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The Bank of Hawaii 2019 Local Gift Guide

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By Natalie Schack

November 29th, 2019

'Tis the season for giving, and for some of us with an extra-long list this year, that means a whole lot of shopping. Luckily, Hawaii's businesses and makers have been hard at work, crafting and collecting a veritable sleigh-full of goodies—including cool clothing, toothsome treats and grab-worthy gear—that make it easy to find something for every stocking on your mantel, and support the local scene at the same time. Here are some of our favorite Hawaii picks that should make it under your tree this year, to put a smile on the faces of friends and family alike.

Shirt Stop

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They'll look sharp in this refined Tori Richard® number, which features a navy-and-cream, vintage-vibing Cattleya orchid print that's almost as cool as its fabric treatment. The lightweight cotton pucker stripe material causes the shirt to sit lightly just atop the skin, keeping wearers cool and fresh, even in sweltering Island heat. $$, toririchard.com, (808) 949-5858

Hey, Joe

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Give their morning cuppa a very merry twist with one of Kauai Coffee Co.'s holiday blends or specialty flavors, including Chocolate Mistletoe, Holiday Spice and Hazelnut. $, kauaicoffee.com, (808) 335-3149

Honey Be

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Sourced from a single 1,000-acre kiawe forest and organic macadamia nut orchard on the Big Island, Rare Hawaiian Honey Company's raw, 100-percent organic creations are a luscious gourmet delicacy. Go for a jar of creamy and succulent straight honey, or try an infused iteration, with yummy additions such as real lilikoi puree. $, rarehawaiianhoney.com, (888) 663-6639

Dog Days

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Don't forget your furry friend this holiday season! Calvin & Susie's delightful, locally made puppy snacks are just the treats to slip into your pup's stocking. Plus, they come in an array of flavors that man's best friend will love, such as the too-cute Coconut Bones and adorable Ahi Jerky. $, calvinandsusie.com, (808) 734-2320

Skin Deep

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Leahlani Skincare products are blended fresh weekly on the North Shore of Kauai from tropical nectars, botanicals and oils, making for a rejuvenating new skincare ritual that starts with the rejuvenating Mermaid Mask and ends in the earthy scents of the Garden Isle body oil. $$, leahlaniskincare.com

Carry On

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This convenient travel set from Alohi Maui includes the beautifully nourishing Alohi Golden Oil and moisturizing Alohi Water, two wildcrafted, local and organic creations that will keep skin balanced and lustrous, even on the go. $$, alohimaui.com

Ho, Ho, Holoholo

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There's no greater present than the gift of adventure. With a Hawaiian Airlines' gift card in your loved ones' pockets, the world will be theirs for the discovering, from North America to Asia and the South Pacific. And if the lucky recipient happens to live far from you, you can purchase a gift card online and have it digitally sent to them. https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/my-account/hawaiianmiles/gift-card-purchase/customize, (800) 367-5320

Sip Stop

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Lupicia's lovely collection of holiday tea tins are only available for a limited time, and include both celebratory seasonal blends such as White Christmas (a white chocolate fruitcake-like blend) and elegant Japanese favorites such as Momo Vert (green sencha and peach). $$, usa.lupicia.com, (808) 941-5500

In Tune

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With its shell inlay design of frisky honu, this Maui Ukulele Co. koa soprano number from Mele Ukulele is both a finely tuned musical instrument as well as a work of art—and, for the music lover on your list, a gift that hits all the right notes. $$$, meleukulele.com, (808) 244-3938

Say It Write

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Mau-House cards, available from Owens & Co., feature cool, Island-inspired artwork (here, Cymbidium Orchid and Monstera) and are an easy and welcome addition to anyone's gift bag, from your favorite, design-loving coworker to your hippest, trend-setting cousin. $, owensandcompany.com, (808) 531-4300, mau-house.com

Real Studs

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Elegant and ethereal, timeless and tasteful—you can't go wrong with pearls. Made from high-quality Tahitian pearls with that characteristic deep silvery sheen, these ultra-versatile studs from Aloha Pearls Hawaii make for one extra-special, seriously memorable holiday present. $$, alohapearls.com

Snack Attack

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Nothing beats a good gift you can eat, especially when it's a few selections from Butcher & Bird's tasty cured meats, like salty soppressata or mouthwatering coppa. The best part? If you're lucky, your giftee may bust out the charcuterie board for a holiday celebration, meaning you get to sample the goods. $, butcherandbirdhi.com, (808) 762-8095

Island Style

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How charming is this quilted cushion cover from Aloha Lane for a lucky recipient on your gift list? With lively surfers, cheery marine creatures and other Oahu images to love, there's enough to spark their imagination every time they take a peek. $$, alohalanehawaii.com, (808) 638-3913

New Wave

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Spoil your favorite surfer this year with a custom board from Eric Arakawa Designs, which makes all of its boards in its Waialua factory using the best in materials and cutting-edge technology. $$$$, arakawasurfboards.com, (808) 637-0068

Shore Thing

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With a festive floral print curated from SurfLine® Hawaii's collection of retro, '60s-esque art, these good-vibin' boardshorts are just what the beach-loving best dude on your list needs for another year of swimming, surfing and sunbathing in style. $$, surflinehawaii.com, (808) 427-5808

Kid Around

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Get ready to make hearts melt, because Kealopiko's onesie, in an eye-catching blue-and-magenta fishing net pattern, might be the most darling way possible to show the tiny tots on your list some holiday aloha. $$, kealopiko.com, (808) 593-8884

Raise the Bars

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Hawaii-grown ingredients; rich, decadent flavor. Pick up a trio of favorites from Lonohana Estate Chocolate, in flavors that include creamy cafe au lait, tangy ginger, and bright orange vanilla, for a holiday treat as sweet as it is indulgent. $$, lonohana.com, (808) 286-8531

Wear To

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Relaxed and breezy, this laid-back blouse from Manuhealii's new Kahuli line will look just as great at Sunday brunch as it will at the office on Aloha Friday. $$, manuhealii.com, (808) 942-9868

Art House

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Home goods and accessories boutique Fishcake makes a real art out of living, meaning it's a treasure trove for unique gifts such as this gorgeous vase by artist Scott Fitzel, with its graceful oval shape, beautiful metallic sheen and alluring, abstract design. This vase is part of a series entitled “Rare Earth Objects," and its colors are derived from a range of elements that includes silver, gold and cadmium, and smaller additions of other rare earth elements. $$$, fishcake.us, (808) 593-1231, www.scottfitzel.com

Clean Scene

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Tuck a few eye-catching bars from The Soap Cellar into someone's stocking for a fresh and fun surprise that's bursting with all the colors of the Hawaiian rainbow, and all the scents of a tropical garden. $, thesoapcellar.com, (808) 637-9088

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