Growing up in Hawaii, the ocean became Kammi’s therapeutic escape. She grew to know the ocean as a symbol of love and freedom. At a young age, the ocean cultivated her love for life’s simple pleasures: swimming, surfing and shelling; yet the vastness of the ocean nurtured a keenness of exploration.
After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in secondary education, Kammi literally packed a backpack and embarked on a worldwide expedition where she gypsied through different continents teaching English and gathering artistic inspiration from the desolate white sand beaches of Western Australia to the Classic Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Upon returning home to Maui, Kammi intertwined the colorful sentiment of her travels with her love for the ocean, creating a poetic jewelry + handbag collection that speaks of a journey to and from the Pacific. Each piece is handcrafted with love on the island of Maui.
The brand name “Kamera” pronounced “Khmer-ah” is Kammi’s given name. “Kamera Hawaii” evolved as an artist’s tribute to her ethnically Khmer/Thai mother who escaped from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to build a life of peace and beauty on small island in the middle of the pacific.
See you in Paradise. With gratitude always
Love + Aloha, KAMERA HAWAII xx