7 Reasons We Love Kealopiko

When a much-loved, Neighbor-Island design house sets up shop in Honolulu, there’s a lot to celebrate. We discover new things about the brand, we meet the owners and we get to try on the clothing before buying it. From hand-dyed prints to so-now styles, here’s why we love Kealopiko and its new O‘ahu boutique.


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Kealopiko screen printing

Screen printing at the Kealopiko workshop.
Photos: David Croxford

 

1. Moloka‘i Made

Kealopiko’s All Aloha collection is hand cut, dyed and printed in Hawai‘i.

 

2. Contemporary Casuals

Kealopiko shirt dress


Shirt dresses (with pockets!), off-the-shoulder frocks and men’s long-sleeve aloha shirts are a few of the brand’s newer styles. 

 

3. The Giving Three

Through Kealopiko’s Giving Back Program, Ka Mālama Kaiāulu, Ane Bakutis, Jamie Makasobe and Hina Kneubuhl work with various organizations to help improve local communities. Three percent of Kealopiko’s annual sales goes to various nonprofits.

 

4. Home Fun

Kealopiko plant holder


“Because we’re picky, we’re always creating things we love,” says Makasobe with a laugh. “When we wanted to add fun accents to our homes, we made them ourselves.” And, of course when their family, friends and customers saw their unique, cute home décor, which includes ceramic dishware and canvas plant holders, they wanted it for their own homes.

 

5. Keiki Corner

Kealopiko Hawaiian alphabet playing cards

Hawaiian alphabet playing cards.


When Bakutis became a parent, it inspired the trio to make keiki clothing and accessories. Now you can find chew-safe soft blocks made from Kealopiko fabric scraps, Hawaiian alphabet playing cards and reversible bucket hats at the shop. 

 

6. Support Local

“If we were going to have a store, we wanted it to be a shared stage with other talented, local creatives,” Makasobe says. “Having just our items would be boring.” Three Piko, a brand under Kealopiko, was born to support other designers and showcase their work, offering a leg up for new or struggling artists.

 

7. Draw Attention

Kealopiko clutches


​Bakutis and Kneubuhl hand draw Kealopiko’s prints, focusing on native species, nature elements and cultural references to bring awareness to Hawaiian life and traditions.  And each item comes with a tag explaining the subject’s Hawaiian language translation and meaning. Patterned clutches, pouches and totes are the latest addition to the array. 

 

Kealopiko, South Shore Market, Ward Village, 593-8884, kealopiko.com.

 

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