Kaleimamo Hawai’I launched in 2021 providing us with one of the first Indigenous cloth diaper brands to hit the North American marketplace. I had the incredible pleasure of interviewing Pōhai on the Cloth Diaper Podcast, and chatting with on an IGTV to showcase these incredible new products.
I was gifted the Kaiapa Pa’a (All In One Diaper), Kaiapa Pakeke (Pocket Diaper), and ‘Eke Pulu and Eke Holo. This ia review of the Kaiapa Pakeke and a review of the Kaiapa Pa’a. I have the Kō Uka Collection
Sometimes it can feel like – why do we need another cloth diaper brand? But we do. Hyperlocal indigenous representation on diapers brings our community even more sense of place and belonging, while reinforcing important values. Kaleimamo Hawai’I has been forging incredible partnerships and conversations in Hawai’I and I can’t wait to see what they do in 2022.
About Kaleimamo Hawai’i
Pōhai is the founder at Kaleimamo Hawai’I’ a small ‘ohana-owned business in Honolulu Hawai’i. This Hawaian cloth diaper brand is named after her daughter, and after two years of patiently planning, testing, and preparing Kaleimamo launched in 2021.
The brand embraces indigenous Native Hawaiian culture and language in their products. Learn more about their printsand the artists they partner with.
Products are CPSIA and CPSC compliant, and they work with manufacturers who operated under the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct.
About the Kaiapa Paʻa (All In One Diaper)
The Kaia’a Pa’a is a one-size natural fiber all-in-one diaper. This simple design is easy-to-use for new parents and advanced collectors that can easily wash and dry quickly. A few of the great features in this Hawaiin all in one cloth diaper:
- 3×4 rise snaps to adjust for babes small and big.
- Lined with athletic wicking jersey for cool comfort all day. This natural coloured fibre adds to not only the brand identity but helps reduce staining and discolouration in the body of the diaper.
- Two natural fiber inserts made of 4-layers of 55% bamboo and 45% cotton.
- Wide back elastic designed to keep the mess in.
- PUL tummy panel for leak protection.
- Double waist snap (no hip snap)
Review of the Kaleimamo All In One Diaper
While this diaper most resembles the Thirsties Natural Fibre All In One, it also reminds me of the Lighthouse Kids AIO Diaper. That said it’s a classic double waist snap design that many of you know and love.
The inserts don’t bacon too much (at least after I washed and dried a few dozen times). they are beautiful and soft and fluffy. Now front attached inserts are a mixed bag – they can be fantastic for little boys and front wetters, but a challenge for back wetters (some girls). While you can customize the absorbency in the front by folding, you are left without much insert in the back this can be advantageous for poop but disadvantage if you find your child wets in the back. Similarly, it offers less bum bulk but more front bulk.
One of the best ways to ensure the inserts stay where you need them is to adjust the rise setting to your babies size (prevents less space for inserts to float around in the diaper), lay the baby’s bum on the tails of the inserts, and then pull the diaper up close to baby’s body and fasten in the front. Let the inserts pull out from under the bum gently as needed when fastening in the front. It’s easier to tug them out from baby’s bottom, rather than move them back under.
I really appreciate the athletic wicking jersey on this all in one diaper because I find that lined cloth diapers provide an extra layer of PUL protection to avoid unnecessary wear and tear from the wash.
Overall, I’m happy with the quality and feel of this diaper. With a $30USD price point, this is a well-built diaper with beautiful prints, and a strong brand identity. This isn’t just another cloth diaper; this is a well-built beautiful product designed for you to have a great experience.
I would recommend the Kaiapa Pa’a all in one diaper and would buy it again. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a high quality cloth diaper that gets me excited, and this is it.
About the Kaiapa Pākeke (Pocket Diaper)
The Kaipa Pakeke, or Kaleimamo’s Pocket Diaper, is the same take on the all in one, just designed with a pocket. I write that very easily, but it s a common concept amongst cloth diaper brands to hold the same shape and just mix up how the inserts work.
This is a classic one-size pocket cloth diaper, but here’s a few of the great features:
- Tan coloured athletic wicking jersey pocket liner to reduce staining and provide baby with a cool all-day comfort.
- Large back pocket opening for easy insert access
- Front pocket opening to support the washing out of diaper inserts
- PUL tummy panel to reduce front wicking
- Double waist snaps, and 3×4 rise setting.
- Large back elastic.
The Kaiapa Pakeke comes with one 5-layer insert made of 55% bamboo-45% cotton). You can use this diaper as a swim diaper or add additional inserts for more absorbency. The single insert is sufficient for daytime use.
Review of the Kaleimamo Pocket Diaper
Honestly, it’s hard for me to get excited about pocket diapers because sometimes it feels like you’ve seen them all – I love an all in one diaper, but pockets be like pockets.
Nonetheless, the statement still stands that the quality and materials use to construct this diaper are incredible. In a world of $2 diapers, there really is a difference in how a product can be made. For some families $28 on a natural fiber pocket diaper is not worth it, and if that’s your story then this product is not for you.
This product is for you if it’s in your budget, and you’re looking for a impeccable natural-fiber product that embraces Indigenous Native Hawaiian culture. I’m obsessed with the art and designs in this diaper.
The insert did bacon a little. It’s pretty fluffy all things considered, and reminds me of when you add too much rising agent to the pancake batter. I don’t mind it because it’s soft and not stiff like some cheaper hemp textiles. I imagine with some time it wont be so fluffy, and the fluff is fine, just a funny observation more than anything.
PS. I always see this diaper showcased unsnapped. I just want to remind you that the rise setting is your friend! Use those snaps to adjust the length of the diaper giving you a trimmer fit closer to baby’s body.
- LainasLife, Kaleimamo Cloth Diapers | Pocket Diaper
‘Eke Holo & ‘Eke Pulu
I also received two wet-bags. I usually like to create a giveaway package, but I’m having a hard time because these prints are beautiful and it’s so fun to have something that is mine. I’ve started keeping my books in wet bags so that water doesn’t destroy the book and the library charges me a million dollars.
I’ll be back with pictures and will include in the youtube review in the coming weeks.
The ‘Eke Holo or Diaper Pod is a double-layer PUL diaper pod. This is a generous sized pod that can hold a day’s worth of cloth diapers or even be used as an overnight bag. It also features a side pocket with a zipper that’s perfect for storing all the other extra’s. Snap handles allow for versatile hanging along with a set of upright carrying handles means you’ll always be able to keep close to this diaper pod.
The ‘Eke Pulu or Wet bag is a single-layer PUL wet bag. This isn’t a small wet bag, but it’s not a large hanging wet-bag either. It fits about 8-10 diapers and has a dual pocket design to store wet and dry items separately. Durable zippers keep things in, and removable snap handles let you attach it to anything you want.
I really love these wet bags – they are exceptionally beautiful and well built. I’ve been using them not only for my books but kids stuff and the million gross and dirty things that two kids like to bring home.
Yes, check out Kaleimamo Hawaii. This new premium cloth diaper brand is offering an exceptional product that everyone should be excited for. Seeing Indigenous language and representation in the cloth diaper industry is an incredible experience and can’t wait for more of it.