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Best places to snorkel in Hawaii

Hawaii Bikinis

Bikinis aren’t just good for relaxing.  Pakaloha bikinis are meant to stay on during all kinds of ocean activities.  One of our favorite things to do at Pakaloha is snorkel and free dive, and Hawaii is the perfect place to do it!

Below are some of the best snorkel spots on the island.

  1. Sharks Cove
  2. Located on the North Shore of Oahu, this cove is a protected nature preserve popular with keiki and scuba divers alike.  The waves can be big in the winter but in the summer this spot can’t be beat!

  3. Hanauma Bay
  4. Hanauma Bay is a famous nature preserve on the Southeast of Oahu.  It’s sea life so a limited number of guests are allowed in at a time.  It’s popular for a reason, and worth a trip for long time residents and first time visitors alike!

  5. Kapalua Bay 
  6. Located on Maui, this spot is a sheltered bay with two different reefs to investigate.  The white sands mean this is a peaceful spot to relax in between dive sessions!

  7. Honaunau Bay
  8. You can find this picturesque spot on the Big Island, where its turquoise waters are protected and the visibility is great most days of the year.  It’s overlooked by Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, a great place to learn more about Hawaiian history.  This bay is also known as the City of Refuge…

  9. Poipu Beach Park

Poipu Beach Park on the south side of Kauai is a popular spot of a variety of activities, not just snorkeling.  You will fall in love with the arc of soft sand and the monk seals that sometimes sleep there!

So what are you waiting for?  Grab one of our bikinis, and get going!!

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How to make a bikini last forever

Hawaii Bikinis

Pakaloha bikinis are built to last!  Made with the best lycra, a Pakaloha bikini can last years after you purchase it.  But, as with all things we love, you should take care of your bikini.  Below are a few tips to keep your bikini in ready for the beach!

~After getting out of the ocean or pool, always rinse your bikini with fresh water.

~Always hand-wash your bikini and hang dry.  Never put your Pakaloha bikini in the washer and dryer or iron it.

~If you need to use soap, use an all-natural, gentle detergent.

~Be careful of chemical deodorants and sunscreen—they can stain!

~Check the lining of your bikini!  Fine sand can get caught in the lining.  You can remove it by gently shaking the lining out.

Do you want a bikini that will last forever?  Check out our online shop! We have board shorts too!

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Ocean Safety Tips

Pakaloha Team Rider

It’s almost the end of summer and we’re all excited to get in the ocean. But in between killer Instagram photos and making honu friends there are a few things to keep in mind–

1) Read the signs

The State of Hawaii puts out signs when there are dangerous conditions in the water such as strong currents, dangerous shore break, and even jellyfish! Keep an eye on these warnings and respect them, especially if you aren’t an expert oceanographer (yet).

2) Don’t Go Out Alone

Many of the best beaches in Hawaii don’t have lifeguards, and sometimes we all want to enjoy our own paradise lost. But that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. Besides, aren’t the best experiences in life shared?

3) Beat the Heat

And hydrate! Always wear (reef safe!) sunblock and remember to reapply. You might not notice the heat getting to you, but you don’t want to come home and find out you’ve burn to a crisp. So get some shade if you need it, and always drink enough water! (POG counts too.)

4) Never Turn Your Back On The Ocean

Especially in winter shore break! Part of what makes the beach so fun is how changing and unpredictable it is. But we also don’t want to get swept away by any rogue waves, do we?

5) Listen to the Life Guard

From their spot on the beach lifeguards can see more hazards than you might expect, including wildlife and dangerous currents. So if you hear them over the megaphone, pay attention! They might even tell you when a monk seal is around…

And finally–

6) When in Doubt, Don’t Go Out

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5 Best Oahu Beaches to Rock Your Bikini (That aren’t in Waikiki)

Maui Hawaii Bikinis

If you’ve ever been to Oahu, you know how lucky we are to have nearly unlimited options for going to the beach. We all know Waikiki Beach for its history and famous skyline, but let’s face it…sometimes the crowds get a little overwhelming. So if you’re looking to explore outside of town, here are the top 5 Oahu beaches to rock your bikini.

