“Better of Hawaii” 2009: Our favourite outlets in Hawaii

The annual “Best of Hawaii” issue of HAWAII Magazine is here!

As always, you’ll find it full of tips and suggestions on how to get the best of almost everything on the islands – all of that advice straight from our well-informed HAWAII reader ohana and our own editorial team.

We share some of our “Best of Hawaii” lists here on HawaiiMagazine.com, like this one with our recommendations for the most popular Hawaii road trips. Now is the time to do some shopping.

We asked Kathryn Drury Wagner, author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu and Editor-in-Chief of our sister publication HONOLULU Magazine, to introduce HAWAII Magazine readers to some of the hottest shopping opportunities on the islands.

Find your choices for shopping in Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii on the next page and a list of our reader favorites on the last page.

Take us shopping, Kathryn!


For shopping where the local hipsters go, visit The Butik (1067 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite A-3, Honolulu, 808-593-4484, www.thebutik.com). One of the owners, Lan Chung, is behind the Fighting Eel label, one of the hottest brands to ever emerge from Hawaii. The boutique always has the latest from Fighting Eel and also carries women’s clothing by other Hawaiian designers, such as Allison Izu’s denim line for the little ones. The clothes are suitable for warm weather and the prices are reasonable – around $ 40 to $ 200.


If a sea breeze became a fashion designer and opened a store in trendy Paia, it would be the Tamara Catz Boutique (83 Hana Highway, Paia, 808-579-9184, www.tamaracatz.com). Catz is an Argentine expat who married a champion windsurfer and settled on Maui. We’d be green with envy if she didn’t bring such pinpoint style to the island. Her work has been featured in Lucky, Vogue, and US Weekly. Buy flowing, flattering tops and skirts, as well as light dresses, from her store. Future brides, take note: she has a bridal line that is perfect for beach weddings.


Historic Hanalei on the north coast of Kauai has a surprisingly robust boutique scene. The colorful store Yellowfish Trading Co. (5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, 808-826-1227) has vintage fabrics, decorations and furnishings, and for the guys, vintage aloha shirts from the 1920s to 1970s. Owner Gritt Benton says that antique vases are particularly popular with her customers because tropical flowers look great in them. Prices at Yellowfish range from $ 3 for a wooden and shell bracelet to thousands for a vintage hula doll lamp.

Big Island of Hawaii

If you’re looking for a hidden gem, head to Fabulous (73-5568 Maiau St, Suite 4, Kailua-Kona, 808-326-2322). While it’s in a light industrial area, don’t let that fool you. Inside, you’ll find country jewelry, costume jewelry, women’s clothing, men’s silk shirts, and locally made pottery. “We also have Chinese antiques, Thai imports, pearls and Hawaiiana,” says Sandy Sater of the store. A good place to look for a unique treasure.

HAWAII magazine readers’ tips: Favorite shops

Ala Moana Center (pictured right), 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, (808) 955-9517.

Whaling Village, 2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, (808) 661-4567.

Coconut Market Place, 484 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, (808) 822-3641.

Big Island of Hawaii
King’s Shops at Waikoloa Village, 69-250 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, (808) 886-8811.

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