6 Ways to Eat, Shop Chic and Be Merry

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.



Get Salty

What: We’re thinking it’s about time you season your greetings with something that’s deliciously stylish: Salt. No, we’re not talking about the kind you find on your popcorn. We mean A Pinch of Salt, the Kaka‘ako-based shopping experience that brings together some of the best local retailers and vendors each year, just in time for the holidays. It’s back with a lineup of brands that you’ll definitely want to savor, including Hank’s Haute Dogs, Highway Inn and Lanikai Juice on the food side, with Allison Izu, Andy South, a.wattz dezigns, Gillia, Matt Bruening, Salt Liko, Wrappily and Kira Hawai‘i repping style. Consider your Christmas shopping list annihilated.
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: 333 Keawe St.
Details: Free parking in Salt garage. Visit ourkakaako.com for more information.



Bauble Head

What: We could all use a little more sparkle in our lives. Up your glitz factor by checking out the Tamara Comolli trunk show at Neiman Marcus this weekend. Comolli’s luxe-meets-casual pieces feature classic, must-have elements (gold and diamonds anyone?) with whimsical touches, such as acorn-shaped pendants or spunky, colorful semi-precious stones. The store will show off the designer’s latest pieces with some informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. and light refreshments on both days.
When: Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5, noon.
Where: Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, Precious Jewels Salon, Level 1
Details: For more information or to book an appointment to view the collection, call 951-3449.




Shop Happens

What: Another weekend, another food and fashion shop-a-thon for all those Christmas gifts. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it … and we volunteer! Especially if it means going to this food and products show by Arts and Flavors of Hawai‘i. 19th and Whimsy will be there with its latest Fall/Winter line, along with locally designed luxury swim from S.I.E. You’ll also find jewelry by Pure Joy Hawai‘i and Kira Hawai‘i, organic skincare products by Natural Aloha and cute items for kids from Izzy and Luke. Snack on all-natural shave ice and gourmet street food, including risotto and artisan pizzas while you shop. And, make sure to bring a canned good item for the Hawai‘i Foodbank to be entered into prize giveaways.
When: Sunday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: 428 Kawaihae St.
Details: Visit artsandflavorshi.com for more information.



Merry and Bright

What: It’s not officially Christmas in Honolulu until the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Honolulu Hale happens, so we cannot wait for this weekend. Bring the whole family down for this beautiful and festive seasonal spectacle this Saturday, where there will be food booths, rides and beautiful holiday exhibits to enjoy, including a wreath display, Santa’s Enchanted Forest display and decorated tree exhibits. The electric light parade will kick things off at 6 p.m., and the mayor himself will usher in the season at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the city Christmas tree. Anyone else suddenly feeling a little jollier?
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 4–11 p.m.
Where: Honolulu Hale
Details: Parade begins at 6 p.m. at A‘ala Park and the lighting of the city Christmas tree begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit honolulucitylights.org for more information.




Flashback Friday

What: Few artists capture the chill, fun-loving vibe of contemporary Island life the way Nick Kuchar does in his iconic, retro-tastic art line, Everything is Jake. We’ve all seen some of his classic prints of stylized landmarks around the state, so for First Friday tonight, stop by Roberta Oaks for a gallery show with Kuchar himself. He’ll be showcasing some work not normally stocked in the shop, plus offering 15 percent off his pieces. Roberta Oaks will also serve up drinks for the festivities.
When: Friday, Dec. 4, 5–9 p.m.
Where: Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St.
Details: Call 526-1111 for more information.



Watered-Down Colors

What: Pantone’s 2016 color of the year announcement is in, and, at first, we were stoked: Not one but two colors were named, including the gentle Serenity and the uber-romantic-sounding Rose Quartz. Yes, please. Er, except that Pantone’s reasoning behind the double choice is it fits with society’s on-trend “gender-blurring” kick. Check out John Brownlee’s criticism of how using the two most clichéd baby colors to promote gender-identity fluidity is … a little disappointing, to say the least.
Where: fastcodedesign.com
Details: Pantone criticism. Milquetoast is used.




Who: L’Occitane, Royal Hawaiian Center
Deal: Buy three stocking stuffers and get one free
When: Through Sunday


Who: JC Penny
Deal: 30 percent off $100 or more with code DECFRND
When: Through Monday


Who: Bloomingdale’s, Ala Moana Center
Deal: Take $25 off every $100 you spend on select brands
When: Through Sunday


Who: Forever 21, Ala Moana Center
Deal: Select handbags up to 50 percent off
When: Through Dec. 10


Who: West Elm
Deal: 30 percent off furniture


Who: Express
Deal: 20 percent off women’s sweaters and 40 percent off men’s outerwear