Do all funeral homes accept Pāhiki caskets?
Yes. The Federal Trade Commission’s ʻFuneral Rule’ protects all consumers in the deathspace. The rule allows you to (among many other rights) purchase a casket from any source you wish—regardless of where you are buried or cremated. Funeral Homes are aware of this law and need only to be informed if you intend to bring your own casket.
How are Pāhiki caskets different from traditional offerings?
Traditional caskets are commonly constructed from non-biodegradable materials like: metal, paint, lacquer, rubber, plastic, and polyester. Materials which, in any other context, you’d likely never bury in your own backyard. Our caskets are crafted exclusively from: locally reclaimed wood, dowels, non-toxic glue, unbleached cotton muslin, and coconut oil. Nothing more.
Are caskets only for burial?
No. They are for burial, cremation and viewings alike. Most people aren’t aware you’re cremated in a durable receptacle of some sort. People may choose to purchase a caskets for a service then go directly to the crematorium. Because we don’t use any metal, chemicals, or combustibles—Pāhiki’s offerings are perfectly suitable for either choice.
From where & how does Pāhiki source its wood?
We use 100% responsibly reclaimed wood from local arborists in Hawaiʻi. After they’re paid by homeowners, the state, private entities, etc. to remove a tree, arborists either dump or chip the logs to rot. They can instead drop them at saw mills like Waimanalo Wood to be transformed into viable lumber. This is an invaluable service as it replaces the need to import, as well as repurposes a material otherwise deemed useless.
Where does Pāhiki ship to?
Pāhiki currently only ships within the state of Hawaiʻi. While we recognize the importance of eco-friendly options in all locales, we also strive to help curb the crushing carbon footprint of importing heavy caskets to our islands. The same goes for exporting them.
How do you determine pricing?
We are committed to crafting affordable eco-caskets, lovingly available to all. In order to maintain our small radius supply chain integrity, the logs are transformed to lumber on site in Waimanalo—no outsourcing or importing. It’s then a 10+ step process to turn the planks into caskets. Our prices reflect the labor intensive nature of our work while being mindful of economic accessibility.