Surfer-turned-clothier Kahana Kalama is a man on the move. Established in San Diego, his stylish label Aloha Beach Club is making waves all over the Pacific. And even if you missed his recent pop-up at Ala Moana Center, you can still head to his hometown of Kailua to visit his first island retail outpost, which showcases his spiffy Made in Hawai‘i menswear collection. “Some of my fondest memories of O‘ahu come from time spent with family and friends on the beaches in Kailua,” says the entrepreneur. Frequently traveling between Honolulu and California, Kahana recently gave us some insights on his latest ventures. 131 Hekili St., Ste. 108, Kailua, O‘ahu
Tell us about the inspiration for the spring/summer 2017 collection.
I’m heavily swayed by everything that was going on in Hawai‘i during the turn of the 19th century, especially the shift from an economy that relied on agriculture to [one that relied on] tourism.
Manufacturing clothes in Hawai‘i isn’t always the easiest. Why was that important to you and the brand?
I think being able to support the local economy through the production of our clothing is one way that we can positively contribute to those around us.
Are you headed anywhere this summer?
We have plans to spend a month or two in San Sebastián, Spain, in late summer or early fall. I studied abroad there in college and really want my family to experience the beauty of Basque culture and a European coastal lifestyle.
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