Shopping Finds: Kailua

1) Manuheali'i

Whenever Hawai‘i residents are on the hunt for an aloha outfit that will take them from party to professional they pay a visit to Manuheali‘i. Since 1985, Hawai‘i designers Darlene and Pono have sewn up the aloha wear business creating original and modern pieces for every man and woman in a variety of prints and styles.

Their two stores - located in Honolulu and Kailua - are well-known stops every season (or every visit!) to try on their new items from men's aloha shirts to modern muumuu. New collections are released every six to eight weeks in an assortment of styles.

Inspired by O‘ahu's environment and rich culture, Manuheali‘i's unique graphic prints feature vibrant colors, which distinguish each and every garment. If you're looking to add a timeless Hawaiian print to your closet, make a visit to Manuheali‘i a must.


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2) Red Bamboo

You'll be seeing red after you explore all the beach-boutique goodies at Red Bamboo in Kailua. Tucked along Kailua Road, this Bali-inspired boutique features a selection of throw pillows, furniture, home décor as well as unique and handcrafted jewelry and art - the perfect gift for friends and family back home as well as for yourself to brighten up any room of your home, including your closet!

Owned and managed by O‘ahu resident, Carole Jacobs, the store's selection of Bali furniture, which includes beds, benches and a selection of tables and chairs, is enough to inspire any home redecorating project. But Red Bamboo's line of private label tropical bedding and recycled glass plates and platters, is what will have you splurging on the extra luggage fees to cart all your new treasures back home.

If you're in need of some retail therapy the quaint and charming neighborhood of Kailua is the place to head for a great selection of local boutiques. Along Kailua Road alone, in addition to Red Bamboo you can exercise your wallet at a range of small shops including Mahina, Global Village, Fighting Eel and Mu‘umu‘u Heaven.


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