Born 3 months early in 1980 in San Francisco to Mom, Malialuika, Joshua weighed one pound eight ounces, and was 12 inches long. Throughout his life he has faced many physical, mental, medical and personal challenges.
In 2013, after he lost his Grandparents (Mom's side), he, together with his now retired Hawaiian Archaeologist and Cultural practitioner Mom, decided to make his dream come true of a place on the Big Island where he could sell his handmade jewelry, and where he could bless others with his inspired work. An out growth of this was the desire to help other local artists like himself to be successful.
At Hilo Hatties, Mom and Josh made and sold jewelry from the hand gathered shells that Josh's Stepdad Dean provided. During the almost year or so before Hilo Hatties closed their doors, Mom and Josh went to the store weekly whenever the ships were in port to sell their creations.
Over time, their line of jewelry expanded along with their skills in weaving, metalworking, wirework and other techniques.
After Hilo Hatties closed, they signed up for local events and invested in a pop up tent, tables and chairs.
We were in this location for over two years, then when our neighbor moved to their new location in Honaunau, we took advantage of their offer of a new, larger space next to them.
we started with our old pop up tent until a storm destroyed it together with all our counters and displays inside of it. Investing in long hours and much wood, pallets, and a metal gazebo, we are happily continuing to fulfill Joshua's dream, together with 15 local Artisans at our new location, where we hope to eventually build a permanent building and expand our numbers over time. Who knows what the universe has in store for us!
We are excited for our future!
With much mahalo,
Malialuika and Joshua