Part of doing something fresh and original is stepping out in faith and doing something that no on has done before. However, breaking away from tradition and convention can be especially difficult for Asian Americans. Many Asian parents encourage traditional vocations and financial stability over pursuing a career of passion – which was the case for Hannah Tomita.
As a child, Hannah’s parents immigrated to Hawai’i from Japan. With that move towards cultural freedom came challenge for their family. Hannah, however, decided to use those difficult beginnings as motiviation to break away from stereotypes and follow her passion to make the world a better place with fashion. Thus began her journey with Kaira Active.
Kaira Active is an activewear line made from recycled fishnets that were recovered from the ocean. By reusing materials others discarded as trash, she is helping to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean. Kaira Active products are multi-purpose clothing that can be worn both in and out of the water, resulting in a need for less materials and a much more purposeful product.
Be sure to follow her journey on Instagram: @kairaactive
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Made Fresh is a video series produced by Berad Studio that features artists and artisans making fresh things in fresh ways here in Hawai’i.