Waiwaolani Blog

Wear What You Love

Wear What You Love

When I first started my journey with Waiwaolani, I knew I wanted it to represent something relevant and meaningful. I did not want this to be another meaningless clothing brand that focused on trends and pretty colors. Sure those things are important also but more important to me were that I started conversations and I that I was able to get women who might not necessarily notice or care about a native plant to notice it, talk about it, learn about it and therefore love our native plants. If I could just get one...


What People Donʻt Know

What People Donʻt Know

In October 2019, I took a trip to Bali, Indonesia with a small group of close friends. While we were there we had a driver who drove us around Bali everyday. Getting around Bali is not easiest if youʻre not willing to drive yourself. Our driver was a very nice man named Budi. Through the week we became friends and were very grateful for his driving services as it made our vacation there very easy and enjoyable. 


Fast forward to 2020 when we found ourselves in...


ʻO Hawaiʻi kuʻu home - My Home Hawai'i

ʻO Hawaiʻi kuʻu home - My Home Hawai'i

As a mother, Native of Hawai’i, everything I do is for the future of my four children, and for the future of Hawaiʻi.


Growing up here in Hawaiʻi and coming from a mixture of cultures, I struggled with my identity. My father, born and raised on the island of Molokaʻi comes from a 100% Hawaiian mother and 100% Filipino father. My mother is 100% Japanese. As you can imagine, I never connected with anyone of these cultures more than the other. I always felt as if I was not Hawaiian enough, or Filipino...


Kākoʻo i koʻu kaiāulu - Supporting Community

Kākoʻo i koʻu kaiāulu - Supporting Community

Each quarter we try to choose a cause to give back to. As a Hawaiian with a deep understanding and appreciation of the reciprocity in life, that in order to receive we must first give, I have incorporated that initiative into Waiwaolani and donate a portion of profits to a variety of conservation organizations. I will also donate as I see need in Maui & Hawaiʻi communities. Donations were made to a friend of mine who is battling breast cancer and another friend of mine whoʻs young daughter is battling neuroblastoma cancer. In addition,...