DRIFTWOOD, the latest addition to Makawao, is now open! As I stepped out of the rain and over their threshold, I knew immediately that DRIFTWOOD was moving to the top of my must shop Maui list.

Driftwood Kimono

Ten reasons to get your shop on at DRIFTWOOD:

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Don’t you hate it when people say (or write) “I die”? Me too. Yes Rachel Zoe, I’m talking to you. However, when I stumbled upon the Spring Summer 2014 line by Upstate, those are the exact words that ran through my head as my jaw dropped to the floor.

Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka founded Upstate out of Brooklyn in 2010 based on a mutual love of making things. They were inspired by the Japanese textile art of shibori. Shibori is the binding, pleating, wrapping or stitching of fabric prior to dying to create patterns, both simple and elaborate.


I’ve always loved a jacket that get its bones from the traditional kimono or happi. Although the kimono inspired cardigan or jacket has been a hot trend the past few summers at all price points, it is by no means a new shape. The soft flowing shape is a classic. Designers in Hawaii, Asia and beyond have created pieces inspired by the kimono or happi for decades. My own wardrobe includes jackets from Winter Kate as well as vintage happi from Japan. Another favorite is a cropped army trench by Atsuro Tayama with kimono like sleeves purchased on a trip to Hong Kong a decade ago.

The hand dyed creations by Upstate are tempting long-term additions to my collection. Their unique pieces can be worn over a casual day outfit, as a touch of boho flair for a night out or as luxurious lounge wear. I covet the kimono jacket on the bottom left but would welcome any item from their offerings which range from sarongs to elegant jumpsuits.


Upstate also wants to dress your home. Linens and throw pillows in their shibori patterns are an easy way to add interest and a touch of art to your space. They also make slouchy totes and envelope clutch bags.

All images via Upstate.


Cindy Yokoyama founded Ginger13 in 2004 to create memorable and unique jewelry. I discovered Ginger13 and became a fan a few years later when I scooped up several pairs of her fun mismatched earrings at one of my favorite Honolulu shopping spots, Bamboo Sky. Lighting bolts and koi pendants dangling from beautifully formed hoops were perfect for weekends out or dancing downtown.

On a recent weekend jaunt to Honolulu, my sister and I decided to check out Chinatown, on the edge of downtown. Chinatown is undergoing a revitalization. Hip eateries are replacing dive bars and indie boutiques are filling once empty spaces. As we turned the corner by Hawaii Theatre, we stumbled upon the recently opened Ginger13 brick and mortar!

Ginger13 Collage 2

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Uniques…Da Pop-Up at the MACC

It’s the week before Christmas and I assume many of you are doing the frantic OMG I’ll buy anything tango at the mall. My suggestion is to keep calm and shop on at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s pop-up gallery gift shop, Uniques.

MACC Popup 1

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machine machine

#1 on my must go list for the next Kauai jaunt is a Hanapepe spot called the Workshop. I’d love to meet Shannon Hiramoto, tour her studio and try on ALL of her handmade up-cycled vintage pieces.

machinemachine handmade vintage skirts

Shannon’s line, machine machine, is absolute perfection. I love her girlie yet edgy creations with an appreciation of all things vintage. Pretty colors in cute casual styles are ideal for our island lifestyle.

machinemachine trucker vintage hat

See her blog (great behind the scene peeks) and portfolio to get a feel for machine machine. Also be sure to find a local boutique near you or visit her online shop. Her instagram is freakin awesome too.

All images courtesy of Shannon Hiramoto.

I also want to extend a warm mahalo to my posh bestie @oshariegirl for knowing me so well and turning me on to machine machine.