Born in Arue, Tahiti, Heiura Itae-Tetaa wants to make learning the reo Tahiti (Tahitian language) more accessible via her startup, Speak Tahiti - Paraparau Tahiti. “I think it’s important to keep our language alive and share our culture with the world.”
Born and raised on the shores of Waiehu in Maui, Lesley Cummings and Tamika Cabiles, two community-driven Maui natives, believe in spreading their way of life and contributing to the growth and wellbeing of their homeland. In 2016, they launched Aloha Missions, a lifestyle brand that offers a broad range of experiences, programs and workshops (or missions) that inspire people to understand, learn and live the values of aloha. It is their deepest desire to share that aloha, and not just say it. With aloha in their business name, they feel a certain kuleana (responsibility) of teaching and spreading its sacredness.
Inspired by family tradition and a desire to give back to Maui, Anna Kahalekulu talks about creating Kūlua, an environmentally sustainable clothing brand that respects ‘āina and serves the community. Anna shares her business journey, the importance of staying true to your values, and work-life balance. PC: @undressed_moments
Gallery and business owner Delilah Martinez is all about community support and empowering women through her entrepreneurship. Here, she opens up about her hardships in life and how they made her who she is.
Seth Fein, founder of Champaign-Urbana’s Pygmalion Festival and Smile Politely online magazine, found that in order to keep his festival successful he had to embrace change. Read more about how his work benefits University of Illinois campus community and beyond.
Do we have to choose between our talents and our careers, or can we be equally passionate about both? Dancer and aspiring physician’s assistant Derrick Judkins makes the argument for how and why you shouldn’t have to choose.
In the age of accessibility, it’s easy to feel like we are being pulled in many different directions. We have competing responsibilities and interests, and unfortunately not a lot of time. Greg Gurley does a lot, but he does it well. Here’s what all hyphenates can learn from him.