Because living on an island challenges Hawai‛i residents to live in harmony with the environment, I’ve grouped together some eco-friendly places that locals love to shop for the holidays. I’ve also included some online shopping venues, because shopping online saves gas, time, and the stress of long lines. And everybody loves that!
Roberta Oaks 19 North Pauahi Street, Honolulu 96817, (808) 526-1111
Also in Chinatown, this is the spot where hip locals buy their modern fitting Aloha Shirts and vintage-inspired dresses. Roberta Oaks is a Missouri native whose artistic roots bloomed from her farmhouse childhood and hippie parents. The Roberta Oaks brand evokes memories of the ‘60’s. Clothing is handmade in Honolulu, and the Aloha Shirts are created in small batches which has made them collectors’ items. The shop carries brands like Angel Court, Herbivore Botanicals, Stone & Cloth, Threads & Stones, Topo Designs, Will Leather Goods, and locally crafted jewelry and body products.
WIMINI 326 Kuulei Road, Kailua 96734, (808) 462-6338
Started in 2007 by Mari and Yutaka Chino, the shop is filled with hand-printed shirts for babies, kids and adults. They also have home décor, jewelry, and other types of apparel. Yutaka is a Tokyo-born graphic designer who moved to Hawai’i in 1992. WIMINI uses water-based inks that are safe for humans and the environment. The inks are also re-cleansed with water to make the prints feel softer. Amazingly, WIMINI uses sunlight instead of electrical exposure units to expose the screens, since the sun shines for most of the year in Hawai’i. The t-shirts are made in a small garment factory in Los Angeles, and they are individually hand printed in the company’s tiny factory in Hawai‛i.
Mu‛umu‛u Heaven 326 Kuulei Road #2, Kailua 96734, (808) 366-2260
Deb Mascia founded Mu‛umu‛u Heaven in 2005 with the desire to recycle vintage island-wear into new quality products. She describes her brand as ‘earth-loving, vintage-loving, …ocean-loving.’ She transforms vintage Hawaiian apparel into one-of-a-kind eco-friendly pieces and easy-to-wear pieces. The vintage fabric is also used to bring to life new pillows and home décor items.
Lily Lotus Boutique 3632 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu 96816, (808) 277-1724
Lily Lotus embodies eco-friendly clothing for a mindful lifestyle. The shop includes organic and eco-friendly yogawear, fitness and active apparel along with home décor, artwork, stationery, crystals and jewelry. The sustainable fabrics don’t hold wrinkles and they wear and pack nicely.
Owens & Co. 1152 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu 96817, (808) 531-4300
Nestled in the historic Arts District of Honolulu’s Chinatown, Owens & Co. has been serving up uniquely curated home accessories and gifts since 2011. They carry exclusive clothing lines, handmade soaps, boxed stationery, home accessories, rare gifts from across the globe, jewelry, greeting cards, fragrances, kitchenware, and gifts for children and pets.
Online Shopping Ideas
Hawaiian Aroma Caffe has a string of high-quality cafes in Waikiki. Their eco-friendly business practices include a photovoltaic-paneled 17,000 square foot roasting facility in West O‛ahu, and a fleet of hybrid-powered company vehicles. Check out their website for the café nearest you, because you’ll enjoy watching their talented baristas and latte art. Order their premium island coffees for direct-shipping to your recipient’s home.
If you know a Christmas ornament collector, check out these hand painted Christmas ornament inspired by the sights and sounds of Hawai‛i. It’s mailed directly to your recipient’s home and they have 50 scenes to choose from to remind you of Hawai‛i every Christmas.
Whether you’re in the market for a small or large gift, locals and visitors will thank you for shopping sustainably.