We believe in fashion and comfort, and we always like to come up with new ideas to make the Island Slipper fans stand out while feeling comfortable in their shoes. But we’re also always doing our best to give back to the community and help the world.
After a very successful special whale slipper collection we launched last year, we jumped at the chance to collaborate with The Pacific Whale Foundation located on Maui on this year’s collection of three unique whale prints.
The Pacific Whale Foundation- An Ocean Protector Since 1980
Located on the beautiful island of Maui, the Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, as well as to inspire environmental stewardship.
Thanks to a great combination of donations, memberships, charitable grants, and a fantastic group of volunteers who share the same dedication to save the world’s whales from extinction PWF has now grown into a social enterprise that offers fee-based programs and services through PacWhale Eco-Adventures to help support its nonprofit work. To fund their conservation research, the organization also offers amazing whale watching toursfrom two locations on Maui, Lahaina Harbor and Maalaea Harbor. All tours are conducted by certified Marine Naturalists who offer an amazing, educational and fun sea adventure.
There Is No Better Designed than Nature- The Hawaiian Humpback Whale
We always like paying attention to what surrounds us, especially when looking for inspiration. And for this collection, we let the annual migration of the humpback whale motivate us.
Unfortunately, the humpback whale is an endangered species. In the past, these beautiful creatures used to be plentiful in the oceans worldwide, but, because of the commercial whaling that started at the beginning of the 20th century, the global population was depleted. Sadly, in 1993 there were only about 6,000 humpback whales, but, thanks to the international ban on commercial whaling and protections under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the North Pacific humpback whale population reached 21,000.
The majority of North Pacific humpback whales spend their winters in Hawaii, the islands of southern Japan, and western Mexico. According to research conducted between 2004 and 2006, the Hawaiian waters host more than 10,000 animals, and it is now the main wintering ground for humpback whales. After winter, they migrate as far as 3,000 miles to feeding areas over the continental shelf of the Pacific Rim, from the coast of California, north to the Bering Sea.
Most likely thanks to the warm waters, variety of ocean depths, as well as the underwater visibility and the lack of natural predators. Hawaii is the only state in the US where the amazing whales calve and nurse their young.
To honor these incredible creatures, we decided to create our Island Slipper Kohola Collection, and invite all wildlife aficionados to add a splash of nature to their favorite outfits.
Nature Is Our Best Inspiration- The Island Slipper Kohola Collection
Fashion is our passion, and the comfort we offer to our customers is what keeps us going. But our big
Island Slipper family is shaped by nature lovers. We love our islands and everything else brought to us by Mother Nature, and this is where we look for inspiration.
Our special Hawaiian humpback whale collection brings Island Slipper enthusiasts three different products, to make sure we cover a wide range of tastes. Featuring white whales in a blue ocean, one of our beautiful prints can satisfy the elegant, classic wearers, while the others are for the more daring, one gathering different shades of blue, and the other, colorful images of the Hawaiian humpback whale with more well-known Hawaiian creatures, as well as vivid island-inspired images. All three slippers have the PWF logo print, which was created using the PWF whale tail and its signature set in rolling waves.
Since the humpback whale, known locally as kohola, returns to the Hawaiian Islands in November, and it stays until May, our lovely collection will be available during this period. The products can be purchased exclusively at the Island Slipper stores, in Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Moana Center, as well as at the Pacific Whale Foundation on Maui, Lahaina and Maalaea.
A small portion of every sale of these products will go to the Pacific Whale Foundation, to support their research, education, and conservation efforts. So, if you want to add a splash of nature to your beautiful tropical outfits while giving something back to the environment that brings us so much already, we invite you all to get your hands on these special Island Slippers, between November and May.