Where to find Hawaii gifts and souvenirs that are really from Hawaii: A list

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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!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!

Retailers That Carry Authentic Hawaii-Made Products: A List

Oahu

Bete Muu
1038 Queen Street, Honolulu
(808) 591-9449

Classic aloha styles.

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiEast Honolulu Clothing Company
41-1537 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo
(808) 259-7677

Clothing and gifts with country flair. (pictured, top)

Mana Hawaii
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Walk, second floor
227 Lewers St., Waikiki
(808) 923-2220

Gifts, jewelry, clothing, bags.

Tutuvi
2636 South King Street, Honolulu
(808) 949-4355

Designer Colleen Kimura’s corner of paradise.

Manuhealii
930 Punahou St., Honolulu
(808) 942-9868

Designer Danene Lunn’s island style family wear.

Nakeu Awai
1613 Houghtailing St., Honolulu
(808) 841-1221

Designer Nake’u Awai's clothing

Philip Rickard Honolulu
Royal Hawaiian Center, 2301 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, (808) 924-7972, factory and gallery
Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, first and third floors, (808) 946-6720, (808) 949-2141
Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, (808) 922-9200

Longtime crafter of made-in-Hawaii Hawaiian heirloom jewelry.

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiNa Mea Hawaii
Hilton Hawaiian Village, next to Tapa Tower
2005 Kalia Road, Waikiki
(808) 949-3989

Original art and fine art reproductions.

Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii
Ward Warehouse
1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
(808) 596-8885

Cultural products, soaps, stationery, jewelry, foods, and lots of other gifts! (pictured, bottom)

Retailers That Carry Authentic Hawaii-Made Products: A List

Maui and Molokai

Maui:

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiAlii Kula Lavender Farm and Store
1100 Waipoli Road, Kula
(808) 878-3004

This is a working lavender farm filled with goodies, most made right on the farm. Lavender products for the bath, home and kitchen. (pictured, top)

Kopa Haiku
Haiku Marketplace
810 Haiku Road, Haiku
(808) 575-5435

A working soap factory, it’s a great place to visit and it smells wonderful.

Maui Hands
612 Front St., Lahaina, (808) 667-9898
84 Hana Highway, Paia, (808) 579-9245
Hyatt Regency Kaanapali, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali, (808) 667-7997
Maui Hands represents over 300 Hawaii artists and artisans.

Native Intelligence
45 N. Market St., Wailuku
(808) 249-2421

The best Hawaiian cultural products available on Maui. (pictured, bottom)

Molokai:

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiA Touch of Molokai
Kaluakoi Hotel & Golf Club, Maunaloa
(808) 552-0133

The hotel is closed, but there’s a great store there with a little of this and a little of that—most of which is made on Molokai.

Molokai Artists & Crafters Guild
40 Ala Malama St., Kaunakakai
(808) 553-8018

The diverse works of over 90 top artists and crafters living on Molokai.

Molokai Gifts & Things
8 Hio Place, Kaunakakai

(808) 553-8334

Lots of things for the home, lots of them made on Molokai.

Kauai

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiBanana Patch Studio

3865 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe
(808) 335-5944


Ceramics and art.

Island Soap and Candleworks

Kong Lung Center, Kilauea, (808) 828-1955
Princeville Shopping Center, Princeville, (808) 827-8111
Old Koloa Town Shopping Center, Koloa, (808) 742-1945, (888) 528-7627

Soap and candles.

Kauai Products Store
Kukui Grove Shopping Center
Kaumualii Highway, Lihue
(808) 246-6753

An outlet for 200+ Kauai-made products.

Nani Moon Meadery
4-939D Kuhio Highway, Kapaa

(808) 823-0486

Local honey wines and eclectic small batches of special gifts. (pictured, top)

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiTrain Depot Store
 at Kilohana Plantation
3-2087 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue
(808) 245-7245


Plantation inspired, locally made preserved foods, sauces and goodies.

William and Zimmer Woodworkers
3-3601 Kuhio Highway, 
Lihue
(808) 245-4871


Local woods made into boxes, vases and more. (pictured, bottom)

Big Island

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiDan De Luz Woods
11 Kurtistown City, Kurtistown
(808) 935-5587

Dan De Luz turns koa, milo, mango, kamani, sandalwood, hau and other Island woods into beautiful bowls and wood products. (pictured, top)

Hana Hou
164 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo
(808) 935-4555

One of a kind handcrafted items made by master weavers and artisans from Hawaii.

Kimura Lauhala Shop
77-996 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kona
(808) 324-0053

Everything lauhala, from  rolled-up mats and wide-brimmed hats to tote bags, coasters and coin purses.

hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiSig Zane
122 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo
(808) 935-7707

The most esteemed clothier for local people in Hawaii. (pictured, bottom)

Under the Koa Tree
69-250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa Resort
(808) 886-7444

Locally made koa items, jewelry, boxes, keepsakes, canoes, paddles and more.

 

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