Mahina was born and raised in Hawaii Kai, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Born in March of 1985 to Alan and Pulani Cumpston, Mahina spent all of her youth juggling the various activities she was involved in; from a young age, Mahina had a knack for time management and a desire to participate in as many activities as possible. A Girl Scout for most of her childhood, Mahina earned her Silver Award in 6th grade and by her junior year at Kamehameha had earned her Gold Award, the highest award in the Girl Scouts of America.
As an undergrad at Loyola Marymount University, Mahina found herself once again involved in multiple activities and organizations. Joining Na Kolea as a freshman was just the beginning, by graduation Mahina had been involved in the Accounting Society, Under Wings (an inner-city educational outreach program), Women's Club Soccer, the University's Learning Resource Center as a tutor, as well as joining Kappa Alpha Theta where she coordinated their annual philanthropy KATWalk her senior year. Mahina also found time to work at the Jamba Juice on campus for three years.
Graduating with dual degrees - a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing - Mahina entered the corporate world as a public accountant, emphasizing in audit. The future remains open to Mahina, however ultimately her goal is to watch her children follow in her footsteps and attend Kamehameha Schools, just like Mahina did.
Lucas was born in Germany on September 18th, 1985 to Errol and Paloma Sayin. After two years in Germany, Lucas' parents returned to Okinawa where his father would work closely with the military personnel stationed in Okinawa over the next eight years. During his time in Okinawa, Lucas would become fluent - for a child his age - in Japanese and Okinawan, the local dialect. On many occasions Lucas would serve as the family translator, which frequently resulted in expressions of shock and disbelief as a young American boy would be fluently interacting with the local Okinawans.
At Loyola Marymount University, Lucas graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Bachelors of Business Administration in International Business. After graduation, Lucas chose to become an auditor at an accounting firm. The future remains a big unknown to Lucas, but Mahina was always the planner.
We both went to the same undergraduate school, Loyola Marymount University, and had mutual friends. We had met a few times before as members in the Greek community before we started dating. Mahina had even taken Lucas' roommate Taylor to a couple of her sorority events and had been in his apartment. But it wasn't until an accounting firm's Dodger Game event, an event that both of us almost didn't attend, that our paths finally crashed into each other.
Both of us almost missed the game entirely, Lucas was stuck at work and Mahina lost her Grandmother the day before to cancer. Despite her reluctance, Mahina's Mom insisted that she go to the game so that she could meet her new co-workers. To this day, Mahina's family insists that our meeting was arranged by Mahina's Grandmother. Needless to say, by the end of the baseball game we were fast friends.
Once the shock and excitement of our engagement had settled down it was time to start wedding planning. Mahina knew that she wanted to get married in June, but didn't have a particular date in mind. After talking to our parents and starting to look around at venues and wedding planners we managed to land on June 13, 2009, two years from when we met. This gave us about 11 months to plan our wedding with the help of our friend and amazing wedding planner Holly Schoenke, of Simply Sweet Weddings by Holly. Let me tell you, the lists for wedding planning are endless. And so are the meetings. From colors to florals, food to room decor, card stock to font type, it just never stopped.
There are only 3 days left and the anticipation of 11 months of planning is at an all time high; we can't wait for Saturday and look forward to seeing everyone at the wedding!
Now that we are married and have our daughter, Ke'alohi, we have decided to set up a blog to post pictures, updates and more. We, along with our two dogs, Duke and Harley, enjoy spending time with our close friends and family. We try to take the dogs to Huntington Dog Beach as often as we can so that Duke and Harley can run wild to their hearts content. Otherwise, you will find all of us at home relaxing while I blog, Lucas fiddles with electronics and Ke'alohi plays with the dogs. So be sure to check back often and leave us comments! We hope you enjoy our blog!