Products of Hawaii now merit their own festivals and trade shows throughout the year, and MADE IN HAWAII is a label to be touted. Here are a few places to score some finds.
- Academy Shop: The expansion of the Honolulu Academy of Arts made a good thing even better: The Academy's store now has a stunning selection of art books, stationery, jewelry, basketry, beadwork, ikats, saris, ethnic fabrics, fiber vessels, accessories, and contemporary gift items representing the art and craft traditions of the world.
- Avanti Fashion: Avanti aloha shirts and sportswear elevate tropical garb from high kitsch to high chic. Casual, comfortable, easily cared for, and light as a cloud, the authentic prints from the 1930s and '40s reproduced on silk look vintage but cost a fraction of collectibles' prices. The nostalgic treasures are available in retail stores statewide, but the best selection is in Waikiki.
- Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts: Bailey's has one of the largest vintage aloha-shirt collections in Honolulu, with prices ranging from inexpensive to sky-high. Old Levi's jeans, mandarin jackets, vintage vases, household items, shawls, purses, and an eye-popping assortment of bark-cloth fabrics (the real thing, not repros) are among the mementos in this monumental collection.
- Contemporary Museum Gift Shop: This gets our vote as the most beautiful setting for a gift shop, and its contents are a bonus: extraordinary art-related books, avant-garde jewelry, cards and stationery, home accessories, and gift items made by artists from Hawaii and across the country. Only the best is sold here.
- Honolulu Chocolate Co.: Life's greatest pleasures are dispensed here with abandon: expensive gourmet chocolates made in Honolulu, Italian and Hawaiian biscotti, boulder-size chocolate "turtles," truffles, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and jumbo apricots in white and dark chocolate, to name a few.
- Mana Hawaii: Experience authentic Hawaiian culture in the heart of Waikiki at this mega-culture shop, the brainchild of five successful Native Hawaiian partners who combined their talents into one. You'll find everything from Hawaiian books to Hawaiian-made gifts, clothing, jewelry, and art, even hula implements and ukuleles, plus healing Hawaiian lotions and oils.
- Native Books & Beautiful Things: Hawaii is the content and context in this shop of books, crafts, and gift items made by island artists and crafters. The musical instruments, calabashes, jewelry, leis, books, fabrics, clothing, home accessories, jams and jellies are all high quality and made in-state -- a celebration of Hawaiiana.
- Silver Moon Emporium: Owner Lucie Talbot-Holu has a gift for discovering fashion treasures. Exquisite clothing and handbags, reasonably priced footwear, hats, jewelry, scarves, and a full gamut of other treasures pepper this attractive boutique.
- Zuke's Magic & Jokes: You don't have to be Harry Potter to enter here, but you may feel like him. Amateur and professional magicians stream into this magic store, open only on Saturday, to get the latest "tricks" and learn the art of illusion.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.