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Pakaloha Wildlife Corner: All About Turtles

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When you close your eyes and think about Hawaiian wildlife, what do you see? No doubt, one of the first things that came to mind is the iconic Hawaiian green sea turtle. These peaceful creatures can be seen bobbing around the coral reef and relaxing on sandy beaches.   How much do you know about these wonderful creatures? Let’s find out.

  • The Hawaiian word for Green Sea Turtle is Honu. In Hawaiian culture, they represent wisdom and good luck. They feature in many Hawaiian legends and sometimes come in the form of ‘Aumakua’—a kind of guardian spirit for Hawaiian families.
  • Green Sea Turtles are an endangered species.   While they have recently been making a comeback, they are still a heavily protected species. As such, it is important to respect these ancient creatures. It is illegal to touch a sea turtle, so when you see one swimming by, keep your hands to yourself.
  • Sea turtles are old—like REALLY old. According to National Geographic, the lifespan of a wild sea turtle can be up to 80 years. However, there are many threats to sea turtles, including fishing nets, plastic, and pollution. It is important to pay attention to your plastic use and always remember to recycle to keep waste from reaching the ocean.
  • Sea Turtles come up on land to lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the baby turtles make their way to the water on their own. On beaches known to host turtle eggs, it is important to keeps the environment dark. Otherwise, the babies can get confused and go in the wrong direction!
  • If you want to see turtles in Hawaii, you need good eyes and a little bit of luck. They can frequently be found napping on the sand, protected by a swarm of local volunteers. As always, it is important to be respectful of the local wildlife. You can also spot them out in the water out snorkeling! Since turtles are reptiles, not fish, they need to come up to breathe. If you pay attention, you can see their heads popping out of the water!

I hope you’ve found new found respect for one of Hawai’i’s most famous residents!  Next time you see one swimming by, wave hello.  It might just wave a fin right back.

 

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Bikinis for Kaua’i

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With the massive amount of rain that fell over the North Shore of Kaua’i last week, the island needs helping hands from all around. People and animals have been displaced. Homes, schools, roads and businesses destroyed and closed indefinitely.

At Pakaloha Bikinis, we sent along our Aloha through a 24-hour Flash Sale. We donated 20 percent of all our proceeds for the day toward efforts aimed at getting the island back on its feet. The support generated by the sale from both Maui residents and visitors will be used to help victims through their recovery. Our Island State has stuck together during this trying time and will continue to in the future.

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All about that Paige

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We’re proud to announce the new Paige Alms Top and Bottom, available exclusively at Pakaloha Bikinis!

Paige Alms is a 2-time WSL Women’s Big Wave World Champion, and a two-time Pe’ahi Challenge Champion. She grew up on the island of Maui and travels the world year-round pushing the level of women’s surfing to new heights. She loves being in the water everyday whether it be surfing, diving, or just going for a swim.

Paige has exclusively used Pakaloha Bikinis for over 15 years and trust the quality of our products to keep up with her very active lifestyle. She continues to push herself to ride the biggest waves possible and hopes by doing so she can inspire others to push their own limits and live their dreams. Paige believes that empowered women can empower other women, so she trains hard, pushes boundaries, and carries the torch for women in big wave surfing.

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Mermaids 101

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Needless to say, Mermaids are having a moment. I’ve been unable to resist snapping up every mermaid shirt around for…three years now… and I’m so glad that everyone else around me seems to have mermaid fever as well.

For the ladies who also want to move under the sea, we at Pakaloha have created a brand new print just for you.

So in honor of Pakaloha’s new print, I’ve put together a brief history of mermaids.

Mermaids have appeared in legends all over the world. From Africa to Asia, women with fish tails have appeared in folktales, myths, and the sailor’s stories for centuries.

The most popular mermaid story is, of course, Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Little Mermaid’. We’ve all seen the famous Disney movie, where Ariel trades her voice for a pair of legs. (Bad deal, in my opinion). But how many of you guys have read the super tragic original version? (Spoiler alert: she dies).

