Soak Up The Sun

Local Motion, Pualani, Hawaiian Island Creations

The occasion: “The Beach.” Okay, living in Hawaii, it’s something of a strain to consider going to the beach an “occasion.” That’s why getting dressed for it is akin to slipping on a pair of socks. Going to the beach is like any other thing. Make the Roxy girl in your life’s wardrobe shine with eclectic prints from Pualani in a treasure trove of styles and patterns, from convertible tops and bottoms to tankinis. For guys, any boardshort from Local Motion and Hawaiian Island Creations is always a safe bet.

Pualani, 3643 Diamond Head Rd., [pualanihawaii.com], 923-3403, (Kailua) 361 Nanawale Place, 262-3253 Both at Ala Moana Shopping Center: Local Motion, [localmotionhawaii.com], 979-7378 and Hawaiian Island Creations, [hicsurf.com], 973-6780

Fashion Degree

Manuhealii, Roberta Oaks, Wahine Toa

The occasion: “The Grad Party.” Give local to your little local graduate this holiday with smart designs from three local retailers offering sweet Hawaiian fashions. Roberta Oaks has great one-of-kind, vintage-inspired Aloha shirts in a slim contemporary fit that’ll remind the family he’s graduating from college and entering his own real world, not dad’s closet and boardroom. For females, Wahine Toa and Maunahealii tread that graduation party line of young, local sophistication.

Roberta Oaks, 19 N. Pauahi St., [robertaoaks.com] Wahine Toa, Big Island, [wahinetoadesigns.com], 938-3584 Manuhealii, 930 Punahou St., [maunahealii.com], 942-9868