Sara Tekula, Owner & Creative Director
Sara Tekula has been a business and marketing consultant on Maui since 2004. Through The Iris Agency, Sara has served as a brand development, strategic business consultant, and publicist for nearly 50 different local businesses, start-ups and non profits, and has produced and directed dozens of events, including TEDxMaui, which she co-founded. From 1998 through 2004, she worked in Los Angeles and New York as a television producer on two Emmy-winning series: Behind the Music for VH1 and Survivor! for CBS.
Sara is passionate about storytelling in all its forms and is an accomplished writer and musician. She is Director of Communications & Outreach for Maui nonprofit The Merwin Conservancy, an organization co-founded by U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin and his wife Paula Merwin. Since 2011, Sara has taught undergraduate business, management, and marketing courses at University of Hawaii Maui College, as part of the Business Department faculty. A native New Yorker, Sara graduated in 1997 from the University of Southern California with a degree in Psychology with a focus on behavior and learning, and now is actively studying the connections between people, nature, and creativity.
Inspired by those interests, in 2011, Sara and her husband completed an epic journey: planting native “wish trees” in all 50 states, part of a two-year nationally recognized project called Plant a Wish. The couple developed, promoted and filmed the project themselves, led a successful crowdfunding campaign to make happen, and documented the journey on film (documentary now in post production). They live in Makawao, surrounded by trees (many of which they planted themselves), with their son Henry Koa, a large farm cat named Gordon, and a handful of chickens.
The key to a powerful campaign or project is building a great team. The Iris Agency has been blessed with the opportunity to bring many creative people, vendors, and companies into the fold, in the best interest of our projects and clients, including some of those listed below:
Conn Brattain Design
Event Horizon Audiovisual
Island Girl Pinups
Jessica Pearl Photography
Katie McMillan Public Relations
Laulima Catering & Events
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Maui Production Group
Maui Tropical Plantation
Naomi D. Sheikin Photography
Prison Street Design
Sean Michael Hower Photography
White Orchid Wedding