Paiko Ohana: Jordan Lee

Jordan Lee Have you noticed how festive the shop has been looking this season? Meet Jordan Lee a 32-year old Oahu native (Mililani represent!) and Paiko's new Visual Merchandise Director.  To find out more about Jordan's aesthetic and creative background we chatted on Paiko's patio while we sipped steaming coffee from Brue Bar.


Tell us about your visual merchandising and creative background.

It all started when I was living in San Francisco, I was a full-time student at the Academy of Art as an Interior Architecture and Design major. My focus was commercial and hospitality design. I was working part-time as a sales associate at Diesel. Eventually, a position came up seeking a visual merchandiser so I worked my way up through the company as a full-time employee. I was also working at a boutique design firm but left during the economic recession. It was difficult design-wise to get a job and I was faced with a fork in the path. Ultimately I chose visual merchandising and from there I never looked back. I transferred to Diesel in Waikiki and then started working at Kate Spade as the Hawaii regional manager. Then, I was recruited to Louis Vuitton, Waikiki and I've been there for 2 years this month. It gives me the creative freedom by focusing on a product.

Holiday Visual Change-up

How did you and Paiko meet?

I met Tamara and Courtney by living in Kaka'ako and walking through the neighborhood. I'd bring my dogs Lola and Pfieffer around and would visit the shop. Lola is a huge fan of Tamara. Tamara is Lola's unofficial girlfriend so I guess we met through Lola! Eventually we all started running together through Ala Moana Beach Park- we do a 4 mile loop.


How would you describe the new Holiday visual change-up?

For Winter, we've taken inspiration from Tamara's Tantalus home. Basically making it lush, green, and alive. I imagine it in my head: a cloud rolling through the mountain. That feeling is kinda what we wanted to do with the Tantalus theme. For the holidays we used pops of red amongst the greenery. We brought Pele's hair and hanging plants to the outside of the shop to create a nice presentation. If you're walking across the street or pass by the store you'll see the elements of Paiko from the outside.

I love the shape of the Christmas tree and I've been told I merchandise in triangles. I was walking in Home Depot through their garden section and my boyfriend found a frame that was cone shaped. We used air plants and more of Pele's hair instead of using traditional ornaments and created a Tillandsia cone tree for the holidays. Holiday Change-up

How do you create? Do you have a vision board or any precedents that you follow? Where do you draw your inspiration?

Tamara, Courtney and I sit at our work table in Paiko and bounce ideas off of each other. Also when we're running we bounce ideas off of each other. When I'm walking through Waikiki, I look at store fronts and hotels for more inspiration. I'm inspired by everything, the littlest things, the hugest things... I've been noticing I'm inspired by reflections and light, as of this morning. Tamara herself is a HUGE inspiration, she always comes up with really good concepts. Holiday Change-up

What is your favorite piece of merchandise at Paiko?

I love Dee Oliva's animal planters. I've known her for a very long time, we went to high school together. When she was making miniature dogs, I asked her to make a mini Lola and mini Pfieffer. We placed the final pieces in a terrarium we had at my house and couldn't stop laughing. Tamara saw these mini dogs and that's when she first approached Dee for her merchandise.

I also love the Weck Jars and the shapes they come in. I love that they aren't just for flowers but for other things. They're not too modern but not too contemporary.


What are your thoughts about Paiko in the community, your neighborhood?

I'm so proud for how Paiko has taken form. It really has transformed the neighborhood. People come to Kaka'ako to see the shop. It's way bigger. Nikole Nelson really transformed the space and I'm amazed. Every time someone walks into the store, I look at their reaction. It's amazing. It's something Hawaii needed and something that's different here. I feel like people can sense that in a way.


Paiko's Holiday Changeover


What is your dream visualization for Paiko?

Tamara and I are interested in lifestyling the store. I would love to see the idea of not just having plants but making it into a sanctuary or a place to relax in. We have that with the addition of Brue. I love the idea of plants mixed in with books or something else that you can take home. Just having it be a lifestyle or mentality, a way of living...That's my dream for Paiko. All of the things that make Paiko what it is and bringing it home to wherever you live. Just like Hawaii has a magical quality about it, Paiko has it's own.


