8 Local Things to Buy at the New Nordstrom Opening at Ala Moana’s ‘Ewa Wing

This humongous-name retailer is moving house, and picking up a few Island-made goodies for those new shelves along the way.


Spring is at our doorstep, which is both good and bad. On the good side, you’ve already dumped your flannel blankets in the trash (see ya, winter chills!). On the bad side? Your S.O. pointedly lugged the brooms, mops, scrubbers, sponges and buckets out of the attic in preparation for spring cleaning-a-thons. WAH.

Look on the bright side: Cleaning out a year’s worth of junk means room for new goodies! Take the new Nordstrom, for example. The Ala Moana Center department store is trading its central-mall digs for a corner spot in the new ‘Ewa Wing. To spruce up the new space, the team has scoured the land far and wide for the cutest, raddest, chicest goods from Island-based designers and brands—and we are loving what we see. Here’s a sneak peek at the list of local goods you’ll be able to score in the brand-swanking-new Nordstrom come opening day next Friday.

Now that sounds like some good, clean fun.

The ‘Ewa Wing Nordstrom will open on March 11 at 9:30 a.m. Arrive early! The store is hosting a beauty bash and morning party outside, starting at 8 a.m. Experts will be on hand to give complimentary makeup lessons and consultations and the first 1,000 attendees will receive an exclusive, reusable beauty tote bag.

1. We can’t get enough of the hip, retro style in Everything is Jake prints, which often serve as endearing odes to Hawai‘i hot spots, from Waimea Bay to Wailua Canyon. Get artist Nick Kuchar’s work on postcards, coasters, totes and large wall art.

2. Remember the chic, local flair in Noho Designs’ home goods? You’ll be able to scoop up tea towels, wooden signs and pillows from this festive, Hawaiian-minded brand.

3. It’s in the tag! Matsumoto Studio’s kawaii style has us totally charmed, and now you can buy single and boxed cards and luggage tags at Nordstrom. Our recommendation? That sweet-looking sand dollar design.

4. The Mermaid’s Mirror’s creations are made from local tropical hardwoods by artist Nadia Fairlamb. Find her round and oval mirrors and lovingly crafted wooden hearts at the new store.

5. Celebrate the beach, Maui-style, with Alola Maui, a favorite brand of local boutiques that does travel bags, totes and clutches just right: Think contemporary, Island-inspired prints such as palm and pineapple, with funky details such as metallic foil or lettering.

6. Local letterpress brand Bradley and Lily’s elegant notecards, dear mini notebooks and postcards peppered with surfboards, palms and mountainscapes are common sightings on our must-buy gift lists.

7. No one does chipper, tropical prints like Jana Lam. You’ll see her vibrant pineapple and starfish designs on an assortment of one-of-a-kind oversize clutches, each of which has been dried by the sun and sewn by hand.

8. Now, you don’t have to wait for the Made in Hawai‘i festival to stock up on Workshop 28’s perfectly rustic coasters and cutting boards sporting fun, spiky pineapples and calligraphy “aloha”s.

… and more! Check out these artists and designers next week as well:


Ahualoa Farms
Aikane Plantation Coffee
Island Soaps
Jiwa Jiwa Press
Michal Arts
Mike Krzywonski
Palapala Designs
Pineapple Palaka
Seeds & Stone
Zak Noyle