Fresh Picks: 7 Local Boutiques You Must Visit This Month
The season change from chilly winter to bright, cheery spring inspires a style refresh—perfect timing, since a new crop of O‘ahu boutiques recently popped up. Here are a handful of our favorites, plus a few uprooted shops that are thriving in their new plots.
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There’s a new little North Shore secret nestled in the rustic warehouse neighborhood of Waialua. V Boutique, the right-brainchild of longtime jewelry designer Vanessa Pack, is a wee little gem of a shop stuffed with ocean-inspired accessories, spring- and summer-ready apparel and local art. The intimate space is a teeny—albeit beautifully renovated—little nook of retail heaven.
Pack, who grew up in Utah, traveled the globe as a flight attendent for a decade before settling with her husband on the North Shore.
Setting up a small studio next door to the Waialua Sugar Mill, Pack focused on her passion: jewelry. Her pieces feature images of gracefully sloping waves, playful dolphin tails and spindly coral branches.
This past November, after months of building and designing, V Boutique was born.
It’s a cozy, light-filled space, with lit jewelry nooks and handmade shelves. The boutique hosts a collection of Pack’s personal “must-haves” for Island living, creations from artists she loves and products from fellow Island designers. On the local end, there are art prints from Carlos Mozo and reversible swimsuits from Nai‘a Bikinis. You’ll also find vibrant Nena and Co. bags and AG Jeans.
V Boutique, 67-106 Kealohanui St., 315-5961
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If Molly Ringwald had a dream closet, this would be it. With lively cobalt walls, rows of gorgeously color-blocked clothing and old-school décor, Hana Hou Vintage has the feel of an eclectic boudoir.
The racks are filled with pieces that owner Deb Mascia has been collecting over 30 years of international travel. Step inside and you’re instantly transported back in time. Louis Armstrong croons over the stereo. Black-and-white snaps of screen siren Jane Russell peer out from ornate gold frames.
Currently, Hana Hou’s stock is primarily women’s. Dresses start at $25 and top out at a little over $100. Almost every decade from the ’20s on is represented. We found swingy beaded flapper dresses, a kimono jacket adorned with hand-painted phoenixes and a pair of tangerine-hued bell bottoms.
If you’re looking for local finds, we spotted a few Alfred Shaheen numbers, including a gorgeous shirtdress for $50, a rare treasure indeed. What’s even rarer is that every piece in the store appears to be in stellar condition, with nary an age spot in sight.
The collectibles throughout the store are also for sale, everything from Asian paper umbrellas to sequin pillbox hats (fantastic costume pieces). According to manager Mary McNeill, customers often hunt for outfits for theme parties. Most recently, a client scooped up an ensemble for a Downton Abbey fête.
Hana Hou Vintage, 35 Kainehe St., 261-2100