It's still not too late to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts. Swing by Paiko for unique gifts for your loved ones and pals this holiday season. We have extended holiday hours for your shopping pleasure.


Photographs by © Sara Mayko 2014

In Store: Paiko Holiday Workshops for December


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Tis the season for holiday decor and DIY gifts to share this winter, especially if you're seeking some handmade goodies! This December, Paiko is offering a plethora of holiday workshops for your seasonal inspiration that we can't wait to share with you. Want to have the best decked door on your block? Then maybe the Tillandsia Holiday Wreath workshop is for you. Attending the SALT Holiday Fair? Check out our Tillandsia Snowglobe class at Kaka'ako Agora. Curious about what a Kokedama is? We'll teach you at the Christmas Kokedama workshop. Hosting a Holiday party? Haku lei guru, Ann Kadowaki will kick start your Hawaiian Table Swag inspiration.

These classes compose a tight knit network of like-minded nature-loving individuals who want to be involved and spark creativity in their community. Not only are these classes educational but they're relaxing and productively stimulating.  A welcoming environment for pau hana play, pre-party girls night, or a date with your favorite person. Each class is taught by either Paiko's very own Tamara Rigney, or other respected activists in the Hawaiian horticulture community.

Interested? Check out our calendar for additional information on each workshop and to save a spot!

Here are some images from our past workshops:

Ann Kadowaki

Succulent Gardening

DIY Potting Bar


In The Shop: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

An heirloom seed is seed from a plant that has been passed from one generation to generation. The  seeds are carefully grown and preserved for specific qualities such as flavor, productivity, or hardiness. Many heirlooms have been grown, saved and passed down for more than 100 years. Baker Creek continues this tradition by providing one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century.  Stop by the shop & check out our new display with a selection of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds -- always non-GMO, classic favorites. Heirloom Seeds Hawaii Heirloom Seeds Hawaii  Heirloom Seeds Hawaii

For more information on the benefits of heirloom vegetables, check out this article by Mother Earth News.

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Paiko Ohana: Tricia Beaman

At Paiko, we have the pleasure of housing many of our succulents, air plants, and tropical flowers in elegantly understated, hand-crafted vessels by local artist Tricia Beaman.  I met with her recently at her home on a quiet, tree lined street near Diamond Head for a chat about her craft, Paiko, and Kaka’ako. Tricia Beaman

How did you get started creating pottery?

I started in 2009, my neighbor asked me if I wanted to take a clay class at Hawaii Potter’s Guild. The Guild is like this cooperative studio, it’s been around since the 60s and Yvonne, my neighbor, when she was a little kid, her friend’s mom used to take her there to glaze pieces and that it’s this awesome place under the freeway and there’s this big garden, and she said “Do you want to try and take a class?”. Clay has always been interesting to me, I’ve always been creative, and really interested in things that are functional, and art that’s functional, so you know, I thought I’d just try it out and see what it’s like. I kinda got hooked right away, so I just started making bowls, learning about the process of clay, firing, glazing and throwing pieces, and I’ve been at Hawaii Potter’s Guild since then. So it was kinda accidental. I had always enjoyed working on different projects, and fixing things up, and so this was a very accidental foray into a new art form.

I’ve been experimenting very slowly with hand building; I’ve just made some shapes to put together a wind chime, (laughing) which I have no idea how it’s going to turn out. I really just find the process of working on the wheel to be very meditative, and relaxing, and also just fun. I’m definitely interested in just making functional pieces. I think the wheel kind of lends itself to that more.

Why do you think your pieces work so well with Paiko’s shop?

When I saw Paiko, I was right away blown away, I love their branding, and the shop inside is very clean, and simple, and organically modern, I guess you would say. That’s totally the aesthetic I’m going for. So I think I just saw their shop and was “oh this is beautiful and it looks really cool” and I had been experimenting more with making different kinds of planters, so it seemed like it would fit. Definitely Tamara’s aesthetic, the way she arranges flowers, and the way they’ve been putting plants into my pieces, lets the work speak for itself.

