Cariloha is the only retailer in the Hawaiian Islands selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made of viscose from bamboo.
Oahu, Hawaii – With almost 7 million private businesses in America, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products. Cariloha’s shirts, polos, hats, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique Cariloha Bamboo blends.
To celebrate its arrival in the Ala Moana Shopping Center, new Cariloha store owners, Mike and Cynthia Gill, who will be opening a new Cariloha store in Wailea, Maui next month, are hosting an ongoing grand opening event throughout October at their store, located on the street level near the food court, which is in the heart center.
The Gills, who reside in Cypress, Texas, came across Cariloha and its bamboo products for the first time through a retail broker and have since visited Cariloha stores in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.
“We fell in love with the bamboo products and the shopping experience and wanted to open a store for ourselves,” said Mike. “We’re taking advantage of the company’s Internship Program to staff and manage our store and are already excited about the momentum Cariloha has generated on Oahu.”
The Gills says the name, Cariloha, derives from the blending of Caribbean style with Hawaiian aloha spirit. This is embodied by the store’s exclusive collection of bamboo-based products and island-inspired wares, which are geared toward visitors looking to capture their vacation memories. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the softness and difference of their apparel, bedding and towels made from Cariloha Bamboo.
“Opening a new Cariloha store in the Ala Moana Shopping Center is a major achievement for us,” said Mike. “It’s the largest, most-visited shopping destination in all of Hawaii and is the fifteenth largest shopping mall in the United States, and the largest open-air shopping center in the world.”
Bamboo apparel features several qualities better than cotton. Bamboo is twice as soft to the touch as cotton; it keeps you up to three degrees cooler than cotton; bamboo is naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and repels odor, which comes in really handy on a hot day on the Big Island.
“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle somewhere likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO. “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be husked and separated into ultra-soft fabric for making apparel and other goods at little-to-no risk on the environment. In fact, some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet per day. It’s one of the most renewable resources on the planet.”
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first sold in three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in 12 countries and continues to grow. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of products, all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
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