22 S Pauahi St., Honolulu
Cindy Yokoyama cut her design teeth as a fine art major. But Hawaii’s emerald, chunky-with-volcanoes landscape inspired jewelry, not oil on canvas. And Yokoyama yielded to her new passion. Ginger 13 is packed to the brim with earthy, abstract jewelry punctured with semiprecious aquamarines, carnelians, and Pacific-blue sapphires. A bevy of local ceramics, fragrant sage, woven baskets, perfumed oils, and other trinkets make ideal keepsakes, but a set of wood-sculpted earrings studded with something special always finds its way into our carry-on.
691 Auahi St., Honolulu
Number 808 is a vintage hub for any ’90s loving, island-dwelling swell surfer who also happens to have great taste. This place has all the requisite clothes and accessories as well as surfboards, toys, and signage. And if vintage isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of new items to check out, like ceramics from Shinotakeda and all-natural soaps and hempseed oils from Marley Natural.
49 Kihapai St., Kailua
Settled in on a quiet Kailua street, this indie surf shop is home to a slew of small, design-focused men's brands like Saturdays, Apolis, Deus ex Machina, and Industry of all Nations. It’s primarily a clothing shop, though they always have a great selection of surf-inspired jewelry, art, and other knick-knacks to choose from. While most of the buy is menswear, there’s a healthy selection of bags, towels, and jewelry for women, and there are plenty of items, like Mollusk sweatshirts or Alex Mill tees, that are perfectly unisex. Their new outpost at the Surfjack Hotel has equally deep buys in men's and women's clothing.