Your Guide to Shopping at the 2019 Best of Honolulu Festival Marketplace
Here comes your summer shopping list.
Photo: Courtesy of Hello Twiggy
If shopping local is your jam, you won’t want to miss out on the fab Island designers and shops popping up at the Best of Honolulu Festival happening July 20 at the Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds. You’ll find tons of great locally designed goodies, from breezy sundresses and tropical jewelry to cute keiki buys.
AUDS AND ENDS
This booth is all about the Island-inspired accessories. Stock up on beachy trucker hats topped with fun tropical motifs and sayings, cute fabric headbands, pineapple-printed hair ties and more.
DEATH BY SCRAPBOOKING
You will die from all the extreme kawaii-ness displayed at Death by Scrapbooking’s booth with charming stationery, adorable party favors and crazy-cute cards for every occasion. Don’t pass on this opportunity to shop for teachers, friends and anyone else who appreciates art straight from the heart.
FLOTSAM & CO.
We can’t get enough of this Ward boutique’s signature sunrise shell jewelry. Stop by its booth to pick out a ring, pendant and earrings dipped in 24K gold. The shop will also have a local calligrapher on hand for custom lettering on bags and signs. And it will be offering awesome gift with purchase items—haku lei and crowns made on the spot by a local floral artist.
Credit cards accepted. flotsamand.co
GREEN TEA LEAVES
Photo: Courtesy of Green Tea Leaves
Here’s the tea. At the first Best of Honolulu festival, Green Tea Leaves debuted its Diamond Head drop pendant. This year, the minimalist jewelry brand unveils another landform design, the Mokuluas—inspired by Kailua’s twin peaks. Be the first to snap up this style and other classic, chic pieces from owner and designer Tiffany Lee.
HISAM MUSEUM GALLERY SHOP X MORI BY ART + FLEA
One of our go-tos for great local art, the boutique will have a ton of unique pieces available. Look out for Steven Kean giclee prints, ceramist Mariko Merritt’s adorable magnets and figurines, April Sham tea towels and Peter Drewliner’s ceramic heart bowls. Designer Tanya Uehara of Laha‘ole Designs will be there, showcasing her island-inspired jewelry, along with graphic designer Lauren Trangmar, who will have several of her prints available.
Credit cards accepted. shophisam.com
JULES + GEM HAWAI‘I
For deliciously scented candles we turn to Jules + Gem Hawai‘i, whose team hand-pours its soy wax candles using soy wax that burns cleaner and longer. Scoop up room and travel candles, room sprays and diffusers in lovely scents such as guava nectar, lychee and mango-papaya. Be sure to keep an eye out for J+G’s latest release—car fresheners made from recycled paper.
Credit cards accepted. jules-gem-hawaii.myshopify.com
Photo: Courtesy of Kira Hawai‘i
Snap up a little sparkle at the Kira Hawai‘i booth. You’ll find the latest handmade styles from local designer Sheri Kira. On our wish list: her stackable rings, delicate choker necklaces and statement cuffs. Once you’ve blinged up, make a beeline for the clothing racks, loaded with Kira’s recently released (and supercute) clothing line.
Credit cards accepted. kirahawaii.com
LITTLE HANDS HAWAI‘I
Photo: Courtesy of Little Hands Hawai‘i
Protecting tiny (and big) beach bums from the blazing sun is easy thanks to Little Hands Hawai‘i. The local brands prides itself on creating an ultra-strong sunscreen that’s safe for beachgoers, the reef and marine life. Its products contain all organic ingredients, including Hawaiian macadamia nut oil, lavender, Big Island beeswax, frankincense and myrrh, which makes it a breeze to be safe and have sun!
Take to the sea with a few of local designer Misha Lam’s gorgeous ocean-inspired necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bangles or rings.
Credit cards accepted. mishahi.com
Photo: Keena Reed
Summer calls for sunnies, so stop by Mohala Eyewear’s booth and check out its cool selection of stylin’ shades, which includes polarized and nonpolarized options, and its latest lineup of high-nose bridge styles. Select styles will be 30% off during the event.
Credit cards accepted. mohalaeyewear.com
PRICKLY PEAR DESIGNS
Photo: Courtesy of Prickly Pear Designs
Get excited. Jewelry newcomer Prickly Pear will be showcasing fresh new designs including moss agate monstera earrings on sale for $48 (valued at $60) made exclusively for the festival. Other beauts that will catch your eye are an ocean-inspired bracelet made of sterling silver, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals, and mother-of-pearl monstera earrings.
Credit cards accepted. pricklypearhawaii.etsy.com
SANDY FEET HAWAI‘I
Photo: Courtesy of Sandy Feet Hawai‘i
Head here for waist bags, clutches and cross-body bags in sleek leather and tropi-cool prints (the ‘ulu, bird of paradise and banana leaf styles are our faves). Also available: hand-dyed shibori tea towels to give your kitchen a boho spin.
Credit cards accepted. etsy.com/shop/sandyfeethawaii
The wrap artists at local label Sweet Mango have got all of your beach and pool needs covered with super-soft, super-absorbent Turkish towels, comfy Turkish blankets and splash-proof bags. They’ll even be offering 20% to 70% discounts on select items.
Credit cards accepted. sweetmangohawaii.com
Photos: Courtesy of Twiggy
Be the first to snag Twiggy’s new collections—Waves and All the Vibes—at this year’s festival. Along with totes, organizers and pouches in those prints, shoppers will receive a chance to shop sale items that include past styles from 2019. Buyer’s bonus: Free tote with $50 purchase and free coloring cards for the kiddos (while supplies last).
Credit cards accepted. hellotwiggy.com
Stop by the Valia Honolulu booth to shop the downtown boutique’s mix of chic womenswear and local labels—think breezy rompers and sundresses, summer-ready accessories and stylish gift items. Plus, you can score big by checking out the 50% off sales bin.
Credit cards accepted. valiahonolulu.com
Photo: Courtesy of Workshop28
Celebrating its fifth year in business (woohoo!), Workshop 28 is going with the big five theme and offering 50% off several items. Some of the brand’s charming collectibles will be a steal at $5 such as a mini sign made just for the Best of Honolulu event.
Credit cards accepted. workshop28.com
Photos: Courtesy of Yireh
Catch a 25% discount on Yireh’s flowy, flirty maxi dresses, jumpers, pants and tops from its On Holiday collection. The socially conscious brand will also have its new breezy lineup of linen styles available for shoppers.
Credit cards accepted. shopyireh.com
Best of Honolulu Festival, July 20, Honolulu Hale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds to benefit aio Foundation / Kahauiki Village.
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