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.
The beauty of Nepal will take your breath away.
However, lack of proper waste management in Nepal is beginning to degrade some of that beauty. In many places, around 70% of waste is dumped in rivers or burned on the side of the road. This has contributed to pollution and disease in Nepal’s communities.
It is Taylor’s mission to change that.
The Middle East is known for its ancient history, vast deserts, and religious roots.
From being caught in the pyramid-dle of history in Cairo, to taking in the Israeli great views of Jerusalem, to resting on the Abu’ndant sands of Abu Dhabi.
It’s been 8 years since the idea for Taaluma Totes was born while on a life-changing trip to Uganda.
Since then, we’ve been able to fund 41 microloans for small business owners living in Uganda.
From Moses, a 24-year-old coffee farmer who used his loan to buy mulch.