Aloha kākou ♻️

       Kapa Sungear launched in 2020 and is based out of Makawao, Maui.  Our core mission is to clean up our oceans and teach the next generation the importance of leading by example. Our products were designed to protect and shield everyone working outdoors from Mauka to Makai. I work as a vessel Captain & sustainable fisherwoman. Seeing all the sunscreen wash off people in the water alarmed me. Even if the sunscreen is reef safe, it can still change the ocean’s chemical composition creating negative impacts. We became inspired to create products that could be a substitute for sunscreen and also be environmentally friendly. Our sungear is rated UPF50, and also soft, breathable, reusable, washable & eco-friendly.

      Our Eco-Masks are locally made on Maui out of bamboo, organic cotton and natural dyes. These come in a variety of prints and colors. Special care is put into our packaging methods for each order to ensure the safety of our consumers in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Even the packaging is locally sourced and biodegradable from Malama Eco Products. The product tags are created from seeded paper as well. The non-invasive, non-GMO seeds can make an excellent addition to your garden. Super cool! 

        Soon to launch will be our line of Sungear with Kapa designs, gyotaku and tropical foliage prints (swim leggings, men’s boardshorts, swimsuits for ladies and long-sleeve, hooded rashguards).  You will be able to protect your skin from harmful UV-rays with our Mauka to Makai line of sungear using fabric made of pre and post-consumer waste (nylon scraps / fishnets and carpet fluff). Add this to your face masks and you can be protected head to toe from the sun’s harmful rays while knowing that your purchases are also protecting our environment.                      

        Kapa Sungear is stoked on trying to be better to the planet and inspire others.  Teaching kids about fish, the ocean and boating is one of my favorite things.  They're fascinated.  Printing fish we catch introduces them to art, biology and fish.  Showing them young how to be ocean stewards will only bring good things.  

        As sustainable, commercial fishermen/fisherwomen we are also donating our catches to Kupuna, Maui first responders and the community. This has been in direct response to the negative impacts of COVID 19 that result in restaurants not buying fish.  We love fishing and love giving back. My parents taught me always better to give, than to receive.  We are blessed to be in a position to be able to provide support for our community.  Last but not least, a portion of our proceeds go towards donating masks for Maui First Responders and Maui community members in need of PPE.  

Mahalo for all of the support!

See you on the water,

Amanda Padilla, Founder

Promoting covering up • Not lathering on

Protect your skin • Protect the ocean


Captain Amanda Padilla

Aloha & Mahalo for visiting my labor of love Kapa Sungear. I spend a lot of time on the water, offshore fishing, diving, & the occasional fun sunset holoholo trips. The ocean is a place of peace, clarity and calmness, at times it can also be raging waters, squalls, & big open ocean rollers. While on the water we always cover up. This got me thinking about eco-friendly materials to use for sun protection. Stay tuned, so much more to come.  Dream Big, Amanda

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"Grasping patience, leadership and communication skills", are some of the most important aspects of being a good Captain and Amanda tries to always remember what her family taught her which is, "to remain humble and always think of others first". She believes that has been the key to her success. "You can have all the knowledge in the world, but it all goes out the door if you are not a good communicator, You need to be able to convey your directions without demeaning someone. I feel once you demean someone - everything goes out the door. Remain humble, stay grounded, keep learning and treat others the way you want to be treated".

- Captain Amanda

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Meet the Crew

Jessica Carvalho, Sustainable Business Consultant

After working 2 years as a marine naturalist on Maui, I decided to take a big leap and further my education by pursuing a master’s degree in marine biology in Portugal. When Amanda asked me if I wanted to be a part of this project it was a no brainer. I have always been passionate about our oceans and I am incredibly excited to be part of a company whose goal is to help protect our reefs from the harmful effects of sunscreen (fashionably, of course!). I love to use my skills as a scientist to continually push us to improve our sustainability and I cannot wait to see where our mission will take us!