JALENE KANANI BELL - President & Creative Director
A natural born creative, textile designer Jalene Kanani began her creative expression through hula, beginning at the age of 3, and within 3 years she was a regular keiki performer in Don Ho’s iconic Waikiki show. As a teenager she became a governor’s model who traveled the United States promoting Hawaiʻi as well as an international hula dancer for Tihati Productions. Her experience as a hula dancer provided a steadfast foundation to ignite her cultural curiosities while defining herself as an ambassador of aloha.
Creativity was not only encouraged but modeled for Jalene, whose mother owned and designed Hawaiian fashion label Wailani Originals: Hula Girl Creations,” a line of t-shirts and bags sold at Liberty House and McInerny in the early 1970s and became her first foray into design. Determined to develop her business acumen to compliment her creative impulses, she earned a B.A. in Political Science which led her to a corporate job in furniture flooring and equipment supply. Working with textile manufacturers afforded her the unique opportunity to forge important relationships within the industry as well as realize the niche markets that had yet to be developed in Hawaiʻi and beyond. Her designs were well-received and she began licensing designs to international manufacturers such as Duralee and Durkan.
In 2008 she established Jalene Kanani Inc., designing commercial carpeting and flooring through ProSPEC contract fabric, where she continued to hone her skills and develop her unique brand aesthetic. Her experience inspired her to parlay her tribal prints into a collection of home goods in unexplored areas of Hawaiʻi's interior industry.
In 2018 she launched NOHO HOME with a line of bedding featuring her distinguished patterns. With dreams of new textiles and product development on the horizon, Jalene’s success in the world of home decor has only just begun.
MEET THE TEAM:
DAVID HACKER - Chief Technology Officer
David Hacker, Chief Technology Officer for NOHO HOME, is responsible for the technology infrastructure, security, operations, and management of information systems. David also maintains the technological vision, implementation strategies, and ensures new technology support company goals.
As a Senior Systems Engineer contractor for the Department of Army, David’s role was to maintain the virtual infrastructure, network, and information security. David continues to maintain knowledge and skills in virtual and cloud computing environments. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a Masters of Information System, and maintains several IT certifications with VMware and CompTIA. David is also combat veteran with the U.S. Army and Army Nation Guard (Retired).
KAHEA MONTGOMERY - Director of Brand Experience
Kahea Montgomery is a Fashion Journalist and Fashion Stylist born and raised in Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Apparel Product Design & Merchandising from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Kahea has directed and produced his own editorial photo shoots, worked as a model coordinator and fashion show director, written fashion stories backstage at New York Fashion Week, and conducted interviews with some of the fashion industries most influential designers.
Kahea joined the NOHO HOME team in the early stages of its development and continues to work closely with Jalene to keep production, marketing, and distribution schedules on track. Kahea’s attention to detail, critical design eye, and cultural sensitivity serve as a sounding board for Jalene, helping to bring her design intentions to life.
LORI HIEGER - Director of Business Development
Lori Hieger was born and raised on Oʻahu, Hawaʻii. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, she studied Political Science and Journalism, earning a BA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Through her career journey, Lori gained extensive and diverse experience in sales, operations, and management from multiple industries, working and living on both coasts of the mainland United States.
After a career pause to raise her two children, Lori and her husband returned home to Hawaiʻi in 2017. Joining the NOHO HOME team in 2019, Lori adds a seasoned approach to business development and operations. Her high energy, optimism, and focus on results is balanced with her Hawaiian heritage, values, and work ethic. Lori’s passion for connecting Hawaiian culture to living spaces and home design increases her value to the team.
Lori actively participates in the community, maintaining her Makaha roots as a member of the Board of Directors for Hoʻa ʻAina O Makaha Farm. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Community Board at DreamHouse Ewa Beach Public Charter School. In their spare time, Lori and her husband volunteer for cultural, social, and environmental causes across the islands which support their children’s understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture, both traditional and modern.
BRAY HITZEMAN - Financial Services Intern
Bray Hitzeman is the middle daughter of Jalene Kanani Bell. She was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii along with her sisters Sienna and JC. After graduating from Kapolei High School in 2015, Bray continues her academic studies at Grand Canyon University, studying Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurial Studies -- she is projected to graduate in Fall 2019. Bray joins the NOHO HOME team as a Financial Services Intern.
JC HITZEMAN - Sales & Marketing Associate
Jaycinth Hitzeman (JC) is the youngest daughter of Jalene Kanani Bell. Like her sisters, she was also born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii. She has since graduated with honors from Island Pacific Academy in 2016 and continues her education towards a Bachelorʻs Degree in Business Management. She is currently a Junior attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and is projected to graduate in the Spring of 2020. JC joins the NOHO HOME team as a Sales & Marketing Associate.
NOHO HOME is a sophisticated island experience cultivated through artful home decor.
Welina, & Welcome to NOHO HOME by Jalene Kanani!
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