The first stories of mermaids are fromermaidddssssm Assyria, about a goddess who took the form of a fish after the death of her mortal lover. (And I thought my last breakup was dramatic!) Even the waters could not hide her divine beauty, so she settled on a compromise and became a mermaid instead.

Many people associate mermaids with their beautiful singing voices…a trait influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Fun fact: Sirens are actually bird women! Known for seducing men with their enchanting voices, they lead sailors to their doom by leading them to sink their boats. Mermaids have also been associated with this, and there are legends of bloodthirsty mermaids lurking off the coast of Scotland, Africa, and Japan! There are also stories of mermaids saving sailors, or teaching humans new kinds of medicine.

But mermaids and sirens are not the only women that live under the water: the Scottish Selkie, the French Melusine, and the Russian Rusalka are only a few varieties of water-dwelling women around the world.

The Selkie is the most famous of these. They are women who turn into seals and live beneath the waves. When they return to their human form on the shore, they leave seal skins behind. They say that if you can find a Selkie’s skin, you will keep the Selkie from returning to the sea. Rumors abound with the tragic stories of fishermen who commit this crime.

Some even say they have seen real mermaids. Sailors claim to have seen mermaids off the sides of their ships for centuries. Many believe that sailors were only seeing manatees or dolphins, and that time away from land had made them…optimistic. As recently as 1842, people believed that mermaids were real, and famous circus operator P.T. Barnum had one! The Fiji Mermaid was displayed in New York for a year before being destroyed in a fire. Mr. Barnum claimed it was a mummified mermaid caught off the coast of Fiji…I have my doubts.

You can order Pakaloha’s mermaid print in any of our amazing styles. What kind of mermaid will you be?

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Say No to Plastic Straws

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If you know anything about Pakaloha, you know that we love everything about the beach. As you can guess, we also believe strongly in taking care of our ocean and making sure that we can enjoy it for years to come.

 

That’s why we strongly believe you should ditch plastic straws.

Plastic does not degrade in nature, meaning that once we dispose of it, it does not simply disappear. It hangs around, wrecking havoc to our natural environment. According to the National Park’s service, Americans use over 500,000,000 straws a day. Straws are not recyclable, which means that this amount of plastic hangs around, blowing in the wind, ending up in landfills, or worse, washing away into our oceans.

Straws are also in the top ten most frequently found items during beach cleanups. They end up eaten by birds and fish, wreaking havoc on fragile digestion systems. A recent study has revealed that 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic. It is safe to say that a large amount of that plastic is straws used unnecessarily.

Think about it this way: how long do you use that plastic straw for? It takes 20 minutes to drink an iced coffee (assuming you are taking leisurely sips. For some of us, it takes even less time.) Take a minute to guess at how long your plastic straw floats around decomposing. Did you guess 20 years? 50 years?

If yes, you guessed wrong. It takes two hundred years for plastic to decompose. Take a look at that plastic straw again. Did you really need it?

That’s why, at Pakaloha, we challenge you to cut down on your use of plastic straws. Next time you are at the bar, or the coffee shop, just say no! It won’t make your cocktail taste worse. And next time you visit the local coffee shop, consider skipping all that plastic altogether! Bring a thermos with you, and ask them to fill it up. Your barista won’t mind, and you’ll be doing your part to cut down on all of that waste.

I know that there are times when you really need a straw, and there are still options. Paper straws degrade quickly, lasting long enough for you to finish your drink and no longer. Compostable straws are also an option, but keep in mind that they are meant to be composted in a commercial facility. They can’t biodegrade on their own.   Finally, when you are at home, consider investing in reusable straws! They can be washed and reused as many times as you need them.

Let us know what solutions you have for preserving our ocean home! We love to see what you ladies are up to, and what creative ways you have to cut down on waste.

