Abraham Williams is a cinematographer based in Hawaii and Washington, DC. He is a skilled camera and Steadycam operator, editor, and colorist. He has worked on several short films, and his first full-length film is scheduled to release in 2019. Abraham and his family are associated with the 'Brahma–Madhva–Gaudiya Sampradaya.' He is a true devotee of "Jagad Guru," the founder of the 'Science of Identity Foundation' and the global 'Chaitanya Missions.' Previously known as Abhay Anthony, he is a strict follower of the ‘Hare Krishna’ movement. Abraham is married to Tulsi Gabbard, the US Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013, who recently announced her decision to contest the 2020 US presidential elections as a ‘Democratic’ candidate. The two met during one of Tulsi’s political campaigns and later bonded over their shared interest, surfing. Abraham and Tulsi had a Hindu Vedic wedding in Hawaii.
Childhood & Early Life
Abraham was born in New Zealand but grew up in Hawaii. His mother, Anya Anthony, is the manager of Tulsi’s district office in Honolulu. Abraham is the stepson of Timothy S Anthony, an English and social studies teacher at the Honolulu-based ' Kalākaua Middle School.'
Abraham is a devoted follower of his guru, Chris Butler, better known as "Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa," who led the 'Hare Krishna' movement in Hawaii. His entire family has a strong religious connection with Chris Butler. Abraham’s mother is one of the registered agents of 'Wai Lana Productions LLC,' a company that is named after Chris Butler’s wife, Wai Lan.
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Abraham always had a passion for photography. He uses his creative skills to tell stories with his clicks. He owns a website that offers paid cinematography and photography services.
Additionally, Abraham has worked as a cinematographer and a cinematography crew member for several short films. He was in-charge of the cinematography of the 2012 short 'Raphael Dumtaro: Warrior of Love.' Later, in 2018, Abraham worked as a cinematographer for two short films, namely, 'The Pit Where We Were Born' and 'Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki.' He also worked as the camera operator for 'Go for Broke' and the Steadicam operator for 'Last Taxi Dance.' Both the films released in 2018. Abraham is also credited as a crew member of the camera department for the full-length movie 'The Candle & the Curse,' which is set to release in 2019. Some of the other short films that he has worked for are 'White Guys: P.I.' (2019), 'Knight Watch' (2019), 'The Ace' (2016), 'Step Motion Step' (2016), and 'Lark' (2016).
Relationship with Tulsi
It is not known exactly when Abraham and Tulsi first met. In an interview, Tulsi once revealed that she had known Abraham for many years. According to reports, the two met while Abraham was volunteering for Tulsi’s ad campaign shoots in 2012. However, that was a purely professional interaction. Then, about a year and a half later, they connected on a personal level at a birthday party hosted by one of their common friends.
Abraham and Tulsi realized that they had many similarities. On their first date, they went for a long walk and later played a pickup volleyball match with a few of their friends. The two bonded over their adventure trips and common interest, surfing.
Surfing plays a significant role in Abraham and Tulsi’s love life. The activity also had a role in Abraham’s marriage proposal to Tulsi. Tulsi had just returned home after a long, hectic day when Abraham wanted to meet her for a sunset surf session. When they left for the South Shore, the sun had started to set. After passing through horrible traffic, Abraham and Tulsi finally reached the shore. Without wasting any time, the two began to paddle while the sun was about to set. Abraham then surfed much ahead of Tulsi and waited for her to reach him. He then proposed to her with a beautiful 1.17-carat diamond ring that he had attached to a gold duct-tape-covered flotation device pulled by a double-tethered contraption. Since then, Abraham and Tulsi have regarded the Hawaiian archipelago as their mutual home. They even made the place their wedding venue. Tulsi and Abraham got engaged in February 2015. The two got married on April 9, 2015.
Tulsi is also known as “the Hawaiian Heartbreaker.” The political website ‘The Hill’ had placed her on their list of the '50 Most Beautiful’ in 2013.
Abraham is Tulsi’s second husband. Her previous marriage was short-lived and had succumbed to her stressful job. She had married Eduardo Tamayo in 2002, and the same year, she was designated to the ‘Hawaii House of Representatives.’ Tulsi represented the 'Hawaii Army National Guard' on a tour of duty in Iraq, and by the time she was back, her perspectives on several social issues had changed, which in turn affected her marriage. Tulsi and Eduardo divorced in 2006.
Abraham and Tulsi had a Hindu Vedic wedding ceremony, which was held in Windward Oahu in Kahaluu, Hawaii. The wedding was conducted by a Hindu priest named Pandit Vinod Dave.
The Vedic marriage took place at the 'Pohai Ke Aloha Pavilion and Garden' at the ‘Kahaluu Fishpond.’ The secluded and peaceful wedding site on the eastern shore of Oahu had a fish pond that the native Hawaiian people once used to feed the village. The wedding ceremonies concluded with a traditional yoga “kirtan,” which the friends and family members of the newly married couple attended.
Abraham supervised the musical arrangements for the ceremony. The wedding menu at the reception was purely vegetarian, as Abraham and his family are vegetarian. Renowned personalities, such as former US senator from Hawaii Daniel Akaka, former governor of Hawaii Neil Abercrombie, US Representative Mark Takai, Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell, India’s acting ambassador and charge d'affaires in Washington Taranjit Sandhu, and former US Representative Colleen Hanabusa, attended the wedding. The guest list had ‘Bharatiya Janata Party’ (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav, who carried a special message for the newlyweds and a gift from India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi.
Despite being married to a politician and a candidate for the 2020 US presidential run, Abraham keeps himself from commenting about his wife’s political career.