Swimwear was the first thing I focused on when looking for a Hawaii brand to promote. I’m always in the water swimming, snorkeling, bodyboarding and paddle boarding. I’ve been on the search for bikinis that stayed on while I’m diving in waves, paddling out and getting pounded in the shore break . Finding a bikini top that fits me perfectly was also a struggle because of my not so standard bust size.
When starting my search I was blown away by finding so many small Hawaii businesses specializing in swimwear. I’ve always bought brands like Roxy, Billabong and Hurley and never knew handmade bikinis in Hawaii existed.
After a few weeks of looking through the businesses that had trendy bikinis that fit my lifestyle I decided to buy my first Kalo Kini. Once I got my first top from them I was hooked. It fit perfectly, stayed on strong and of course, eye catching with it’s flattering cuts and mixed colors.
The person responsible for creating this brand, Mariah Tavares is the owner, designer, seamstress, marketing and shipping queen. Not only has she started her own swimwear line but this amazing woman is mother to a cute teenie-wahine and has another job outside of Kalo Kini!!!
Mariah was fortunate to grow up in the tropical surroundings of Waipio Valley. I’m jealous but very thankful that she was raised in this valley surrounded by waterfalls, streams, ocean and lush landscape. Waipio’s such an inspirational and sustainable Hawaiian landmark.
Thank you Instagram for allowing small business to showcase their brands, without IG I would’ve never found Kalo Kini! Mahalo Mariah for continuing your striving business and allowing me to showcase your creations.
I highly suggest following @kalokini on Instagram and Twitter to get the latest news on sales, events and new prints or designs coming out. Once the print is sold out it may not be available again. Mark your calendars for popup and special events where they have limited and exclusive prints and designs sold. Happy shopping!