Cariloha is the only retailer in Hawaii selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
KAUAI, 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 hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique bamboo blends.
To celebrate its arrival into the Hawaiian marketplace, Cariloha is hosting a Blessing Ceremony, with mayor’s office representation, at 10:00 AM on December 6 at its new store, located in Koloa at 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive in the Poipu Shopping Village. The store is just a short drive away from nearby Poipu Beach, which was recently voted America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel.
The Cariloha retail establishment doesn’t claim to be the ‘greenest’ store on the planet; but rather a step in the right direction. “We believe Cariloha’s dedication to the regeneration of bamboo resources illustrates our commitment to helping grow the Hawaiian economy,” says Cariloha Kauai store owner, Stephanie Davis. “All store guests will receive a free bamboo Lei, and a percentage of the first months profits will be donated to the Hawaiian chapter of the American Bamboo Society.”
Davis says the name, Cariloha, derives from the blending of Caribbean style with Hawaiian aloha spirit. This is embodied by the store’s collection of bamboo products and island-inspired wares, which are meant to attract Hawaiian visitors who are looking to capture their own memories of Kauai. Cariloha Kauai staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags.
Bamboo apparel features several qualities that make it a superior fabric. It’s twice as soft to touch as cotton and keeps you a few degrees cooler. It’s naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and helps prevent skin odor and skin irritation, which comes in really handy on a hot day at Poipu Beach.
“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, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of 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 nine countries and growing. 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 apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
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