Partnerships, because some tasks are just too big to take on by yourself.
...And saving the sacred ʻōhiʻa lehua tree has become one of those tasks. That's why Marian Chau from the Lyon Arborteum #Ohialove Project offered to split donations from MagdakineDesigns's sales between her project and the Rapid Ohia Death Foundation. Since both organizations are working towards the same goal, yet with a different approach and in different locations, Chau offered up half of the money we were determined to donate to her, to her friends at The Rapid Ohia Death Foundation. When presented with Chau's idea to spread the wealth, we thought, "why not divide and conquer!?"
And thus, on April 24, 2017, we officially announced our partnerships with not one, but TWO, amazing nonprofits out of Hawaiʻi working to stop the spread of Rapid Ohia Death. On June 30th, 2017, we made our first official donation to both.
As we continue to sell our Ohia Lehua print swimsuits, we will continue to return a donation to the Rapid Ohia Death Foundation and Chau's project, the #OhiaLove Project. We are beyond delighted with Chau's recommendation and compliment her compassionate and goal focused way of thinking. To all our customers so far that have purchased an ʻōhiʻa lehua print swimsuit, thank you for your support. As Rapid Ohia Death continues to plaque the sacred species of the Hawaiian Islands, we encourage you to learn more about how you can help, and how your purchase from MagdakineDesigns supports those with Chau to stop the spread.