Crafting Greeting Cards With Aloha

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - May 12, 2010
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Lindy Styer with one of her origami aloha shirt cards

Lindy Styer stuffs her aloha into an envelope - her aloha shirt origami greeting cards, that is.

Her Hawaiian Style Greetings cards have matching buttons on them, and inside the shirt is a piece of paper for a handwritten note. The origami aloha shirts come in three sizes.

“Our smallest one can hold a business card inside,” she says. “It also can be used as a gift tag, as it can come with a raffia loop.” There’s a medium-size card as well as the Big Kahuna, which fits in a 5-by-7-inch envelope.

Her cards can be found at Party Pizzaz, Kalapawai Market, Castle hospital, Fresh Inc., Na Mea, Mac Nut Farms, Island Keepsakes and Under the Koa Tree in Waikiki.

This business venture began when Styer bought a beautiful origami aloha shirt card once and she hadn’t seen one since.


“I think it’s so clever,” she says.

Since she hadn’t been able to find one again, she set out to make her own line of origami shirts four years ago. A lover of all things crafty, she made them for baby announcements for relatives.

“I’ve always liked doing things with little kids,” she says. “My craftiness came out, and I’d make Kris Kringle gifts for neighbors.”

Her career path includes working in the airline industry and as a college admissions counselor. With lots of encouragement over the years from friends and family suggesting she could make money doing this, she started Hawaiian Style Greetings this year.

The cards are hand made by one of her Kailua neighbors in Pohakupu, Tammy Dawson, and are inspected for quality by Tammy’s mother, Linda Dawson, who works at MidWeek. When she expands the business, Styer will hire additional staff in Hawaii.

Based in Washington state, she commutes to Hawaii often to showcase the cards. She credits all the people who helped her with the business, such as those who’ve made time to hear about her product as well as customers, friends and family.

“Small-business owners are so generous with coaching and mentoring,” Styer says. “I’m astounded by their kind spirit in that they want to see others succeed.”

Her gratitude gushes when she talks about the amount of support she gets from her husband, Will, a Kailua High School graduate, and their son Scott.

While her concentration is on the aloha origami shirts, she also accepts custom orders that can reflect a favorite sport, party theme or hobby.

“What the card is really saying is somebody went to a lot of trouble to get you something unique and memorable,” she says. “If you want to make someone feel special, you get something that makes the person feel special.”

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