Shopping Finds: North Shore & Central Oahu

1) Guava Shop

Give your closet some local flavor with a few quick picks from the Guava Shop's bouquet of island options. Opening in 2008 on O‘ahu's North Shore, this beach-chic boutique by Sunset Beach sisters, Liz House and Kai Cost, is a shopping haven after a day in the sun and surf.

While their prices tend to branch on the higher end, Guava Shop's carefully cultivated racks of flowing dresses, island-inspired swimwear, bags and beach essentials include options from well-known brands like Acacia Swimwear, Free People, Gillia, Havaiianas, Kai Fragrance, Posh Pua Swimwear, Hanky Panky as well as Guava's own line of leather clutches and local apparel.

The shop in Hale‘iwa Town Center across from Kua Aina Burger is the perfect detour on your way back to your hotel to pick up a few "essentials" like a new clutch for dinner out in Waikiki or a new bikini to flaunt your tan for the remainder of your stay. If you have a girlfriend or friends back home who are as silly for shopping as you are - you might consider picking up a nice piece of local shell jewelry or one of Guava's signature reusable totes for them. They won't forget to return the favor on their next trip!

 

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2) Greenroom Hawai'i

Make room in your Hawai'i vacation itinerary to explore Greenroom Hawai'i, an international gallery showcasing surf and island-inspired work from local and internationally celebrated artists. Since it was first established in Japan in 2005, the concept has grown to include galleries and boutiques around the world, including its first location in Hawai'i at Waikiki beach hotel, the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

If you're looking for a great gift or memento of your O'ahu vacation, a visit to this specialized boutique is your one-stop-shop for special products and artwork typically only found in the islands. Greenroom Hawai'i features original art and prints by acclaimed artists the likes of Heather Brown, Clark Little and Thomas Campbell, Susan Wickstrand and Sho Watanabe. You can even wear the spirit of Hawai'i on your sleeve with the boutique's exclusive t-shirt line created in collaboration with local artists and creators, as well as swimwear by Pualani, a favorite among local girls, and the iconic surf label Lightening Bolt, currently exclusive to Greenroom Hawai'i in the islands.

 

Add a little color to your trip with a visit to Greenroom Hawai'i, open daily from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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