Faith Alvior - Hawaii Nomination by Gemma Alvior Photography by Kiana Liu & Charles Bermudez Issue 45 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Faith Alvior is an inspirational to me because she just launched her own bathing suit line. She wanted to create her own style and design the print. Also, she wanted to make sure they are affordable and looks good on any shapes of people.
Photography by Kiana Liu
Tell us about what inspired you to start your business and how you got started. My mom and growing up on the beautiful island of Maui have inspired me to start my own bathing suit line. My mom has inspired me by her owning her own business and seeing her hustle every day. Growing up in Hawaiʻi you live super close to beaches and you want to always take cute pictures in your bikini. I always dreamed about seeing my creations on others and one day having my business grow bigger and bigger. I got started on my business by seeing my mom sell her clothes and markets and just seeing her have fun doing it. Also, how expensive bathing suits are nowadays I would love to help kids around my age afford these bathing suits.
Share with us your designs and how you chose them. The designs that I have chosen have endless meaning that represents my culture and the native flowers. My first design is the Protea flower. This symbolizes courage and diversity and that’s what I have and hope I can inspire other teens to become. The second design is the Pua Kenikeni lei. Pua Kenikeni has a sweet fragrance that can be smelled from far away. the Lei represents “aloha”. A lei is given to you on special occasions, celebrations, and any time of the day. These designs and styles that I chose represent who I am and where I am from.
Photography by Kiana Liu
What has been the biggest obstacle in your business and how did you overcome it? The biggest obstacle in my business has been trying to get my bathing suit out there. The recent tragedy of covid also opened up many opportunities such as opening their own business. With that, there is much competition with others. Also, being at such a young age I still have to worry about school, homework, projects, sports, and lastly keeping up with all my orders. I havenʻt really overcame this problem but with a lot of support, I can lean on people for help.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? When I first launched my line I sold over 100 pcs within an hour. I could not reach that without social media and my family's help. I have Instagram followers asking to model, Instagram celebrities liking my page, and small businesses asking to sell my product at their stores. I continue to maintain a 3.7gpa as a sophomore. After high school, I do not plan on going to school for business, but I definitely would keep my brand alive. I would like to major in nursing and put smiles on little kids' faces when they are going through a lot.
Photography by Kiana Liu
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? I would present the topic "homelessness" because I strongly believe our government is doing so little about this huge issue. From my point of view on the Island of Maui, our homeless issue is not getting any better it is getting worse day by day. We have MANY abandoned buildings just sitting there waiting to rot we could easily turn that into a homeless shelter. There are many different ideas we could figure out what to do for these people living on the streets. Instead, we decide to stare and watch them suffer, watch them beg for anything, watch them lay on cement, and having their lives flash before their eyes. We need to find a solution! A way I could personally help the homeless is by putting together some of my profits from my business and giving homeless food, water, self-care needs, and etc.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? The hardest thing I have ever accomplished was ignoring the haters on social media. Our generation has become so cruel to others and it's like we donʻt care for others anymore. We need more love and caring in this world. I have overcome this by just ignoring and looking forward to the future because I know they arenʻt going to helping me get where I need to be in the future,
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? If you feel like you are giving up, keep pushing. You are not going to get where you won't be if you give up and donʻt try your hardest. Ignore your haters and just be you!
Photography by Charles Bermudez
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? I see myself in college trying to get my Bachelor's in nursing and continuing my bathing suit line.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? My favorite activity or pastime is Volleyball and track. I play volleyball for Maui encore volleyball club, Beach volleyball, and school.
3 Things on your bucket list - Go to China -Get a scholarship -Play College volleyball
Who do you find inspiring? I find my mom very inspiring. She inspires me every day to become a smart and independent woman.
Look for Faith in issue 45 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
1. Go surfing at Waikiki beach 2. Go snorkeling at Shark’s Cove 3. Do the tom tom/ makapu’u trail and reach the puka 4. Try scuba diving 5. Watch the sunset at Waikiki Beach 6. Visit the Dole Plantation 7. Jump off the rock at Waimea Beach Park 8. Try shrimp at the north shore 9. Swim with sharks 10. Try to surf the waves at Sandy Beach 11. Snorkel at Hanauma Bay 12. Visit the Honolulu Art Museum 13. Go to the Aloha Stadium Meet and Swap flea market 14. Try shaved ice at Waiola 15. Jump off the rocks and snorkel at Alan Davis 16. Explore the north shore beaches 17. Get malasadas from Leonard’s bakery 18. Visit the Ko Olina lagoons and try and find the secret beach
What to plan: • Research service projects that interest you. We picked one to help clean up the beaches. • Research locations to shoot at but plan loosely. There are so many places that are awesome along the roads less traveled.
What to bring: • Sunscreen (but only the kind that is safe for the coral reefs. It’s the law there) • Lots of shoes, including a pair of shoes that you can leave behind when they get muddy on trails • A blanket for the flight because it’s a long one • Bug spray & Band-Aids. • As many clothes & bathing suits as you can fit in your luggage • Makeup, Hair Stuff, Sunglasses and Accessories
What to keep in mind when you arrive: • I suggest renting a jeep because you never know where you want to travel or if you will find yourself driving in the sand. Plus, it’s fun to take pictures in! • Take water and snacks for the road • It rains every other 5 minutes, so just be patient • Look for some awesome souvenirs to take home, but not flowers, sand, animals or fruit • Bring all your clothes with you every day since you never know where you’ll end up. Kauai is one big circular highway with a lot to do as you circle the island • Don’t be afraid to get lost or turn off the highway. We found some amazing locations that way!
Last but not least:
• Be adventurous. Check out Queens Bath and ask the local’s if it’s a good day. They’ll know. Go EARLY! • Meet new people; the locals are so friendly! • Stop and do touristy stuff. Especially at Lilo & Stitch’s • The memories you make will last a lifetime, so • DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!!!!