by Tania Ginoza on March 20, 2014 · 2 comments

Our Kaka’ako is an area in the heart of Honolulu that spans nine city blocks and is serving as a hub and incubator for creativity, art, entrepreneurs and chefs. Murals grace the sides of old buildings while pop-up eateries and independent home boutiques tempt you from the street level.

On a recent visit to Oahu my sister Gabi was eager to share one of her favorite new Kaka’ako finds, Quince. Her exact words – “it’s so you, thought of you immediately and know you’ll love everything”.

We walked in to the cozy shop space filled with fun paper goods and colorful home accessories. Gabi was right, I was HOME and adored everything. However, the happiest surprise was when I spotted the proprietor, my friend Marissa!

Marissa Selders (Dang), her brother Chris, his wife Cherie and I played tennis together on Oahu in women’s and mixed doubles leagues. I’ve always enjoyed chatting with Marissa who is artistic with great taste. A Punahou graduate who attended Georgetown University, Parsons and Chaminade studying art and design, she’s dipped her talents into fashion with handpainted dresses in a past venture, Poppy Dress. Now she’s directing her creative energy into interior design, space planning and her home boutique, Quince.

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Quince is filled with colorful and modern paper goods, gift items, home accessories, books and jewelry. Her selections appeal to those that love their functional pieces to also have a sense of humor and a dash of quirkiness. Price points are reasonable and it’s one of those shops with an assortment  so well edited, you won’t want to leave until you’ve seen every last bit.

The above product shots are via Quince’s instagram feed. I can’t wait to see her current stock on my next Honolulu hop skip!

Quince has recently moved to a different space in the same area and will be celebrating their grand re-opening tomorrow, March 21st from 5 to 8 pm.

Visit the Quince site for more links and info here.



by Tania Ginoza on March 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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!

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Imagery beyond Borders: Life in Forty-Eight

by Tania Ginoza on February 16, 2014 · 6 comments

I first stumbled upon BodhiKai Imagery and its creator, Melanie Barrow, on instagram. I was admiring one of Melanie’s shots and discovered she was a travel and nature photographer. We chatted a bit more, I disclosed photography was a new love for me and she gave me a tip for a very cool lens to try out. Since then, I’ve followed BodhiKai Imagery on Facebook and have also struck up a virtual friendship with Melanie. Although we have yet to meet in real life, I’m already in awe of her passion, talent and spirit. She is a mother, a devoted military wife, a veteran, a former chef and an adventurer with a serious case of wanderlust.

I was so excited to read about BodhiKai Imagery’s latest project – Imagery Beyond Borders: Life in Forty-Eight.

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Imagery Beyond Borders: Life in Forty Eight is a global photography project with the goal to bring together people from diverse international locations to bridge cultures, customs and geography through photography.

Each month in 2014, BodhiKai Imagery will send two disposable cameras to a different location. The recipient will document their daily life over the next 48 hours.

BodhiKai Imagery will publish a sneak peek in its upcoming travel photography magazine. The full project will be published in a special edition or book once completed. In 2015, an exhibition in Seattle will feature the project. A portion of the proceeds from the project will benefit the Fisher House Foundation.


You can learn more about the project on BodhiKai Imagery’s Facebook page.

All images provided by Melanie Barrow and should not be used without her express permission. If you are interested in purchasing prints from BodhiKai Imagery, check out the Etsy shop here.

Melanie is a Chicago native with deep roots in Hawaii. She currently resides in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her family. BohdiKai Imagery photography has been featured in Hawaii Magazine and the L.A Times and on CNN and Hawaii Five O, just to name a few. Melanie has also written several travel guides that have been featured in international publications. She also offers photography instruction.



by Tania Ginoza on January 19, 2014 · 4 comments

I am so excited to learn about minted, an online shop chock full of all things stationery. Minted carries cards, address labels, invites, journals and more. They have everything you need to keep a well stocked writing and party planning desk for all occasions. Styles range from serene to quirky and you can even customize many pieces with a personal photo. What I especially love about minted is they crowdsource the artwork from independent designers and artists . Since 2008, they have hosted 119 design challenges. Submit a design and minted followers will vote on which designs they want to see sold on minted. If your design is selected you can win cash prizes and a percentage of revenues. Here’s just a few of my minted pics:


Minted Je t'aime bebe by Guess Who


I’ve been a bit obsessed with all things French lately and this birth announcement is so sweet. Designed by Lori James of Guess What? from Honolulu.

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Things I’m Loving Now

by Tania Ginoza on January 15, 2014 · 4 comments

First up, da best lemonade, ever…

Things Lemonade

Wow Wow Lemonade

Wow Wow Lemonade makes ono hand pressed lemonade, puts it in a mason jar and serves it up from a hip hut outside Hawaiian Island Surf & Sport (corner of Dairy Road and Hana Highway). They favor local ingredients and have an extensive menu of refreshing liquid concoctions. Lilikoi, ginger, coconut water, limeade, guava…yum. The only thing you won’t like is how freaking hard it is to choose. I also couldn’t fit the mason jar in my CRV beverage holder but it was a small price to pay because that sucker lasted me all day.

Things Cafe Carmen

Cafe Carmen

One day I texted a fellow Maui SMUGerErik Blair, and asked for a good place to write and get a good meal. He turned me on to Cafe Carmen at the Tech Park. Aiii, da coffee is so good, it’s heaven in a giant cup. Dad and I like to go out for father daughter brekkie on the occasional Sunday and Carmen is one of our new favorite spots. I’m addicted to the salted caramel latte (pictured) and dad prefers his American style (made with Maui Coffee Roasters beans). The interior is also fantastic, very Brooklyn meets Maui, with a ton of great ideas for upcycling and DIY art play.

What are your favorite Maui spots to grab some grindz or a yummy brew?