This list brings to the forefront local entrepreneurs who are dedicated to sustainability and keeping island style, as well as culture, alive and well. What else is more fulfilling than looking good and feeling good while knowing you are giving back to the community hosting you and the planet we all live on?
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Nestled along Historic Makawao Town’s main drag, you can find stunning, designed-in-house aloha wear and locally made accessories at Holoholo Surf. This little shop is a true local favorite unique to Maui.
Kūlua is a small team of wahine handcrafting clothing for modern hawaiian life right in their Makawao studio. Every piece is woven with their message of aloha and the sustainability of Hawaiian lands and culture. They offer a casual selection of classic pieces for the whole family as well as local home-goods and jewelry.
Matching aloha wear is kind of a big deal here and Pohaku is doing it right. Local to O'ahu, this momma-owned small business brings us the most stylish matching collection for the whole fam, couples or just you!
Note: This brand is only available online!
This modern boutique located in Wailuku Town specializes in handpicking mostly hawaiian designed/made products that cater to every island girl’s unique lifestyle. Run by the coolest momma of two, Brown Eyed Bella is a huge advocate for Hawaii based creators and helping their customers find something they will love forever.
Looking to thrift something unique? C.U.T is the place for you. This gem in the heart of Wailuku Town offers a beautifully curated selection of pre-loved clothing, promoting sustainability and individual style.
Offering a wide variety of chic and airy staples, Mahina is the perfect shop to upgrade your beach style. The elegant simplicity of their overall aesthetic is quite the draw and sets them apart. Founded on Maui in 2006, Mahina has grown into an inter-island success with 15 shops across the islands. Visit them in Lahaina, Paia, and Wailea.
7. Indigo wild
Looking to get in the water? Indigo Wild is a small earth conscience swimwear company based right here on Maui. Their suits are made from a unique biodegradable fabric, perfect for those of us who never leave the beach and want to give back to the planet. Note: This business is online only.
Acacia is a Hawaii based swimwear brand offering high quality suits and stylish beach wear for women and children while keeping sustainability in mind. Though they retail in stores across the country, their lone flagship store is located right in Paia.
I hope that I have included a little something for everyone on this list. Seeking out and patronizing local small businesses while out and about in the world is a fantastic way to help communities and culture thrive. By supporting these amazing shops, not only do you get to bring a little piece of Maui home with you to remember forever, you are giving back too.
I couldn’t not include Native Intelligence on this list because they make it their mission to champion native Hawaiian craftsmanship and culture. They are a retail space with a little something for everyone. From clothing and leis to hand carved tools and jewelry. They also strive to educate and inform. They love to talk so don't be afraid to ask questions! I learn something new everytime I go there. As visitors on this island (including long term visitors like myself), it is important to respect and educate ourselves about the people who were here first. Show Native Intelligence a little love and come out with a little smarter for it (and maybe pick up a lei for your photos!)