Hakuna Wear Bikini Review

Finally, a surf bikini that has all the mod-cons we have been dreaming of. Functional and supportive to the point of becoming a sports bra crossover, and made using recycled textiles in the same location it is designed and shipped. 

 

Good for women with a big bust. Suitable for big waves.

Use STILLSTOKED10 or 10% off all Hakuna Wear products.

 

Hakuna Wear is an innovative surfwear brand out of San Diego, adopting new and more environmentally focused fabrics in their production. Founded by Jessica Boynton (read our interview with her), who has both a keen interest in art and a PHD in chemistry, Hakuna Wear became her creative outlet to combine her creative flair and quest for innovation through the craft of surfing.

 

Girl in bikini on boat - Hakuna Wear

 

It’s no secret that a bikini won’t be a lady’s first choice of clothing for carrying essentials on an adventure. While a pair of boardshorts offer pockets to place essentials, women surfing in a bikini will always face the struggle of where to hide the scooter key or cash for a cold coca-cola. Jessica found this reliance on her boyfriend to carry her stuff rather empowering, so adding a pocket to her swimwear was a must.

This feature instantly makes this bikini by go-to favorite for surfs in the tropics when I have to take my scooter key with me, or I need somewhere to stash money for the boat back or a coconut.

 

FINALLY! We have been saying this for years in our quest for the ultimate surf bikini ‘Add a Frigging drawstring to the top!’.

 

While key design features like the pocket and the drawstring around the ribs are unique to Hakuna Wear, the innovative textiles that Jessica uses in manufacture also sets the brand apart.

The wetsuit items in the range are made from Limestone Neoprene which has a microcell structure. Limestone neoprene is lighter, stretchier and lasts a little longer which means it’s a little better for the environment. Other items in the range are made from Yulex, which is a plant-based rubber neoprene, used widely throughout Patagonia’s range of wetsuits but not yet adopted by small swimwear brands.

It was great to see Hakuna exploring these materials in addition to the bikinis being made from Recycled Polyester Spandex Tricot, which has outstanding compression qualities.

 

Other sustainability initiatives by Hakuna Wear include:

  • Made from upcycled fabrics
  • All swimwear is designed, made, and shipped from San Diego, California.
  • Hakuna Wear Ding Repair – Damage due to wear and tear will be repaired at a reasonable charge
  • Using Yulex and limestone neoprene in the place of petroleum-based neoprene

 

Girl in bikini on boat - Hakuna Wear

 

We tested the Juju Bikini Bottom in M and the Kare Kare Sport Top in L with the additional sports lock.

Both in the reversible grey. Alexa is a size 10 Australian with a 32” bust and size E cup.

 

What we loved about the Hakuna Bikini

The optional Sports Lock Bungee cord in the Kare Kare Sport Top

FINALLY! We have been saying this for years in our quest for the ultimate surf bikini ‘Add a Frigging drawstring to the top!’. This is what Hakuna has done, offering it as an ‘add-on’ option for ladies like me with skinny little rib cages. While the elastic that sits inside the 1-inch thick rib-band is tight enough to be secure, the drawstring gives me even more confidence to get it super tight so on big surf sessions.

There is NO WAY this bikini can ride up.

The placement of the drawstring cord tie is also well-thought-out: at the bottom of the rib band so not changed by reversing the bikini (it’s reversible), and at the back just behind your tricep, out of the way from interfering with paddling.

 

Swimwear design - surf bikinis

 

This feature instantly makes this bikini by go-to favorite for surfs in the tropics when I have to take my scooter key with me, or I need somewhere to stash money for the boat back or a coconut.

 

Secret pocket with velcro fastening on the bottoms

Yeah! Another feature that is so simple, yet no one adds it! Hakuna has found a way to add a decent sized pocket – It fits by 4x fingers up to the knuckles (similar size to a packet of cigarettes), in the small of the wearer’s back. The additional Velcro to give the wearer confidence that pocket is secure is a nice touch although the glue did eventually come unstuck in testing.

