The Santa Doll Artisan and Her Faithful LouLou
Hawaii's Santa Doll lady, Ione Adams, was born and raised in the islands and never saw real snow as a child.
But, she sure knew about Santa Claus... and this developed into a genuine love affair with the Christmas holiday season.
As a young girl, her Mom made sure that Ione learned how to sew. In fact, without this blossoming talent her wardrobe as a teenager would have been a little sparse.
Little did she know this basic skill would ultimately help her become one of the most artistic Santa Claus doll artisans in the world.
Ione was the fine apparel buyer for a prestigious department store in Hawaii. This professional experience gave her numerous opportunities to meet and work with world renown fashion designers and garment manufacturers.
The knowledge she gained from this ongoing affiliation is exemplified by the unique quality of her collection.
Ione lives on the windward side of the Island of Oahu nestled against the foot of the Koolau mountain range. This setting has been so inspiring for her that she decided to name her company after it.
Over The Koolaus was formed in 1995 and Ione has been creating santa dolls ever since.
Be sure to check out the Ione Adams Blog for more information.