Julie Hamano


My name is Julie Hamano. I am a highly driven individual with a talent and passion for goal-oriented solutions and I specialize in taking on tasks head on. I am a Founding Partner of Ikigai Travel and currently hold the position of Senior Brand Manager.

I run on coffee, my favorite food is anything spicy, and I have a deep-rooted love for bringing my adventures to life through the lens of a camera. 

My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
— Fred Rogers

Ikigai Travel started as the brainchild of my fiancé and I as a way to take back the spotlight from the "negative news" media that reigns supreme today and instead bring back the focus to the good deeds that happen around the world on a daily basis. In the modern world of instant messaging, live streams, and by-the-minute news updates, our desire for new, exciting, "hot" content and stories has reached unfathomable levels.

My passion is to bring awareness to the real world issues that are harming our planet and to highlight small, daily habits or changes to your routine that can have a large impact on your health, well-being, and overall happiness for yourself, others, and our planet. Shopping local & supporting small businesses, eating wholesome & plant based, or practicing self-care to name just a few.

Swapping out single-use plastics for reusable options & keeping my indoor plants alive while enjoying some hot bean juice (aka coffee) is my current mood. If reading isn’t your thing, I have re-launched my YouTube Channel under Ikigai with Julie.

Brb, applying for jobs at coffee shops in my new home (Seattle, WA) and working on my yoga certification.