Think Global, Act Local
Hawaii not only defines the Kahala lifestyle, it is where we live. It is our responsibility to take care of it and we take this ethos seriously. Our company has been recognized by the Aloha United Way as being among the most generous for it’s size. Our employee participation is near 100%. In addition, we support a number of local causes and charities such as The Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Public Radio, The Boys & Girls Club, Institute for Human Services, The Red Cross, American Heart Association, to name but a few. Stay tuned for more as we continue to explore new ways to support our community in the year ahead.
Kahala is also committed to manufacturing a product in Hawaii. Over 30% of Kahala’s products are actually made in Hawaii. This is the right thing for Kahala and it is the right thing for our community. After all, can it really be an Aloha Shirt if it is not made in Hawaii? For the products that we are unable to produce in Hawaii, we use factories that are compliant with WRAP labor standards. You can learn about this at www.wrapapparel.org
Hawaii is one of the most oil dependent states in the nation. Over 90% of our state’s electrical power currently comes from oil-powered generators. Our parent company, Tori Richard, Ltd. and we at Kahala have taken dramatic steps towards energy independence and carbon emissions reduction. In December of 2008, construction was completed on our 157 Kilowatt photovoltaic system. This $1.1 million system provides 95% of our daily electrical power, making Kahala one of the worlds first apparel brands to derive the majority of it’s power from alternative energy. You can see how much power we have generated today here
Starting Spring 2009, Kahala introduces 100% certified organic aloha shirts. This is another first for any Hawaii firm. Even the buttons are from recycled materials. We also make certified organic t-shirts. Our commitment to sustainable, pesticide free farming is only just beginning. We will continue to do our best to act responsibly to ensure our supply chain is sustainable, ethical and as green as possible.
Aloha & Mahalo,