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From the mountain to the sea, inspiration can be found just about anywhere here in Hawaii. Channeling the powerful ocean and bohemian influence of our free-spirited home, Wings Hawaii creates collections of jewelry, clothing, and accessories with caring hands. It is almost first nature to compare handmade goods to mass production but in reality, there is no comparison.  Read More
“I survived the Road to Hana,” you have seen it on a souvenir or two and hopefully you are on your way back from your latest Maui adventure. If you happen to be driving through the surfer town of Paia, Maui - why not stop by for a bite? Read More
As such strong influences in our lives, we fondly look back at memories with mom that helped mold us into the makers and shakers we are today! We are constantly celebrating the incredible women in our lives but this Mother’s Day we have some extra special things in mind. Read More
With lush tropical mountains and warm white-sand beaches, there is a lot to love about life in Hawaii. If you have fallen in love with the Valley Isle on your most recent Maui vacation and have been wondering what it’s like living in Hawaii, we would like you to keep in mind that there can be a price to paradise. As an island chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a high dependency on imported goods, the Hawaii community naturally values sustainability and clean, alternative energy. Read More
Summer is right around the corner and Maui adventure is waiting. You have heard of the iconic Road to Hana with approximately 600 curves and 54 bridges, so we are sure that you have asked yourself a few times, “is it really worth it?” In our resident opinion, of course the natural beauty of the seemingly untouched landscape is worth the drive! From the glimpses of rushing waterfalls to the to-die-for banana bread in Keanae, what better way to get to know Hawaii than to experience all that she has to offer? So if you are looking for things to do in Maui and destination Hana makes it on the itinerary, we have a few tips to keep in mind before you hit the road. Read More
From the heat on your cheeks after your very first kiss to the sweet comfort of your millionth, the contagious laughter of a girl’s night out to that blissful sigh after that initial sip of coffee - your favorite items take and bring those memories to life. So when you have long moved to another adventure and leave your once beloved favorites behind, those cherished moments will live on. Read More
April showers bring May flowers but what do you do in the meantime? Whether you are on a Maui vacation getaway or a resident mermaid, we are sure being cooped up from the springtime rain has you craving a little adventure. Thankfully there is more to Maui than lounging in the Hawaiian sun and here are a few of our favorites! Read More
Nestled in the lush hillside of North Shore Maui in tropical Haiku lies a plant enthusiast's dream come true. Just off West Kuiaha on a road less traveled, the Orchid Whisperer takes his residence in a 10,000 square foot exotic greenhouse. With over 40 years of experience, this knowledgeable orchid grower oversees each of these gorgeous flowers. Read More
2018 Tucson, AZ Gem show adventure Read More
 Our photoshoots start with one thing, a great idea. That idea transforms as the collection comes together. A theme develops, a location is found and the story boards begin. So much work goes into every detail and we wanted to share a little bit about some of that process. If you're interested in more, feel free to leave comments and ask questions, we would love to know your thoughts.
Here is our designers sketchbook:
Pink Floyd sketch book
  Inside you will find pages and pages of ideas; which locations at the site you would like      to  use, what outfits and jewelry combinations for each location, who will wear them and     what props if any we would like to include to tell the story better. 
Photoshoot Story Board
Being a brand that is patterning, cutting, sewing and dying our garments there are a lot of steps to completing a collection. First we decide our color palette for the season. Then we decide which of our basics we would like to repeat, and finally which of our newest styles we have been dying to try out we will use. Then we figure out what we are missing and get cutting!
Sometimes you have no choice but to roll with the punches, this bolt was supposed to be white! We are so happy that this amazing color arrived instead. Better to find joy in  the mistakes rather than to pause on them, so we shifted gears, ordered white and made some really beautiful pieces in this lovely fig. 
cutting tank top pattern   
Hopefully our collection is complete a day or so ahead of shooting, but usually there are finishing touches going up to the last day. We had a dream team coming together on the day of, Chrissy Swink of www.makeupmauiandhair.com, Melia Sorenson from www.melialucidaphotography, an amazing location from a long-time friend, and lovely models Lucy Thompson and Wyatt Piro. Myself (Sam) and Melody from Wings Hawaii were able, with everyones help, to keep the shoot rolling and the girls styled and catch every opportunity while the sun was still up in our short window. It was a great group of people and a lovely fall day at the top of Olinda road on Maui. We didn't get hit with rain until we were safely in the Greenhouse and it was really magical. The whole day was a reminder of how awesome our community is when we all come together to lift each other up, inspire better work and build camaraderie between all of our different fields. We are truly stronger together than we are alone.  
Photographer standing on chair to get the shot
Melia getting in the perfect position to get the shot- this perspective through the Amaranth flower yielded some of my favorite pictures.
Looking into the greenhouse window
We have dreamt of shooting in this location for over a year and before that it was totally in our dreams. Everything about it - Love. Getting to style it out with all of our home grown and Maui grown flowers from Floralia Hawaii @floraliahawaii on instagram and Petaloom Floral Farm here on Maui www.petaloomfloralco.com was such a treat. I wish that I could spend real life in this amazing location, but if even for a day, it was totally worth it!
                 Chandelier inside greenhouse greenhouse inside tea set   Lavendar potomic snapdragon