Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Happy Kamehameha Day!

Aloha!

In honor of Kamehameha Day, Prepster Pineapple Clothing is offering all customers 10% off their orders when they use the coupon code PP-KAMEHAMEHA-10OFF at checkout, now through Saturday, June 14. (Offer and orders only valid in the United States.)

So who was Kamehameha and why is his "day" a public holiday on Hawaii?

King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, is the Hawaiian ruler who created the Kingdom of Hawaii (or Hawai'i) in 1810. Shortly thereafter, in 1813, pineapples arrived on Hawaii (yay pineapples!) from Spain -- and coffee began to be planted on Hawaii five years after that, shortly before Kamehameha died.

In December 1871, Kamehameha I's grandson, Kamehameha V, proclaimed Kamehameha Day would take place each year on June 11, to honor the great king who brought the islands together. The day was commemorated with all sorts of races and celebrations -- and the holiday was kept on when Hawaii became the fiftieth state in 1959.

Today, Kamehameha Day is celebrated with hula competitions, floral parades, and a draping ceremony, where statues of Kamehameha I are draped with leis. (See photo, above.)

Wishing you all a happy Kamehameha Day....

Bonus Hawaii hula video, courtesy of The Brady Bunch (and TV Land). Because everything I know (or knew) about Hawaii, I learned from watching The Brady Bunch.



'A 'ole pilikia

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Help Prepster Pineapple choose our next t-shirt design!

Aloha!

Actually, that -- the word Aloha -- was our last t-shirt design. And mahalo to everyone who bought one of our fab Prepster Pineapple men's or women's Aloha tees. (We still have a few left if you are interested!)

Now we here at Prepster Pineapple, a line of fun casual cotton Hawaii-inspired clothing for teens, tweens, and the young at heart, are getting ready to roll out (or silk screen) our next t-shirt -- and are calling on you to help us choose which Hawaii-inspired new design to feature.

First up, Palm Trees, which evokes those magical Hawaiian sunsets.

 























Or maybe you -- or your tween or teen -- prefer something with a bit more cat in it. If so, what do you think of our new Catabunga t-shirt design?

























Please let us know which design you prefer -- or would buy, for yourself or your teen, tween, or child -- by voting in the totally anonymous poll, below, or by leaving a comment.

Which new t-shirt design do you prefer?
  
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To thank you for your help, Prepster Pineapple Clothing is offering a 10 percent discount on all orders between now and Wednesday, June 4th. Just enter the coupon code PP-TSHIRTPROMO-10OFF at checkout. (Note: Offer is only valid for purchases made and shipped within the United States.)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Prepster Pineapple Clothing's first video, "Hawaii Dreaming," is here!

Mahalo to everyone — especially the very talented David Speranza — for helping us create Prepster Pineapple Clothing's first video, titled "Hawaii Dreaming," which was shot (mostly) on the Big Island of Hawaii!



By the way, most of the models featured in the video (and on the Prepster Pineapple Clothing website) are surfers, who helped us test out our t-shirts and polo shirts. So you could say they are teen tested, surfer approved.

















To learn more about our 100% cotton, Hawaii-inspired clothing, please visit the Prepster Pineapple Clothing website

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Exploring the Big Island of Hawaii, an Insider's Guide

We here at Prepster Pineapple Clothing love Hawaii, especially the Big Island of Hawaii. Indeed, Hawaii was what inspired my daughter to create Prepster Pineapple.

We recently went back to the Big Island of Hawaii and had a blast. And thought we'd share some of our favorite Big Island activities and places, many (most?) of which the average tourist to Hawaii doesn't know about.

Farmers Markets

My teenage daughter (the creator of Prepster Pineapple) is an aspiring chef and foodie who loves to cook -- and find the freshest, local ingredients. So every time we go to Hawaii, we make a point of going to as many farmers markets as possible. (You can see a full list of farmers markets on Hawaii here.)

Our favorite farmers market is the Keauhou Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Keauhou Shopping Center.



















We also like the Waimea Homestead Farmers Market, which also takes place Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon (though dress warmly, and for rain, as it is often chilly and rainy there).













































And we make a point of going to the Ho'oulu Community Farmers Market, which features many local artisans and craftspeople and takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Kona Resort in Keauhou Bay.

Tropical Gardens

Think of Hawaii and you immediately think "lush" and "tropical" -- hibiscus and palm trees. And while the Big Island certainly has its share of palm trees and hibiscus, if you want to find lush, tropical gardens, you will need to get in a car.

One of our favorite tropical garden spots on the Big Island is Mauka Meadows, in Holualoa, which is owned by the Doutor Coffee Company of Japan and, in addition to having one of the most spectacular collections of flowers, plants, and fruit trees, offers visitors free coffee and honey. It is also free (unlike the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and the Peleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary).


 





































We also love the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, which is 8.5 miles north of Hilo, a nonprofit that offers not only a stunning collection of tropical flora but waterfalls and stunning ocean views....



















And the Peleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary in Captain Cook, which will satisfy any hibiscus lover and has a wonderful collection of fruit trees, as well as breathtaking views.