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Meet the Ambassador: Mermaid Sirenity

I was so lucky to get the chance to catch up with one of our amazing ambassadors, Stephanie! Our ambassador program is an amazing way of keeping up with Pakaloha and spreading the spirit of the brand. We have ambassadors who do Yoga, free-dive, and spread the Pakaloha spirit all over the world!

You can find Stephanie on Instagram. When she isn’t rocking her bikini, you can find her catching up with her undersea friends in a mermaid tail.

Can you introduce yourself for me?  Name/instagram handle

Aloha, my name is Stephanie from @mermaidsirenity

What do you like about Pakaloha?

I love how Pakaloha truly believes in functional bikinis for all shapes and sizes while still being stylish and sexy. The last thing I want is to have a bikini that doesn’t stay on right or only looks cute in the packaging. Now, I put these bikinis through the wringer with hiking, diving, and even running. Not only are the cheeky cuts flattering, but they encourage us to be bold and comfortable in our own skin. Its empowering for women and as a company one that I stand behind.

What is your favorite beach?

Electric beach, it’s my go-to dive spot and is filled with amazing wildlife.

How long have you lived in Hawaii?

I moved to Hawaii when I was 18, so I have been living here for 5 years now. The island has completely captured my heart. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Favorite thing to do in a bikini?

I love going free-diving in my spare time. There is nothing more relaxing than calming the mind and sinking below the surface. Plus every time I see sea critters, I get absolutely hypnotized. I’ve swum with manta rays, sharks, dolphins, and honus.

Any final words?   

Sometimes people tell me, “I wish I could pull something off like that off.” But for the record bikinis are for everyone! If you have a body, you have a bikini body and it would look dang good in Pakaloha!

 

Just to let you know, we are closing our ambassador search soon! If you love Pakaloha and want to spread the spirit of the brand, find out more on this post! The deadline is February 5th!

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6 Pointers for an Awesome Photo

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Ladies, if there is anything we can all agree on, it is the importance of an awesome photo for social media. Whether Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter is your platform of choice, we all like to look our best online. I’m going to assume most of us take our photos with our phones…or, let’s be real, shove our phones into our friends, boyfriends or even mother’s (guilty as charged) hands.

So without further ado, here are my 5 top tips for looking your best and taking your ideal photographs.

  • Embrace the Rule of Thirds

If you want an easy illustration of the rule of thirds, turn on your phone’s grid function for photos. The rule of thirds

is the idea that you should mentally split your pictures up into three parts…and place your subject to the right or left. It draws the eye into the photo and makes your composition more interesting.

  • Engage your Core

No matter how body confident we are, all of us have insecurities and worries about how we look in a bikini. An easy trick to flatten up your stomach for a photo is to engNatural Lightage your abs…yes even if you think you don’t have them. You have muscles there (I promise) and flexing them into a flat board will make you look more confident and improve your posture in photos.

  • Stare into the Sun

I’m joking…sort of. Pay attention to the light in your photos. Where is it coming from, and how best can you harness the power of that sunny day at the beach? Facing the sun is a surefire way of guaranteeing good light in any photo. Of course, we would all take our photos at golden hour if we could, and all look like glorious sun goddesses, but sometimes we must compromise. Bonus tip: if you can’t handle all that light in your face, sunglasses always look good with a bikini.

  • Use Natural Light

As much as possible, use natural light. I can’t tell you the science of why, but natural lighting makes a photo look cleaner and brighter than one taken with a light bulb.   Obviously, golden hour is my favorite time to take a photo, but there are all kinds of beautiful photos to be taken at different times of the day.

  • Saturate Those Colors

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize you could edit your photos right on your phone. True story- your iPhone (or Android) has a lot of powerful tools to brighten your photos, change colors around, crop, rotate, and make you look your best. (Slightly) increasing your saturation is a great way of making your photo really pop.

  • Have Fun!

This one is very important: do not forget to have fun. You are at the beach, or on a hike, or maybe even at home in your yard (again, guilty as charged). Photos are great, but what’s really important is the memories you create. Look back and remember today as a great day at the beach, no matter how your photos come out.

