Amelia, Brandon & Nuno |
Ayaka Takao |
There are moments when the world feels smaller and connected and crossing paths with Ayaka was one of these moments. While we still had a retail shop in Brooklyn and right before the pandemic we were planning to host a natural dying workshop with Bokeum Jeon, a textile artist and designer we had met through the shop. Fast forward to me moving back to Hawai'i, I was putting out some feelers for support for TCP and Ayaka responded to the post with their...
Karlo and Maria Bello |
I met Karlo for the first time through another local creative who moved back home from NY (Mitch!). Karlo had also moved from New York back home to Hawai'i to be closer to family and this was something I resonated with. Obviously I wasn't the only person from Hawai'i living in NYC but it was kind of comforting to meet and connect with others who made the jump back home especially between two state/cities that are so different and at opposite ends of the country haha....
Eunica Escalante |
Kamalu & Kalehua Fung |
If you meet this sibling duo, there is an energy that is youthful yet deep. Kamalu designs Aloha shirts at Sig Zane Designs and his sister, Kalehua is a poet who was recently awarded as the 2022 Hawaiʻi Youth Poet Laureate. Being Native Hawaiian they both have integrated ways to stay connected with their culture through celebration and preservation which I've found inspiring.
I actually met Kamalu at my second or third market here in Hawai'i. He immediately gravitated towards...
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