You recently got started in clay, do you work in other mediums?

Yeah, I’ve done projects around the house, like sewing, and refinishing furniture, but I’m definitely not like a formal art student or anything like that. Everything I’ve found interesting has been for the home. I think everything I’ve been inspired to do creatively is because it has a need, (it is) a functional thing. I think it’s really cool that “craft” has become something that’s valid to do and it’s not seen as this really cheesy thing, you know…

There are great design blogs, and great magazines right now, that are showing that it is a craft, it’s not “crafty”, and that’s something that should be elevated, and these people should be treated as artisans.

When you are creating your pieces, what is your inspiration?

I’ve definitely taken inspiration from other potters at the studio, at Hawaii Potter’s guild, some of my instructors there that have just been doing it for so long, that I’ve learned a lot from them, and find inspiration at the studio, you know you see other people working, and (The Potter’s Guild) has this great garden, that’s a huge inspiration for me to like take a break and walk around the garden.

I think I’ve just always been interested in a really modern aestheric, like Heath Ceramics. Edith Heath was around in like the 30s and 40s, and she was one of the first modern American production potters, and actually, all of her forms are still in production today, and made in California. They have a studio and they use all her molds. We use all her plates and bowls, we got like a few place settings when I got married, and it’s all I ever use, they’re really nice, like very simple lines, so I think I’ve always been inspired by simple forms, whether it’s pottery or like furniture, I think I just have a clean, simple aesthetic.

What are your thoughts on Kaka’ako?

I think it’s really exciting to see creative people doing such interesting creative work and just to see what’s happening. I love Paiko’s aesthetic, and I love that it’s really simple and modern, and the other shops are doing really cutting edge cool things. Limb has had great shows, and that space is amazing. Ian’s a really talented furniture maker. There is affordable art work, it’s local, and that’s awesome. R/D features really interesting stuff. I think (Kaka'ako) has some of the freshest and most inspiring spaces in the city and it’s cool that they’re all coming together.

Written By: Hannah Grgich

Neighborhood Guide: Kaka'ako

By: Hannah Grgich As anyone who has visited Paiko in person knows, we are a part of a very special neighborhood: Kaka’ako.  This week we’re focusing on our block, and taking a walking tour to illustrate what’s happening in our hood. 







Historically composed of fishing villages and salt ponds, Kaka’ako has under gone many transformations over the years, and is currently evolving yet again. From a commercial center filled with warehouses and industrial businesses, this neighborhood is now known as a gathering place, where you can see artists in action, collaborate on a project, shop for one of a kind treasures, have a gastronomic experience like none other, and get to know your neighbors through events like workshops and the Honolulu Night Market.

As you meander through the streets, even in the heat of the afternoon, the sense of exhilaration and possibility is nearly palpable. Restaurants are busy serving up lunch to a diverse crowd, where you can get everything from a lobster sausage-wrapped-in-bacon hot dog to fried pa’i’ai and a salad made with local greens. Restaurants such as the Whole Ox, serve up locally sourced and cured meats to a hungry downtown lunch crowd, and our immediate neighbors Taste offer diners the experience of an ever changing roster of up and coming chefs.  The ladies of Paiko can often be seen on many a Friday night sharing a bottle of wine and hanging with neighbors on the sidewalk tables at Taste.

In addition to great food, you can’t help but stumble over the often breathtaking murals created during PowWow over the past two Februaries.  PowWow, a yearly meeting of respected artists from around the world, gives each artist a wall in Kaka’ako to turn into a masterpiece, breathing new life into old industrial facades.

Another artistic outlet in the hood, 808 Urban works with high school kids creating large scale murals throughout the island.  They have a new storefront “The Refuge” here in Kaka’ako, which hosts free workshops, lectures, and other events. Another  gallery on the block, Limb, specializes in amazing woodworking and features a changing roster of exhibits in all media.  Check them out at the Honolulu Night Markets.

