5 Stylish Picks From the Best of Honolulu Festival

5 Stylish Picks From the Best of Honolulu Festival


Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, step right up to the Best of Honolulu Festival, happening this Saturday! As the ringmaster, we’d like to invite you to take a gander inside our Big Top and marvel at the wonders. Not to make a media circus out of it, but you’ll find awesome and astonishing sights sourced from far and wide.


I’m not talking about paltry clowns or humdrum jugglers. This sensation is a spectacle of … shopping! At least it is in our favorite zone, the marketplace tent, which boasts a stock of shoppable local goods curated by the stylish Aly Ishikuni from Art + Flea. And talk about peak performance on the part of these local designers: You’ll find everything from luscious-smelling beauty products and flirty bikinis to letterpress stationery and boho beach jewelry.


Lucky you, Lei Chic readers, because we’ve finagled you a sneak preview show of what’s to come. Straight from the leading lady herself, here are Ishikuni’s personal shopping picks for the big opening day.


Fair warning: You may have to compete with her to snap them up.


The free, first-ever Best of Honolulu Festival is happening this Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds.


1. Say it write with these cheeky cards from local letterpress shop Jiwa Jiwa Press. $5


2. Rumi Murakami does it again with an ultra-chic, modern top and trousers that deserve spots in your daywear rotation. Top: $82, pants: $198


3. Cut out nefarious chemicals and go au naturel with Natural Aloha’s products such as this calming spray and ‘ōlena scrub, which are low on nasty synthetics but high on beauty benefits. Spray: $12, scrub: $18


4. This edgy and versatile Acrobat ring by minimalist-jewelry master Emiko Miyazawa of M33Ms jewelry is just the statement-making accessory you’ve been looking for. $190


5. Diver and jewelry designer Karen Sawicki’s work ranges from sea-inspired pieces such as this best-selling, sunrise-shell necklace, to rustic and organic, the perfect aesthetic for Island fashionistas. $145