Best of Honolulu 2016: Shopping
The 16 editorial and reader picks for the chic-est shopping in the city.
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Best Kids’ Clothing Line
Oopsy Daze schools other kids’ designers with its jungle (gym) prints, logo tees and hang-low harem pants. It all started when owner Dixie Rose posted an Instagram of her son in a pair of homemade baggy sweats. From there, Safari Kingdom was born, with Crazy Coconuts comfy tees and easy-wearing, unisex leopard-print shorts. Our thought? “Do they make this for adults?” Not yet, but the current collection we’re crushing on, Mama x Mini a collaboration with Bikini Bird, features mom and kids tees with cool-for-school graphics.
Best Pet Accessories
Photos: Aaron Yoshino
If nothing is too good for your pet, Public Pet will be just right for you. Owners Matthew Guevara and Jordan Lee have packed this new Kaimukī gem with all kinds of adorable specialty and Hawai‘i-designed accessories, food and treats. There are even exclusive collabs with local creatives, including hand-painted water and food bowls, by ceramist Dee Oliva and custom I.D. tags by a.wattz dezigns.
3422 Wai‘alae Ave., 737-8887, thepublicpet.com.
Best Place for Shoe Shopping
With its great assortment, cheery vibe, and friendly staff, Nordstrom has won this category two years running. Recently, the store moved to Ala Moana Center’s new ‘Ewa Wing, with revamped shoe departments. More styles are available from the most popular brands, including Adidas Y-3 and Lanvin, plus new ones like Opening Ceremony and Stella McCartney.
Ala Moana Center, 953-6100.
Best Surf Shop
In 1971, Craig Sugihara’s extraordinary passion for surfing fueled him to open the first Town and Country Surf Shop. Since then, the locally owned shop has been providing locals and visitors, five to 75 year olds, with high-quality surfboards designed by expert shapers, the latest surf gear and beach-to-street fashions. Along with its own house line of logo T-shirts, aloha shirts and boardshorts, the shop also houses other popular surf brands. Gals fancy the assortment of Billabong sundresses and Hurley tanks, dudes fall for the collection of hipster sunnies, and a low stash of Herschel bags means everyone loves the shop’s selection of travel-chic accessories.
Multiple directions, tcsurf.com.
Best Place for Home Accessories
Ceramic pineapple jar, $54.80. SoHa Living light-up wood sign, $60.80. SoHa Living My Favorite Place pillow cover, $34.80, and fill, $12.80.
Shyrah Maurer and Brooke Watson, sisters and co-owners of SoHa Living, know a thing or two about coastal living—the pair grew up in a house right off Kāhala beach, savoring the salt air and playing among the palm trees. They opened the company’s first boutique in 2002, stocking the shelves with beach-chic home accessories and gift items. Today, SoHa Living’s five Hawai‘i locations also carry their own in-house line, which consists of custom-made wood signs, throw pillows, postcards, and totes featuring playful, Island-inspired sayings and artwork.
Kāhala Mall, 591-9777.