CHRISTIAN SUSA & STEPHANIE MARTIN
By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.
Difference Makers of Hawaii had the opportunity to catch up with Christian Susa and Stephanie Martin to recap their adventures and good deeds in 2015. Both Christian and Stephanie were raised on Oahu. Christian works as an Emergency Medical Technician for American Medical Response, and Stephanie is a Business Analyst in the Project Management Office at Hawaiian Airlines. This power couple met through mutual friends 2 years ago, and their connection continues to grow through God by attending Church, venturing on hikes, and hanging out with friends (#DoraandDiegoExplore)
On his free time, Christian enjoys taking pictures, creating balloons, party décor and edible arrangements (#kaoheproject). Stephanie loves anything beach and ocean life, and enjoys learning how to cook and bake. Together, their Instagrams are proof that they love the outdoors and exploring Hawaii to all of its ends!
What makes Christian and Stephanie’s story worth knowing? Their innate desire to fully know the beauty of the islands and to share those discoveries with everyone, creates spaces for people to experience moments they never would have. They build these welcoming intervals amongst the busyness of life. These spaces give people a chance to breathe, a chance to remember what’s important, the opportunity to simply enjoy beauty, and take it all in.
Christian and Stephanie shared, “There really was no vision initially. We just enjoyed hiking and sharing our adventures through social media. That sparked the interest of our friends and family, who asks us to take them to the places we go. From there, we started to organize gatherings to share our knowledge of what we know about these places to those who want to explore and appreciate the beauty of our islands. We like to venture to places that are not typically visited by tourists or locals.”
As they share their adventures with others, they encourage trail preservation, healthy living, and most importantly, conversation. Adam and I have had the pleasure of adventuring with both Christian and Stephanie on several accounts. Right off the bat, I took appreciation in how mindful they were of everyone accompanying them. They invited people of all different abilities and experience, and somehow made it less about getting from point A to point B, and more about cultivating new friendships.
Outside of hiking, Christian is involved with Alaka’i Malama Academy and Imi Na ‘auao, leadership programs that are grounded in nurturing children, young adults, adults, and families through Hawaiian values and culture. Stephanie has found time to volunteer for the YMCA, Hawaiian Humane Society, and Institute of Human Services. She partakes in various beach and community clean ups, and has been a staff volunteer at race events like the Great Aloha Run and the Honolulu Marathon. Christian and Stephanie remind us that true leaders are selfless. True leaders have always been servants of the people first.
Christian and Stephanie shared finding inspiration through others’ adventures on social media, and, “of course we find inspiration in each other. If possible, we try to hike at least once every week as a couple and at least once or twice a month as a group.”
When describing what joys they experience through giving back, they shared,
“We enjoy seeing the reactions of people we host as we bring them to our adventures. A few of them never experienced natural beauty such as waterfalls, sunrises, sunsets, mountain ranges, and ocean views. We also enjoy seeing continued friendships being created as we all connect through venturing together.”
They went on to describe,
“The ultimate dream for us, is for everyone near and far to live with Aloha, meaning in peace and harmony with each other and providing love and respect for one another. We always try to keep a positive mentality, by what we say and write through our communication via social media, and by our interactions with others.”
In 2014, Christian’s New Year’s resolution was to try something new every week and share them on Instagram. This inspired others to try new things as well. (#KahoeBrave2014) In 2015, Christian’s New Year’s resolution was to change the world with acts of random kindness. (#ARKMovement2015).
Follow future adventures through Christian’s (@kaohe) and Stephanie’s (@panie420) Instagram pages.
Christian & Stephanie’s favorite quotes:
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
God’s “No” is not a rejection, it’s a redirection. – Anonymous
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