Gifts That Give Back

Gifts That Give Back
31 Bits full-heartedly supports the talented jewelry makers of Gulu, Uganda, buying their bold handmade accessories to sell in international markets, with the goal of helping poverty-stricken women lead independent lives full of promise. From left: coral necklace, chunky beaded necklace, $39 each, turquoise necklace, $37.95, beaded bracelet, $29.95, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8734.
A percentage of sales from My Totes goes directly to the Hawaii chapter of the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization started by actress Mariska Hargitay that helps, heals and educates victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. My Totes silk drawstring bags, $38 each, Red Pineapple, Ward Centers, 593-2733.
Committed to preserving the handmade, natural process of creating Panama hats, Greenpacha owner Florencia Gerbi donates two percent of total sales to the weaving community of Sig Sig in Ecuador to improve its lifestyle and uphold its culture. Greenpacha straw fedora, $78, Community Boutique, 22 S. Pauahi St., 523-0001.
Supermodel Liya Kebede started Lemlem to sustain the Ethiopian art of weaving and, since 2007, the well-known brand has generated more jobs and opportunities for local weavers in Ethiopia. Lemlem scarf, $125, teddy beehive coverup, $200, Rebecca Beach, 5000 Kahala Ave., Suite 2, 739-8862.
A super-soft feel and comfy fit aren’t the only reasons to buy local brand Nuinani’s beach-style basics. Five percent of every
sale goes directly to the Children’s Hunger Fund. Nuinani organic cotton baseball jacket, $50, ChadLou’s Coffee Lounge,
45 Kihapai St., 263-7930