Made in Hawaii Gifts Anyone?
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Made in Hawaii Gifts Anyone?

If you missed the Made in Hawaii Festival, don’t despair! I went, I saw, I conquered. I also found 10 aloha-inspired gift ideas to pass on, so you can shop Hawaii made right now.

The Made in Hawaii Festival is the state’s largest exhibition of Hawaii made products, attracting 400 local businesses and over 45,000 attendees.

The latest and greatest from across the Hawaiian Islands is on sale under one roof. You’ll find everything from homegrown food and beverages, hand made arts and crafts and incredible photography, to unique homewares, custom apparel and one-of-a-kind jewellery and accessories.

Local award-winning entertainers, and Hawaii chef cooking demonstrations, also feature in the program.

The Made in Hawaii Festival takes place every August, on Hawaii’s Statehood Day holiday weekend. If you’d like to experience this Hawaii talent show for yourself go ahead and mark your 2017 calendar for 18-20 August.

In the meantime, here are 10 aloha-inspired gift ideas to tide you over.

01. Mini Island Hopper Duffel Bag
02. Upcycled Surfboard Resin Rings
03. Retro Travel Print
04. Coasters
05. King Size Yummy Gummy Lei
06. Modern Aloha Shirt
07. Wine Jellies
08. Sunrise Shells
09. Retro Styled Poster
10. Rainbow Sunset Bangle



01. Mini Island Hopper Duffel Bag
Aloha Collection sell splash-proof pouches, totes and duffel bags, for all of life’s adventures. All bags are made from functional fabric that protects belongings from splashing, rain and cocktail spillage! They’re commonly used to stow damp swimsuits and store accident-prone toiletries while travelling.

Aloha Collection, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @alohacollection

Mini Island Hopper Duffel Bag is perfect for international or inter-island flights, hiking, sightseeing and boating excursions.
Gift it to a globetrotting friend.

02. Upcycled Surfboard Resin Rings
Malamapono Designs creates unique jewellery, handmade with aloha. The design range includes sterling silver or 14k gold filled rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, made with surfboard resin, beach glass, koa wood, natural stone, Tahitian pearl or shell.

Malamapono Designs, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @madeinhi

Upcycled Surfboard Resin Rings are formed from colourful resin that collects during the glassing process of making surfboards.
Gift it to the surfer boy or girl in your life.

03. Retro Travel Print
Nick Kuchar Art & Design Co. (formerly known as Everything is Jake) produce original illustrations reminiscent of Hawaii’s early surf and beach culture. The designs are a visual combination of aloha and island flair, and can be found on travel and canvas prints, iPhone cases, cards and coasters.

Nick Kuchar Art & Design Co., Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @nickkuchar

Retro Travel Prints capture Hawaii’s most popular places in vintage colours and typography, making them a great Hawaii holiday momento.
Gift it to your living room walls 🙂

04. Coasters
Workshop 28 offers Hawaii-themed home goods, bags and event decor including coasters, totes and pouches, cake toppers, place cards and signage. Most items feature iconic island symbols such as palm trees, pineapples, ferns and starfish.

Workshop 28, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @workshop28

Coasters are made with cork, a great material for a coaster set. Printed with quirky sayings, these coasters are sure to brighten any room in the house.
Gift it for a housewarming present.

05. King Size Yummy Gummy Lei
Sweet Lady Lei shares aloha in a creative way by producing edible gummy lei and candy bouquets. Their sugary treats are handmade locally in Hawaii with a mixture of gummy worms, giant gumballs, jumbo gumdrops and gourmet chocolate.

Sweet Lady Lei, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @sweetladylei

King Size Yummy Gummy Lei measures 100cm (4in) in length and weighs almost 1kg (2lb), it is guaranteed to sweeten someone’s day.
Gift it as a graduation present.

06. Modern Aloha Shirt
Roberta Oaks is a men’s and women’s lifestyle brand where you’ll find smart-looking, tropical clothing and accessories. This boutique apparel line includes fashionable Aloha shirts, summer dresses, logo gear and even stylish bandana’s for your pooch or feline.

Roberta Oaks Hawaii, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @robertaoakshawaii

Modern Aloha Shirts are on-trend, especially these modern fitting ones with fun print and colour combos.
Gift it to your father, brother, boyfriend.

07. Wine Jellies
Maui Fruit Jewels make delicious organic jellies, similar to the classic French pate de fruit. The artisan candy is natural, wheatless, vegan and consists of over 50% fresh local fruit or wine. The intense flavours include jalapeno pineapple, lilikoi passion fruit, guava, coconut, papaya and more.

Maui Fruit Jewels, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 mauifruitjewels.com

Wine Jellies are mouth-watering too. The Kapalua Collection includes red and wine wine, sparkling rose wine, lavender-infused white wine and sweet pineapple wine flavours.
Gift it to your neighbours, just because.

08. Sunrise Shells
Sweet Okole Coffee is a Kona coffee farm that also sells hand-crafted Sunrise shell accessories. Sunrise shells are endemic to Hawaii, divers source these shells from 3-9m (10-30ft) underwater. Each one has splashes of pink, red, orange, yellow and purple shades, akin to an actual Hawaii sunrise.

Sweet Okole Coffee, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @sweetokolecoffee

Sunrise Shells are beautiful and a must-have for every jewellery box. As someone who’s been given a Hawaii sunrise shell necklace, it really is a memorable and meaningful present.
Gift it to your mother, sister, girlfriend.

09. Retro Styled Poster
Aloha Posters are prints designed with a retro Hawaii feel, using bright colours and eye-catching graphics. The artist Stefan Meinl is a photographer and printmaker with a passion for vintage poster art. Choose from a variety of trendy posters, prints and iPhone cases.

Aloha Posters, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @stefanmeinlart

Retro Styled Posters come in cool honu (turtle) and North Shore designs. They are printed on matte paper and shipped in a tube, ready to frame on arrival.
Gift it for a special birthday.

10. Rainbow Sunset Bangle
Lane Tanner Designs is a husband and wife team using original photography of the Hawaiian Islands to create unique jewellery. The company uses eco-friendly resin for all earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. Each photo is coupled with complimentary stones and metals to form wearable art.

Lane Tanner Designs, Made in Hawaii Festival

📷 @lanetannerdesigns

Rainbow Sunset Bangle includes a photo taken from Kaimana Beach, it encapsulates the islands of aloha featuring rainbows, sunsets and palm trees.
Gift it to a fellow Hawaii lover.

For a full list of exhibitors from the 22nd Annual Made in Hawaii Festival, click here.

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