Kamehameha Student Starts Her Own Business


Photo Courtesy: Kay Johnson

Tiare Cardejon posing with one of her kimonoʻs.

Tiare Cardejon, class of 2022 at Kamehameha schools, started her own business in December 2019 and has been working hard since then to create a foundation and improve sales.

Starting a business is not an easy feat and Cardejon is just getting started. She started her business mostly for fun and it quickly became a good opportunity to bond with her grandmother, “It was for me to bond with my grandma cause she always wanted to sew with her granddaughters” she said.

Cardejon and her grandmother sew kimono’s using pareos, “Right now prices are 20 dollars but if you send me the pareo we will make it into a kimono for 15 dollars” she said when asked about prices. For now, orders are being taken from Instagram and Cardejon can either mail the product to you, hold onto it until school starts, or drop it off to you.

“Me and my nana work together to make each pareo. I do all the ironing and cutting and then my nana sews them together” she said. It takes about four hours to get three kimono’s done and she is trying to get five more done before she posts pictures on her Instagram, @kuualohanani. Cardejon hopes that more people will get to hear about her business and consider buying her products. For now, she has made two shipments and three meetups.

Here is what Cardejon had to say about the future of the business, “I do see myself continuing this and hopefully opening a little shop and making more clothes such as rompers, and/or bathing suits” she continued on to say, “As of right now I hope that as this gets bigger and better it will help me pay for college since I want to go into the medical field and become a chiropractor,”