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April 09, 2017

Modern Aloha Wear Brings a New Style and Local Touch to Honolulu’s Shopping and Fashion Design Scene

Check Out These Five Shops for Styles that are Perfect for Waikiki and Beyond

Honolulu has earned its reputation as a world-class shopping destination. Travelers from around the globe are known to literally travel to the island with empty suitcases and return home with those same suitcases filled with new purchases.

Whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or simply pick up something to remember your time in Oahu, there’s a new generation of modern aloha wear expressing beachy fun or high-end chic styles -- organic cotton T-shirts, slim-cut button down shirts, prints inspired by the sea and rain forests.

THE MODERN HONOLULU is surrounded by boutiques that bring these new styles front and center. These five shops, some within walking distance and others a short drive away, have styles that are perfect for Waikiki and beyond.

Kealopiko
South Shore Market
1170 Auahi St.
Ward Center, Oahu

This label was started by three friends on Molokai who wanted to create clothing that broke the traditional mode of aloha wear by focusing on designs inspired by Hawaii’s history and environment. Find them at their boutique in the South Shore Market.

Getting There from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Approximately one mile from the hotel. 21- minute walk; 7-minute drive. Head northwest on Ala Moana Boulevard toward Ala Moana Shopping Center and turn left onto Queen Street.

Roberta Oaks Hawaii
19 Pauahi St.
Chinatown, Oahu

The flattering cut of Roberta Oaks’ aloha shirts are what makes them stand out. They have a slimmer fit and come in styles for both men and women. You’ll also find fresh home accessories at this Chinatown boutique.

Getting There from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Approximately the miles from the hotel. It's fastest and most convenient to get here by car. Take Ala Moana Boulevard to Queen Street, follow Queen Street to S. Pauahi Street. You may be able to find free street parking on the weekends or can park in the Honolulu Municipal Parking Structure on Beretania Street, which is open 7 days a week and charges a rate of 50 cents per half hour.

Mori Hawaii
South Shore Market
1170 Auahi St.
Ward Center, Oahu

This boutique carries designs by several local designers, including a limited quantity of aloha shirts by Project Runway star Andy South. You can also find Hawaii-inspired paper goods, ceramics and records by local artists.

Getting There from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Approximately one mile from the hotel. 21- minute walk; 7-minute drive. Head northwest on Ala Moana Boulevard toward Ala Moana Shopping Center and turn left onto Queen Street.

Aloha Beach Club
131 Hekili St.
Kailua, Oahu.

Aloha Beach Club specializes in menswear: T-shirts, woven shirts, board shorts and hats that are classic and modern with an emphasis on craftsmanship. The Kailua “outpost” shares its space with The Local, a cafe offering all-natural shave ice, craft sodas and pour-over coffee.

Getting There from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Approximately 13 miles from THE MODERN HONOLULU. To drive there, take the H-1 to the Pali exit. Follow to Hamakua Drive in Kailua, then continue on to Hekili Street.

Salvage Public
South Shore Market
1170 Auahi St.
Ward Center, Oahu

This brand describes itself as “Designed in Hawaii by Hawaiians.” Its organic cotton T-shirts and Japanese cotton button-down shirts pair comfort with an updated take on Hawaiian motifs. It’s a menswear brand but its appeal transcends gender.

Getting There from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Approximately one mile from the hotel. 21- minute walk; 7-minute drive. Head northwest on Ala Moana Boulevard toward Ala Moana Shopping Center and turn left onto Queen Street.

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Images Courtesy of Roberta Oaks Hawaii