Waimea
Brand Ambassador Sammi (@saltsiren) by Logan Moon (is.moon) wearing the Ehukai no ties bottom and Baby Beach top.
  1. Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay is known for its winter swells, that sometimes reach over 25 feet! But in the summer, when the waves are calm, and it’s the perfect place to float away from your problems. Or, if that sounds too easy, take a leap of faith, jumping off the infamous rock platform on the south side of the bay.

  1. Lanikai Beach

Lanikai means “heavenly sea” and if you drive out to the east side of Oahu, you’ll instantly know why. The soft sand and tranquil blues, that don’t get hit with the same waves that take over the North Shore in winter. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a kayak out to the Mokuluas. There’s no telling how far you’ll go!

  1. Sunset Beach

Sunset beach seems to stretch out forever, giving you a panorama view of blue ocean. In winter you can check out a surf contest, and in summer it seems to beckon from the end of the Haleiwa bike path. Get yourself some coconut from a nearby fruit stand (or some pie from Ted’s bakery!) and stretch out here to catch some sun.

  1. Kalaniana’ole Beach Park

Maybe you know this place by the ‘mermaid caves’ that are all over Instagram these days. But did you know you can camp with the proper permit? Located out on the Waianae side of the island, this beach is located near the Ko Olina resort and hosts a stretch of grass for picnic lunches. Acro Yoga anyone?

  1. Ala Moana Beach Park/Magic Island
Magic Island
left to right Promo Girls @uluuu_y in Ehukai with ties bottom| @kels484 in Hamoa bottom| @bikinisofhawaii in Ehukai no ties bottom – taken by @marissaalexandra.

If the thought of H1 traffic is too much, take a break at Ala Moana Beach Park. This beach is also host to Magic Island, and is a focal point for many gatherings and events. Most recently the Hokule’a returned home from her worldwide voyage here, and it’s the perfect spot to watch some Fourth of July fireworks. This beach also features a paved road for jogging and biking, and if you get tired of the beach you can cross the street and go shopping at Ala Moana Shopping Center (although can you get tired of a view like this?)

With so many places to choose from, what are you waiting for? Pack your favorite Pakaloha Bikini and get going!

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10 Reasons To Rock A Pakaloha Bikini This Summer

In a world of infinite bikini options, the hunt for perfect summer swimwear can often feel endless! I want to save your time this season and share why I believe you need not look any further than Hawaii-based swim company, Pakaloha Bikinis.

Here’s 10 reasons I’ll be sporting a Pakaloha Bikini this summer…and why you should too:

Before and after Pakaloha Bikinis

1. Confidence- Carefully designed to celebrate the shape of all women’s bodies, their styles truly enhance our favorite assets and ensure a sense of self-flattery from the moment you look in the mirror.

2. Comfort- Crafted with the intention of encouraging active lifestyles and epic adventures, Pakaloha understands the significance of not only looking good, but most importantly, feeling good. As a result, they deliver styles that rest so easily on the body that even after your adventure ends, you seriously will not want to take them off!

3. Rainbows- From a vibrant rainbow of solids to varying seasonal prints, there’s color choices for everyone! To simply brighten your day, step inside one of their stores, located on Maui and O’ahu, to shop the rainbow and get fitted by their team of bikini experts.

4. Versatility- Some of their designs allow multiple style variations. For example, the Ho’okipa Top can be tied 7 different ways…because who doesn’t love options?

2016 Big Wave Champion, Paige Alms, putting faith in Pakaloha’s tagline “Built For The Barrel”

5. Tan lines- With the cutest cuts and coverage choices, their suits are ideal for bronzing; leaving a trace of a perfect Brazilian bikini.

