Attention Plant Lovers: Here’s Where to Get Hip House Plants in Honolulu
Head to Plantoem, Mari’s Garden, Simply Garden, Paiko and Hui Kū Maoli Ola to bring some jungalow vibes into your home.
Summer to us is lovin’ on everything plants. In other words: We’re all about those jungalow vibes at the moment, especially when it comes to bringing it into our own home. And, since the plant lover craze is showing no signs of slowing, O‘ahu’s small biz owners have been stepping up with some truly insightful sprouts-centric shops. These destinations aren’t your typical garden centers. They’re sources of inspiration, spaces for gathering and connecting, and even an environmentally focused place to find endangered native plants! The next time you have the need for some seeds, check out these spots.
Sure, Plantoem has the absolute sexiest plants in their rotation. We’re talking variegated elephant ears; friskey, stripey prayer plants that have more personality than some people; ultra-graceful, hanging fronds that absolutely scream Earth Goddess. And yeah, they’ve got a full-on cafe on premises, perfect for those who want to ogle (and Instagram) the jungle vibes over a cup of tea, fresh fruit spritzer or coffee. But did you also know they have a whole calendar of events, including abstract painting, kids’ terrarium workshops, yoga sessions and poetry nights? If you’re looking for not just a plant shop, but a community of fellow plant-a-holics, this spot is for you. —3457 Wai‘alae Ave., Unit 203, (808) 807-7826, @plantoem (Instagram)
A trip to Mari’s Garden, a fully functioning aquaponics and hydroponics farm out, unexpectedly, in the ’burbs, used to cost you a drive to Mililani. Since they opened Mari’s Urban Garden plant shop, just off Kapi‘olani Boulevard, however, you don’t have to. This bright, sleek space is full of hanging pants in macrame planters, bright greenery in trendy, minimalist ceramics, exotic and eye-catching collector plants, and even dried floral arrangements with boho-forward feels. Follow Mari’s Urban Garden on Instagram to see the latest locally grown pieces they’ve brought in from their Mililani nursery, and to get grow and care tips for your newly purchased plant babies. —725 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 888-0819, marisgarden.com
The Simply Garden concept started as a branching off (see what we did there?) pop-up shop to longtime Kāhala Mall staple, Simply Organized. As of this past spring, however, the little green space has found permanent residence inside Simply Organized. You can’t miss it: The eye-catching pots of tropical plants and chic planters, as well as everything you need to keep that garden growing, from watering cans to gloves, takes center stage in the Simply Organized store. You’ll find ready-to-go, ready-to-shine statement ferns (think big—we mean big monstera, or climbing swiss cheese plants already pruned up a mini arbor) that are just what you need to make your jungalow glow in no time. —Kāhala Mall, 4211 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 739-7007, @simplygardenhi (Instagram)
Hui Kū Maoli Ola
If you’re on the Windward Side, you’ll absolutely want to check out this Kāne‘ohe-based native plant nursery, which has more than 100 species of native plants, and other culturally significant plants introduced by early Polynesian settlers. You can also check out their goods at big retailers like Home Depot and the Navy Exchange—there are entire sections with some choice native species. The best part? By opting for native plants in your home or yard, you’re doing your part to help repopulate the threatened ecosystem of native flora. —46-403 Ha‘ikū Road, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 235-6165, hawaiiannativeplants.com
Tucked in Salt at Our Kaka‘ako, this hip botanical boutique, with its gorgeous assortment of locally sourced plants, planters and more, was one of the first shops in the city to inspire us from Gen Z and up to step up our plant game. Interested in succulents, tillandsia and shade plants—they’re all here. You can also assemble your own air-plant terrariums and pot plants.—675 Auahi St., Kaka‘ako, (808) 988-2165, paikohawaii.com