If you’re craving local taro chips, or searching for authentic locally made jewelry, but just can’t wait until the next time you’re in Hawaii, fear not. Get your fill of Hawaii-made snacks and accessories with these monthly subscription boxes from the Islands. Here are four Hawaii-based subscription boxes filled with island treats that will put a little aloha in your mailbox each month.
Founded by Oahu-natives Lauren Victoria and Kimo Smigielski, Aloha Crate subscriptions
($14.95 per month, including shipping) come with four to six Hawaii-sourced snacks, and a card detailing each item. Past boxes have included arare, sweet-potato chips, taro toast, green, chocolate-covered mac nuts, local honey, Kauai Kookies and more. alohacrate.com
My Aloha Post
You will look forward to receiving this box each month. My Aloha Post ($30 per month, not including shipping) comes with island treats, such as dried fruits and cookies as well as hand-painted note cards, natural soaps and body scrubs, jewelry, hats, coasters and tea towels.
The retail value of each box is $50. Founders Anuhea Nakahara and Mari Aipa work with small, local vendors in curating each month’s box. My Aloha Post also does custom boxes for weddings, bridal showers or corporate events. myalohapost.com
In Hawaiian, makana means “gift,” and with a subscription to Hello Makana ($30 per month, including shipping), it’s the gift that keeps giving. The Honolulu-based start-up packages quality, small-batch products in each month’s subscriptions. With Hello Makana, you’ll get three to four items, such as chocolate-covered pineapple, handmade notebooks, organic soap and flour-sack towels. hellomakana.com
Reiko is a Maui girl and in 2012 her mother, Jenn, founded Reiko Rose, a monthly subscription box for keiki (children). Each box ($18, including U.S. shipping) is a different Hawaii theme and includes an update from Reiko herself, an origami project, other trinkets, and a postcard, to “encourage a love of giving and receiving mail,” according to the website. Reiko Rose now offers boxes for women, too, featuring soaps, lotions, hair accessories and jewelry and stationary. reikorose.com