Holiday Gift Guide for the Local Treasure Hunter
As born and raised local girls (Kim from Oahu and Jade from Maui) who are rooted in hula foundations, Hawaii's diverse cultural climate and warm community are our greatest inspirations. Anyone who knows us knows that we are die hard hula girls in constant search of prized Hawaii gems - food, fashion and decor alike!
Pikake Pursuit launched in July 2014 with an all local focus, whether it be sipping coffee from a mom and pop shop versus a mainland chain, finding Hawaiian inspired Christmas ornaments or highlighting Hawaii-based designers. The response has been overwhelming, and makes us proud to know we are encouraging others to support our local community by simply giving them an extended platform. We take pride in watching small businesses thrive, and many of the owners we feature have become our dear friends. Many are busy working mothers creating beautiful products in their down time, and it brings us such joy to watch their businesses grow!
As the holidays approach, we wanted to share some of our top gift ideas for the lovely ladies in our lives, all local and all created by some of the most talented, cherished friendships we have made in our Pikake Pursuit journey.
1. Aloha Modern
An amazing new lifestyle brand rooted in cultural values, Aloha Modern's first "Hiapo (first born) Winter Collection" includes a variety of round beach blankets, towels and bags for the 3 physical regions that inspired their designs: Aina (land), Kai (sea), and Lani (sky). We are particularly loving their round Mahina blanket, which depicts the Kaulana Mahina (Hawaiian moon calendar) and serves as both a functional gift as well as an educational tool.
If Dolkii's motto "Be Otherworldly" doesn't inspire you to live boldly, we don't know what will. Created by stylish sisters Yasmin Dar Fasi & Shaiyanne Dar, Dolkii offers boho-chic style and comfort through their unique Hawaii-born and Southeast Asian roots. Who wouldn't want to rock their "Stay Stoked," or "Bohemian Billionaire" tanks or their top-selling Zoya romper, signatures of the Dolkii label? We'll be living in ours through 2017!
We are tried and true beauty junkies who love a great new find, and are hooked on these chemical & cruelty free beauty products by Aim HI Every Day! Made with local, organic ingredients, their soothing face oil and lavender mist are regulars in our skincare rotation and sure to be in yours, too!
4. Andrew Mau
Opening a bottle was never exciting until we met Andrew. He first made a splash with his timeless bronze Shake Bottle Openers several years ago, and the novelty has never worn off! We are currently loving his Opihi and Oyster shell openers, a perfect gift for anyone who loves a good brew or fizzy drink.
When you take a North Shore surfer girl to the ranchlands of Waimea, the combination of salty skin and paniolo boots is what inspired Taira Cran's Hawaii-rustic line, Salty Western. Stay wild, wanderlust friends, with Cran's fine leather passport covers and tanned handbags - each hand cut, stamped, and crafted for a true one-of-a-kind piece that you'll clutch with pride.
6. Kuana Hawaii
Our newest love (read: obsession) in Hawaiian bling is Kuana Hawaii, traditional Niihau shell jewelry with a modern twist - genius and amazing. The hapa mix of real & solid gold-casted shells sourced by Niihau native and acclaimed vocalist Kuana Torres Kahele is something we all want to be dripping in at next year's Merrie Monarch.
We couldn't help but instantly fall in love with Workshop28's custom engraved cutting boards at the Made in Hawaii Festival several years ago, and we're so excited to see bosslady craftswoman Melodie Yoshida's creativity blossom into more sweet and cheeky designs for the holidays. Her wood-engraved ornaments and cork coasters are the perfect gift to send overseas!
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Aloha Modern (Round Beach Towels, Towels, Bags) | Dolkii (Stay Stoked Tank, Bohemian Billionaire Tank, Zoya Romper) | Aim HI Every Day (Soothing Face Oil, Lavender Mist) | Andrew Mau (Shaka Bottle Opener, Opihi Bottle Opener, Oyster Bottle Opener) | Salty Western (Passport Covers, Tanned Handbags) | Kuana Hawaii | Workshop 28 (Cutting Boards, Holiday Ornaments & Coasters)