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Behind the Scenes: Our First Beach Cleanup at Makapu'u

Originally, we planned on doing a beach cleanup as our launch party back in September 2020, but the pandemic had other plans. As COVID-19 in Hawai'i stabilized, we felt it was safe to do a socially-distanced event and do our part. For our very first beach cleanup, we partnered with Hawai'i Community 808, a local group that hosts cleanups across the O'ahu. We also held a contest to see which team could pick up the most trash and which team could gather the most microplastics. Each winner received some special goodies from Kaiona Swimwear. Congrats to our winners and mahalo (thank you) to everyone who volunteered their time and worked their butts off in the hot sun to make the ocean a little bit cleaner. With the large winter...

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Easy Ways To Live More Sustainably

It is eye-opening (to say the least) when you look around and see how much consumption and waste is taking place. We’re not pointing fingers because we all play a part in this, but it is essential to stop and think “what can I do to live more sustainably?” There are many paths to take when trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, and we’re here to offer simple sustainable living tips so you can reduce your environmental footprint. How can we be more sustainable in our day to day? Sustainable fashion You may not think about this, but the fashion industry is one of the largest polluters. There’s a lot to unpack here and it deserves an article (or...

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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Beach Lovers

Shopping for an ocean lover around the holidays can be difficult. Even more difficult is finding the perfect present for your loved one that is also eco-friendly. While it’s tempting to buy up all of the winter essentials stocking the shelves, anyone who loves the beach is still dreaming about summer skies no matter what the temperature is outside. Luckily, there are many eco-friendly gift ideas that will bring a little warmth to any holiday celebration, whether you live in New York or Hawai’i. Check out Kaiona Swimwear’s eco-friendly holiday gift guide below! Reef Safe Sunscreen A colorful sunscreen tin is the perfect thing to brighten up any stocking and reminisce on weekends spent in the sunshine. Picking out an eco-friendly...

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What is Coral Bleaching and What You Can Do to Help

To experience the array of colors, marine life, and surprises of a coral reef ecosystem in deep blue seas can be magical. You need very little equipment. A mask, a snorkel, fins, and of course a great swimsuit or fabulous bikini (eco-friendly of course). Corals are loved for their vibrant colors that often shine through the crystal clear water and beautify the undersea landscape. Coral is home to the most fascinating and diverse fish and wildlife. During the warmest summer months, the brilliant colors of these corals have faded. This is due to coral bleaching and is the result of climate change and sea temperature rise, which not only strips away their beautiful color, but can also take their life....

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