The Place For Drapery And Design
Marc Miyahira’s company Kreative Kamaaina manufactures custom drapery for homes and businesses. The firm also offers other home-furnishing products, such as bedding, shower curtains, mini-blinds and even remote-controlled window treatments.
“A lot of people are comfortable with sitting back with their clicker and the TV,” says Miyahira. “They can do the same thing with the window treatments as well.”
The shop stocks several types of modern fabrics.
“There are antimicrobials woven into the fabric,” says the Damien graduate. “There are odor-eating fabrics that can go into kitchens that will take away some smells. There are people who like to smoke, and the drapery won’t absorb that smell in the home, or even pet smells.”
Miyahira says design shows on TV help his business, and he urges people to get involved in their home designs.
“Look for a style you want in your home,” he urges. “Bring a picture from a magazine. We don’t hold judgment. It doesn’t matter what the customer wants, as long as they like it.”
In addition to its main function in the drapery manufacturing business, Kreative Kamaaina can provide custom upholstery, cushions and bedding. It has branched out to represent some local vendors who provide hardwood and vinyl flooring.
When 50-year-old Trends of Hawaii decided to shut down its shop, Miyahira bought the company in 1999 in partnership with five employees and changed the name to Kreative Kamaaina.
“They (Trends of Hawaii) established a great reputation in terms of quality and integrity,” he says, “and we still have the same people. There are some very long-term people here in production and in sales.”
The Manoa resident acknowledges the support of his family, friends and 50 employees.
“Things are changing so fast,” says Miyahira. “We have to adapt. We cannot just be doing things the same way. We have to expand things. We will continue to improve efficiency through technology so we can service customers on a timely basis.”
To expose the marketplace to what the company can do, he opened a retail space in January 2008.
“Come in and look at these things,” he says. “It opens up a tremendous door for consumers.”
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