Born and raised in Hawaii, the ocean became Kammi’s therapeutic escape, a place of solace and recreation. She also grew to know the ocean as a symbol of love and freedom. At a young age, the ocean nurtured her love for life’s simple pleasures: swimming, surfing, paddling, and diving for shells — yet the vastness of the ocean cultivated a keenness of exploration.
After graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Secondary Education and English, Kammi packed a bag and embarked on a solo expedition. During her year abroad, Kammi taught English in various countries and gathered 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.
The brand name “Kamera” pronounced phonetically, “Khmer-ah” is Kammi’s given name. “Kamera Hawaii” evolved as an artists’ tribute to her ethnically Khmer/Thai mother who escaped from the Killing Fields of Cambodia to build a life of tranquility on one of the most isolated island chains on earth, Hawaii.
Today, Kammi resides on the island of Maui. In addition to Kamera Hawaii, Kammi works as a high school teacher. Education, another form of art, is Kammi’s first love, as she adds: “there is something so magical about inspiring growth in the landscape of one’s mind.”
See you in Paradise. With gratitude always,
Love + Aloha, KAMMI xx