Hawaii inventor creates new travel pillow with a sling

I love sleep, and I used to travel a lot (until I became a mother), which is why I’m always keen on finding better ways to get sleep while traveling. I have several types of those U-shaped travel pillows, and recently found one that’s a new take on that old concept. It has a sling to provide tension, to keep the pillow closer to your neck.

Courtesy: Dream Sling

Hawaii-born inventor Aran Higa created a unique, multi-patented (US and China), portable, travel sling pillow called the Dream Sling. You put the pillow against the side of your neck and your arms into the sling, which acts as a counterweight.

Courtesy: Dream Sling

Brilliant! Then the pillow won’t slip off your shoulders! That’s always been my problem, as a tiny woman purchasing the other one-size-fits-all pillows.

Higa says he invented the concept when he was dead-tired after moving boxes all day. He was catching a little shut-eye in his car and saw a steering wheel cover next to him.

He decided to see if would support his head if he looped it around his torso. It worked!

After five years of research and product development, he created the Dream Sling with help from his mom who handmade the first prototypes with her sewing machine. The product is now available on Amazon in three colors: Siesta Blue, Midnight Navy and Moon Gray.

Higa is a graduate of Pearl City High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and was formerly a technical director at KITV. He also graduated from FAA Air Traffic Control School and used to work at the Honolulu International Airport Control Tower.

I’m all for the Dream Sling after trying it. Now I just need somewhere to go. Ha!

For more information on the Dream Sling or to order online visit www.dreamsling.com.

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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