Born and raised in Maui, Amanda Dela Cruz grew up with beautiful surroundings that have always inspired her creativity. Amanda later went on to live and experience the city lights of Honolulu while attending Hawai'i Pacific University. After graduating from college with a BSBA in Finance and Ecomonics, she decided to continue following her true calling in fashion and design. For the past 9 years, she has managed one of Hawai'i's most well known boutiques, Cottage by the Sea, located in Ward Warehouse. Incorporating her business skills with her creative outlet in design, the Lil Coconut Hawaii brand was created with designs all consisting Amanda's own photography of her travels in Hawai'i and along the West Coast. She believes that every clutch she designs is a piece of paradise that everyone can have!