Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Maui Bounty

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Kula lavender, deliciously sweet pineapple, beachy-chic Letarte bikinis. Some of your favorite little luxuries come straight from Maui.

The Valley Isle’s latest Oahu import? Mahina Boutique, the go-to shop of Maui’s stylish set (with three locations in Paia, Kihei and Lahaina) just opened its first Honolulu store in Waikiki.

The new shop has the same laid-back sensibility of its hometown predecessors with fashions that are as easy on the wallet as they are on the eyes—average prices range around $40 to $50.

And the covetable mix of merchandise is the same too. Co-owner Jody Curtin scours L.A. for exclusives and the coolest new lines.

Along with Mahina staples like comfy Mi Rena floral print and tie-dye camis, super-soft S&S shawl cardigans, stretchy bandeau tops, and drapey deep-scoop tees, the racks boast pieces from hard-to-find labels, like embroidered Ya Los Angeles shift dresses, jewel tone Green Ville racerback tunics, Akulani graphic-print jumpers, and denim from Nissi Jeans, Machine Denim and Miss Me.

And there’s a ton of affordable accessories, from cork wedges and flat sandals to trendy faux-leather bags to a tightly edited collection of costume jewelry—sweet little sparrow rings, studded wooden bangles and pendant necklaces strung with stone clusters, owls and trees.

Best of all, a quick flash of your kama’aina ID will instantly get you 10 percent off all regular price merchandise.

Talk about Maui wowie.

Mahina, Waikiki Beach Walk, 226 Lewers Street STE. 136, 808.924.5500. For more info, email freshstuff@mahinamaui.com, or click here.

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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