Membership Spotlight – Kai Ku Hale
Membership Spotlight Kai Ku Hale – What’s in a name? When Layne Larson first opened Kai Ku Hale in 2008, she envisioned a venue where she would provide interior design for discriminating tastes. However, shortly thereafter, a major economic recession hit, and she had to re-think her approach. In her typical resilient fashion, she slowly transformed her business into an imaginative palette showcasing the diverse work of more than 60 local artists and artisans.
Located at 66-145 Kamehameha Highway in the Haleiwa Town Center, the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. A bright green sign fronts both street and parking lot entrances. Kai Ku Hale, meaning “house on the gentle ocean at low tide,” embodies what Layne enjoys most – walking along the shoreline at low tide gathering shells and driftwood. It has become a place where people who love Hawaii – visitor and kama‘aina, alike – can take home a beautiful and unique island inspired treasure at an affordable price.
Promoting green living by incorporating recycled items into artwork and home decor is a recurrent theme. With a background in interior and graphic design as well as landscape architecture, she describes her business as the culmination of her life’s circuitous journey. However, she emphasizes, its success is the result of a collective effort. “All the things I’ve done and I’ve learned is the reason why I do what I do now,” she says. However, she stresses the store’s success rests on the contributions of her team of employees, who are also artists and share her passion. “Kai Ku Hale is definitely a labor of love – we have so many creative artist represented. It is a joy to work with them.”