Monday, January 13, 2014

Little Wimin'

Wimini Hawaii opens Kailua boutique

Wimini Hawaii

If you wanted to kick off the new year with your best night ever, sorry. Amy Poehler beat you to it.

If you wanted to kick off the new year by opening your own store after seven years of designing playful, eco-friendly clothing for adults and keiki, sorry. Wimini Hawaii beat you to it.

Wimini Hawaii Hey, you don't mind. Now, you can find Wimini's entire lineup of baby-soft tees, onesies and totes on display in a cozy little shop in Kailua, all hand-printed with eco-friendly, water-based ink in cheery, whimsical designs - think heart-blowing whales or top-hat-sporting surfers. You can also follow owner Mari Chino's new ventures into jewelry (starting with beaded bracelets and a delicate druzy necklace) and candle-making (laced with peppermint in tiny mason jars).

Then, browse a handful of curated lines by artisans from across the country: simple geometric necklaces, earrings and rings from Charlottesville-based Elaine B Jewelry; leather wallets, bracelets and a coffee pour-over stand from Minneapolis' Solid Manufacturing Co.; vintage-inspired soaps, lotions and bath salts from St. Louis-based Barr-Co.; and small-batch Pommes Frites candles from Los Angeles in intoxicating scents like Fig and Jasmine and (our favorite!) Laundry Day.

Which, FYI, makes any room smell like a basket of freshly laundered sheets.

Hey, you wanted to start the new year with a clean slate.

Wimini Hawaii is open Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 326 Kuulei Rd., #1. Entrance is located in the municipal parking lot between Aulike St. and Maluniu Ave. For more information, call 808-462-6338 or visit

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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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