Angela Maki Vernon is a philanthropist, author, yogini, and avid surfer. Although born in Japan, Angela has lived her entire adult life in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Following her heart and sense of adventure, she was fortunate enough to travel the world as a model and a professional surfer. With each return to Hawaii, she was always filled with a deep sense of peace, love and a connection rooted in nature.

Living in Hawaii had grown her love of the ocean immensely, not just through surfing, but also the power and healthy lifestyle it inspires. This inspired Angela to start a nonprofit, Ocean's Love, which is a surfing school for disabled children in Japan. Her hope was to share with them the healing powers of the ocean as well as to raise awareness and understanding of disabilities in the community. 

As a soon-to-be mother inspired to live a healthy lifestyle while protecting and conserving the environment, Angela created The Pua Collection. Her mission is to create a natural and safe product line, while respecting and honoring nature by through local sourcing of the sandalwood and other ingredients.

Angela named this collection Pua, because she sees each individual as a unique flower that shines in its own way. Her hope is that this collection will not only be a way to live a healthy lifestyle but also give you the ability to deepen your love for yourself and connect to this Mother Earth.


It's no secret we are a little bit obsessed with sandalwood and its many many benefits.  Why is that?  Why do we LOVE Sandalwood for skin? Well....let us share the many benefits of sandalwood:
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Skin balancing astringent properties
  • Contains Alpha-Santalol
  • Anti-aging properties 
Sandalwood oil contains antioxidants that help maintain the structure of the skin cells. It also reduces dryness and replenishes the moisture in skin, increasing elasticity.  It balances excess sebum with its astringent properties while nourishing and moisturizing the skin.
The alpha-santalol component of sandalwood is an inhibitor of tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the synthesis of the skin pigment melanin.  Some studies have shown its potential to act as an inhibitor of abnormal pigmentation associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.  In non-science speak, this means sandalwood may help prevent skin discoloration due to aging and sun exposure.  Now that, we can get behind.
Its anti-inflammatory properties help to treat sun burn, acne, rashes, and insect bites. Due to these properties, Sandalwood has also shown promise in clinical trials to help with eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. 
Sound a bit like a miracle ingredient?  We think so too. We cannot wait to share this beautiful collection with you!


Honua Pua Collection images - woman doing yoga, wearing floral crown