6. Durability- Tried and trusted by water women around the world, the strength of their bikinis seems incomparable! Constructed out of the best lycra material available, you can count on their bikinis to stay in place on your body. If team rider, Paige Alms, can depend on her Pakaloha while riding down the face of Jaws, I think we can too.

10 years later, this bikini still has its beach days

7. Longevity- Thanks to the strength of materials used, with proper care, their bikinis can be worn season after season. Pictured right is Pakaloha’s owner, Julie, wearing one of the first bikinis they ever created…10 years later!

8. Affordability- Even with the high quality products they’re sharing, they choose to keep prices low in an effort to spread their love as far and wide as possible.

9. Ohana- When you sport a Pakaloha Bikini, you become part of a tribe of women who encourage self-love, strength, and empowerment. Their Hawaii designs are globally unique so if you see a fellow Pakaloha girl, be sure to say hello! By choosing to shop with Pakaloha, you’re also supporting a small business that strives to give back to it’s local communities.

10. Piece of Paradise- As a reminder of your memories made in the tropics, Pakaloha Bikinis are excellent keepsakes to take home from the islands and to bring you back to the land of aloha each time you slip it on.

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Protect With Raw Before It’s The Law

Protect With Raw, Before It’s The Law

Many residents of the Hawaiian Islands have been pursuing the passing of SB1150 SD2 HD1, a bill which will prohibit the use or application of sunscreen and cosmetics containing oxybenzone while on the beach or in the ocean.

Numerous studies testing the effects of sunscreens on coral reefs have verified that while protecting humans from the sun’s UV rays, the active ingredient, oxybenzone, causes detrimental destruction to reefs.

Researchers explain that chemicals present in these products can awaken coral viruses which can lead to the coral becoming sick and expelling their life-giving algae. Without these algae, the coral “bleaches,” or turns white, and often dies. Oxybenzone is also a culprit of DNA damage within the coral, which can result in deformities, as well as inhibiting its ability to reproduce.

Worldwide, as many as 3,500 sunscreens contain oxybenzone and according to a study published in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, it’s been estimated that up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen are entering coral reef areas each year.

To fully discern the severity of this impact, it must be known that coral reefs account for the livelihood, food, and income of millions around the world. The reefs that encompass coastal regions are significant for providing fishing abundance, influencing tourism, serving as coastal protection, governing climate, and are home to a boundless array of beautiful and diverse wildlife. The devastation of these harmful products, may begin in the reefs, but its effects are sure to be felt far above sea level.

For many, the knowledge of this issue lies veiled by the depths of the ocean, but the citizens active in securing the passing of this bill, hold firm hope in halting the cycle of coral abuse, while generating an awareness and respect for the ocean among inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands and beyond.

While voicing insight on this matter, Pakaloha Bikini’s owner and O’ahu resident, Julie Dahl, grieved in saying, “My soul cries for this negligence. It should be banned here on the islands all together. If I can’t eat it, it doesn’t belong on your skin” While everyone at Pakaloha Bikini’s is hoping that this ban will be in effect as soon as possible, they sought out an immediate solution to renounce their role in pollution contribution. Their quest was deemed victorious upon discovering an impeccable alternative to sun protection; Raw Elements sunscreen. Raw Elements is a Certified Natural sunscreen that is gentle enough for infant use and dynamic enough to meet the performance demands of  extreme athletes. Utilizing zinc oxide as the sole active ingredient,  Raw Elements grants organic, sun protection that’s both reef and eco friendly.

Once opting for this natural selection, it’s effortless to safely enjoy the sunshine and ocean, in it’s accord, without any guilt or toxic chemicals. Ocean visitors who choose to compassionately make a shift in the products being applied to their skin and share information on the significance of this issue, are pioneering the foundations necessary for rebuilding insurance of the health, safety, and prosperity of future generations.

Raw Elements sunscreen is available for purchase in various forms at the three Pakaloha Bikini’s locations in Haleiwa, Lahaina, and Paia.

