Windward-side commerce is bustling with independent boutiques offering great finds, whether you are seeking a home refresh for yourself, a hostess gift, or a sparkly New Year’s outfit. Here are some of the Kailua’s best local specialty shops and their offerings.
This local chain with several locations on Oahu and other islands, offers distinctive home accessories, such as a huge collection of blue and white verified farm-raised coral, great hostess gift ideas such as cocktail shakers, hand-carved wood serving pieces, and signature home fragrance diffusers and candles. There are even engaging kids’ finds like a tropical fairy garden with “magical plants” used by fairies. SoHa also offers a great service whereby they will custom print a photo provided by you on a wood plank.
Best finds: decorative coral
539 Kailua Road, Suite 106
SoHa also has locations at the Kahala Mall, in Haleiwa and Waikiki and on the islands of Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island as well as four locations in Southern California.
Opened in November, Kailua Moon offers women’s clothing brands that aren’t often seen in local stores such as more glam attire (and even some great shiny New Year’s Eve choices) by Bailey 44, soft cotton knit dresses and tees by Three Dots, and comfortable but stylish finds by Los Angeles-based Mod-O-Doc.
Pam Miller-Sofos, who co-owns the boutique with Kathy Keller, said Kailua Moon seeks to support the windward community by being a gathering place for local women and providing personalized service.
“We like helping women feel and look beautiful by what they’re wearing,” Miller-Sofos said.
Best Finds: Three Dots
539 Kailua Road #104
Kailua Moon also has a sister store on the Big Island.
For elegant paper products and cards, gorgeous freshwater pearl jewelry and locally inspired screen printed tote bags and more, visit Sand People. There is also a carefully curated collection of women’s clothing with brands such as Hard Tail and Velvet. Next door is Sand Kids, with high quality children’s clothing, huggable stuffed animals, and friendship bracelets that are adorable for layering.
Best Finds: jewelry by Vietnamese jewelry designer Chan Luu
600 Kailua Road #118
Sand People also has four stores in Waikiki, two on Kauai, and four on Maui.
Manuheali’i’s freestanding and recently revamped exterior is as charming as the clothing collection inside. Family owned and operated since 1985, Manuheali’i has men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in vividly-colored tropical prints created exclusively for the store. The locally printed fabrics and locally sewn styles change every four to six weeks.
Jumpsuits, flowy pants, mini and maxi dresses and off-the-shoulder and tank tops are usually part of the Manuheali’i collection.
Best Finds: Anything you LOVE! Grab it before the collection changes.
Also locally designed and made, Fighing Eel’s women’s designs are versatile enough to transition from slippers to high heels. The store also features sister brand, Ava Sky. Designers Rona Bennett and Lan Chung describe their brand as a “blend of sexy and simple.” Fighting Eel’s clothing should please any minimalist who wants to look chic AND be comfortable.
629 Kailua Road #130
Best Finds: Dresses that transition seamlessly from work to casual beach days to parties.
Fighting Eel also has locations in the Kahala Mall, downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.
Other great local boutiques
Mahina - women’s apparel and jewelry
Under the Hula Moon - women’s clothing, home accessories, jewelry
Global Village - apparel, home accessories, jewelry (at least 35% of its products from small businesses, eco-minded businesses, businesses that contribute a portion of their profits to charitable and fair trade organizations, made in Hawaii designers, or are product Made in the USA)
Olive (women’s clothing)- Brands such as Current Elliot, Splendid, Soft Joie
Oliver (men’s clothing) - Brands include Scotch and Soda, Faherty Brand, Fred Segal