Best of Honolulu 2014: Shopping
The 23 editorial and reader picks for chic-est shopping, plus one readers’ pick from our Best of Honolulu 2014 issue.
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Best Place To Find Locally Designed Swimsuits
Known for its well-rounded collection of swimsuits and bikinis, Rebecca Beach tightly focuses on stocking local designers. Browse through its tropical-color-coded racks and find every shape imaginable from sexy Letarte monokinis to Acacia’s wildly tribal-printed cutout bikinis and bottoms. Bonus: The extremely friendly and helpful staff gives the best recommendations for suits that stay within your comfort zone and still make you feel irresistible.
Rebecca Beach, Multiple locations, rebeccabeach.com
Best Modern-Style Boardshorts
Aloha Sunday Supply Co.’s lineup of vintage-inspired boardshorts is crushing the surf-wear competition. The San Diego-based company, helmed by Kamehameha alum Kahana Kalama, is known to cut its surf trunks right above the knee, slim down leg openings and add fun details that include a secret credit-card pocket. Out this season is a new ingenious style that can be worn cruising the city and hitting the surf. Made from ripstop, a nylon fabric that is durable and fast-drying due to a special weaving process, the two-in-one shorts cut down on changing time and are available in a variety of Hawaii-inspired prints. Matsumoto shave ice, anyone?
Aloha Sunday Supply Co., Available at Oliver Men’s Shop, 49 Kihapai St., 261-6587
For townies, getting to the Mikinola boutique, tucked away in Koko Marina Center, may be a bit of a trek. But to fans of the popular clothing shop, the drive is well worth it. At the end of that asphalt rainbow is a pot brimming with fantastic fashion finds hard to come by anywhere else on the island. Owner Dara Fujio thoughtfully curates the mix, which has recently included breezy, tribal-print maxis from Indah, flirty frocks and jumpsuits from Australian labels Style Stalker and Mink Pink, and Mara Hoffman swimwear. Fujio also handles all of Mikinola’s social media. Its Instagram account specifically has developed a cult following among shoppers, thanks to frequent posts showcasing new merchandise, photographed by Fujio on sale people turned impromptu models. New images go up daily, sometimes every few hours, offering enticing sneak peeks, styling ideas and just enough incentive to hit the road.
Mikinola, Koko Marina Center, 394-6666, instagram: @mikinola