First Look: Pop-Up Mākeke’s New In-Person Holiday Store
Shop food, fashion, home décor, books, keiki finds and more from 150-plus Hawai‘i brands.
You may already be familiar with Pop-Up Mākeke from its birth in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. When Hawai‘i’s stores closed and farmers markets and crafts fairs shut down, the online marketplace, run by the nonprofit Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, was a saving grace for countless small local businesses at risk of losing most, if not all, of their income opportunities in one fell swoop.
Since then, the Mākeke has blossomed in both sales and number of vendors—it currently supports 400-plus Hawai‘i brands. And this month, it takes another big step—which also happens to be fantastic news for your holiday gift list—opening its first in-person standalone shop at Ka Makana Ali‘i.
The store will be open for a limited time—through Dec. 24—and is brimming with stylish fashions, home décor, books, games, keiki and pet finds, beauty and wellness products and oh-so-‘ono food items from 150-plus local companies.
Keep an eye out for the latest releases from popular labels, such as Kini Zamora, Noho Home and Lexbreezy Hawai‘i. David Shepard’s aloha shirts make great gifts for the fellas on your list. You can’t get much cuter than Sal Tarrae’s local-kine baby onesies. And the shop’s plethora of artisanal food items are perfect for co-workers, neighbors and stocking stuffers.
The shop also stocks a ton of great finds from up-and-coming makers and harder-to-find Neighbor Island brands. Think gorgeous Ni‘ihau shell lei from JJ Ohana, made by a family of makers on Kauai, keiki activity kits from Maui brand Let’s Go Kiddo, Kona sea salt from Makawao and cool women’s jumpers from Big Island label The Hawaiian Force.