Beaches

While there are plenty of beaches dotting the Big Island of Hawaii, many of them require a long drive down an unpaved road -- and/or 20 to 40 minutes of walking. They are also not necessarily safe (or warm enough) for swimming.

Our two favorite (public) bathing beaches are Hapuna Beach, on the Kohala Coast, which charges $10/day per vehicle....

















and Mahai'ula Beach, which is located in Kekaha Kai State Park, just north of Keahole Airport in Kona, and is free. (Warning: To get to the beach, you must drive approximately 20 minutes down a very bumpy unpaved road and then walk about 10 minutes to the actual beach -- but we think it's worth it. It's also where we did our first Prepster Pineapple Clothing shoot.)


















We also enjoy visiting the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach and hanging with the green sea turtles who are known to sunbathe there.


































Volcanoes and rainbows and scenic spots

Of course, no trip to the Big Island of Hawaii would be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you just have a few hours, do the Crater Rim Drive and be sure to stop at the Jaggar Museum and view the Kilauea Crater just outside. If you have a little longer, be sure to drive down Chain of Craters Road (approximately 19 miles) and walk to the end to see where lava closed the road -- and some amazing ocean views.
































On our last visit to Volcanoes National Park, driving down Chain of Craters Road, we were fortunate enough to see the biggest, most amazing rainbow we had ever beheld -- technically a double rainbow -- which stayed with us our entire drive. Breathtaking.



















We also recommend a visit to Akaka Falls...

and the Pololu Valley Lookout (with a stroll through Hawi either before or after).

















Food

The Big Island of Hawaii has no shortage of great restaurants. Some of our favorites are:

Sushi Rock -- Best. Sushi. Ever. And the sweet potato cheesecake is killer.
Holuakoa Cafe -- Delicious fresh local food, near Mauka Meadows, in a quaint artist community.
Island Lava Java -- Right on the beach in Kailua-Kona, serving fresh, local food -- and fabulous coffee and chai.
Punalu'u Bake Shop -- We drove nearly two hours just to eat their mouthwatering malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts). Other claim to fame: It's the southern most bakery in the United States.


















Brown's Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid -- Exceptional service, excellent food. But pricey. Also, be sure to bring a windbreaker or jacket or sweater as its open, beachside location is subject to wind.

Shopping

As for shopping, we typically check out the farmers and artisans markets around the island. But if you are looking for a t-shirt or "rubbah slippahs," local jewelery or a souvenir, we recommend a stroll through downtown Kailua-Kona (though tends to be very touristy) or the Queens' Marketplace in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. For more upscale shops/shopping, go to the Kings' Shops in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, where on Wednesday mornings there is a farmers market.

Aloha!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Help Choose Prepster Pineapple Clothing’s First Video and Get 10% off Your Next Purchase!

We here at Prepster Pineapple, a line of Hawaii-inspired casual cotton shirts and apparel for men, women, teens, and tweens, have been wanting to create a video for a while. And now we have two great videos -- and can't decide which one to use.

The first Prepster Pineapple video has a classic, vintage Hawaiian look and sound.



The second Prepster Pineapple video has more of a mod, surfer vibe.



We like both videos, but want to feature just one on the website -- and would like you, our friends, fans, and customers, to help us choose.

To thank you for your help, we are offering 10 percent off all Prepster Pineapple Clothing orders when you use the coupon code PP-VIDEOPROMO-10OFF through April 8 (offer available to customers in the United States only).

Just let us know which video -- the Vintage cut or the Modern take -- you prefer, either by leaving a comment below or clicking "Like" on the version you prefer on the Prepster Pineapple Facebook page or the Prepster Pineapple YouTube page.

We will announce the winning video on the Prepster Pineapple News page on May 6th.

[Mahalo to the very talented David Speranza for creating both videos.]

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Enjoy sweet savings from Prepster Pineapple Clothing this Valentine's Day!

Prepster Pineapple wants you to feel the love this Valentine's Day!

Now through Friday, February 14, 2014, get 14 percent off your Prepster Pineapple order of $26 or more when you use the coupon code VDAY14PINEAPPLE. (Limit one per customer.)

That's 14 percent off all Prepster Pineapple cotton polo shirts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts for gals and guys. (And don't forget our new spirit of aloha yoga pants!)

Sweet!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

These Prepster Pineapple yoga pants are so comfy, I don't want to take them off!

I love yoga pants -- or the idea of yoga pants. But it's so hard to find a pair that's comfortable and makes your butt look good! (You know what I'm talking about, ladies.)

That is why I am so excited to introduce the new Prepster Pineapple yoga pant, yoga pants so comfortable and good looking, you won't want to take them off!

Perfect for working out or hanging out, the Prepster Pineapple yoga pant for women and girls is made from 6.5 oz. cotton with a splash of spandex for flexibility. In addition, the yoga pants have a relaxed roll-down waist and no side seams to ensure a comfortable fit.

Prepster Pineapple yoga pants for women and girls are available in black is sizes X-Small, Small, Medium, and Large and retail for $34.

To learn more about Prepster Pineapple yoga pants and see additional photos, go to http://www.prepsterpineapple.com/prepster-pineapple-yoga-pants-black/.

And be sure to top off your new yoga pants with the Prepster Pineapple sweatshirt.

Mahalo!