About the Designer
Hi! I am Megan Schott, I am the creator and owner of Ola Paz Beads. I am currently 20 years old and a sophomore in college. I have long had a passion for jewelry and Ola Paz Beads is my way of expressing some of the things, places and people I am very passionate about. I hope you enjoy wearing my designs as much as I enjoy creating them!
About OLA PAZ
The name Ola Paz stems from two places in the world that I love, Hawaii and Peru. The word "ola" means "live" in Hawaiian and "paz" means peace in Spanish, coming together to mean "live peace."
My travels to Hawaii and Peru involved some of the best experiences of my life so far.
I spent a month in Hawaii traveling around the Big Island exploring the landscapes, diving in the Pacific and learning about the culture. Each day was a new adventure full of beauty and knowledge. No time was spent in hotels rather cottages of local families around the island in order to stay connected to the history of the island.
My time spent in Peru has continuously proved to be the most life changing experience of my life. The Hogar San Francisco de Asis is a home for sick and disabled children in Chaclacayo, Peru, about an hour outside of the capital, Lima. I have traveled to the Hogar three times so far as a volunteer working to help in the home. Whether it be doing dishes, helping the children get dressed or finish their homework we are there to help in any and every way possible. Sometimes it may just be coloring a picture, singing a song or offering a hug but the smallest things can often have the biggest impact. It is sometimes easy to forget that these children are sick, the home is full of smiles and laughs and a whole lot of jokes but is the times when you are reminded of their pain that you recognize why you are there, to love.
My hope with Ola Paz Beads is that I will be able to create something that people will enjoy and I will in turn be able to give back to a place that is so close to my heart.
Chaclacayo, Peru Waipio Valley, Big Island, Hawaii