With a father stationed in Pearl Harbor, the Bretz family of 7 was ready to get the lei of a new land and packed their things for a life on the island of Oahu…
Everyday life looked a bit different...
But together as a family, Hawaii quickly became home.
“Palm trees, flowers, ukuleles, flower leis, and Diamond Head— are quintessential Hawaii. While we were in Hawaii, our family learned how to properly pronounce ukulele and its meaning. Ukulele is pronounced oo-ku-le-le not u-ka-le-le. "Uku” means “flea" and "lele" means "to jump," so ukulele means "jumping flea." It was named as such because Hawaiians thought that the Portuguese's rapid finger movement while playing looked like jumping fleas. Two members of our family even started learning how to play the ukulele. Flower leis are given in welcome, as a goodbye, and to honor or celebrate someone—we always gave leis to our guests and we were frequently given leis at special military ceremonies.”--Traveler Hanna Bretz
After three years of calling Hawaii home, they set out for their next adventure exploring more of what this whole Hawaii’de world has to offer. But first, they wanted to lei a piece of Hawaiian culture on you too…
Here’s to finding home throughout this whole Hawaii’de world and to feeling good—because after all, it's Friday!
-Jack & Alley, Co-Founders
PS. Hawaii not add a few more new fabrics while we’re at it?
Photos: Scenes of Hawaii by the Bretz Family.
Myanmar is officially known as “The Land of Golden Pagodas.” From the thousands of temples in the plains of Bagan, to the magnificent Shwedagon Zedi Daw that is approximately 1,500 years g’old, there is good reason for it to be known for it’s Golden Pagodas.
But as Aaron John discovered in his travels, it should also be called “The Land of Golden Smiles,” because he saw so many happy smiles on the faces of the Burmese people wherever he went.
Let's play Who Wants to Be a Zillionaire, right now!
The $500 question starts us off, here we go.
Founded in 1727, “the Pink City” is the nickname for what city?
Hey Toters, what’s Athen-in’?
Back in 2019, travelers Eileen and Lesley visited Athens, Greece. They loved it so much that they wanted to encourage you to visit “the city of the violet crown” someday too. If you ever get the chance to go to Athens,
…you Odyssey the Porch of the Caryatids on the north side of the Acropolis