By Kathleen Wong
Voted by kama‘aina as “The Best Place for Hawaiian Fashions” since 2001, Hilo Hattie has been contributing to Hawai‘i’s iconic aloha wear for over 50 years.
Among a variety of clothing collections with local designers, like Wyland, are authentic Hawaiian quilts, jewelry from Maui Divers and food items, like Kona coffee and macadamia nuts. “Because we’re known for our made-in-Hawai‘i products, rest assured that it helps the community and also brings quality to the products, because it is made right here in our home,” says Ron Hee, vice president of sales and marketing.
After being greeted with a shell lei, guests can participate in activities like frond weaving and hula lessons. “We want our visitors to remember that Hilo Hattie was a fun place to come, not only for the best products, but because they had fun learning about our culture,” Hee adds.
Stop for lunch at the Kona Bean Café, where waffle dogs and Dole whip are served, and end the day with a photo at the “World’s Largest Hawaiian Shirt”—size 400XL.
Hilo Hattie offers a free shuttle every 30 minutes between 13 stops in Waikiki and its flagship Nimitz location. Visit www.hilohattie.com/Shuttle.aspx for more information.
700 N. Nimitz Hwy.