I love going to the beach when I’m in my childhood home state of Hawai`i when I can.
I also enjoy finding great swimsuits that are flattering, durable and pretty. So, when I learned my friend and franchise owner, Kazusa “Kaz” Flanagan opened up a swimsuit shop, I had to visit her.
While shopping for my amazing suit, I got to sit and talk story with her about how she opened up her store. Her story is, a few years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had double mastectomy.
As you can imagine, this was devastating to her and she thought it meant that she would not go to the beach or wear bras. A friend took her to the Pualani Swimwear owner’s (Iwalani) home; while there, Iwalani faced her with the facts of living in Hawai’i: she will still need to wear a swimsuit to go to the beach. She helped Kaz find a suit that would help her not only look good, but also feel good about her post-surgery body.
Kaz loves the brand because she COULD wear some of the swimsuit styles even though she didn’t have any breasts. She then started promoting the brand to other women going through or had gone through breast cancer. Last year, when Iwalani invited Kaz to partner with her in her business, she offered her a franchise opportunity, which allows her to introduce more breast cancer survivors to Pualani Swimwear.
This awesome store opened January 8, 2018 and has been doing well. Her favorite bathing suit is the one with the top that Iwalani designed for breast cancer survivors based on their feedback. It looks like a bra, but has a twisted look in the front because it hides scars. (Which, coincidentally, is the one I purchased). Her best seller is the surfer top with crisscross straps in the back.
I had a small issue with my straps and Kaz worked with me to correct it and, when it was obvious that a fix wouldn’t work, my top was replaced and I got to enjoy using it for several beach trips. That’s tops in my book!
If you’re going to invest in an amazing swimsuit, and you’re in Honolulu, you must check out the store at the base of Diamond Head’s northwest side.
Pualani Hawaii Beachwear 3118 Monsarrat Avenue Honolulu, HI 96822