“The Mug Lady” off on another adventure!
Who is Charlene Meyers?
Originally from Pennsylvania, I am the retired owner of a successful catering firm, mother of four, grandmother of three, and I have three great grandchildren. My first visit to Hawaii was in 1975 and it was love at first sight. In 2001 my husband Amos and I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. My love of photography grew along with the time I now had to enjoy the beauty of Hawaii, its people and culture. My hobby has grown into a business of sharing the beauty of Hawaii.
In 2006, I started my company – Images of Hawaii. It has grown immensely and currently my products are sold in 21 different stores between the Big Island and Oahu. In addition, I have a table at the local farmers market every Sunday morning in Volcano Village. At my table you will find a large variety of photos that I have taken. I have them available in prints, mouse pads, coffee mugs, treasure boxes, and more. The best selling item is my color changing coffee mugs, which is where I get my nickname “The Mug Lady” from.
When I am not working on my business I get to share my passion for Hawaii through volunteering in my community. I am Past President of the Rotary Club of Volcano and was Assistant District Governor for East Hawaii for three years. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Hilo and currently District 5000’s Polio Plus Chair. Amos and I received the Rotary Volunteer of the Year Award for 2003. I have put in over 6500 hours as a Volunteer Ranger at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park beginning in January 2002. I lead hikes into lava tubes, Kilauea Caldera, Kilauea Iki Crater and other trails. I also assist visitors at the visitors’ center. In addition, the National Park has used my photography as a way to track lava flows and see what changes are currently taking place.
If you find yourself on the Big Island and down near the lava, keep at eye out for me. I would love to meet and talk story (as we say in Hawaii).
What photo equipment does Charlene Meyers use?
I currently have two Canon 70D’s that allow me to capture the images that I am blessed to see. In order to capture the right photo in the right manner, I use a variety of lenses that vary in size and brand. In addition to having a range of lenses, I often use a tripod and remote in order to eliminate all camera shake.
Where has Charlene’s work appeared?
My images have been featured in many places including the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. My lava photographs accompanied a feature article in Odyssey Magazine (December 2004). I captured a glorious shot from the summit of Maunakea that appeared in the Gallery section of Sky & Tel Magazine (May 2005). My picture of world-renowned volcanologist and astronomer Stephen James O’Meara was chosen for his inaugural column in Astronomy Magazine (March 2007). Additionally, I shot full spreads on commission for VolksWorld Magazine (June 2004) and Hot VWs Magazine (November 2004)!
You can find Charlene’s work for sale in many local Hawaiian gift shops, coffee shops, hotels, museums and at Volcano Art Center.