Kimi Werner is a Renaissance woman. She’s a champion spearfisher, an accomplished chef and a remarkable artist. Growing up on Maui, Kimi has become so attuned to the ocean that she’s basically part fish. She does stuff underwater that would make most landlubbers squirm and squeal; yet she stays as cool as a sea-cucumber.
A new video from Variables Productions sheds a light on Kimi’s talents, in and out of the water. But one moment shows just how gnarly she is. After snagging an octopus from an underwater hole, Kimi kills her catch in the most humane way possible: biting it between the friggin’ eyes. It makes Bear Grylls look like a sissy show-off. And what makes Kimi even more badass is how calmly she explains the whole thing. She has that cool and relaxed way of talking, as many Hawaiians do, that makes her sound like she just meditated for an hour, even though she’s doing something that would jolt the heart rate of any normal human.
Aside from sucking the brains of cephalopods, the clip shows Kimi and some of her other, less squeamish, talents. For one, she’s an exceptionally gifted artist, finding inspiration from her adventures under the sea. But Kimi goes beyond painting seascapes on a canvas like a normal artist. Instead, she swaps the canvas for white Vans slip-ons, creating her own custom take on the classic kicks. Kimi also invites over fellow sustainability advocate and wildman-of-the-sea Mark Healey. For Healey and a friend, she cooks up a meal of self-caught, home-grown food of a five-star caliber. Oh, and did we mention she rode a Great White Shark?