Places in Waikiki to Get Last-Minute, Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts
Between all the holiday festivities, shopping for everyone on your list can slip through the cracks, leading to panic purchases at the very last minute. Forget the gift cards and make your offerings thoughtful, unique, and feel way more personal. If your idea of the perfect gift includes being kind to the environment and supporting local businesses, then you’re in the right place. We’ve come up with a list of locally-made, recycled, consumable, or made-to-order products that have the planet in mind. Remember, nothing on this list is completely eco-perfect but we can all do the best we can! Here are some of our favorite places in Waikiki to get last-minute, eco-friendly holiday gifts.
Although we’re working hard to provide the most up-to-date information, due to COVID-19, retailers mentioned may close or reduce their hours at any time. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting.
Headquartered in Kauai, Mālie offers a line of over 200 natural and organic products for the home and body. The luxury spa and beauty brand’s natural, non-toxic, and locally sourced range captures the essence of the tropics using potent native botanicals like plumeria, pikake, mango nectar, hibiscus, and coconut. The environment is paramount to Mālie, so all products are made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone, talc, or gluten. Mālie also offers eco-refills, an environmentally friendly solution that saves you money and resources. Their eco-refills are equivalent to 8 of their 16 oz bottles of hand soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body creams, and more. Visit Mālie in the Ala Moana Center, located on the third level within the new Ewa wing. Open Monday through Thursday 2 - 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 - 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 - 6 p.m. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu.
Lauded by the New York Times as the only “must see” shop for visitors with 36 hours in Honolulu, Bailey’s has the largest selection of aloha shirts (including used and vintage from the 60s and 70s) and a wide variety of Americana and Hawaiiana antiques and collectibles. Buying secondhand means you’ll be contributing to the decrease in worldwide textile demand and subsequent waste! Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 517 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu.
Koa Nani’s made-to-order jewelry is inspired by the Aloha spirit that surrounds their studio location in Waikiki. Using the finest quality materials, each piece is engraved as ordered and delivered just in time. Collections are inspired by the natural splendor of the islands like plumeria, sea turtles, and traditional Hawaiian design, and are lovingly handcrafted using gold, silver, semi-precious stones, or Koa wood. Pick up a bangle, ring, pendant, or earrings at their location in the Royal Hawaiian Center to leave an unforgettable impression. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 2301 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu.
Located in 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Kai Coffee is a locally-owned and operated family business that sources and roasts its Hawaiian-grown coffee beans to perfection. A bag of local beans makes an excellent gift for the coffee lovers on your list! Stop by Kai Coffee for a bag of 100% Maui beans with notes of roasted hazelnuts, sweet breadfruit, and brown spice, or their Kai House Blend with notes of macadamia nuts, chocolate, and guava. Open seven days a week, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2490 Kalakaua Ave. Suite #131 Honolulu.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than to show the planet some gratitude by buying local? Waikiki Brewing Company makes environmental strides by donating their spent grain to local farmers and their empty grain bags are upcycled by a local roofing company. Waikiki’s first and only brewery sells their craft beer in cans. Choose one of the brewery’s award-winning brews for the hop head in your life. The Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale is light and refreshing, while the Hana Hou Hef is crisp, bright, and citrusy. Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., close Tuesdays. 1945 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu.
For the best views, location, and price, give the gift of a stay at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Our modern accommodations and phenomenal location on Kalakaua Avenue across from Kuhio Beach Park captures the heart of every guest and is the best choice for Waikiki hotels. We have some deals that your loved ones will delight in. Stay longer and enjoy extended discounts with our Escape to Hawai‘i offer and save up to 30% off our standard rates. Choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct with Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, just steps away from the white sands of Kuhio Beach and breathtaking sunsets of Waikiki Beach.
Still fretting over what to gift this year? Check out these local shops in Waikiki.