Shop these local brands and establishments for the best of the islands.
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Hawai‘i is truly a melting pot, and there’s no greater example than newly opened restaurant Istanbul Hawaii. Located in Kaka‘ako, it’s the place for the best in Turkish and Ottoman cuisine. Formerly a pop-up, it’s run by mother-daughter duo Nili and Ahu Hettema, and celebrates family recipes such as muhammara (a spread with roasted bell pepper, walnut, cinnamon and Turkish olive oil) and Izmir koft e (beef with Mediterranean salata, tzatziki and saff ron pilaf). Don’t forget baklava made with Hawaiian honey as a sweet treat to end the meal. Anaha Shops, 1108 Auahi St., Ste. 152, Honolulu, 772.4440, istanbulhawaii.com
Looking for a unique experience filled with design and delectable food? Head to Honolulu Design Center (honoluludesigncenter.com), where under one roof you can shop, dine and more. Featuring INspiration Interiors (inspirationinteriors.com), Stage Restaurant (stagerestauranthawaii.com), Amuse Wine Bar and Cupola Th eater, shoppers can browse the best in furniture such as Natuzzi, Kartell and B&B Italia. Th en, dine and select wine by the glass from innovative Enomatic wine machines and tuck into a plate of pupus—you’ve earned it.
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Lola Pilar Hawai‘i (lolapilarhawaii.com) founder Kristen Reyno grew up on O‘ahu, and our unique lifestyle and surrounding beauty inspired her passion for photography. Her fine art series is an homage to Hawai‘i’s past, done in a modern way. Influenced by Hawaiian quilts and the beauty of Hawai‘i’s flora such as plumeria and bombax flowers, the items for each fine art print are foraged and arranged with extreme intention, resulting in a series of stunning visual pieces. Browse prints, framed prints, pouches, pareos and scarves on her website.
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The islands’ favorite online retailer for zero-waste products, Protea, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar in Kailua town. Founder Lori Mallini offers natural beauty and cleaning products sold by weight and that can be refilled using reusable containers, while its online store still carries zero-waste lifestyle products like bamboo utensils and beeswax wrap. With luxe refillable standouts like Puna Noni plumeria body lotion, Hawaii Skin Treats Luminous face oil and Coconut & Matcha Clarity cleanser, it’s never been easier to look good and go green at the same time. 35 Kainehe St., Ste. 102, Kailua, 744.0184, proteazerowaste.com
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New to the skincare market is Kūlia (kuliaskincare.com), founded by Hawai‘i-raised Jasmine Keeney. On a healing journey to better health after being exposed to harmful chemicals in rural Hawai‘i as a child, Keeney founded Kūlia in 2020 as a truly clean, nutrient-rich beauty brand. This student of herbalism and aromatherapy has created a line that includes everything from Kalahari melon seed oil to royal Hawaiian sandalwood and frankincense resin extract in its serums. Choose from the regenerative face serum to hydrate or the revitalizing eye serum to firm, brighten and replenish under eyes.