Best of HONOLULU Family 2019: Shop

Our readers’ and editors’ 10 picks for the best places to shop in Honolulu.
Best Local Brand for Kids Clothes

Readers’ Pick

Manuheali‘i


Photo: Courtesy of Manuheali‘i

As a family-run business, it only makes sense that a love for ‘ohana is part of Manuheali‘i’s DNA. And that love is easy to see in the local label’s chic islandwear collections, designed with every member of the gang in mind, even the smallest. Made for keiki ages 6 months to 12 years old, its adorable pint-size aloha shirts, tank dresses and tunics—which perfectly coordinate with mom and dad—turn celebrations and special occasions into stylish affairs. 

930 Punahou St., (808) 942-9868 and 5 Ho‘ola‘i St., Kailua, (808) 261-9865. manuhealii.com


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Best Dad-and-Me Boardshorts

Editors’ Pick

Of One Sea


Having a matching mini me at swim time isn’t just a mom perk anymore. Water-loving pops can get in on the action, too, thanks to North Shore designer (and mama to four beach-loving boys) Maryam Fortuna, whose line offers tropi-cool boardshorts for rad dads and little ones. Made of a polyester-spandex fabric that wicks away water and dries quickly, the bottoms feature smart design elements including a stretch-flap Velcro fly and adjustable inner belt for keiki. And did we mention the cute graphics? Think playful rainbow, heliconia and wave patterns inspired by the Hawaiian landscape. 

ofonesea.com


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Best Non-Wrinkling Local Girls Tops

Editors’ Pick

Sweet Sweet Honey


Photo: Karen DB Photography

For a recent cover shoot, we went hunting for locally designed girls tops and were thrilled to find this Wai‘anae label’s adorable options. Along with fun Island prints, the tops feature peplum-style waists that add the perfect amount of flair without feeling too fussy. What also makes them great is the buttery-soft fabric, a stretchy cotton-jersey blend that’s easy to clean and seemingly impossible to wrinkle. After tromping around a ranch and cozying up to farm animals for an hour, we came out of the shoot dusty, rumpled messes, but our cover girl’s top? Pristine. 

sweetsweethoneyhawaii.com


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Best Shopping Center for Families

Readers’ Pick

Windward Mall

We’re not sure if it’s the pint-sized train that chugs through the mall, the always busy soft-play area that lets toddlers jump on little surfboards and slide down dolphin-adorned waves, or the movie theaters and black-light miniature golf course upstairs. But those are just a few of the family-friendly reasons why our readers selected the Kāne‘ohe mall as the best spot for shopping. Another big plus is that the mall is indoors, so you can browse the Wednesday and Sunday farmers markets in air-conditioned comfort or just spend a day sheltered from Windward showers. 

46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 235-1143. windwardmall.com


The Rest of the Best:

Best Family Vehicle

Readers’ Pick

Toyota Sienna

toyota.com/sienna

Best Place for Back-to-School Shopping

Readers’ Pick

Target

Four locations on O‘ahu: Ala Moana Center, Kailua, Kapolei, Salt Lake. target.com

Best Place to Buy Kids Apparel

Readers’ Pick

Old Navy

Three locations on O‘ahu: Ala Moana Center, Ka Makana Ali‘i, Waikele Premium Outlets. oldnavy.com

Best Place for Educational Toys

Readers’ Pick

Thinker Toys

Two locations on O‘ahu: Kāhala Mall, Ka Makana Ali‘i. thinkertoyshawaii.com

Best Place for Kids Furniture

Readers’ Pick

Target

Four locations on O‘ahu: Ala Moana Center, Kailua, Kapolei, Salt Lake. target.com

Best Place for Teacher Gifts

Readers’ Pick

Target

Four locations on O‘ahu: Ala Moana Center, Kailua, Kapolei, Salt Lake. target.com


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