The Nāhuluhiwahiwa Collection consists of two exclusive prints, the Orchid print and the Ānuenue (Rainbow) print.
This collection is dedicated to my Grandparents that have now passed on. Grandparents bestow upon their grandchildren the strength and wisdom that time and experience have given them. Grandchildren bless their Grandparents with a youthful vitality and innocence that help them stay young at heart forever. Together they create a chain of love linking the past with the future. The chain may lengthen, but it will never part.
Ānuenue (Rainbow) Print - Rainbows are the universal symbol of hope and promise, they’re the prize for weathering the storm. Time and time again rainbows assure us that there will be beauty and clarity following times of doubt.
My Papa was a strong, hard headed, hard working, passionate, funny and very loving man. He was the definition of being a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. He taught us that everyone wants happiness but nobody wants pain. He taught us that you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain, to keep walking through the storm because that’s the only way you’ll see a rainbow on the other side.
He inspired me in everything he did, especially the way he looked at life.
He taught us to laugh and always said “if you can’t laugh at yourself, then you can’t laugh at anyone else.”
He taught us how to just live life to the fullest.
When I see rainbows, I see him.
What is depicted as the rainbow in this design is a poem that my cousin, Justyn Ah Chong wrote himself. This is everything I was searching for to describe the rainbow itself in depth and what it means to us as a family that describes the metaphor of a rainbow, but in depth of my Papa, and this is what my design came to be.
a beacon of light,
a holder of hope,
a garden of growth,
a portal to connect,
a sea that gives and a land that loves.
In absolute abundance.
he kukui o ke kukui
Orchid Print - Beverly, my maternal Grandmother, inspired me to be the woman I am today. To have the drive and passion for something you care about, to go for it and strive to be the best you can be. She was my inspiration for fashion. Growing up, I looked up to her as the most beautiful and classy woman that she was. Always well dressed, matching outfits from head to toe, accessorized, hair done, and just beautiful to see everyday. She was and is the reason I love fashion. Purple Orchids grew around our garden when she passed on, and grow every season, so pure and beautiful just as she was.
The Orchid print is dedicated to her, Beverly Jean Trifonovitch.