From a small quaint town on the Big Island of Hawaii, Robert James McPeek has most likely found from his past, his future and his purpose. From Kohala to the world. A wonderful story that now connects him to the Merrie Monarch in a Big way. This is his story…

Robert James McPeek, Style Setter

Most of his adult life was spent in the hospitality industry….first in the hotel industry, then as a flight attendant for the former Aloha Airlines. When the airlines ceased operations in 2008,  Robert found himself searching for clarity and purpose.  After much soul searching, he was brought to a place of realizing his authentic self, the artist that he has always been. It became clear to him one morning while having his prayer time, he heard a gentle whisper, “You are an artist. You always have been.”

Kohala His Home

Robert grew up on Hawaii Island, in the small town of Kohala. His mom and grandma were both “green thumbs,” their yards filled with awesome botanicals just waiting to be photographed. He discovered that there is just something “magical” about photographing flowers and plants. It wasn’t until 2004 that he realized and truly appreciated the beauty he was surrounded with while growing up and started dabbling in photography again, something he had done in high school.

From Kohala to the World
Downtown Hawi, Kohala Hawaii: Photo by Donald B MacGowan

The Meeting of Gods Grace

One evening in 2014, a good friend shared one of his photos on Facebook and a whole conversation started about applying his prints to fabric. Robert had no idea how to go about that and didn’t think much about it until he was approached by someone who saw that conversation. He invited Robert to his print shop and showed him what could be done.

He started off making note cards with his prints. Since then, it has turned into much more than he could have ever imagined!

A few of Roberts prints.

Pua Melia Notecard
By Robert James McPeek
Anthurium Notecard
By Robert James McPeek
Bird of Paradise Notecard
By Robert James McPeek

The Hula Legend

Most recently, he dedicated a collection of apparel, ULUWEHI, to his friend, Hawaiian Music and Hula Legend, Robert Cazimero. This is to celebrate his contributions to the Hawaiian Culture and to celebrate his 70th Birthday. The collection can be found at Robert’s Online Boutique.–wahine.html

Uluwehionapuaikawekiuokalani Cazimero
Kumu Hula, Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner,
Singer, Composer, Producer and one-half member of The Brothers Cazimero Duo.
The Uluwehi Kane in Your Favorite Colors
Other Styles and Prints Available
Uluwehi Wahine
Other Styles and Prints Available

Launching His Apparel

In 2017 he launched his apparel and home décor lines, Robert James Hawaii and his “Online Boutique”. He uses his photographs to design the prints used on the apparel. Robert has become known for his vibrant use of color and bold prints. For the past 3 years, he was honored to be approached by several Hula Halau to provide apparel for the Merrie Monarch Festival.

With the 56th Merrie Monarch Festivals upon us, one can only wonder if you will be seeing his designs on the Stadium Stage. Or, perhaps see a sighting of his clothing apparel in Hilo or anywhere else. This is a fabulous time for everyone as the Olympics of Hula is nearing. Check out Roberts James website and get some specials for you and those you care about.

Halau Na Lei Mokihana O Leina'ala
Halau Na Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala

It is Robert’s hope that everyone who wears his apparel will feel ALOHA and feel BEAUTIFUL. He also hopes that his story will inspire others to use their God given gifts and talents to make a life for themselves while being of service to others and above all to live the life that God intended for them.

A Few Examples

Happy Customers Makes People Smile

Happy Customers
Happy Customers

Robert resides on Oahu and is available for appointments to experience his apparel. His Online Boutique can be found at

“God allowed me to live my dreams, then He showed me HIS DREAM for my life”