Best of HONOLULU Family 2020: SHOP

Our readers’ and editors’ picks for the best places to shop for your family in Honolulu.

Businesses may be temporarily closed because of COVID-19. Check with each winner for reopening plans.


Best Local Play Sets

Photo: Courtesy of Keiki Kaukau


Keiki Kaukau

Dreamed up by local mom April Hail (a former teacher and au pair), Keiki Kaukau’s adorable wood toys encourage creativity and learning while celebrating some of our favorite elements of Island life. Made from eco-friendly wood and nontoxic paint and felt, the play sets are themed around shave ice, tropical lei and local kine grindz—think too-cute poke bowls, lau lau and Spam musubi. And several pieces can be broken apart and reassembled, sparking fun and developing motor skills at the same time.—Brie Thalmann



Best Hands-On Succulent Nursery

Photo: Courtesy of Suzanne Sasaki


Once Again Nursery

As if breathtaking views of the Ko‘olau Mountains aren’t amazing enough, family-run farm Once Again lets you get your hands dirty picking and potting succulents, air plants, and cactus to enjoy at home. Choose from a treasure trove of repurposed containers and hundreds of low-maintenance plants—and let your creativity flow at this mountainside oasis.—Suzanne Sasaki

41-829 Kakaina St., Waimānalo, (808) 389-6966.



Best Local Brand for Kids Clothes

PHOTO: Aaron K. Yoshino



Coco Moon

Amber Thibaut first became known to local moms for her super soft and sweetly patterned blankets for babies. The mom of two started her business in 2015 when she was wrapping her little one in a pareo. A few years later, she branched out from her signature bamboo fabric swaddle clothes to adorable rompers and onesies, and just last year expanded to mommy-and-me robes and blankets big enough for everyone to cuddle in.—Christi Young

Finalist: Local Motion. Multiple locations.


Best Place to Get an Outfit For You and Your Dog

PHOTO: Aaron K. Yoshino



Roberta Oaks

Shoppers in Chinatown can pick up stylish bandanas for pups, literally cut from the same cloth as their favorite aloha shirts. The local brand crafts a perfect slim fit for both men’s and women’s shirts as well as smart summer-weather dresses, all of which can be matched with your dog’s duds.—Katie Kenny

19 N. Pauahi St., (808) 526-1111.





Best Back-to-School Shopping

WINNER: Target. Multiple locations.

Finalist: Fisher Hawaiʻi. Multiple locations.


Best Place to Buy Gifts for Teachers

WINNER: Target. Multiple locations.

Finalist: Starbucks. Multiple locations.


Best Place to Get Educational Toys

WINNER: Thinker Toys. Ka Makana Aliʻi, 91-4351 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, (808) 628-4719. Kāhala Mall, 4211 Waiʻalae Ave., (808) 735-6323.

Finalist: Target. Multiple locations.


Best Place for Kids Furniture

WINNER: Flexa. 885 Queen St., Suite B, (808) 955-4434.

Finalist: HomeWorld. Honolulu: 702 S. Beretania St., (808) 543-5300. Kapolei: 707 Manawai St., Kapolei, (808) 792-3201.


Best Shopping Center for Families

WINNER: Windward Mall. 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāneʻohe.

Finalist: Pearlridge Center. 98-1005 Moanalua Road, ʻAiea, (808) 488-0981.