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>>Best Late-Night Shopping

683 Auahi St. | 772-3020 | honolulunightmarket.com

With 20 pop-ups under one warehouse roof, there's something for everyone.

Photo: michael keany

In Kakaako, the best shopping happens after the sun goes down. Inside a transformed warehouse, once a month, you’ll find A Pinch of Salt, 20 pop-ups all in one. Part of the larger monthly event Honolulu Night Market, A PINCH OF SALT showcases vendors such as Bamboo Sky, Andy South, Fighting Eel and Mango Luxe, to name a few.

“We curate the space so there’s no more than two of the same type of business,” says event representative Karisa Hayashi. That means clothing designers—women’s, men’s and children’s—next to jewelry makers, succulent growers, Koa-skateboard crafters, silk bowtie seamstresses. There’s something for everyone.




>>Best Party Favors

3434 Waialae Ave., #3 | 447-9233 | shoptoast.com

Michelle Kaneko, co-owner of Shop Toast holds one of the store's cutest creations: The kokeshi doll box.

PHOTOS: David Croxford

When generic candies or made-in-China trinkets won’t do, SHOP TOAST has you covered, whether it’s favors for your wedding guests, baby lū‘au, or simply gifts for a friend. “We try to do things we would want to get,” says co-owner Jeremy Shoda. He and Michelle Kaneko started Shop Toast in 2006, and opened up the tiny Kaimuki shop four years ago. The most popular are the Mini Pops, glass bottles filled with snacks from kakimochi to M&Ms, and the Heart Stump boxes (pictured right), made from birch wood. Even cuter are the kokeshi doll boxes. Better yet, you can customize the favors with monogrammed stickers, colorful flags and printed photos. Shop Toast even has its own line of fabric wraps to package your present. Up next: Look for laser-engraved products from Shop Toast soon.   



>>Best Cutting-Edge, Exclusive Design Boutique

1221 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 115 | 589-2050 | aloharag.com

Photo: Harold Julian

"We make the trends, we don’t copy other stores,” says ALOHA RAG store manager Tomoko Toyama with a laugh. “We do what we want.” It’s an approach that’s worked well for the boutique. Aloha Rag is known for its curated collection of cutting-edge designers—ones that you can’t find anywhere else on the island, including Thomas Wylde, Acne, Herno, Golden Goose, Band of Outsiders and others. Aloha Rag even has its own line called AR, and also carries high-end men’s wear, something that can be hard to come by in Honolulu. Aloha Rag has a membership program and boasts a robust online store for those days when you want shop from the couch.