About Us


Entrepreneur, Philantropist, Business Owner & Real Estate Investor Sonya Sarin has built her long-standing career in Fashion and Art by following her own set of rules. Totally charismatic Sonya has been rocking the fashion and Art industry with her unique style since 1997 when she opened Design Direction, one of the hottest and creative art studios in NYC. In 2013 Sonya left New York for her true love...HAWAII. As a lover of Hawaii Sonya joined Hawaii Culture and Retail Association (HCRA) as a partner and Chief Operating Officer and helped many local artisans and practitioners of Hawaii bring their Amazing art to the world! After three years of helping the artists Sonya took it a step further and founded Island Connection, a platform that connects visitors with a luxurious venue and authentic Hawaii experience. Whether it's through Art, fine dinning, shopping, or relaxing - Sonya will help make your island connection a reality!