Here’s what’s one of many cool things I love about Hawaii: just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always something new to discover!
On this last trip to visit El Hub’s family on Oahu, I found a few new local favorites, including…
Noa Noa Hawaii Dresses
This local clothing brand designs dresses, shirts and pants with gorgeous batik prints (batik refers to a specific way of waxing and dyeing cloth). The clothes are lightweight and flow-y — perfect for warm island days or nights.
I have the Ginger dress which is midi length, made out of 100% cotton and reversible (you can wear it either with the buttons on the back for a crew neckline or on the front for a v-neck shape).
I’m wearing the dress loose and casual in these pics, but it’s also cute when you belt it at the waist.
Eden In Love Home Goods
I picked up a few cute home goods from a Hawaii-based brand called Eden in Love. They do adorable prints with local themes.
I bought some dish towels, aprons and nylon shopping bags from the Simply Home store at the Kahala Mall. They’re the perfect souvenirs because they’re lightweight, flat and don’t take up a lot of room in a suitcase.
Herringbone Restaurant at the International Market
If you’re looking for a spot for a special meal, Herringbone Restaurant is where it’s at!
They serve delicious seafood in an outdoor setting, and the service is spot on.
I ordered the lobster roll which was absolutely perfect. The bread was so buttery and soft, and the lobster practically melted in my mouth. El Hub ordered the squid ink risotto, which he loved.
There’s also a children’s menu, too, if you’re dining with a little one.
Herringbone is located in the middle of bustling Waikiki at the International Market. The old school version with the outdoor stalls filled with trinkets and tchotchkes is long gone and has been replaced by restaurants and mid- to high- end clothing and accessories shops.
There’s also a really great parking garage at the International Market, which I know is a little weird to say, but when you’ve lived in San Francisco like I did for many years, you cherish things like parking garages that are easy to get to and maneuver around.
If you eat at one of the International Market restaurants, they’ll validate your ticket! We were there for three hours and ended up only paying $2 for parking, which is a total steal for Waikiki parking.
Miss you already, Hawaii! Can’t wait to go back.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,