After soaking up the vibrant colors of the murals, bring your laptop to do work, or just relax with a cup of Morning Glass coffee, at our good friends, bookshop/coffee shop/gallery hybrid, R/D. Also, make sure to check out the adjoining Interisland Terminal gallery for the most current exhibits from key members of Honolulu’s art scene.  On a side note, prior to our store opening at 675 Auahi St, R/D was where Tamara would hangout to get work done, initiating her into the Kaka’ako community and eventually evolving into her opening our storefront down the street. We love R/D!

Whatever you do in Kaka’ako, you will experience a microcosm of Hawaii’s urban island culture; a unique community that like the island as a whole, celebrates traditions and is embracing innovation.  At Paiko we are so happy to have found our place in this community, and hope you come visit us to experience it all yourself.

More Kaka'ako: Kaka'ako Night Market

Written by: Hannah Grgich

Paiko In Full Swing aka 'A Synopsis of Our First Fifty Eight Days'

Paiko Hawaii Honolulu Wow, where have the past 58 days gone? It's hard to believe that Paiko has been open for business that long. So much has happened and yet, there is still so much more to do! A few things are for certain, Tamara and I have been loving spending our days in the shop, chatting with our customers, laughing and finding our inner flower humor, learning oh so very much and finding out how little sleep we actually need to function.

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On Tuesday December 12th we invited a few friends, family and neighbors to the shop to help us celebrate the opening of our doors. We definitely felt the love and were touched by all the support we received from our dear friends, old and new.

Not long after we opened, the Rogue Christmas Honolulu Night Market took place and Paiko stayed open late to join in the festivities. We had yummy Christmas snacks and wassel in the shop along with leaf printing on Kraft paper by our dear friend and resident artist, Kristen Maize. The next day the first Pinch of Salt day market was held and boy were we busy. We love our neighborhood and were thrilled to be apart of these two great events! The next Honolulu Night Market is coming up on Saturday February 16th and we cannot wait!!!

After the holidays we were able to regroup and briefly catch our breaths, but just for moment- as we needed to spring into action for the Valentines Day preparations and in the planning for our first workshop on Tuesday, February 19th. Stay tuned for more on that....and for all the exciting things Paiko has in store for 2013!

More Paiko Storefront: Kaka'ako Here We Come675 Auahi is Open

Kaka'ako Night Market

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Here at Paiko we have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially the support and love from all of our amazing friends.  We could not do this next chapter in Kakaako without you guys!! We are especially grateful to Rich at RDC Design for the absolutely stunning work he has done on the build out of our new space. With that being said, this past Saturday's Kakaako Night Market was another occasion achieved with the help of our friends, many of whom were made in the Kakaako community in the past few months.  We especially want to thank Sean, Wei and the rest of the team at Interisland Terminal and R/D  for featuring our pop up flower shop, 'Feel Free Store', on the rickshaw at R/D that night.  The 'Free Store Rickshaw' is a creation by Tadpole Studios and is designed to be a transportable pop up store. Before its debut at R/D, the rickshaw was a part of the Fresh Flowers show at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Our other location that night was in the Pinch of Salt market around the corner.  This marketplace, constructed almost entirely of recycled materials, is awesome, and will be in place indefinitely.  It was a great place to have our first night of connecting with the public and displaying some of our living creations.  As the night went on, it brought huge smiles to our faces to see people walking around with giant pink king protea protruding from under their arms.  Kakaacool!

Paiko Pop up store

 Lady slipper orchids

Paiko Pop up store

 Courtney, Kalena, and Tamara

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We had great neighbors that night, and I've probably worn my organic tank from 'Life is Swell' at least three times in the past week..

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 Succulents were a big hit as were our bud vase creations

Paiko pop up store

 The "Feel Free Store' in R/D

Paiko Pop up store

Protea from Kula and uluhe fern curls from Hilo

More Kaka'ako: Neighborhood Guide: Kaka'ako