Who is MaruMaru Hawaii?
We are two sisters born and raised in the small town of Hilo, Hawaii. Having our own store has always been a daydream for us. A long time ago, before Facebook, Instagram, Etsy and Pinterest, we started making jewelry for fun. We sold our necklaces, earrings and bracelets at craft fairs, and although it sold well, being on different islands at the time made it difficult to keep the momentum going.
In 2014, we happened to be pregnant at the same time and ended up giving birth only two days apart. So since we were both back home in Hilo and experiencing motherhood together, we figured there was no better time to enter the world of infant and toddler apparel. Thus, on November 2, 2015, MaruMaru Hawaii was “born” and our online shop was officially open!
What is MaruMaru Hawaii?
As new mommies, we are always looking for cute and fun stuff for our kids to wear. Plus, we love the quirkiness of our Hilo hometown. So we decided to print infant and toddler tees that reflect our upbringing! Many of our shirt designs are based around local words or phrases commonly used in Hawaii, and many that are specific to Hilo. So while we don’t expect everyone to understand it, if you did grow up with us, or anything like us, you’ll totally feel the nostalgia! 🙂 We also have other designs based off our crazy kids and experiences as new moms. And the rest of it, well, we just thought it was plain funny. Haha! We also love love love kid accessories! It just completes an outfit to have a cute hat or adorable headband on your little one! So we picked out a few of our favs and are excited to share them with you too!
How did we get the name MaruMaru Hawaii?
We get asked this question a lot. The answer is simple. Our maiden name is Ishimaru. “Maru” translates to “circle” in Japanese and when you put two circles together, it looks like an infinity symbol. So since (whether we like it or not) we are sisters for life, MaruMaru Hawaii just seemed right!
Where can you find MaruMaru Hawaii?
Our full line of toddler apparel and accessories can only be found online at www.marumaruhawaii.com. We also do a few pop-up shops and craft fairs throughout the year.
So please “come inside” and take a look around our online shop! We hope you find something you like, whether it’s for your sweet little one or someone you know! And be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to find out about sales, promotions and new designs! Thank you very much for your support!
~Kara and Tania