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a ban­gle strung through a shell the crafter found on the beach or a pair of ear­rings or an eye-catch­ing neck­lace. Most cov­eted amongst these styles are those made of the rare NI‘IHAU SHELL (some neck­laces sell for thou­sands of dol­lars) or pieces that in­clude SUN­RISE SHELLS.

Other pop­u­lar jew­elry styles in­clude use of TAHI­TIAN PEARLS AND MOTHER OF PEARL, as well as de­pic­tions of sea life (whales, tur­tles, dol­phins).

20. SHOP LO­CAL

It may seem strange, but ALOHA WEAR is more than that crazy flo­ral-pat­tered shirt your un­cle loves to wear to cook­outs. Here in Hawai‘i, you’ll find a wide range of ap­parel that fall into the “aloha wear” cat­e­gory, or what some peo­ple may call “HAWAI­IAN SHIRTS.” There are those shirts, yes, but there are also other shirts that are ac­tu­ally worn and ac­cepted as busi­ness at­tire. These typ­i­cally are a lit­tle more tai­lored-look­ing and come in muted prints called “re­verse print” aloha shirts.

There’s also some­thing stylish for (women). In place wahine of the stereo­typ­i­cal mu‘umu‘u,

(lo­cal) ladies may wear kama‘aina a dress with a more mod­ern sil­hou­ette that fea­tures an “aloha” or “Hawai­ian” print. You’ll also find the print on ac­ces­sories such as hand­bags, caps, etc.

Some com­pa­nies even pro­duce en­tire lines of clothes so that ev­ery mem­ber of the family can wear the same print—four­legged mem­bers in­cluded!

HILO HAT­TIE is a Hawai­ian re­tail in­sti­tu­tion that has de­vel­oped a dis­tinct style of do­ing busi­ness since its hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1963. Walk into a Hilo Hat­tie store and ex­pect to be greeted with free shell . Next thing you’ll no­tice is lei rack af­ter rack of HAWAI­IAN-STYLE

AP­PAREL— a vir­tual sea of flow­ered fab­rics in sizes rang­ing from in­fant to 5XL.

The depart­ment store is the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of Hawai­ian and ca­sual ap­parel and pro­duces its own GOURMET FOOD

ITEMS— can­dies, jams and jel­lies, cook­ies, syrups and dress­ings—as well. Hilo Hat­tie also car­ries a line of gift items.

Hilo Hat­tie can be found in THE OUT­LETS OF MAUI. FREE SHOP­PING

SHUT­TLES from most ho­tels run 365 days a year. You can also find aloha wear in re­tail­ers around the is­land. See “IN­DULGE IN RE­TAIL THER­APY” for shop­ping sug­ges­tions.

For other made-in-Maui finds, visit MAUI TROP­I­CAL PLANTATION. Its COUN­TRY STORE is jam-packed with is­land-crafted sou­venirs, Maui-grown goods, cof­fee, jew­elry, crys­tals and more—ideal for your loved ones back home!

21. TAKE HOME A CHRIST­MAS KEEP­SAKE

While Christ­mas or­na­ments may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a trop­i­cal va­ca­tion, many vis­i­tors find their way to LA­HAINA CHRIST­MAS

STORE (san­taspen.com) to stock up on all their hol­i­day sou­venirs.

The cheer­ful store­front is a su­perb place to per­son­al­ize

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