Purchase Raw Elements online here: https://pakalohamaui.com/shop/raw-sunscreen/

For more information regarding bills that affect coral reefs in Hawai’i  and how to take action in the movement of banning toxic sunscreens, read more here: https://bantoxicsunscreens.com/legislation/

 

By: Ashley Stanulis

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XOXO Surf

On Sunday, January 29th, Maui water women of all ages gathered at Launiupoko Beach for the 4th annual XOXO beach festival. The event has been organized with the aim to educate, empower, and spark the stoke of all the young attendees. Led by Maui locals Kelly Potts, Pakaloha team rider Paige Alms, Marina Daian, Ashley Baxter and Tatiana Howard, the XOXO was a day devoted to learning, creating friendships, and most importantly, having fun!

The morning of the event began with uncertainty for some. Rain was blanketing the island and there was heavy wind dancing with the shore at Launiupoko. Upon arrival, one of the first observations that the girls were able to make was that the surf conditions were poor and potentially unsafe with strong currents and an overpowering breeze. Event facilitator, Kelly Potts, stated “If we weren’t counting on over 50 girls showing up and hadn’t planned the event for an entire year, I would’ve cancelled. Boy was I glad we stuck it out.” Sticking out the elements seemed effortless to the very adaptable and driven group of girls. Luckily, everyone brought a ray of light in their smiles and optimism in their spirit that made the unruly weather conditions seem minor.

After set-up and sign-in, the first planned activity was jar decorating. Each of the girls got a chance to customize their beverage container for the day with stickers from the event sponsors and art supplies to add a personal touch. The idea behind the glass jars was to encourage the re-use of the materials to make the event itself more sustainable by aiding in reducing the potential for future waste. As lovers of the Aina, the women who organized this event allowed their personal values to thread throughout the day’s discussions. One shared value that each of these women maintain is a devotion to doing everything in their power to respect the Earth by practicing conscious consumption and working to spark this concern in others.

After the girls had their chance to get crafty, it was time to get geared up in the Pakaloha tent. Pakaloha Bikinis gifted each of the girls a surf-friendly piece of swimwear and a signature mermaid hat for shade and, of course, style.

From here, all the women circled together for the official opening ceremony. Sharing introductions with a fun ice breaker game, this gave everyone a chance to connect with their lead and junior coaches as well as with each other. While huddled together, you could feel a sense of inspiration flowing among all of the girls. The coaches shared their personal intentions for participating in the XOXO as well as what they hope to contribute and have the attendees gain from their presence. A common motive was that the girls would gain enthusiasm and motivation to work hard and chase their dreams while maintaining an emphasis on personal happiness and empowering others along the way.

Following the powerful opening, it was time to get moving! Athletic trainers Samantha Campbell and Lindsey Dennis, from Deep 2 Peak, led the group through a dynamic warm-up to get everyone ready for the active afternoon ahead. In addition to the physical practice, the girls discussed the importance of properly preparing their bodies for intense exercises and how preventative practices such as thoroughly warming up is working in accord to what is best for their body, which will result in operating at a greater capacity for strength, endurance,  and overall health. By this time in the day, the powerful winds were beginning to mellow and the surf was cleaning up. The anticipation of getting in the water was noticeably growing and it was becoming clear that the girls were all going to get what they came for….waves!


Before hitting the water, the group lined the shore for a surf lesson from the Maui Surfer Girls. Starting with the basics, the class talked about where waves come from and how they are formed, as well as understanding the wind’s ability to direct the currents. Another fundamental topic discussed was finding the best places to paddle out and finding land markers to line up with the peak. After emphasizing ocean safety and general surf etiquette, the focus moved to the business on the board. The girls learned to find their “sweet spot” on the board and as well as tips to remember such as “low you go, tall you fall” and “always throwing a shaka.” While this day was a surfing first for some, many of the girls were already active wave riders. For this group, they spent time focusing on more progressive cues. These included learning to lean back to engage fins and forward to accelerate, as well as using eye contact and their front hand to direct turns. They even reviewed getting back down on your board after each ride and called this part finishing like a pro! The Maui Surfer girls shared their insight and passion to accomplish the goal of ensuring the girls were becoming aware and responsible surfers.

