Big Island Goat Cheese

The age old gift that never loses our affection is cheese. But since Big Island Goat Cheese (which offers two types of soft cheeses in flavors that range from garlicy dill to macadamia nut basil pesto) isn’t available for retail on Oahu, we suggest a gift certificate to a restaurant that serves their gourmet curds.

12th Ave. Gril, 1145 12 Ave.,[12thavegrill.com], 732-9469 Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar, 3605 Waialae Ave., 744-7567 Alan Wong’s, 1857 S. King St., [alanwongs.com], 949-1939 Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., [chefmavro.com], 944-4714 Michel’s at the Colony Surf, 2895 Kalakaua Ave., [michelshawaii.com], 923-6552

Hokulani Bake Shop

Baked from scratch with real butter, real sugar, local eggs. Perhaps a gift certificate inside a box of holiday cupcakes, gingerbread cookies or classic sugar cookie tins!

Hyatt Waikiki 2424 Kalakaua Ave., #1-2, 923-CAKE Restaurant Row 500 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 4-B, 536-CAKE Pioneer Plaza 900 Fort Street Mall, 536-CAKE [hokulanibakeshop.com]

Heeia Pier General Store and Deli

Give the gift of seaside hospitality with chef Mark Noguchi in the kitchen. Plate lunch specials, local brews, chit chat with local fishermen…all on the pier.

46-499 Kamehameha Hwy., 235-2192

Tamashiro Market

Sashimi platters, poke platters, shrimp platters and always-fresh ahi.

808 N. King St., [tamashiromarket.com], 841-8047

La Gelateria

Handcrafted gelato and sorbetto with ingredients for classic Italian flavors (imported from Italy). Coconut, lychee, green tea, lilikoi, guava, mango, and for the holidays–eggnog and spiced apple. Yum.

819 Cedar St., 591-1133, [lagelateriahawaii.com]

Downtown at HISAM

A gift card to this downtown spot is like Mao Sassy Greens–the name says it all. Their motto is “local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always.”

250 Hotel St., [slowdowntown.com], 536-5900

Kona Brewing Company, Koko Marina

Twenty-four taps include all of Kona Brewing Company’s ales, lagers, specialty beers and pub exclusives like Black Sand Porter, Castaway IPA, Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Stout, Hula Hefeweizen and Old Blowhole Barley Wine. Let your neighbor try the Island sampler, all on you!.

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., 396-5662

The Manifest

Café by day, cocktail bar by night, gallery always. They’re worth the trip if only for wi-fi and Waialua coffee. A perfect gift certificate for someone in need of lattes or a late night social scene.

32 N. Hotel St., [manifesthawaii.com], 523-7575


Introduce that one friend to Town in Kaimuki. They were local before local became cool: Hashimoto Farms persimmon, Hamakua pepeiao, Hauula hee Kulana striploin, Hamakua mushrooms, guava clafoutis.

3435 Waialae Ave., [townkaimuki.com], 735-5900

Michael Nakasone