Kalokini Swimwear

OUR STORY

KALO - Taro plant, a sacred and primary food for the Hawaiian Culture.  It is considered by many to be the worlds most cultivated crop. Kalo holds a significance role in Hawaii, its people and the culture. 

MEET OUR OWNER AND DESIGNER

MARIAH TAVARES IS THE OWNER AND DESIGNER OF KALO KINI SWIMWEAR.  THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRAND NAME STEMS FROM HER FAMILIES 5 GENERATION KALO (TARO) FARMING BACKGROUND IN WAIPIO VALLEY LOCATED ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII. IN 2013 SHE HAD GIVEN BIRTH TO HER FIRST CHILD HAWEA, AND REALIZED HOW ESSENTIAL THE FIRST YEARS OF A CHILDS LIFE WAS AND DID NOT WANT RETURN TO THE WORKFORCE SO QUICKLY. 

AS A KID MARIAH WAS CONSTANTLY SURROUNDED BY NATURE AND ROAMED WAIPIO VALLEY, ALWAYS IN A BIKINI. 

WITH NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN SEWING/PATTERN MAKING AND NO BACKGROUND IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY SHE GOT TO WORK, DETERMINED TO SUCCEED. THERE WERE ENDLESS HOURS OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS (WHICH WERE VERY LIMITED BACK IN 2013), AND TONS OF TRIAL AND ERROR. 

SHE CREATED SWIMWEAR THAT WERE INSPIRED BY HER CHILDHOOD, AND DESIGNED FUNCTIONAL, YET FLATTERING PIECES THAT COULD MAKE ANY WOMAN FEEL THE BEST IN THEIR OWN SKIN. 

IN 2018 KALO KINI SWIMWEAR OPENED UP THEIR FIRST BRICK AND MORTAR SHOP IN MARIAH'S HOME TOWN OF HONOKAA. FOLLOWING THE OPENING, THE BRAND RELEASED THEIR VERY OWN KANE (MENS) LINE - NAMED KALO KANE. THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES MENS SURF SHORTS AND MATCHING TEE'S. INSPIRED BY THE ISLAND LIFESTYLE FROM MOUNTAIN TO OCEAN. 

OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE AND DESIGN HIGH QUALITY SWIMWEAR THAT CREATES CONFIDENCE AND EMPOWERMENT.


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