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Artists Come Together to Help Save Hawaiian Dry Forests

Tuesday, January 25th


Hawaiian tropical dry forests once encompassed a large part of the leeward sides of all the main Hawaiian Islands. With receiving fewer than 50 inches of rainfall annually, the diverse and widespread habitats are home to a unique community of flora and fauna.  Scientists today estimate that all by 5% of these native habitats have been lost. The remnant forests that still persist are continually under threat from development, feral ungulates and increased risk of fire largely due to invasive grasses. In an effort to help save what remains of these unique Hawaiian habitats, community members step up to raise awareness and support, in whatever ways they best know how.

MAGDAKINEDESIGNS is an eco-conscious swimwear brand now in their second season. Following their popular ʻōhiʻa lehua print in 2018, the latest collection by native species enthusiast Magdalena Berger, showcases the chief native tree species among the Hawaii tropical dry forests, the wiliwili.

Partnering with some of Hawaii’s popular fashion and lifestyle photographers and models, MAGDAKINEDESIGNS collaborates with local artists excited to offer their talent and creativity to help raise awareness for the declining forests.  Local Oahu photographer Jessica Pines enthusiastically quotes, "Shooting this collaboration is a cause I would absolutely love to be a part of raising awareness for.”

The two-piece eco-bikini features the blooming wiliwili flower on a fiery orange background, a representation of the bright wiliwili seeds used traditionally in stringing lei. The design is printed on 100% regenerated nylon (made from abandoned fishing nets and old carpets) and each piece is reversible, resulting in more fashion for your purchase and less waste in our landfills. Most importantly, MAGDAKINEDESIGNS is returning a donation from every purchase to the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative in support of their efforts to protect nearly half of the remaining kūpuna wiliwili of the Waikoloa region on Big Island and promote the natural regeneration of the tropical dry forest.

You can shop the wiliwili print swimwear now at and be a part of the public effort to help preserve what remains of these rare Hawaiian habitats. After all, protecting our species is a community endeavor and whether it’s a bikini design, a photo shoot, or a family day spent volunteering, every contribution helps to preserve the dryland forest for our future generations.

Want to know more? Check out the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative at and attend the upcoming Wiliwili Festival happening on Saturday, February 9th at the Waikoloa Stables.



More photos available upon request.

Contact Information:

MAGDAKINEDESIGNS Swimwear – Magdalena Berger -

Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative – Jen Lawson –

Photographer – Jessica Sullivan Photos –

Model - Kyera Dalesandro –

MAGDAKINEDESIGNS Swimwear is a sustainable swimwear brand with roots in Hawaiʻi and is currently based out of Isabela, Puerto Rico. Our exclusive "prints for a purpose" are created in an eco-friendly dying process and printed on 100% regenerated fabrics.  As an advocate for social justice worldwide, all of our products are manufactured at a family-owned-and-operated factory in Southern California.  For more information about the brand visit our About page.

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