"...a special way for our keiki to carry on the Hawaiian language, word by word and make people mino'aka (smile)."
As a young girl growing up in the small town of Kailua on Oahu, I knew there was something special about being born and raised in Hawai’i. I never dreamed that I would be one of five generations that would have the privilege of growing up here. As a child, some of my favorite things were learning Hula, playing Ukulele, and spending days at the beach. I grew up with no desire to leave Hawai’i and moved to Maui where I met my husband Dickie, and we had our two daughters Keani and Jamie. As my daughters grew up and started families of their own, they’ve blessed me with three grandsons; Kade, Josia, and Kyne. These are my ‘Three Coconuts’ and this is how it all began.
I’ve always loved the heritage of Hawai’i. As plans for Three Coconuts started to come together, I knew I wanted to carry on one of the traditions I experienced as a little girl. By creating something special from those memories, I could share them with generations to come. Thinking back to my Ukulele lessons, I never forgot a simple song which talked about animals and their Hawaiian names. ‘Cat’ was ‘Popoki’, ‘Dog’ was ‘Ili’o’, and not a ‘Turtle’ but a ‘Honu’. Those memories inspired the vision behind our children’s line; a special way for our keiki to carry on the Hawaiian language, word by word and make people mino'aka (smile).
Three Coconuts is a family run business based here on Maui. My daughters and husband assist me with everything from illustrations to shipping orders. Even my grandsons are involved, constantly inspiring and reminding us of why we love what we do. All of our pieces are designed and printed here, along with working closely with manufactures on Oahu. It's important to us to keep production as local as possible. Yes, ‘Made in Hawaii’; just like me.
Here at Three Coconuts, we love our community. When we began, I knew I wanted to share that love with a very special family here on Maui. Since the beginning, a portion of each sale has gone to supporting this family through the hardships they and their young son Zachy have had to face.
To learn more about the Woodard family and how your Three Coconuts purchase is a way to contribute, click the link below.