As the surf training came to a close and it was time to fuel up. A healthy and lively lunch was served compliments of Flat Bread Company Pizza, Maui Catering Service, and fresh greens harvested from Leeward farms. Lunch was yet another opportunity to shed light on the importance of self-care and practicing mindfulness and gratitude. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that lunch time also meant play time. The girls had an opportunity to turn their cruise control on for a bit. By then, the sun was also ready to come out and play.

A group gathered on the beach to enjoy the show as a pod of dolphins was frolicking on the horizon.

After lunch, the sun was high in the sky, and the girls were geared up, warmed up, and fueled up. With boards in hand, they flocked toward the shore line and began paddling out to the breaks.The afternoon’s lessons certainly proved to have paid off. Everyone in the water was catching waves, having a blast, and getting sun soaked and surf stoked.

Post-surf, the girls filled out a short questionnaire asking the following questions:

  • What goals do you hope to have accomplished by this time next year?
  • What is something new that you learned today?
  • What are you grateful for?

The questionnaire was collected to be revisited by the girls at next year’s XOXO. Setting goals and paying attention to progress is a significant aspect of ambitiously staying motivated in moving forward on their targeted path. It was understood by the girls that their personal choices direct their dreams from imagination to reality. These questions were aimed to provoke ambition and give the girls time to reflect upon and integrate everything they learned that day.

To close the event, the girls had an opportunity to collect autographs from their professional lead coaches and a lei ceremony was held to express a final sense of togetherness, thanks, and triumph. For the concluding lesson, everyone collected and loaded up the boards to prepare for departure. Each girl left with an even brighter smile and more uplifted spirit than she arrived with. The 4th annual XOXO was surely a success and an unforgettable day for the participants, volunteers, and spectators!

Mahalo to Prana, Maui Surfer Girls, Deep 2 Peak, Flatbread Company Paia, Maui Catering Service, Leeward Farm and to all of the lead and junior coaches for making this possible.

To view and download more images from the event, check out: https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll

Written & photographed by: Ashley Stanulis

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Bye, Bye Mosquitos! Aloha Bug Off!

We’re no strangers to this daunting scenario; you’re outdoors, immersed in the beauty of nature surrounding you when suddenly – swat! – well hi there, mosquito. Leave it to the pesky mosquitos to suck more than just the fun out of your outdoor adventures. They introduce themselves by stealing our blood and leave behind a trace of itchy and irritating bites. Chances are, you are all too familiar with this issue, but Pakaloha Bikinis is here with a solution!

The quick-fix to this mosquito problem is wearing repellent and it’s known that it isn’t pleasant for the mosquitos, but have you every wondered what effects it has on you? What many people are not aware of is the idea that the mosquito spray lining shelves in stores all over the world may actually be harming our bodies more than it is helping us. Mainstream bug sprays are loaded with many ingredients difficult to pronounce and find origins of. To us, this is an alarming sign that the product is not filled with goodness, but rather synthetic, toxic substances. At Pakaloha Bikinis, we believe that if you can’t ingest a product, then you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin. For this reason, we took mosquito matters into our own hands and created an all natural Bug Off, free from unsafe elements.

Pakaloha Bikini’s Bug Off contains citronella, lavender, and peppermint essential oBug Offils, along with filtered water, and a heavy splash of love! Not only does Bug Off kick mosquitoes aside, but it also has a savory scent, while the peppermint oil cools and relieves any previously acquired bites.

