Social Encore: Kira Hawaii opens in Mililani
BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Kira Hawaii is a new shop at the Town Center of Mililani that owner Sheri Kira opened just a few weeks ago. She’s come a long way with her namesake clothing line and said owning her own boutique is a dream come true.
Kira has always loved fashion is a crafty, do-it-yourself type of a person. In 2012, she got interested in making jewelry in order to create items she wanted to wear. When her friends noticed her new bling, they asked her to make them pieces as well. She chose the name Kira Hawaii because it all started in Hawaii and her married name means to sparkle, shimmer or shine.
The business grew through word of mouth by family and friends and the demand for her pieces eventually encouraged Kira to participate in pop-up shopping events. She slowly transitioned into a consignment vendor at popular shops like Fighting Eel and later added a kiosk at Pearlridge since there were no boutiques on the west side carrying her jewelry at the time.
“I love that certain pieces of clothing or jewelry can set your mood,” said Kira. “I try really hard to make pieces of jewelry that someone would love for a long time–timeless jewelry.”
The first purchases I made from Kira Hawaii were the X-ring and X-cuff. Both have become signature pieces and are among her most popular items.
When thinking about designs, Kira said there are no regular routines to get her creative juices going, but she always keeps her clientele in mind.
“I honestly just play around with ideas all the time,” she said. “I think of designs in my head, wonder how I make it a reality and work on it until I get it right … I go through a lot of material during this process.”
Kira’s simplistic yet bold designs are what symbolize her line — jewelry that will make a statement yet won’t overpower an entire outfit. Her clients often resonate with the creative names of each piece and she said she notices the name of the pieces often represent her clients’ personalities.
Owning a kiosk at the mall was rewarding, yet a little challenging, she said. Besides her jewelry, she started carrying a few clothing lines and other made in Hawaii items. But since the kiosk did not have a fitting room, it was hard for clients to try things on.
Kira Hawaii has always been a family business, with her husband serving as her business partner, supporter and motivator. Knowing she wanted to have a physical storefront to call her own, he encouraged her to make her dreams a reality and started looking for places that would suit them.
The new boutique is located near American Savings Bank and is the only locally owned women’s boutique in the area. As her business grew, so did her family. Kira became a mother last year and wanted to share her favorite locally made children’s items as well. Kira Hawaii carries adorable clothing by Sticksxstones, Hiilani Hawaii and Big Bad Wolf Kids. She has an inventory list that will make you wonder what other fashion possibilities are out there.
Find something that has pineapple print or an outfit that will bring out the boho chick in you; everything in the store is carefully hand-picked to ensure the items are affordable and fashion forward. Along with clothes and jewelry, Kira Hawaii also carries inspirational calligraphy stationary and art by Holly Saori that is exclusive to the store.
“It makes me ecstatic knowing that I can make something so small yet makes someone so happy,” said Kira. “I hope people find things that make them feel good and beautiful, even if it’s a small piece of jewelry, because we all deserve to sparkle!”
Follow Kira Hawaii’s facebook and Instagram accounts for updated stock lists.
Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.