Therese Owens Yap has been a Nail Technician Professional on Maui, Hawaii since 2009.  She began as an apprentice in a nail shop gaining much of her knowledge from performing hands on services.  With her internal drive wanting more, in 2016 she received her Diploma and Hawaii State Licensure in the Esthetics field.   In 2018 She became a certified and skilled Permanent Makeup Artist. With a persistent desire to hold herself at the highest level of standards, she applied herself by attending and completing several advance certification courses through out her career. Owens Yap has successfully owned and operated Lehiwa Designs LLC, since 2014,  managing and training other licensed beauty professionals along the way. In 2020 the beauty industry entered uncertain territory when the world entered into a pandemic and salons along with other businesses were shut down. Owens recognized that the beauty industry would face an evolution of change. Offering her knowledge and support she assisted her community with the regulation and guideline protocols for the reopening of salons, working closely with other salon owners and county officials. During this process, wanting to share her wisdom, she began offering instruction to the nail program at the maui beauty college. Stretching herself to maximize her passion for the beauty industry.  With the new found awareness of the need for continued education on Maui, Owens has expanded herself to offer advance master classes for licensed nail technicians and estheticians.

“Continued education for the beauty professional is key to career growth and professional validity.  As professionals we must increase our knowledge and sharpen our skills in order to motivate our creative edge, confidence and technical ability.”