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Princess Kaiulani Fashions and Bridal Collections celebrates 52 years of Fashion


“A Hawaiian Lullaby”

Where I live there are Rainbows….A favorite song of Joan’s that reflects on the absolute beauty of our Hawaii.

• 50th Anniversary Booklet <pdf>

• The Honolulu Advertiser - Island Life | 1999 | Princess Ka’iulani Fashions took the muumuu mainstream

• The Honolulu Advertiser - Island Life | 1999 | Retrospective Honors 40 Years of Design

• The Honolulu Advertiser - Island Life | 1999 | Fashioning a Family Business in Hawaii

• Midweek Magainze - Cover - Muumuu Magic | A Fashion Phenomenon

Five Generations of Fashion~ Head to Toe

“Fashion for the Elmer J. Scotts is a real family affair. There're involved from head to toe.  Elmer’s grandfather manufactured shoes in New England. His father followed in the business.  Elmer (Scotty) and his wife Jean began manufacturing plantation-type work shoes in Hawaii in 1933. The Scotts pretty blond daughter, now Mrs. John P. Andersen, has extended the affair with fashion by designing a small charming line under the label Princess Kaiulani Sportswear.  Joan is widely known as a model and usually appears on the ramps of all of the big fashion shows in Honolulu., often with daughters Judi, Jill and Jaye.  They also have a son Jon. Husband John (Jack) was first drawn into the family shoe business so that the senior Scotts could have time to travel, but the Princess Kaiulani line grew to such proportions that he now devotes fulltime to the garment sales and production.”

Joan as a Song Leader for the Buff N’ Blue

Jack & Joan  return to Hawaii with son Jon

Muumuu Mania

For Fifty Years, award winning Design House, Princess Kaiulani Fashions         has endeavored to Foster the Aloha Spirit with Elegant and Exclusively Designed Fashions for the Women of Hawaii & Afar. Fashion shows have always been a fun and creative way to give back to the  community.  Joan would go “All Out”  with fabulous show stoppers!


Fashion Features


Front Page “Hawaii Living”

Editorial Feature

in VOGUE  ~ 1972

Joan’s designs graced the racks of all the top stores and
boutiques of Hawaii.  To this day the family business is      
 committed to their philosophy of Quality, Style & Elegance. 

The Tradition Continues

Three Generations on the runway

Jean (Tutu), Joan, Jill & Jaye  1986.

Jaye returns from modeling in Milan and New York.


Judi becomes Miss USA  in 1978 &  wins 1st runner-up to Miss Universe.

Jill joined the company in 1985 after a five year  modeling career in New York City and Palm Beach Florida. While working for many top designers, Jill found she truly loved the beauty and creativity of fashion. In order to express her love of  Hawaii’s traditional  fashions she began to design a Bridal Line for the company. At the same time, a retail boutique was opened that quickly grew to include a variety of fashions from casual resort to Island Formal wear as well as gifts and  accessories.  Now as president,  Jill holds close to her heart the vision established by her parents.  She is keeping pace with changing times and trends by offering contemporary styles and  adaptations of perennial favorites.

Jon & Jack win a Father & Son Golf Tournament. Jon, known for his prowess on the Volleyball court owns RIGGERS  HAWAII.

Jill models with husband Brent

&  twin daughters, Jean & Leigh ~1990~

Joan and Jill with beautiful    models after a show at the Waikoloa Village, Kona

A Fashion Journey


In 1999, Jill created a show that brings to life an historical perspective of Hawaii’s Fashion.  It is her desire to bring understanding and foster appreciation of the beauty and uniqueness of our traditional Island fashions. With a special agreement from The Bishop Museum, Jill was able to research and then re-create many magnificent gowns worn by Hawaii’s First ladies. 


A Fashion Journey  ~  The 1820’s to Present day Hawaii, was a year and a half in the making that included endless hours in the archives of the Bishop Museum.  This collection preserves a part of Hawaii’s past...while offering a sense of place for the fashions that have evolved decade by decade….


Bridal Collections


In order to express her love of Hawaii’s traditional fashions Jill  began to  design an “Island Style” Bridal line for the company in 1986.


See the new Web site “Aloha First Weddings” for all the newest styles and wedding packages to create your Hawaiian Wedding Experience

In Our Community


Involvement with special events throughout the islands is very fulfilling.  Being a part of so many special occasions in all of our customers lives gives us a true sense of purpose.  Joan and Jack always felt that family was the most important to them...this attitude of OHANA extends beyond, out into the community. 

Today, and into the future we continue with the passion it takes to perpetuate Hawaii’s Fashion      Heritage. We are dedicated to the belief that Hawaii’s fashion is part of what makes our Islands unique. 


Sponsoring the Miss Hawaii Pageant since 1995

~ Class of 2007 St. Andrews Priory ~ Graduation gowns, throughout the islands, have been a tradition for over 40 years!

Princess Kaiulani Fashions is honored to be the designer of  The Lei Court gowns for The City & County of Honolulu  Lei Day Celebration Since 1995.

Working annually with the Selected Queen and her court, Jill and her staff create beautiful, made to order, gowns.   Jill especially enjoys this project each year as May Day is a very fond memory of hers while growing up in Hawaii.     The special feeling when wearing a lei of Plumeria , Gardenia, Stephanotis, carnation or if  real lucky  pikake!  The fun of May Day programs and the air of excitement Island wide.   The heartfelt tradition of stringing lei and then bestowing it upon teacher, friend or loved ones.  The gift of Aloha!



Kalima Suganuma wearing a

Traditional Victorian PK Holoku




Vanna White in a PK gown

Mahalo Nui Loa to all of our wonderful customers and friends, throughout these 52 years! One of the most rewarding things about our work is to hear the appreciation and heartfelt aloha from customers who have enjoyed our fashions past and present.

Our employees have made PK a special place to work. They are full of support and caring for the customers they help and people they work with.

THANK YOU to all of our PK OHANA!

With Love & Aloha,

Jill and Joan


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