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In the just-released Kailua, the Kailua Historical Society lovingly documents the history of the town “in the wisps of the Malanai breeze.” The book is a treasure trove of maps, personal recollections, studious histories of important structures and geology, and a hearty dose of nostalgia. The best are the black-and-white photos, many of which we’ve published in HONOLULU Magazine’s Kailua section over the years. The images—long-ago weddings, soda-shop sundaes and people mending fishing nets—will take you back, as one longtime resident recalled, to, “When I knew where everybody lived.” The book is $39.95; kailuahistoricalsociety.org.
A new consignment store that opened in November 2009, Kailua Verde Boutique features high-quality goods that are so well-priced, you’ll feel guilty when you get your receipt. On a recent visit, we found a $1,700 Chanel dress on the rack for $350; a $1,300 Louis Vuitton handbag for only $650; and a $150 Burberry jacket with a $70 price tag. Plus, every item in the shop looks brand-spanking new. All styles and age groups are represented—young to sophisticated; edgy to conservative—and sizes range from zero to 24.
Owner Lilian McDonnell, who’s originally from El Salvador but has lived in Kailua for nearly 30 years, says jokingly, “The most difficult part about being in thestore is to not shop for myself.” Want to bring your own clothes in? Make an appointment with McDonnell, and make sure all items are like-new and placed on hangers. 111 Hekili St., Suite 102, 261-6190, kailuaverde.com.