend from high school, poses for a portrait after vaping in her car.