We had the good fortune of connecting with Mahala Herron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mahala, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important driving factor behind the success of my brand has been my own self-actualization. As I have grown to know, understand, and accept myself, my brand has become more successful. I’m actually really blessed to have leisure time which allows me to dive into my personal interests and pursue my goals. It just so happens that I really do believe in the future of hemp and cannabis within the sustainability industry; so I’ve researched it frivolously, which only adds to the success of Hala Hemp.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Hala Hemp is a sustainable lifestyle brand for the creative in you. We donate a portion of our sales to non-profits which work to liberate those with non-violent cannabis charges, and we simultaneously aim to set a sustainable standard within the cannabis industry. Hala Hemp has reached its level of success through resiliency, consistency, and accountability. As we’ve been operating for about a year and a half, we have seen immense growth and recognition from consumers and peers within the cannabis industry, who all admire the philanthropic values of the brand. We want the world to recognize us as a brand that works to bring out the best part of our consumers. We pride ourselves on being able to help our consumers in their creative endeavors, all while making a sustainable lifestyle, an easy one.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting LA, the first place I would take her (if she was willing) is to hike to the Hollywood sign. I’m a really big fan of views and scenic overlooks, so we would also check out Mulholland Drive and Baldwin Hills. We would definitely be frequent shoppers at Whole Foods, Pressed Juicery, and Juice Crafters for the bougie Angeleno effect, and we would always have some early 2000’s R&B bumpin’ for the vibes. For a well-rounded experience, I would take her to The Getty museum, Leimert Park, the Santee Alley, and Calamigos Ranch. Then I would love to visit a few open houses, especially of the older homes with the “Old-Hollywood” vibe. Some of my favorite food and hangout spots in LA is at Melody’s LAX, Love Baked Wings, EP & LP, Berkshire House, and Javier’s. Krispy Krunchy Chicken is everywhere, but still gets an honorable mention for the best gas station chicken in the world! I literally love to spend the day with loved ones, good music, and great food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m dedicating my shout out to my elementary and middle school, which is literally the foundation of most of my beliefs. St. Paul’s Episcopal School (SPES) is an independent school in Oakland. The education and experience which was provided shaped my world view, making me believe that I could accomplish anything. I remember starting a Global Warming club in the third or fourth grade, where our first initiative was to replace all of the lights in the building with energy saving lights. Not only was I supported by the teaching staff in this pursuit, but I was given the confidence to continue to pursue my goals and ambitions. So shout out to SPES, for providing such a top notch education.