Made in Hawaii

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Find The Perfect Souvenir

Hawaii offers a variety of exclusive items that you won’t find anywhere else in the world:


Aloha Wear

In 1937, the term “aloha shirt” was trademarked (mainlanders often call them “Hawaiian shirts”) and in the 40’s and 50’s the popularity of aloha wear really took off. Today, the iconic aloha shirt has become a symbol of Hawaii and a unifying element of Hawaii’s multi-ethnic population. You’ll see aloha wear worn everywhere on your visit, from laid-back locals to downtown businessmen. Modern interpretations of aloha wear by progressive local fashion designers have built upon traditional aloha shirt and muumuu (loose gown) designs to create stylish surf wear and designer women’s fashion. Hilo designer Sig Zane’s hand-cut patterns have especially helped to perpetuate Hawaiian traditions and stories.


Art

Paintings. Photography. Ceramics. Glassware. Hawaiian quilts. No matter what the medium, Hawaii’s artisans instill their own unique points of view in their artwork. Whether you’re gallery hopping in Downtown Honolulu or you’re discovering the small galleries of Hanapepe in Kauai, you’re bound to find a piece of distinctive Hawaii art that speaks to you.


Woodwork & Jewelry

Hawaii is the only place in the world where you can find koa (Acacia koa), a wood that is famous for it’s fine texture and rich colors. Native Hawaiians used koa to build things like canoes, bowls and woodcarvings. Later, during the time of the Hawaiian monarchy, koa was used to create fine furniture (the main staircase at lolani Palace is made of koa wood). Today, koa is in shorter supply, making it an even more prized commodity. Wood workers still use koa to create valuable items like Hawaiian bowls, jewelry, furniture, ukuleles and guitars. These products can still be found in shops throughout the islands.

You can also find unique jewelry made exclusively in Hawaii. Bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings created by local designers reflect the beauty of the islands. Hawaii’s location in the Pacific also makes it a great place to shop for pearls from the South Seas and Tahiti.


Food

The rich, volcanic soil of the Island of Hawaii gives 100% pure Kona coffee its rich aroma and flavorful taste. Visit a coffee farm in Kona or Holualoa on the island of Hawaii and take home some fresh beans. Coffee farms are also popping up on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Molokai. 

Hawaii also produces a large portion of the world’s macadamia nuts. Most of Hawaii’s macadamia nut farms are on the island of Hawaii, but you can also find farms on Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii’s fruits also make for great jams and jellies. Flavors like lilikoi, guava, mango, and pineapple make for excellent gifts to pack up for your trip home.

Video: Talking with Sig Zane in Hilo

Watch renowned Hilo fashion designer Sig Zane as he shares Hawaiian traditions and culture in his unique aloha wear designs. See him at work and follow him through a walking tour of Hilo, the town that inspires his work. Explore More of Hilo