And make sure to tag us on Instagram! We love to feature our Pakaloha girls in our feed.

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Welcome to 2018!

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Happy New Year from all of us at Pakaloha!

Feather Print2017 was such an exciting year for us. We opened a new location in Kailua, introduced new prints like the Blue Lagoon and Feathers and new styles like our Pipeline bottoms and Big Beach Top.

It may be easy to wonder how we could possibly top such an amazing year. But don’t worry! 2018 is going to be bigger and better! We have lots of things to look forward to this year: new styles and prints, monthly giveaways, and pop up shops at UH Manoa and other local colleges! Keep your eyes on our Instagram and blog for the scoop on a new style coming your way in just a few weeks!

Let’s all strive to make 2018 the best it can be and to take care of our planet, ourselves, and our loved ones. May you have a year full of abundance and good health.

Let us know on Instagram what your New Years resolutions are! Whether it’s to dive deeper, surf bigger waves, or go on more epic adventures, we hope you’ll take Pakaloha Bikinis with you wherever this year takes you!

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5 Ways to Protect our Ocean

 At Pakaloha, we know you love the ocean just as much as we do. And if you are anything like us, you want to take care of that ocean so we can all enjoy it for years to come! Here are five easy ways to clean up your act (and the beach) so we can keep playing in the sun and splashing in the water forever…

  • Switch to Reef Safe Sunscreen

We’ve talked about it before here at Pakaloha, but it bears repeating. To protect our reefs, and to keep yourself healthy, reef safe sunscreens are key! All natural ingredients are better for your body and help prevent coral bleaching.

  • Clean up the Beach!

There are beach clean ups all over the Hawaiian Islands…Pakaloha frequently participates in them! Joining a beach clean up is a great way to pick up plastic to keep it from accumulating on the ocean floor. Even better: take a moment to check for trash when you leave! Picking up trash, even if you didn’t create it, is a great way to respect our ocean home and keep it pristine for everyone to enjoy.

  • Bring a Beach Mat Home…Not the Beach

Beach erosion is a big problem, and it’s important to keep sand where it belongs: on the seaside. By switching to a beach mat instead of a towel for sunning yourself, you can leave the sand behind and bring home nothing but memories.

  • Respect the wildlife

If you’ve seen a monk seal sleeping in the sun, consider yourself lucky. These majestic creatures are endangered, and are protected accordingly! Part of what makes the ocean so magical is the creatures that call it home: turtles, monk seals, dolphins, whales, and so much more! Part of visiting someone’s home is respecting them, and their space.  Don’t touch the animals and let them go about their business.  You might be surprised how far a little calm energy can go.

  • Limit your plastic use

Did you know that tiny bits of plastic have a huge impact on the ocean? Anything from plastic bottles to microbeads can harm the ocean’s ecosystem. Even glitter can have a huge impact! Little things, like switching to biodegradable glitter and glass water bottles are good for the ocean, and for you!

 

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Product Alert: Las Bayadas Towels

As you know, Pakaloha is so much more than a swimsuit brand. Between beach cleanups and community outreach, we take giving back seriously That’s why we carry Las Bayadas beach mats.

If you are wondering why you need a beach mat, when a plain towel works just as well, you are probably not alone. But beach mats do so much more than just a towel.

For one thing, they protect our environment. Sand erosion is a huge problem for Hawaii beaches. As you’ve probably noticed, beach towels bring home more than just fond memories. Hidden between the fibers of your favorite towels comes lots and lots of sand.

With a Las Bayadas beach mat, you don’t have to worry about bringing the whole beach with you. It’s made of recycled cotton, so it’s incredibly soft. And best of all, it contributes to a great cause!

10% of all proceeds go directly to funding scholarships for the Costa Verde International Schools for Mexican students. How awesome is that!

Las Bayadas towels can be found in all of our Pakaloha locations.