Support Locally ~ Shop Responsibly
The holiday season is upon us and I know many of you can't wait to start your holiday shopping. We encourage you to shop local and sustainable when you can. Every dollar spent is a vote of support, so let's make each dollar count. In an effort to support local businesses, entrepreneurs and artisans, we've created this shopping guide and directory. It includes our favorite local brands. Many of whom are adopting sustainable practices and honoring ethical standards. This approach is kinder to our planet and kinder to humanity. We hope you find this helpful. Happy gifting and remember to treat yourself. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to find the directory.
Favorite Local Brands
Kona resident, Kerry Colvin, founded her home-based company in 2008. She studied Interior Design at Brooks College in California. Her love of design and sewing led her to start Kona Coffee Totes, which also allowed her to work from home and be with her young keiki.
Kerryʻs collection is made from recycled Kona coffee sacks. She offers one-of-a-kind tote bags, laptop covers, and more. She recently released a new line of cute mini-totes that are perfect for bringing along your essentials. I absolutely adore my mini and it goes well with a sun dress. I also have the laptop carrying case, and I trust my device is safe because it's well padded and made with thick upholstery material. These are definitely quality products that will last you many years to come.
These pharmacist formulated artisanal soaps are divine. I've been using Aunty Betty's products for years and I love them all. The products are crafted with local Hawaiian honey from Kailua-Kona. There's a plethora of scents to chose from. Youʻll be sure to find the perfect gift. Have you tried shampoo & conditioner bars or solid dish soap bars? Be sure to check out the sustainable zero-waste products available. It's a great option if you're making the shift away from one-use plastics. Suds up and feel good about what's on your body and what's going down the drain.
Keʻoni Hanalei holds very specialized, ancient, ancestral ʻike (knowledge) of puaʻaʻehuʻehu (fern medicine). With this esoteric knowledge, he creates wild-crafted botanicals made from native Hawaiian ferns. Products range from tinctures, hydrosols, oils, and more. This plant medicine can be used to assist our emotional well-being and balance our feminine and masculine energies. Treat yourself or give as a gift. I've personally been using these products and find subtle shifts in my ʻano or vibe. If you decide to check out Pōhala Botanicals, be ready to learn all about the deep history behind this brand.
Are you looking for unique, custom, handmade jewelry? Jewelry artist and creator of InFuzen, Paiden Kennedy, has curated a unique collection. Her designs are imbued with conscious intention, gratitude, and loving Gaia energy. There is truth and meaning behind each detail. These pieces will have you radiating with light and feeling adorned with beauty. Contact Paiden to make a custom order.
If you're looking for a custom bikini, look no further! Alana, mompreneur, started her company at the start of covid and was inspired by her love of kinis but more importantly she wanted to be home with her daughter Evanna. Each swimwear piece is made by hand, and she also makes suits for your little humans too. Youʻre sure to find a flattering fit that suits you best.
Master creator, Miho Aoki, is no newbie to the fashion industry. She has been featured in Vogue and NYC runways. After having children, she relocated to Kona and now embraces "aloha ʻāina" in her work. This is an eco-friendly clothing line, dyed with plants like avocado, ʻōlena (turmeric), and wild indigo. If youʻre looking for quality garments, you'll cherish these forever.
Mana Up Hawaiʻi
Mana Up is a hawaii-based accelerator featuring a range of local goods. If youʻre looking for gifts for him or her, be sure to do yourself a favor and check them out. They've curated local gifts for those special people in your life. There's also a range of other local brands and gifts to chose from. Definitely a one-stop-shop kind place.
This local skincare line is handcrafted in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Ua Body is a family legacy that carries on a 30 year old formula. These products are vegan and made with heavenly local scents and plant-derived ingredients. This brand is conscious and mindful of their production process and the natural resources they use. Did I mention that they also offer refill options!?No need to worry about accumulating more plastic bottles. On top of that, they are committed to supporting conservation here in Hawaiʻi and 1.5% of each sale with go to the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance and dry forest initiatives.