My name is Gary Koji Nakamura. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, and I am a graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Hawai‘i. I am a writer, educator, and candlemaker. I am the dad of three fur babies: Zeus, Peaches, and Einstein.

A small business driven by passion and purpose.

WE exist to create harmony by helping you bring tranquility into your home through hand-made soy candles and melts. With a focus on high quality and premium materials, WE hope to make every “me-time” moments of perfection.

In addition to our commitment to #selfcareisthebestcare, WE also believe that animals also enrich our lives. As part of our commitment to our community and animals, WE will donate 3% of all sales each month to support local organizations who rescue and care for stray, abused, or abandoned animals.


All of the animals in my life are rescues.

Zeus (a high-energy canine) was found on the side of a street, abandoned in a small cardboard box with an empty food bowl. At first, we were only going to take him in as a foster for the weekend but we quickly fell in love with him and he has been with us ever since.

Peaches (our calico princess) was a tiny kitten when she was found in a Waikīkī hotel parking lot. When her rescuer couldn’t take her in, we drove down to the hotel to pick her up. She was a feisty ball of fur that brought with her an enormous amount of love. She claimed us as her family on that first night.

Einstein (the acrobatic ninja), also a rescue, came into our lives shortly after a visit to Pōpoki and Tea, a local cat café. I was looking for a playmate for Peaches, and his energy and spunk made Einstein a perfect match. And after a short warm-up period, they became best friends. 

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