More Power To Ya

The last time we caught up with local designer Roberta Oaks Power, she was putting out perfectly versatile frocks for the days when you needed A Change of A Dress.

These days, it’s Power herself who’s changing addresses. She’s long been a bit of a nomad on Oahu, showing up at sample sales, surf meets, tradeshows, and even the Made in Hawai‘i festival with racks of her eco-conscious dresses and bikinis. But this weekend, she’s settling down, so to speak, and opening her own storefront in Chinatown.

So now, shoppers can browse the entire Roberta Oaks Hawai‘i line – including the new holiday collection, which includes sassy, body-skimming little numbers, contrasted by cozy, country-inspired dresses made from plaid cotton flannel. You’ll also find her popular Twiggy dresses and Lola maxi dresses in new color combos, alongside discounts on last season’s styles.

The store itself will reflect Power’s style – inspired by a piece of driftwood, the space was designed to reflect her carefree, beachy aesthetic. And Power says the space will function not only as a store, office and workroom, but also as a gathering spot and event venue for her fellow artists, designers and friends.

Once you see what’s in store, you’ll want to make yourself at home, too.

Roberta Oaks Hawai‘i, 19 N. Pauahi St., Chinatown. Grand Opening this Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thereafter, tentatively open Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment, and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, visit

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