Kailua Living is a lifestyle beach boutique featuring locally made home decor, resort wear and accessories.
Kailua Living is a collaboration between two friends, Michele Kaiulani McArdle Baginski and Vana Lynn. They share a love for the ocean and enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle constantly inspired by all this beautiful island has to offer. Kailua Living is a beautiful mix of Michele’s home decor textiles, Vana's jewerly in addition to local art, clothing and beach essentials.
Both Michele and Vana are vibrant and creative businesswomen, which are certainly reflected in their collection.
Kailua Living has become a home away from home for many of their customers. It has an easygoing atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy your time looking for that extra special something for your closet and home.
Kailua Living provides quality, unique items that feature local designs inspired by the beauty and lifestyle of Hawai’i.
Customers can find such things as one-of-a-kind hand-crafted pillows, classy island wear, accessories, jewelry, art and gift items.
Kailua Living also connects to their community by supporting other non-profit local organizations, and hosts various events and workshops in their shop’s lanai lounge.
Michele discovered her talent and passion for design at an early age. She earned an Applied Art & Design degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, then started her own business in Kailua doing freelance work.
In 1997, Michele was diagnosed with a retinal condition called Stargardt’s disease. She gradually lost her center vision and is now legally blind. Although faced with this challenge, she continues to persevere in her field. Through trial and error, Michelle created an innovative approach to her art by developing a special method of hand making stamps, which has become unique to her style. Layering shapes with vibrant colors she now creates beautiful fabric designs, which are sewn onto pillows, table linens, bedding, pouches and hand bags.
Her products come in three variations: hand stamped, digital print and pre-print. She only uses quality fabrics, creating exclusive products that are inspired by the beauty of Hawai’i.
About vana lynn
Vana Lynn grew up in San Diego and is the designer and creator of Vana Lynn Jewelry. It all started when Vana visited Hawaii for the very first time. From her very first step she was so inspired by the soaring emerald colored mountain tops, the endless tranquil blue oceans, and the peaceful white sands that surrounded her. She began to recreate the "beachy lifestyle" into jewelry by incorporating the elements of the sea and the beaches such as shells, oahu sea glass, puka's and even pieces of coral. Vana Lynn’s collection is intended to bring out the traveler and beach explorer of every woman. Vana is inspired by all the hidden treasures found on the beaches and deep in the ocean, and she says, "When I wear a piece of my jewelry, I feel like a mermaid from the sea".