The Keiki Dept. is owned by Leilani, a Native Hawaiian Māmā of three. After the birth of her son, Leilani started to create locally inspired clothing and accessories that was durable enough to handle everyday play. This passion project slowly evolved as her ʻohana grew and their needs changed.
Based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, The Keiki Dept.’s mission is to share knowledge of Hawaiian culture through their products and give back to their local community. In 2020, the Keiki Dept. has donated to multiple local organizations that provide services to both keiki and ʻohana across the islands.
The Keiki Dept was born shortly after the birth of Kalei. While on maternity leave I decided to learn how to sew. I started off making bibdanas for Kalei and slowly added items to my Etsy shop as he grew.
Home of the Shave Ice Swaddle
As my shop grew I invested more into it and did my first two swaddle runs! I had a shaka design and our popular shave ice design! Did you have one?
Our First Event
I decided to get semi-serious with this passion project and signed up for my first event in October 2016. And the rest is history!
Our 'Ohana Grew
As our shop grew...so did our 'ohana!
I started off with mostly boy/unisex designs but when we found out about Kili, I added some girl-friendly options.
We did more events
We added more events and more products...to the point where my booth is overflowing!
Our 'Ohana Grew Again!
And just like our shop continued to grow over the years our family got bigger too!