Iolani On Kona Street

Yu Shing Ting
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Wednesday - May 25, 2011

Since the founding of IOLANI Sportswear by Edith and Keiji Kawakami in 1953, IOLANI has been an ever evolving contemporary island wear company.

Now, with son Lloyd and his wife Carla at the helm, IOLANI continues to work by the founding philosophy of the business - hard work, honesty and commitment to excellence while creating quality island fashions for men, women, children and hula dancers from around the world.

They recently celebrated the opening of IOLANI on Kona Street, allowing them to showcase their newest, most contemporary designs. “It’s been tremendously rewarding to see our new look become so popular,” says Carla. “Our men’s line offers two fits - the traditional aloha shirt fit and the new contemporary leaner shirt with added detail. Our Kamalei line is a sophisticated hula-inspired line that moves with the dancer. IO-Sport is the solid body men’s line made of our exclusive (moisture) wicking fabric. And IOLANI women’s is a collection of fun, sassy dresses and tops.

“The final piece to the puzzle is fit. With every new design and with every new fabrication, our designer Grace Tsutahara ensures the garment looks and fits beautifully. The result is simply stunning.”

Iolani also continues to produce its island attire in Hawaii. And if you’ve ever seen local band Manoa DNA on stage, they were probably wearing IOLANI. That’s because Lloyd is the D for Dad in Manoa DNA, while sons Nick and Alex make up the N and A.

IOLANI is available at IOLANI on Kona Street (1234 Kona St., between Piikoi and Pensacola), and at Macy’s, Hilo Hattie, Navy Exchange and numerous boutiques around the Islands, as well as on the Mainland and in Japan.

For more information, visit or call 593-4520.

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