THE OUT OF TOWNER KEKE LINDGARD:

The Su­per(Model) Cit­i­zen

Kahala Life - - KAHALA LIFE DOSSIER - BY YU SHING TING PHOTO BY MARK ARBEIT

“Hawai‘i is a place I can come home to and feel so grounded,” says Lindgard, who cur­rently splits her time be­tween New York and Hawai‘i, where she has a home on the North Shore. “Grow­ing up here, you re­ally learn to re­spect your el­ders and the ground that you walk on.”

“My fa­vorite things to do when I’m home is be out­side and en­joy the na­ture. Any­thing I can do to get out—hike, surf, go to the beach. I love to get in the water. I love (long­board surf­ing) Sun­set Beach when it's small, and the sand­bars like at Ehukai. I love body­surf­ing as well. Pupukea is an­other one of my fa­vorite spots, and Pua‘ena Point is an­other fun one for long­board­ing.”

“When­ever I come home, I love an acai bowl from Pupukea Grill, and their plain poke bowl, I get it over salad. Also, poke from Ta­mura's — they al­ways have the best va­ri­ety of poke. I mostly spend time on the North Shore, so a lot of the places I love are on the North Shore like The Beet Box Café, a yummy ve­gan spot. I usu­ally get The Healthy Plate of Food. Also, Wa­ialua Bak­ery, they do sand­wiches, smooth­ies and sal­ads that are re­ally yummy. I love the turkey salad.”

“There is a face oil that is made on the North Shore from a com­pany called Aim HI. I use it ev­ery sin­gle day—morn­ing and night, and I add it to a heav­ier lo­tion dur­ing the win­ter when I'm in New York be­cause it's so dry.”

“An­other one of my fa­vorite brands is Kopari (co-founded by Kiana Ca­bell, who grew up in Hawai‘i). Ev­ery­thing is co­conut-based, sus­tain­ably made and re­sourced. I use their prod­ucts ev­ery sin­gle day. I use their de­odor­ant. It's alu­minum-free and sul­fate free, and it ac­tu­ally works for me and smells amaz­ing. I also use their co­conut oil and I'll put it in my hair and sleep with a towel over my pil­low overnight, rinse it out in the morn­ing, and my hair is com­pletely re­fur­bished. Also, and their lip balm and lo­tions—I love ev­ery­thing that they make and it's good for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

“I think the best part of Hawai‘i is it’s a con­stant plate of mem­o­ries. My old ones are just in­sane days at the beach, kind of those days when you wake up not ex­pect­ing it and things just roll into an­other like you see a friend at the beach and you go for a walk and get break­fast to­gether, and then you go and surf and you see an­other friend out there and it's like a snow­ball ef­fect of great­ness. I think that hap­pens a lot in Hawai‘i be­cause my friends and I and the peo­ple I know, we ap­pre­ci­ate Hawai‘i for the same rea­sons, which is just how beau­ti­ful it is and the cul­ture and the na­ture be­hind it. Hawai‘i pro­vides us with such a beau­ti­ful space to cre­ate mem­o­ries.”

She’s been the face of Polo for Ralph Lau­ren, has been in big ad cam­paigns for Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, is a reg­u­lar model for Lilly Pulitzer, Tar­get and An­thro­polo­gie, and has walked count­less run­ways, in­clud­ing the 2016 Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret fash­ion show in Paris. How­ever, for su­per­model Keke Lindgard, who was born and raised in the small coun­try town of Ka‘a‘awa in Wind­ward O‘ahu, Hawai‘i will al­ways be home.•

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