Are you looking for the best Hawaiian swimwear brands? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know!
Since so much of Hawaii revolves around the ocean, it should be no surprise to find out that there are loads of Hawaiian swimwear brands. These brands produce aesthetically pleasing, functional, and sometimes eco-friendly pieces that are perfect for the beach!
Simply put, if you’re looking for the best Hawaiian swimwear brands, this guide features 14 of the most amazing options!
Best Overall Hawaiian Swimwear Brands
Sundaze Bikinis is one of my personal favorite Hawaiian swimwear brands. I’ve actually mentioned them in quite a few of my articles, including the best sustainable businesses in Hawaii. Not only are their pieces stunning and functional, but they’re also eco-friendly!
To address the ocean plastic pollution problem, Sundaze Bikinis reuses these plastics and abandoned fishnets by turning them into amazing swimwear! They’ve found a way to take something that is harming the environment and turn it into a product that can be used to enjoy that environment!
*Bonus: Quite a few of Sundaze Bikinis’ designs don’t have straps that requiring tying, so you won’t have to worry about anything untying while you’re in the water!
Use the code BORDERS15 on the Sundaze Bikinis website to get 15% off your order!
Kalo Kini Swimwear
This Big Island-based Hawaii swimwear brand is named after the owner’s, Mariah, Hawaiian heritage. Mariah is from a fifth generation kalo (taro) farming family. Hence, the name Kalo Kini.
Kalo Kini sells bikinis and one-piece suits in a variety of Hawaiian-inspired prints. Some of the most eye-catching prints include those with hibiscuses, monstera leaves, and even spam musubis.
One of the best features of Kalo Kini Swimwear’s pieces is that they fit just about anyone, regardless of body size or shape. While many small bikini brands only offer small and medium sizes, Kalo Kini offers large sizes, as well as any additional sizes upon request.
Use the code BBLIST10 on the Kalo Kini website to get 10% off your order!
Sweet Paradise Club
Sweet Paradise Club, also referred to as simply Sweet P, is another amazing Hawaii made swimwear brand. The swimsuits at Sweet Paradise Club includes ones with bold patterns, others with bright colors, and a few that are a little more subtle. In other words, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that you’ll love.
T. Rose Swim
T. Rose Swim is a Hawaiian swimwear brand that is a hidden gem. The company actually started when the owner, Taylor, decided to save some money in high school and make her own swimsuits. But when word started to spread, Taylor turned her hobby into a company. Today, T. Rose Swim creates adorable, yet functional swimwear that’s perfect for your day at the beach.
Lei Kinis ‘Aukai
One of the best Hawaii bikini brands is definitely Lei Kinis ‘Aukai. This Native Hawaiian-owned swimwear company is primarily known for its lei- or flower-printed pieces. Featuring everything from golden puakenikeni blossoms to bright red ‘ohia lehua, these swimsuits feature the best of Hawaii’s nature.
To make things even better, Lei Kinis ‘Aukai creates a variety of styles and sizes. Find everything from surf suits to one-pieces to bikinis — and that’s just for women. Lei Kinis ‘Aukai also has swimwear for men and kids.
You can find Lei Kinis ‘Aukai swimwear on the company’s website.
Best Hawaiian Swimwear Brands for Women
Issa De’ Mar
The one downside of many small businesses is the lack of variety. After all, it’s difficult to keep stock for many different items. But Issa De’ Mar is one Hawaiian swimwear brand that does offer many different styles, patterns, colors, and sizes. Currently, Issa De’ Mar offers everything from leaf-patterned, long-sleeved surf suits to earth-toned bikinis – and just about everything in between!
Use the code BORDERS15 on the Issa De’ Mar website to get 15% off your order!
ACACIA is one of the more well-known Hawaii swimsuit companies – and that can be seen by its over 400,000 followers on Instagram!
This Maui-based retailer is known for blending a low-cut Italian bikini with a Brazilian fit. But ACACIA also offers a wide variety of other styles, sizes, colors, and patterns, so you can find one that makes you feel your best. In other words, ACACIA makes the perfect bathing suits for Hawaii.
As of 2020, ACACIA uses recycled plastic bottles to make many of its designs. And once your ACACIA product has served its purpose, it can be recycled again!
So far on this list of the best Hawaiian swimwear brands, we’ve included companies from the Big Island, Maui, and Oahu. The only major Hawaiian island that’s left is Kauai, and KaiKini Bikinis fills that slot.
KaiKini Bikinis actually allows you to build your own swimsuit! To start, you can either pick your preferred fabric pattern or style. Once you select both and give them a little more information on your size measurements, KaiKini Bikinis will handmake your buttery soft suit for you! In other words, KaiKini Bikinis can fit literally everyone!
KaiKini Bikinis does offer limited pre-made pieces, but these are usually found at brick-and-mortar retailers.
MIDORI, named after the founder, Rachel Midori, has been around for ten years! With a wide array of island-inspired patterns and styles, this Hawaiian swimwear company boasts a diverse clientele.
And to make MIDORI even better, all of their pieces are sustainably and ethically made. 90% of their employees are financially the head of their households, and the swimsuits themselves use free-trade fabrics and vegan dyes.
You can find MIDORI swimwear on the company’s website.
Kainani Swimwear leans towards muted colors and subtle patterns. Will you opt for the mauve suit with white speckles, the dusk yellow suit with white birds of paradise, or the olive green suit with white monstera leaves? Whether you’re looking for a one piece, a bikini top, or a bikini bottom, Kainani Swimwear has you covered.
You can find Kainani Swimwear pieces on the company’s website.
You can tell that there’s been a lot of thought put into the pieces made by Benoa Swim. The company was built by two best friends, the patterns are hand drawn by an in-house designer, and the materials are single-use plastic free. And to make the company stand out even more, Benoa Swim offers suits with unique styles that aren’t made by any other brand on this list.
Best Hawaiian Swimwear Brands for Men
Kalo Kane Swimwear
Kalo Kini Swimwear (mentioned previously in our “best overall Hawaiian swimwear brands” section) is the main swimwear company, but Kalo Kane Swimwear is the newer men’s spinoff. This line includes eye-catching, yet functional boardshorts with Hawaiian-inspired designs. A couple of crowd favorite designs include the bird of paradise boardshorts and the monstera leaf boardshorts.
Use the code BBLIST10 on the Kalo Kini & Kalo Kane website to get 10% off your order!
Honolua Surf Co.
Honolua Surf Co. is one of the most popular Hawaiian swimwear brands on this list! And while it does have a women’s line, it’s more well-known for its men’s Hawaiian boardshorts.
Honolua Surf Co.’s brand focuses on those with ocean-focused lives. In other words, you know that their products will be amazingly well-designed. You can choose the boardshort pattern that best suits your style, whether that is solid, striped, nature-patterned, or camo.
Maui Rippers actually got its start as a dedicated line for lifeguard uniform boardshorts. When loads of Maui lifeguards loved these boardshorts, Maui County ended up purchasing all of the necessary lifeguard boardshorts from them!
Today, Maui Rippers makes boardshorts for both work and play. While the company still makes lifeguard uniform boardshorts and firefighter uniform boardshorts, they also sell boardshorts for the causal beach goer. You can check out their tribal, octopus, or camo boardshorts to see if one suits your style.
What other Hawaiian swimwear brands do you think should be included on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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