J Salon / It seems as if nearly everyone buys his or her Christmas presents at the mall. This year, break away from the herd and visit the Kakaako area for an abundance of small businesses with big-time quality.
24 Hour Fitness / Gingerbread cookies, peppermint bark, moose munch… With goodies like these to grind when Christmas comes around, most people can’t help but deep six their diets. But when the holidays are over, and the chubby Santa look is no longer so eye-catching, give your loved one a remedy for his/her seasonal love handles.
University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball / Nothing compares to actually being at the real game, where you can smell the sweat from the players as they dribble away to victory! Okay, so maybe you can’t smell the sweat, but you can definitely catch a whiff of the stadium’s hot dogs and California Kitchen pizzas.
Edible Hawaiian Islands / For your hardcore foodie friend, (a stereotype that applies to me), a subscription to the Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine will be more than appreciated; it will become an obsession. This quarterly publication features elegantly written articles on local foods and food culture in the spirit of the Slow Food Movement.
ARTafterDark / A membership to the Honolulu Academy of the Arts is the artistically perfect gift for that renaissance soul. With its rustic architecture, the museum is an entirely serene place to experience an international, culturally enriching experience…especially for the hyperactive keiki who finds the basic “observation” of art unengaging and a complete drag.
Waikiki Worm Company / A container of wriggling worms or a bag of worm poop: There’s a small subset of the population that think these are great gifts…and most of them are probably gardeners. For the avid worm composter, a bag of wriggling worms is a welcome addition to a slow-growing worm system, but for those who are more squeamish, the Waikiki Worm Company also sells vermicast, a by-product of worm composting that some gardeners call “black gold.” If your favorite gardeners don’t already have a worm bin, get them hooked on worms with the Mini Bin, a starter kit for worm composting.
Waikiki Worm Company / For those short on time or space but interested in growing their own food, the Wiki Garden is a local product that’s essentially a garden in a bag. It’s three feet long with a mesh casing that allows for drainage; and it’s filled with an organic soil mix that contains compost, peat moss, worm castings and bat guano–all the ingredients that help your plants grow.
Holiday Gift Guide 2010 / Christmas is the season of giving. But instead of relishing the joy and goodness of the act, you’re rushing to Costco at the last minute.
Honey Girl Organics / Honey Girl Organics’ facial creams replenish one’s skin and spirit, and with a variety of nourishing facial products and rejuvenating masks, Blue Hawaii is a one-stop shop for pampered bathers. Honey-based products have antioxidant properties, and other cremes and lotions have organic olive oil and natural essential oils.
Surfing Goat Dairy / Protein is essential for building up big surfer muscles, so why not make goat cheese this year’s must-have item under the tree? The original plain chevre is rich and creamy, with that nice punch of top-quality tanginess.
Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii / We all have those friends or family members who love nothing more than a new book under the tree. Giant-sized booksellers and overwhelcming stacks of bestsellers can seem a little daunting, so for an afternoon of simple, book-buying pleasure, visit Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii.