THE SURFJACK’S HOLIDAYS IN HAWAII GIFT GUIDE
November 26, 2019
The holidays are officially here and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite items from Hawaii-based brands. Whether you’re here on vacation or a resident looking for gifts with local flair, these ideas are perfect to give to your someone special or keep all to yourself.
Island Fin Design‘s one-of-a-kind surf fin’s were made for ocean enthusiasts. Surfer Steve Mock—owner of the Haleiwa-based company—has been handcrafting fins since 1979. For beach essentials, an Aloha Collection splash-proof pouch is our top pick. The Small Kōkua Hawaiʻi x ALOHA pouch features artwork by Heather Brown and supports the Plastic Free Hawaiʻi program (and so do we!).
Exquisite lei made by Amanda Iaukea (of Live a Lei Life) is the gift for aloha aficionados. These stunning one-of-a-kind wearable works of art are available in limited quantities in-store at Olive & Oliver.
Anything from Protea Zero Waste Store will delight an eco-conscious crusader. Though there’s no brick and mortar boutique yet, you can shop these sustainable finds online and at local farmers’ markets. No matter where you choose to shop this year, make sure to have a reusable tote bag—we fancy our Swim Club one, of course—which come in handy for the beach and beyond.
For the foodie, try Manoa Honey’s ‘Ohi‘a Lehua Honey (or any flavor, really), which is made from bees raised on Oahu. If that’s not sweet enough, a Mahina & Sun’s gift card is always a good idea (just email email@example.com).
Consider a bottle of Kohana Rum for a cocktail connoisseur’s home cart. Or, treat your SOS to a cocktail made with Kohana Rum at Mahina & Sun’s. For your beer-loving bestie, come down to our swell little spot in Waikiki for a bucket of Maui Brewing beers (just $20 at happy hour!).
Flower fanatics will delight in a gift card to Paiko, where they’ll find fresh flower arrangements, local plants, home goods and more. The botanical boutique even hosts a variety of workshops (including one here at the Surfjack!).
Hawaii lovers will, ugh, love, Nick Kuchar’s Hawaii Map (and probably all of Kuchar’s other prints, too). In fact, many of the Hawaii-based artists showcased at GreenRoom Gallery provide all the island feels. At Sugarcane boutique in Kaimuki you’ll find the book The Aloha Shirt, in which Dale Hope breaks down the history of what’s become an iconic symbol of Hawaii: the aloha shirt.