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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Happy Customers Makes People Smile
Robert resides on Oahu and is available for appointments to experience his apparel. His Online Boutique can be found at robertjameshawaii.com
“God allowed me to live my dreams, then He showed me HIS DREAM for my life”