Growing up, life in a small beach town was many things. But mostly, it was slow and wonderful and rich of memory; a melting pot of beautiful cultures, bright colors, lush landscapes, salty air and good people. Sandy toes and sunburns were constant companions in a vast array of endless beach days. Like many children of Hawai'i, my siblings and I could swim like fish and stand up on a surf board before we could spell our own names. Days well spent were ones in the ocean, and most family memories were those forged by the sea. It is the love of my culture, of being a sea-faring people, surrounded by nature and the Pacific, that has inspired me the most in the journey of design. To embrace all that is simple, but always be bold. I hope to share this with all of you, from a little island in the middle of the sea.