My dream for Mohala Eyewear is that it will appeal to women who are bold in their own skin, dream big, and appreciate best-in-class quality, elegant design and timeless style. Women who are chic yet always have a relaxed approachability. Women who want their sunglasses to represent more than just fashion but also empowerment.
The profoundly moving documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, impacted me. Seeing stories of rape, sex trafficking and girls being denied an education because of their gender made me weep and sparked a drive to do something meaningful and contribute directly to their cause.
I believe every girl deserves the right to an education.
And because of that belief, each purchase of a pair of Mohala sunglasses sends a deserving girl to school for one week. We are a proud partner of Room to Read Girls’ Education Program and have set the goal for Mohala Eyewear to fund at least 770 school years by 2022.
I was very fortunate to attend Punahou School in Hawaii and Santa Clara University in California. My education gave me the ability to provide for myself, and the confidence to create Mohala Eyewear. An educated girl in the developing world will stay healthier, live longer, empower herself against violence, help her family and community, lift her country, and perhaps build a business of her own.
In the Hawaiian language, mohala means to bloom, to blossom, to shine and to be free.
Join me in this movement to help girls bloom around the world.
To Our Dreams,
Photo taken by Adam Jung for Modern Luxury Hawaii Magazine