We believe that being conscious about all products going on and into our bodies is a major aspect of honoring ourselves and leading a healthy, wholesome life. We wish to assist you in your journey of cleaning up your life, one product at a time. Bug Off is available in all Pakaloha Bikinis locations and online at pakalohamaui.com. Sprays are available in two different sizes: 3.5 oz or 8 oz. The 3.5 oz bottle is perfect for traveling, which makes Bug Off a flying friendly essential for your next getaway.

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Q&A with Marine Biologist and Pakaloha Ambassador Kori Garza

Whale Bag

Pakaloha Bikinis recently did a Q&A with our ambassador Kori Garza, a marine biologist and conservationist who loves the ocean and works to protect and inform us on its most misunderstood inhabitants everyday. She told us a little bit more about herself, passion, and new Keiko Conservation X Garza Photography awareness totes.

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a marine biologist and conservationist?
A: Growing up in the Midwest, I wasn’t able to experience the marine environment first hand. My inspiration and education came primarily from the discovery channel, animal planet, and weekend visits to the zoo with my father. In particular, Steve Irwin had a MAJOR impact on my decision to pursue a life in conservation and science, particularly sparking my interest in behavioral studies of predatory species. Even today Steve remains my absolute biggest idol and inspiration.

Q: What is your favorite part about your job?
A: There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t feel overwhelmingly grateful that I am able to combine my passion and my career into one. The absolute best part of my job is being able to share my passion with people who typically would never encounter a shark face to face. Sharing the same space with these beautiful predators every single day is such a beautiful experience, and I am so happy to be able to share that. Not many people who aren’t marine biologists or conservationists can say that they have swam with sharks without any form of barrier. I feel honored that I am able to make that a reality for the average person with One Ocean Diving. To incorporate the public into scientific research in such a hands on way is invaluable to both the individuals involved and the positive impact these interactions have for society’s perception of sharks.

Q: What is your favorite animal or animal(s)?
A: Oh gosh… I could list a thousand different animals! Obviously sharks are my absolute favorite, but if I had to pick a specific species of shark I would have to say the tiger shark. They are one of the most misunderstood species on the planet. Interactions with tigers are incredibly special to me, borderline spiritual even. Every moment spent in water with a tiger leaves me in awe. They are just so incredibly beautiful, majestic, and powerful.

Q: Where were the pictures featured on the bags taken, and who took each one?
A: The blacktip reef shark photo and the humpback whale photo were taken off the island of Mo’orea in French Polynesia. The green sea turtle photo was taken on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. All photos were taken by Garza Photography (John Garza & myself) from our recent adventures this past summer. We teamed up with Natalie Parra of Keiko Conservation to create the awareness totes.

Q: Where did the idea for the reusable bags come from?
A: I have many friends involved in promoting sustainability and along with the girls of Water Inspired and Keiko Conservation we held a few reef cleanup events across the island this past year. Visually seeing how much rubbish we were pulling out of the ocean in just one small spot in only a few hours was overwhelming. I felt like I wanted to do more than just clean up the rubbish, I wanted to help prevent it. The plastic bag ban was put into place and that was an incredible step forward! But when I went shopping a couple weeks after it was placed into effect, I noticed that rather than removing the plastic bags these companies had simply made the plastic thicker and printed the words “sustainable” on
them. There is nothing sustainable about plastic. They had found a loophole to the ban that is currently in the works to be eliminated (fingers crossed). So I approached Natalie Parra of Keiko Conservation about creating reusable grocery bags with beautiful marine
life imagery and a conservation message printed on it relative to that species to help spread awareness and hopefully inspire others to think twice about using plastic.

Q: Why do you love Pakaloha Bikinis?
A: I spend every single day in a bikini, sometimes up to ten hours each day. I love Pakaloha Bikinis because they are beautiful enough for a relaxing day at the beach but are also strong enough to handle my crazy everyday wear and tear. You can look incredible and ACTUALLY wear them in an active lifestyle. I used to go through dozens of bikinis in no time at all, until I started wearing Pakaloha. I still have sets from over a year ago that are in perfect condition!

