A Passion For Fashion
By Elima Pangorang
Kira Hawaii has made great strides in the islands’ fashion scene since starting in 2012 as a wholesale jewelry brand selling its handmade treasures to other retailers. Now, the business has set up shop in Kakaako — after operating a kiosk at Pearlridge Center and having a store in Mililani — winning the hearts of the surrounding community and beyond.
After closing its doors in Mililani last April, Kira Hawaii’s Kakaako location is in full force, churning out women’s and children’s clothing, but specifi cally specializing in handmade jewelry.
Designer and owner Sheri Kira draws up her design inspirations as a refl ection of her own life — from her passion of love and adventure. She is an avid traveler, inspiring her creations to be both global and local. Nevertheless, Kira’s heart remains in Hawaii, and she makes it a point to empower the love of her home state through her work.
“Our goal is to provide people with great quality products, and to support the local community of entrepreneurs,” said the owner. “We carry a lot of local brands such as Short Stack, Sweet Sweet Honey, Hiilani Hawaii … We hope the products we carry bring you or someone special to you a lot of joy.”
Kira Hawaii also puts a focus on giving back to the community, especially the younger generation. In the past year, the business has worked with Kanoelani Elementary and Pearl City High schools to help build its project-based learning lessons.
“This entailed meeting up with the teachers to discuss how to make a project that deals with creative thinking and fashion, and then teaching the kids (as young as second-graders) to implement what they learned and create a wearable item using household materials,” Kira explained. “(It’s) to show kids it’s possible to come from nothing, but with enough hard work and perseverance, they can reach goals and make their dreams a reality.”
The company’s focus on giving back does not stop at its customers and the community. Kira Hawaii also enjoys giving the best opportunities to its employees. Working at the boutique is built upon trust, and Kira said she tries to have an open-door policy in order to ensure good communication.
“I will trust that the employee is doing their best work and putting their best foot forward unless they show me otherwise,” she shared. “It is always my goal to empower my employees to make the best decision possible. I give them all the tools to be able to run the store completely on their own and am always available should they need assistance or advice.”
She said that when considering future employees, dependability is a must. Candidates don’t necessarily need to have any skills or experience as long as they are someone trustworthy who treats customers well.
Taking all of these aspects of the company into consideration, Kira Hawaii makes for a comfortable and enjoyable place to work. Additionally, employees receive generous discounts on all products. Aspiring designers can even work with Kira on submitting their own designs for consideration, or just for some advice.
Summing it all up, Kira leaves aspiring designers with this bit of advice: “If you want to work in the fashion/ retail industry, you should fi nd the type of retail that you personally like and enjoy, otherwise it won’t be fun for you.”
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COMPANY: Kira Hawaii
LOCATION: 400 Keawe St., No. 106
OWNER: Sheri Kira
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