Where to find Hawaii gifts and souvenirs that are really from Hawaii: A listby: John Heckathorn
posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM
In HAWAII Magazine’s new September/October 2010 annual BEST of HAWAII issue, we highlight the results of an afternoon’s shopping in Waikiki. We bought eight items, including a grass skirt-coconut bra combo and the fine statue of Kamehameha the Great that you see here.
The kicker? Although most of the items we bought said "Hawaii" on them somewhere, none were actually made in Hawaii. The grass skirt came from the Philippines. The statue of the Great Unifier of the Islands? Made in China.
If you’d like to make sure what you bring home from the Islands is actually Island-made, we’ve put together a list of stores that specialize in selling authentic Hawaii-made products.
If you’re shopping on Oahu, you might want to look into stores like Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i in Ward Centre. Na Mea Hawaii (translation: "Hawaiian Things") also has a store in the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Stores like Na Mea carry authentic and culturally accurate wares, including handcrafted items, gift baskets, books, clothing CDs and DVDS and even food products.
On the following pages, we present a sampling of other retailers statewide specializing in selling authentic Hawaii-made products. They're arranged by island, for your convenience, with Web links when available. Many of the retailers also sell their products online, so you can get Hawaii-made products even when you can't be here.
Happy shopping! (Click the link below to start.)
Next page: Retailers of authentic Hawaii-made products on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and the Big Island
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