Q: What are your favorite styles and why?
A: My favorite top is the kahana. It’s perfect for my active lifestyle and is so incredibly comfortable and flattering. It’s perfect for underneath a wetsuit without any strings or ties. My favorite bottom is the koki. It’s a very flattering cut for the bum and doesn’t budge in the water, perfectly designed for diving and playing in the water.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: Any free time I have is usually spent in the water. Days off are like torture when you love what you do! I also love to hike, especially anything with a serious ridge line or heights. I recently became captivated by skydiving and would love to get into that more. I guess you could call me an adrenaline junkie… Also love spending any free time dreaming up the next adventure. I’m currently preparing for a five week solo backpacking trip through Southeast Asia in April!

Q: Where can people find more info about you and your work?
A: My social media is my most up to date and frequently used platform. (Instagram: @korigarza). I also just got our website up and running and hope to focus more on the conservation blog and adventure blog where I will be posting videos along with journal entries talking about different experiences and conservation campaigns. (w​ww.garzaphotography.com)​.

Q: Dream travel destination & why?
A: I have been completely fascinated by Antarctica for a very long time. It is by far my number one dream travel destination. It’s just one of the last places on earth left somewhat untouched by humans and has some of the most beautiful scenery and unique marine life on the planet. I would love to dive the underwater ice cathedrals while listening to the other­worldly vocals of the weddell seals. An up close, in­water interaction with a leopard seal would be absolutely incredible too!

Turtle BagBehind The Bags
Hawaii’s ban on plastic bags
In July 1, 2015 Hawaii proudly began the first state­wide ban on plastic bags. However, large corporations found a loophole in this ban by using THICKER plastic bags with the words “recyclable” and “sustainable” printed on them, which are actually much WORSE for the environment using more gas and oil to create and posing greater risk to wildlife with it’s durability. There is NOTHING sustainable about plastic.

Impact on marine life and ecosystem
Did you know that more than five TRILLION pieces of plastic weighing in at nearly 268,940 TONS is currently floating around the ocean? Plastic never decomposes, it only breaks into smaller and smaller pieces over time. From humpback whales and sea turtles consuming plastic bags to various fish consuming plastic nodules, plastic has the ability to collect toxins which are then transferred to the tissues and organs of whatever consumes it. This is such an important issues in Hawaii where we rely so heavily on the ocean. Unfortunately, you are what you eat.

Show your support & inspire others
Each bag is designed with a unique campaign hashtag focusing on raising awareness for a current threat to marine life. Tag a photo with your bag and use the campaign hashtag for a chance to win more awareness gear and to be featured on the @keikoconservation instagram.

The Keiko Conservation X Garza Photography awareness totes in these prints will be available for a limited time only for purchase in­store and online, $5.00 from every bag sold by Pakaloha Bikinis will be donated to marine conservation and research.

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New Kahana Ruched Bottom

Pakaloha Bikinis

Pakaloha Maui BikinisKahana Beach on Maui is known for beautiful pristine waters, great for swimming or diving, and world famous conditions…it’s windy approximately 300 days out of the year! This makes it a popular spot for locals, windsurfers, or anyone looking for a little bit of paradise. Many of our bikini designs have been inspired by the beautiful beaches on Maui and Oahu. Finding the right bikini for all of your adventures is extremely important and Pakaloha Bikinis offers a wide variety of styles and colors to help you look & feel your absolute best!

Our newest bottom, The Kahana Ruched Bottom, is a flattering full-coverage style that lifts and shapes, while providing the great fit and security our bottoms are known for. Whether you are surfing, SUPing, diving, hiking, or simply laying in the sand, this bottom isn’t going anywhere. Similar to the original Kahana bottom, the Kahana Ruched Bottom is a slightly ‘cheekier’ style. Great for those making the transition from “baggy” bottoms or those who love our Puamana and Honolulu Ruched Bottoms, but want to add something with a little more coverage to their Pakaloha wardrobe.