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Talk-Story Series

Women Who Lead

Women Who Lead:

Silver Linings & Redesigning a Business

Virtual Talk-Story with Eden in Love Owner Tanna Dang

Moderated by Monchalee Ota,

JASH NexGen Member


In this episode of our "Women Who Lead" talk-story series, we hear from Tanna Dang, entrepreneur and owner of the Eden in Love boutiques in Hawaii and Las Vegas. Tanna will share her journey as a small business owner, especially with how she and her team had to reimagine the boutiques amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tanna Dang is the owner of Eden in Love, a lifestyle boutique with locations in Honolulu and Las Vegas. While brick and mortar and online retail is Eden in Love's main focus, Tanna's true inspiration (and love language!) lies in creating opportunities through entrepreneurship and teaching others how to curate the perfect blend of life work integration.

Through the power of retail, Tanna developed Eden For Good (originally named Divas Doing Good) - the give back component of the company - which aims to leverage modern day consumerism to make a global impact in the world. The most notable project was adopting a village in Sri Lanka through Global Hope Network International.

Tanna has been a merchant at Ward Village since 2007, originally bringing her former business The Wedding Cafe to the mall and opening Eden in Love, Cinch and Fred + Kate Events shortly after. Eden in Love Las Vegas opened in 2017 making it the first out of state move for this locally owned business.

In 2020, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tanna sought to find new opportunities in retail and has since expanded Eden in Love's online presence while growing an exclusive line of products dubbed "The Heart of Eden".

With a dynamic personality and professional drive rarely seen today, Tanna has been recognized for numerous accolades. She was selected for Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 and took 2nd in the 50 Fastest Growing Companies, a Women Who Mean Business honoree, Honolulu Advertiser's Best of the Best - Honolulu Magazine's Best Wedding and Retail Store, Retail Merchants of Hawaii - Best New Retailer, SBA - Women in Business Champion, SMEI's Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award in the Retail division and first place in the National Retail Federation's This Is Retail video contest.

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Monchalee Ota is the owner of Nimbus Unlimited, LLC, a marketing + magic consultancy based in Pearl City, Hawaii and a JASH NexGen Advisory Member. Monchalee is an award-winning, English- Japanese bilingual marketing leader with more than 15 years’ experience creating successful integrated marketing strategies for Hawaii’s premier health care, finance, retail, and travel & tourism organizations. She has spoken about digital marketing and social media trends at local as well as national conferences. Monchalee is also a certified reiki master and energy worker. She specializes in integration, transition, alignment, and enjoys working with business professionals.

Silver Linings

Past Programs

Women Who Lead:

Serving the Community

through the Cherry Blossom Festival


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Volunteering at the

Daijingu Temple of Hawaii

Left to Right - Princess Kelsey Toshie Uyeda, First Princess and Miss Popularity Sophia Aiko Teruya, Queen and Miss Congeniality Jewel Kahiwalani Miyuki Mahoe, Princess Lauren Elizabeth Holt, Princess Alyssa Mika Nakamoto

Virtual Talk-Story with the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Court

Moderated by Kim Takata Endo,

Cherry Blossom Festival Court Advisor

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 ǀ 6:30PM-7:30PM HST

In this next installment for our “Women Who Lead” webinar series, we welcome the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Court to learn about their journey serving the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also share the lessons they've learned through the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestant experience, reflect on leadership for Japanese-American women, and their hope for the future and life after the Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Jewel Kahiwalani Miyuki Mahoe

68th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen & Miss Congeniality

Jewel graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading. She also received a Master of Education in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is a doctoral student studying Learning Design and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and is also a preschool special education teacher at Ala Wai Elementary School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, embroidery, and gardening.


Sophia Aiko Teruya

68th Cherry Blossom Festival

1st Princess & Miss Popularity

Sophia graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. She is currently a branch manager at Bank of Hawaii. Her hobbies include Barre Fitness and dancing hula.


Lauren Elizabeth Holt

68th Cherry Blossom Festival Princess

Lauren graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance. She also received a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy from Southern Illinois University. Lauren is currently a violinist and music educator at Punahou School. Her interests include music, traveling, running, and baking.


Kelsey Toshie Uyeda

68th Cherry Blossom Festival Princess

Kelsey received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is currently an optometric technician and is an aspiring optometrist. Her hobbies include dancing and crafting.


Alyssa Mika Nakamoto

68th Cherry Blossom Festival Princess

Alyssa received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis. She is currently a veterinary assistant and is an aspiring veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys martial arts, snorkeling, scrapbooking, arts and crafts, and eating cake.

68th Cherry Blossom Festival Court headshots courtesy of Images by Steven

Cherry Blossom Festival

Women Who Lead: Strengthening Our Spirit

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Phyllis Look

Owner, Certified Guide, & Trail Certification Consultant,

Forest Bathing Hawai`i

Cristina Moon

Marketing Director & Resident Priest,

Daihonzan Chozen-ji

International Zen Dojo

Colby Takeda

Senior Manager,

Blue Zones Project - Hawaii

Virtual Talk-Story with Phyllis Look & Cristina Moon

Moderated by Colby Takeda

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020 ǀ 4:00PM-5:00PM HST

Join us for our next installment in our “Women Who Lead” talk-story series as we welcome panelists Phyllis Look of Forest Bathing Hawaii and Cristina Moon of Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo to learn about how connecting with our spirit and mind, and focusing on the present can aid us through the difficulties and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, you'll learn about what these connections entail and how they are practiced from shinrin-yoku 'forest bathing' and Zen Buddhism perspectives.

