The best shopping on O’ahu

Photo: Courtesy of Last Wave Co.

Best Repurposed Home Decor

At this point, we’re repurposing snobs. Creatives left and right are resurrecting things, which is great, but for Best of HONOLULU, we’re looking for the unicorns. And we found one. Last Wave Co. is a sister company that turns washed-up surfboards into works of art. Ashley and Kirsten Moore find dented, dented and broken planks (post-swell trash cans in the north are a goldmine), remove the wax and grippad, prepare to paint, paint and draw freehand designs commonly used by their clients. chosen. The base tones soften, while the island-inspired designs shine boldly. On the back of the board is a special message by hand from the owner in honor of a memory. “It could be their first ride, the best day they surfed, or the last wave they conquered,” says Ashley, “hence our company name.” —SM, @lastwaveco

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Best farmers market

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I’m at the farmers market is by far the largest open-air market on the island with nearly 150 local vendors offering an insanely amazing array of ‘ono delicacies, fresh produce, artisan goods, home decor items, pantry basics, fabulous fashion and much more. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, leaving plenty of time to walk the tent-lined stretch across two large parking lots on either side of Ala Moana Boulevard. A few vendors we recommend—though they’re all worth mentioning—are: Vermilli for its flowy dresses (cool comfort is always in fashion); Paradise Paws is known for its paw-like dog treats made from local meat; Wallflour Bake Shop, which makes mouthwatering treats that show off local fruits; and Fields of Aloha and its rainbow blend of locally grown fruits and vegetables. —SM

919 Ala Moana Blvd. and 210 Ward Ave.,, @alohafarmlovers

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Best Turkish Beach Blanket

If you go to the beach as often as the locals do, you get a little obsessed with your gear. It has to be functional, but style is also clutch – after all, you can’t look like a tourist from Waikīkī. Enter the Kaua’i label EHA Culture‘s Turkish Beach Blanket, made from soft 100% organic Turkish cotton making it both lightweight (translation: easy to pack) and quick drying (goodbye bad mold smell). The blanket clocks in at a generous 51-by-69-inch mo’ blanket, mo’ fun, right? And there’s a plethora of eye-catching prints to choose from, with owner Erin Hoffman’s Hawaii-inspired artwork, think kalo leaves, ‘ōhi’a lehua, and tropical fruits. —BT, @eha.culture

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Best sand free beach bag

So, here’s one more thing to add to our “why didn’t we think of this sooner?” list: local swimwear line From one sea‘s ingenious No Sand Tote. The beauty of the concept lies in its simplicity: the bottom of the bag has a sewn-in mesh lining and a zip-off flap. Just unwrap at the end of your beach day and shake. The sand will fall through while your stuff stays put. Smart, right? Combine that with other great design details, including comfortable padded straps and a splash-proof recycled nylon, and you’ve got yourself a beach bag. —BT, @ofonesea

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Best shop for mothers and daughters

Mothers and teenage daughters: they get along well… for two minutes. Then they bump into each other, until one of them turns 21. But shopping has the power to unite. Enter Honolulu Line. Literal. The Ala Moana store has a wealth of goods and goodies, including locally designed and made items, that thrill teens, 20-somethings, and moms too. Flowing cut-out minis, crop tops and the latest TikTok trends (think yarn coasters and self-love stickers) charm Zillennials. A fashionable capsule of linen dresses, delicate jewelry (created by shop owner Shana Hesira) and reusable totes keep the quiet, grown-up crowd busy – allowing their daughters to roam free without watchful eyes. And 20 minutes go by without a fight. That’s what happens when everyone stays in (their own) Laine. —SM

Ala Moana Center Level 3,, @lainehonolulu

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Best modern-meets-memorable accessory

These hats. They are not your average accessories, as you can see from Illikoi Goods‘Instagram. Browse rows of six- and five-panel hats in eye-catching materials, including Foodland shopping bags, USPS flat-rate envelopes, vintage Kāhala aloha shirts, and Ralph Lauren plaid textiles. It was our staff photographer, Aaron K. Yoshino, a credible fashion geek, who introduced us to owner Anthony Duong’s brand: “The homie also repurposes specialty items of clothing (that people don’t want to throw away) into hats,” says Yoshino. Duong, the creator and stay-at-home dad, confirmed that since he started his pandemic business, requests have ranged from a much-loved pair of worn-out shorts to a Home Depot apron. “The family of a long-serving man wanted a special way to remember him,” he says. Hats off to Duong. —SM, @illikoigoods

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Best garden shop

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Our readers have given two green thumbs to Ko’olau farmers, and we tend to do the same. The local company has also become one of our favorites for its fantastic selection of island-grown plants (including unique finds from small growers), orchids, succulents, trees, seeds and garden supplies. Plus, we’re partial to neighborhood charm and helpful, old employees. The name refers to Kāne’ohe, where the company first took root as a cooperative formed by farming families wishing to trade goods, and the location of the first store. Since then it has grown to branches in Kailua and McCully where you will see us regularly, fingers crossed and arms full of new plant babies. —BT

Multiple locations,, @koolaufarmers

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Best place to buy good cheap food

Neglect to highlight marukai‘s amazing selection of ceramics would be a crime. More than half of our team, including our food editors, have stocked their cupboards with tableware from the popular Asian market. Why? First and foremost the price. You can get four to five dishes (ranging from wasabi-shoyu-sized plates to family-style serving dishes) for under $25. The quality is on fleek. Some of them have taken years, and we microwave them out of thin air. And for us fashion editors, the graphic patterns that live in muted or colorful hues serve a cool, unique style. —SM

2310 Kamehameha Highway, (808) 845-5051,

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Best dog ice creams

Move over puppaccino, there’s a new dog snack that has delivered wagging tails. Local treat maker pop boxThe drool-worthy pupsicles — those are dog-friendly popsicles — help Fido beat the heat with fun flavor combinations, like watermelon cucumber and apple peanut butter, which also contains blueberries and bananas. The pops are made with quality ingredients, including fresh fruits and vegetables (often organic), and there are no added sugars or preservatives. Find them in Kaimukī’s The Public Pet and Bean About Town, plus the occasional pop-up event via Pop Box’s pimped-up vintage Citroën HY food truck. —BT


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The rest of the best: Reader’s Picks

Best Aloha Clothing

Winner: Manuheali’i

Multiple locations,, @manuhealii

Finalist: Reyn Spooner

Multiple locations,, @reynspooner

Best farmers market

Finalist: KCC Farmers Market

4303 Diamond Highway,, @hawaiifarmbureau

Best Furniture Store

Winner: CS Wo & Sons Ltd.

702 South Britain St., (808) 543-5388,, @cswo.hawaii

Finalist: Inspiration

Multiple locations,, @inspirationinteriors

Best garden shop

Finalist: Mari’s Urban Garden

725 Kapi’olani Blvd., Unit C-119, (808) 888-0819,, @maris_urbangarden

Best jewelry store

Winner: The Wedding Ring Shop

1181 Kapiolani Blvd., (808) 945-7766,, @weddingringshop

Finalist: Pacific Diamond Wedding Rings

Multiple locations,, @pacificdiamondofficial

Best place for home accessories

Winner: SoHa Living

Multiple locations,, @sohaliving

Finalist: Easily Organized

4211 Wai’alae Ave., (808) 739-7007,

Best place to go shoe shopping

Winner: Nordstrom

Multiple locations,, @nordstrom

Finalist: Macy’s

Multiple locations,, @macys

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