Halela & 5th was created by Lauren Malamala – aka “Mala”. Originally from Hawaii (grew up on Halela Street) and now residing in Manhattan, Mala offers people a look at life from the point of a small town island girl, living in New York City. She has a BA in International Business from Richmond, the American International University in London, and is currently working on her career as a songwriter/musician. To make the daily DOLLA DOLLA BILLS Y’ALL, she is the marketing director and writer at a luxury wedding publication, assistant editor at an online magazine, a voice over actor, and a contributing writer to several different blogs and websites. One thing you’ll never hear her say is “I’m bored”.

Credits: Logo graphic and podcast theme song created by Ka’eo Costa.

Mala’s writing has been published in print and online by brands including…