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Phyllis Look is Hawaiʻi’s first certified forest therapy guide and the owner and founder of Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi. Her early career was spent in the professional theatre, as an actor, voice teacher, director (MFA, Yale School of Drama), and member of the artistic staff of Berkeley Repertory Theatre. On returning to her native Honolulu, she found a new home in the world of marketing and communications. Starting at the mid-sized advertising agency Loomis as a broadcast producer, she left nine years later as its general manager. She followed that private sector tenure with positions at the University of Hawai‘i – Mānoa’s Outreach College and Campus Services, then at Hawai‘i Public Radio, from which she retired in 2018 as Director of Marketing. Now, she spends her days admiring blossoms, appreciating the breeze, and accompanying the birdsong in Mānoa Valley, where she walks and connects others to the natural world and their own natures.


Cristina Moon is a digital campaigns strategist, writer, and Zen teacher. She currently resides at Daihonzan Chozen-ji, a Rinzai Zen temple in the back of Kalihi Valley. She anchors the Zen training there, as well as running marketing efforts to reach a new generation seeking to surpass their self-imposed limits. Through her consulting company, CMOON Strategies, Cristina helps mission-driven organizations run digital campaigns to engage supporters, build community, and spark change. Cristina also publishes an email newsletter called "CMOON: Millennial Monk" at

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Colby Takeda is a senior manager with Blue Zones Project - Hawaii, a well-being initiative that shares practices from the longevity hot-spots—blue zones—around the world. In this role, he works in communities across Hawaii to develop innovative programs, form cross-sector partnerships, and advocate for policies to make healthy choices easier. After completing his undergraduate studies at Willamette University, Takeda earned an M.B.A. from the UH Shidler College of Business and an M.P.H. from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Stregthening Our Spirit

Amanda Corby-Noguchi

Founder & Creative Dir.

Under My Umbrella Inc.

Co-Founder, Pili Group LLC

Barbara Tanabe

Owner, Ho`akea Communications

JASH Board Dir.

Women Who Lead: Resilience Through Crisis




Virtual Talk-Story with Bella Hughes & Amanda Corby-Noguchi

Moderated by Barbara Tanabe

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020 ǀ 2:00PM-3:00PM HST

Join us as we share the stories of two extraordinary women who are successfully leading their companies through the COVID-19 crisis.  Learn how they are managing to persevere and rise above challenges that many of us are all facing today. 

Don’t miss out on this inspiring webinar!


Bella Hughes

President & Co-Founder Shaka Tea


Isabella Ellaheh “Bella” Hughes was born and raised in Honolulu and now resides in Hilo. Her career spans the arts, culture, agriculture and entrepreneurship. She is the President and co-founder of Shaka Tea, a line of Hawaiʻi-grown, tropical-botanical, herbal teas brewed with māmaki, an ancient superleaf only found in the Hawaiian Islands that supports sustainable agriculture and is now available across the US and in Japan. Shaka Tea recently won “Best Beverage 2020” and a Gold Superior Award by American Masters of Taste and the InnoBev 2020 “Best Low/No Sugar Drink” award presented by Zenith Global.

A member of the 2018 Pacific Business News’ ‘40 Under 40,’ Hughes is a winner of the Foodbytes! Judges' Choice CPG Award, presented by Rabobank; a winner of Burt's Bees Natural Launchpad Cohort 3; member of Plug and Play Ventures' Food Batch 6; and was a 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program participant.

In addition to her work with Shaka Tea, she previously spent a decade in the arts and culture field and is the co-founder and Director Emeritus of Hawaiʻi Contemporary (formerly Honolulu Biennial Foundation). Hughes has served on the Hawai’i Technology Development Corporation board, is a mentor for Purple Maiʻa and currently serves on the Merit of Appeals Board Hawaiʻi County and on the board of Hawaʻi Contemporary. A graduate of Punahou School, she earned her BA from Boston University and MA from Johns Hopkins University. Through the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship, she is firmly committed to championing abundance for her community and fostering connections between Hawaiʻi and Japan.


Amanda Corby-Noguchi launched her first solo business venture Under My Umbrella (UMU) Inc. in 2009. Just a decade later, UMU has become one of the premier communications and event production companies in Hawai`i. Though UMU continues to garner distinguished clients and national acclaim, it remains dedicated to elevating the work of community-based organizations who seek to make the world a little bit better every day.

In 2013, Amanda founded Pili Group LLC, her most ambitious project to date, with life and business partner Chef Mark Noguchi. Pili Group is dedicated to creating a world of food with integrity. The diverse community of farmers, fishermen and other food artisans that Amanda is gathering together with her husband has earned Pili Group national attention for its role in preserving and uplifting native Hawaiian culture. Pili Group’s newest project, Chef Hui, is helping to connect the culinary world with their community and has been on the front lines of feeding people and connecting them with resources during the COVID pandemic. 

Despite the national attention her work has garnered, Amanda maintains that her most important role is being a mother. In her free time, Amanda can be found in the garden, at the beach, or exploring with her daughters Elee and Aki and her husband Mark.

Reslience Through Crisis
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