Whether you’re celebrating 12 days of Christmas, 8 nights of Hanukkah, or the entire season of Makahiki, there’s no place like Hawai‘i for the holidays—and no better gift than one that was made right here.
As a travel writer and guidebook author, I make it a point to visit shops and boutiques on 6 of our 8 major islands each year. Here are some of my current favorite gift ideas, all designed or produced in the Islands by homegrown small businesses and artisans. Many offered special sales in August to benefit Maui wildfire relief efforts; several ongoing opportunities to shop and support Maui at the same time are noted below.
Prices range from stocking-stuffer-suitable to hey-big-spender. You can also use this list to treat yourself. While you can shop online, consider visiting the distinctive stores that showcase these gifts—a serendipitous item might be waiting on the shelves.