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Harper Okamoto, left, with ʻĀnela-Pōmaikaii Mattson. (Photo credit: UHWO staff)

A special limited edition Honolulu Cookie Company tin designed by University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu student Harper Okamoto will be shared around the world thanks to a unique opportunity created by fellow UH West Oʻahu alumna and Honolulu Cookie Company marketing content specialist ʻĀnela-Pōmaikaʻi Mattson.

Harper Okamotoʻs design
Harper Okamoto’s winning design, which will be finalized alongside Honolulu Cookie Company’s Product Team.

The collaboration was made possible through a partnership between the company and pro surfer Carissa Moore’s foundation, Moore Aloha, which aims to help girls and women navigate the waves of mental health, wellness, and womanhood, and create a life of passion, purpose, and positivity.

“I’m honored to be able to represent UH West Oʻahu and the ACM program through this design, especially one that communicates such an uplifting message and cause,” said Okamoto, who is majoring in creative media with a concentration in design and media. “I hope that through this product, people will not only recognize my work as a UH West Oʻahu student, but the efforts and potential of the other talented creatives in the ACM program as well.”

Mattson, a 2020 graduate played a very significant role in it all.

Mattson said she has always wanted to give back in some way to the UH West Oʻahu ACM program. So with the help of her team at Honolulu Cookie Company, they were able to create a packaging design contest with Moore’s non-profit organization.

“The intention behind this contest was to provide an opportunity for current ACM students at UH West Oʻahu to challenge themselves creatively and gain experience on what it’s like to work with a local business,” Mattson said.

For more visit Ka Puna O Kaloʻi.

By Zenaida Serrano Arvman

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