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.
Season’s greetings to you and your family!
We hope you have a great thyme this season doing your favorite holiday things: from cumin together with your family, to wearing warm and comfy cloves, to chili-ing out and taking some time off to rest. Oh and have fun opening presents too, just remember that “it is always pepper to give than to receive.”
From all of us at Taaluma, we wish you a rose-merry Christmas and a dill-lightful New Year!