Shopping Finds: Waikiki

1) Mahina

Life's a beach. Or, at least it is when you're shopping at Mahina. This locally owned boutique originated on Maui but has since flown the coop and washed up on the shores Waikiki.

Ditch Waikiki's big box retailers and take advantage of Mahina's effortless cotton dresses, wearable tops, comfy rompers and accessories all at affordable prices. Owners Jody and Joe also operate stores in Kihei and Paia on Maui, and their Waikiki shop continues the tradition of striking just the right balance between on-trend items and effortless island style.

If you have time (and more gifts to pick up for friends and family back home!) be sure to check out the other shops at Waikiki Beach Walk. Here, there are more small shops and boutiques, which offer treasure troves of finds - such as Island Sole and Oasis. And you won't be able to help tipping your hat to the new cap specialty store, Truffaux.

 

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2) Genius Outfitters

It doesn't take a genius to fall in love with Genius Bar Outfitters, a local boutique tucked away on Lewers Street. After losing yourself in their unique selection of trinkets, stylish apparel and adorable accessories make the smart move and head upstairs where you can kick up your feet and sip on their selection of sake or shochu from their full-service bar.

The team behind Genius Bar Outfitters are, well, geniuses (at least in our minds). In true blue boutique fashion, here you'll find a mix of familiar brands as well as kama'aina (local) designer favorites. We make regular runs here to stock up on their easy breezy dresses and rompers, ooh-inducing accessories and great gift ideas.

After you've exercised your credit card, tote your bags upstairs to the Genius Lounge for Japanese-inspired dishes and drinks. All in all, we consider this place a fashionable find.

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3) Pineapple County

Enjoy your pick of on-trend clothing and accessories at Pineapple County. A fresh boutique in Waikiki, it's a sweet place to pop into if you're looking for original tees, awesome accessories or the obligatory omiyage (gift) for family and friends back home.

Satiate your fashion hunger pangs with items on the first floor, then top off your visit with a whole second floor stocked with juicy savings. And for those traveling with little ones, they've got accessories and apparel for all ages - from bracelets and bikinis to tanks and tees. This is why we always consider a visit to Pineapple County a fruitful one.

When it comes to parking, back it up to behind the building - a pay-to-park lot is available to the public. But when in Waikiki, the best way to holoholo (cruise around) is always by foot.

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