The pocket feature instantly makes this bikini by go-to favourite for surfs in the tropics when I have to take my scooter key with me, or I need somewhere to stash money for the boat back or a coconut.

 

Swimwear with pockets - Hakuna Wear

 

The paneling of fabric in the design

This is a very well-made bikini. Not just a bit of fabric cut to shape and tied at the back, both the top and bottoms are made of separate panels of fabric that when sewn together, give the bikini both its shape and structure. Also forming part of the design itself, the paneling uses different coloured and printed fabrics, for example, the triangle front section that gives the Kare Kare top its sporty feel.

When combined with the great cut and panel design, this bikini sits in a class of its own for support. I would wear the Kare Kare top in the gym, for yoga or even running.

 

The incredibly supportive fabric

In yet another nod to Jessica’s search for innovation, she is using a fabric that we haven’t come across before in our quest for the ultimate surf bikini. The Recycled Polyester Spandex Tricot is made from post-consumer waste but when combined with 26% High Clo Spandex, it has amazing compression qualities. This is evident in the support that the fabric gives you. 

 

Girl in bikini on boat - Hakuna Wear

 

Doubled-lined, supportive and reversible!

Who doesn’t love a good reversible bikini? – Two for the price of one! And both sides of the Hakuna wear are beautiful. The photos on the Hakuna website really don’t do these fabrics justice. The deep grey-green in the floral print is especially striking.

 

Thick, supportive, and comfortable shoulder straps

The shoulder straps contain a thick, flat elastic about an inch wide that is super comfortable over your shoulders. If however, you are not a fan of halternecks or highcut tops that cut close to the neck, you may not like this design as the straps do cut quite high on the top of your shoulders and neck.

 

Girl in bikini on boat - Hakuna Wear

 

The snug fit & cut of the high waist bottoms

The fabric cut into panels as mentioned before not only provides a beautiful aesthetic but it also offers increased support and comfort. These bottoms really held my stomach in and contoured by curves while revealing just enough bum to be cute and sexy.

 

A few additional things to note:

They offer a Ding Repair scheme

Damage due to wear and tear will be repaired at a reasonable charge

 

To label or not to label?

The label is large and a little itchy. I opted to cut it off as when paddling, its placement under my left arm, was starting to scratch my skin.

 

Sustainability and community is at the heart of all they do

They donate 10% of the profits of the Ohia Lehua collection to research aimed at saving the native tree in Hawaii. They also host a weekly surf meetups every Friday morning, bringing free coffee and have a donation jar that we contribute to local non-profits that work with youth or work with the ocean/environment. They donate suits for raffles for non-profits and work with Groundswell Community Project to sponsor events to raise money and awareness.

 

Girl in bikini on boat - Hakuna Wear

 

Check out the full range of sustainable swimwear on the Hakuna Wear website & don’t forget to Use code STILLSTOKED10 for 10% off.

All products are designed, manufactured and shipped from California.

For more recommended surf bikinis and discount codes, check out the Still Stoked surf bikini directory.

 

Thank you to Jessica for gifting Still Stoked the swimwear for this article. Still Stoked received no monetary reward for writing this article but will receive a small commission for every sale using our discount code. We appreciate your continued support of Still Stoked and the small, women-owned brands we work to promote.

Hiya, I'm Alexa. Always on some sort of adventure! I'm excited to share my stories & introduce you to other rad women, also living the dream. I'm here to inspire you to do the same :-)

1 COMMENT

  1. Wow! You are looking so beautiful in these pictures. Thanks for sharing this amazing post. Fashion is a popular aesthetic in a certain time and context, especially in clothing and you truly have a good taste of fashion and style selection. Denim is perfect for any occasion and never goes out of style. I’m a fashion freak and I’ll definitely try this look with my stylish Wing shawl. In these days Wing shawl is a huge trend. Thanks for the lovely post..

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