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