When it comes to fashion, Honolulu has really lifted its game. Yes, you can still buy a Hawaiian shirt and tikki necklaces on every street corner, but the kitsch is slowly being run out of town by the chic.
From Gucci, Chanel, Hermes and Saint Laurent flagships to vast designer outlets and malls, Oahu has become one of the world’s premiere shopping destinations. One where you can swim and get a tan.
But beyond the big brands, here are a few not to be missed fashion boutiques that offer a different shopping experience with a cool Pacific edge.
The Growing Keiki
Right at the entrance of Halewai town on Oahu’s North Shore is an old 1930’s weatherboard cottage, which is home to my favourite kids stores in Hawaii. The Growing Keiki (keiki is Hawaiian for children) features an eclectic range of surf-inspired fashion for boys and girls aged 0-10 years. Alongside cult brands like Roxy and Billabong are some beautiful locally designed pieces. I bought organic cotton Onsies with hand painted pineapples for my pregnant friends and a bunch of gorgeous hand-stitched quilts. The prices are truly reasonable and it makes a welcome departure from the plastic grass skirts and bad floral print t-shirts that line the malls in Waikiki. This is the place to buy gifts for the littlest people in your life. The Growing Keiki, 66-051 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa, Oahu
Half an hour from Honolulu, in the small township of Kailua, you’ll find MuuMuu Heaven, Hawaii’s hottest boutique. The brainchild of Australian Deb Mascia, the store specialises in recycled, reimagined and refurbished fashion and homewares. Famous for one-of-a-kind dresses made from vintage and discarded muu-muu’s, her customers include Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and the entire Obama clan.
Every product in the store is recycled or sustainable and Deb has curated an eclectic bunch of like-minded brands under one very cool roof. She also contributes a percentage of every sale to help preserve Hawaii’s coral reefs. Keep an eye out for Deb’s new store – Hana Hou Vintage is just around the corner from MuuMuu Heaven and as the name suggests, will be full of vintage finds. MuuMuu Heaven, 767 Kailua Road #100, Kailua, Oahu