THE GEN­UINE AR­TI­CLES

IT'S EASY TO SEE WHAT IN­SPIRED THE WARES OF THESE LO­CAL BRANDS.

Kahala Life - - LOCAVORE - BY JAMES CHARISMA

Look­ing for lo­cally made prod­ucts with more au­then­tic­ity than what's at the de­part­ment store, but less kitschy than what you might find at an ABC Store? We've got you cov­ered. Here's a round-up of lo­cal brands of­fer­ing art prints, cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories, decor and more, all per­fect for your home, as gifts for friends, or sou­venirs. Don't miss these brands while you're in the Is­lands:

1. Nick Kuchar Art & De­sign Co.

The nostal­gic im­ages of de­signer Nick Kuchar's art­work will trans­port you to an­other time—namely, the early days of beach cul­ture and surf­ing, with its vin­tage pas­tel color pal­ette, funky and play­ful ty­pog­ra­phy and vin­tage look and feel. This il­lus­tra­tor and surfer may have grown up draw­ing and surf­ing in Florida, but an ex­tended hon­ey­moon with his wife, Rachel, turned into per­ma­nently liv­ing in the Is­lands for the past 14 years. Through his im­agery, avail­able on ev­ery­thing from prints and stick­ers to beach tow­els and tote bags, Kuchar brings to life a va­ri­ety of iconic lo­cal lo­ca­tions, such as Sun­set Beach, Di­a­mond Head, the Ko‘olau Moun­tains, and the Na­pali Coast. Hawai‘i has never looked bet­ter. nick­kuchar.com

2. Kealopiko

Named “Ke Alopiko” after the belly, rep­re­sent­ing both piko, the Hawai­ian word for um­bili­cus and one's cen­ter, as well as one of the choic­est parts of a fish, Kealopiko was founded in the spirit of en­joy­ing the finest things in life. Friends Ane Bakutis, Jamie Maka­sobe and Hina Kneubuhl cre­ated this cloth­ing com­pany in 2006, fea­tur­ing de­signs in­spired by Hawai­ian his­tory and cul­ture. Their pop­u­lar prod­uct se­lec­tion in­cludes the vivid Kahikiku aloha print line as well as the hand-dyed and printed All Aloha shirts, bags and cus­tom pieces pro­duced in Kalama‘ula, the old­est Hawai­ian homestead on Moloka‘i. At their lo­ca­tion in South Shore Mar­ket at Ward Vil­lage, pe­ruse from a se­lec­tion of dresses, pareus, tees, hats, clutches and other ac­ces­sories adorned with im­ages of marine life, co­ral, fish­nets, and seashells. kealopiko.com

3. Bradley & Lily

Stacey No­mura was only a child when her grand­mother taught her how to cro­chet and hand-make cards. As an adult, she de­cided to leave the cor­po­rate world in 2005 to part­ner with her hus­band Ian

and pro­duce orig­i­nal greet­ing cards and sta­tion­ary us­ing an an­tique print­ing press. Her Pa­cific-in­spired de­signs, on cards, note­books, gift tags, and stick­ers, are in­spired by the cul­ture of Hawai‘i, tem­pered with her mem­o­ries of grow­ing up along the shores of Mon­terey Bay (and named for their two chil­dren). Look­ing for that per­fect card with a grace­ful illustrati­on of palm fronds, flower lei or sea life? Or a smart sketch­book with con­tem­po­rary pat­terns of surf­boards and cus­tom let­ter­ing? How about just a cute birth­day card with a sea tur­tle wear­ing a party hat that says, “shellabrat­e!” un­der­neath? You'll find it at Bradley & Lily. bradleyan­dlily.com

4. Allison Izu

While study­ing at the Fash­ion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in New York, Allison Izu re­al­ized that, if the main­stream fash­ion in­dus­try was de­signed for tall, waif-like mod­els, then women of more re­al­is­tic pro­por­tions were be­ing ne­glected. She be­gan de­sign­ing jeans to fit shorter frames. Since then, Izu has grown her brand from a sin­gle line to a com­plete cloth­ing brand ded­i­cated to women who are 5' 6” or shorter. Of­fer­ing an as­sort­ment of light tops, sleeve­less tees, dresses, rompers, bot­toms, and jack­ets, each de­signed for one of six body types from nar­rower shoul­ders and fuller hips to larger mid­sec­tions to curvy. Izu's known for her el­e­gant muted col­ors and a fit that matches your form with­out sac­ri­fic­ing com­fort or style. al­lisonizu.com

5. Ret­ro­spect De­signs

After break­ing a brand new skate­board in ju­nior high, Tyler Gre­gorka de­cided to build one from scratch us­ing an old shelf from his house that he added wheels to, then shaped and sanded to per­fec­tion. He be­came hooked on wood­work­ing; first hon­ing his skills cre­at­ing cab­i­netry for R & B Crafts­men in Las Ve­gas, then in­stalling dis­play fix­tures and fur­ni­ture at Whole Foods in Ka­hala. His com­pany, Ret­ro­spect De­signs, of­fers prod­ucts draw­ing from his life ex­pe­ri­ences—from cus­tom skate­boards fea­tur­ing maple, oak and ma­hogany wood in pin­stripe pat­terns; to restau­rant serv­ing boards in the form of minia­ture surf­boards; to home decor, such as planters and stools. Re­claimed ma­te­ri­als when pos­si­ble, and hand­made with aloha al­ways. ret­ro­spect-de­signs.com

6. Pineap­ple Palaka

In­spired by the wo­ven palaka (check­ered) ma­te­rial first worn reg­u­larly by Hawai‘i's plan­ta­tion work­ers in the late 1800s, then which be­came a pop­u­lar pat­tern for aloha shirts and surf shorts from the 1940s to the '70s, col­lege friends Jonathan Fong and Rick Abel­mann started Pineap­ple Palaka as a way to honor the un­of­fi­cial fab­ric of Hawai‘i. They've cre­ated an as­sort­ment of neck­ties, bowties, scarves and ac­ces­sories adorned with palaka pat­tern—as well as de­signs and pat­terns in­spired by lo­cal cul­ture, such as the jump­ing nai‘a (Hawai­ian dol­phin), honu (green sea tur­tle), re­gal or­ange-and-green ‘il­ima per­fect for wed­dings or grad­u­a­tions, and pineap­ple to sig­nify hos­pi­tal­ity and aloha. The two-month pro­duc­tion process to cre­ate each of their hand­wo­ven ties is ex­ten­sive but the re­sult is one-of-a-kind; an homage to those, by those, who are hard at work. pineap­plepalaka.com

7. Manuheali‘i

When lo­cal cloth­ing la­bel Manuheali‘i first made its de­but at a craft fair in 1985, there were only two styles avail­able.

To­day, a 20-plus col­lec­tion of cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for men, women and kids are re­leased each month online, as well as at brick-and-mor­tar stores in Honolulu and Kailua. For co-owner and lead de­signer Danene Lunn, Manuheali‘i is a fam­ily af­fair—with her hus­band Pono and youngest son Lokahi cre­at­ing prints, mid­dle son Ke‘aka op­er­at­ing the web­site, and el­dest son La‘amea han­dling ac­count­ing and man­ag­ing the in­ven­tory. Over­lap­ping pat­terns are in­spired by is­land flora, in­tended to evoke the spirit of Hawai‘i, and are as hip for grandma as they are for her grand­kids. manuhealii.com

Kyle Rothen­borg photo

Bradley & Lily greet­ing cards, note cards and note­books are de­signed and let­ter­press printed, off­set printed or foil pressed in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

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