When customers enter Paiko, a plant shop in Kakaako, they are greeted with an assortment of plants, from succulents to tall sprouting ferns and leaves. It has become a place which combines the world of aesthetics and mindfulness with learning how to grow plants.
“(Our mission is) education through aesthetics,” Paiko employee Jessica Onetti said. “We get people really excited about our geekiness about plants and (bring them to share) our love of that to bring to the city folk.”
Paiko first opened in 2012 by two friends before the reconstruction of Kakaako.
Paiko currently shares its location with other shops, such as Arvo Cafe and Milo, a surf shop.
The owners wanted a place that offers both plants and coffee.
All of Paiko’s plants are grown on island or on the outer islands. Plants sold at Paiko are said to be summer appropriate for the outdoors and cater to people who have house plants.
A variety of weekly plant-related workshops are hosted and taught by artists who work with unconventional mediums, such as plants.
Some workshops include working with kokedama plants and mounting staghorn fern plants, which includes more advanced techniques to care for plants.
For beginners, Paiko offers small and portable houseplants that customers can take home for house planting 101, a workshop offered in through the store.
There are three steps to creating a personal houseplant. You start by choosing the plant type, followed by a vessel to put the plant in. Lastly, customers can customize the plant with add-ons and fillings such as sand, small rocks, glass and moss.
Extra fillings and add-ons start from the price of $2 for a mini add-on and $4.50 for a filling to $20 for an extra large filling and $6 for an extra large add-on.
Paiko is opened Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.paikohawaii.com