Pāhiki Eco-Caskets




PĀHIKI (Hawaiian): 'To pass quietly, go lightly, touch gently'

Pāhiki was born after a deeply moving and intimate experience with the death of a parent. As our ohana navigated the complexities of funeral planning, we found a lack of continuity between our eco-conscious lifestyle and sustainable burial options. In the west, we’ve defaulted to toxic funerary practices of embalming; caskets made of steel, lacquer, polyester, rubber; and artificially making those who’ve passed appear animate. These gestures, though temporarily comforting to the living, are wreaking environmental havoc in perpetuity. We believe families should have viable eco-conscious options in life and the deathspace alike.


catalyzing ʻĀina stewardship in deathcare


We are committed to helping humans leave the lightest possible environmental touch in death via biodegradable caskets. Pāhiki lovingly crafts traditional, cremation, and 'collaborative' offerings alike. Our collaborative option includes small linen loops fixed around the casket's external perimeter—to be abundantly populated with flowers & foliage by funeral guests. We believe in offering humans a meaningful way to (re)engage in the death space--a healing practice we’ve drifted from in recent decades. 


We're devoted to crafting high-quality, low-impact caskets for all 



Pāhiki exclusively uses responsibly sourced, 100% reclaimed Hawaiian wood from local arborists. With little more than dowels, simple joinery and non-toxic glue we're able to craft strong, dignified and beautiful caskets. Join us in our mission to leave the very lightest eco-touch on our most treasured Hawaiian land. Please connect with us directly if you would like to purchase a casket but find the fee to be cost-prohibitive. We will work to accommodate a diverse range of needs. Pāhiki has an abiding love for humanity and believes wholeheartedly in crafting caskets accessible to all.