Walking into Kai Lani’s new location on Main Street in Montauk is like walking into an island shop on Hawaii. In fact, much of its inventory comes straight from Oahu, where one of the store’s owners lives in winter.
The tropical shop has been brightened up with walls the color of a saffron sun and a turquoise-blue sea. The proprietors added new wood floors, white ceilings, and two dressing rooms curtained with vivid Hawaiian prints.
Owned by Samantha Romanowski, Kristen Burke, and Jennifer White, who lives on Oahu, Kai Lani can now be found in a prime space next door to the Corcoran Group office and just steps away from John’s Pancake House. “Being one block from Main Street there was only so much foot traffic. This is better than the old location for sure,” said Ms. Burke.
Customers can expect to find clothing in sizes that range from fish-printed infant rompers to plus-size clothing for women. A men’s clothing line has also been added; it includes Hawaiian-print shirts that are made by a seamstress in Hawaii from vintage fabrics scouted by Ms. White at flea markets, estate sales, and secondhand stores. Colorful clutch bags for women are also custom made.
A line of jewelry called Ki-ele is shipped in from the Big Island, too. It includes bangle bracelets with freshwater pearls and other dangling charms and shells. Shoppers can also find big, chunky turquoise rings, surf books, lotions and potions, shoes and boots, totes, and little summer dresses.
Ms. Burke is the creator of a jewelry line called Kris B Designs, mostly made with beach glass found in Montauk and Hawaii. The women have created a T-shirt line that will be tailored to the season, with shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day and surfers, the Lighthouse, fish, and anchors at other times. Silk-screened pillows, also decorated with maritime motifs, add to the beachy mix.
The store is open every weekday but Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Once summer hits, the hours will be extended, and the store will be open seven days a week.