What time is it?!! It’s buy local gift guide time! Here’s this week’s picks…
Pick up a cd or two from local Hawaii music artists. I still dig the old school contemporary Hawaiian groups who first hit the scene in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, definitely wouldn’t kick any of them outta my stocking. Kalapana, Kapena, Willie K…
Another oldie but goodie on my shopping list are chocolates and macadamia nuts from Hawaiian Host. Hawaiian Host used to be a client of mine and I got such a thrill seeing their goodies being made right here in Hawaii. My personal favorites are the dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts and Maui caramacs. Affordable and available in most grocery stores and Longs, a box of Hawaiian Host candies or cans of macadamia nuts is always appreciated.
My favorite place to enjoy a meal out in Kihei is Sansei, hands down. You can pick up a gift card or a copy of DK’s cookbook at any location. In Honolulu, gift cards for Sansei’s sister restaurants Vino and Hiroshi are great picks for the wine and tapa lovers on your list.
I haven’t tried Jeff’s Jams and Jellies but sources tell me these made on Maui preserves are super yummy. Flavors like ginger lime, mango chutney, up country guava butter and lilikoi lavender have me drooling on my keyboard.
Lily Lotus yoga apparel designed by Momi Chee is great for yoga or as casual wear. I love her colorful and comfy pieces adorned with the om symbol, Ganesha and the line’s namesake the lotus flower. I used to love visiting Lily Lotus in their original location in Kaimuki not just to shop but to chat with Momi and her mom. They radiate positive and healthy energy. The boutique has since relocated to Kailua. You can also purchase from their online store or from various boutiques on the neighbor islands. Lily Lotus also supports local jewelry artisans…I could spend hours browsing their selection.
This gorgeous rose gold floral Hawaiian bracelet is calling my jewelry box’s name. Maui Divers started on Maui in 1958 as an undersea touring company and has grown to be the largest jewelry manufacturer in Hawaii. Now based in Honolulu, they have stores throughout the islands and every piece is designed and handcrafted in Hawaii.
All images via the merchant’s or artist’s website, see links above.