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Koa for the holiday table
Image: Courtesy Martin & MacArthur

Tableware Section

Dish towels for local wags Service and cutlery on a pedestal Elegant lines for any table

DRY HUMOR

For decades Cane Haul Road shirts and other objets d’art have helped to define a treasured style of local humor: sly, gnomic, Dada, kinda gross. Stemming from the sketchbooks artist Grant Kagimoto has kept for the past 35 years, the designs have now made it into the kitchen through a line of dishtowels. Available for sale around $9 at Shirokiya, Marukai, and Kaimuki’s Wabi Sabi, Kagimoto’s island-influenced towels include their best-seller prints of “Home,” which features the Hawaiian island chain, as well as the “Choy Family,” depicting a set of cartoon bok choy. Where does this stuff come from? “Whether I want to or not” he remarks, “I’m thinking of ideas… but ideas run away.”

Cane Haul Road, 2842 S. King St., [canehaulroad.com], 947-8466, available for sale at Shirokiya, 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard Ste. 2250, 973-9111; Marukai, 2310 Kamehameha Hwy., 1020 Auahi St.; Wabi Sabi, 1223 Koko Head Ave., Ste. 4, 734-3693

Food’s Up

As with anything meaningful, authenticity is the key to giving. Gift items that are not ripoffs, knockoffs or sweat-shopped reinforce the idea that you’re being genuine. “It’s the thought that counts,” while simultaneously throwing down a decent sum for the thought, can be your guide at Martin & MacArthur, specialists in Koa wood serving and cutting boards, all solid, bonafide wood–no laminates or veneers here. Koa is endemic to Hawaii, and Martin & MacArthur source theirs from Big Island trees, which are then cut and transformed at their Honolulu workshop. Let your gift nudge someone you love into hosting a mean holiday dinner (prepared with local ingredients of course), served up on a locally handmade serving board.

Martin & MacArthur, showroom: 1815 Kahai St., 845-6688; Sheraton Waikiki: 2255 Kalakaua Ave. Ste. 14, 922-0021; Ala Moana Center: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Ste. 2045, 941-0074; Ward Center: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 591-1949; [martinandmacarthur.com] Designs: square ($64), humuhumunukunukuapuaa fish ($49.50), long board ($64), canoe paddle ($49.50), honu turtle ($57.50), and pineapple ($54.50)

Cover It Up

At Nohea Gallery, a showcase for various MIH pieces by local artists, the table accessories are many and splendid, in particular the table runners by C Water Designs. Combining old world tradition with contemporary prints, the runners incorporate pineapple, coral, shells and floral details. (They go perfectly with the Maui Potpourri tablecloths, available for $56–$68.) Let these fashionable accents add an undertone of elegance to a decked-out holiday table. In fact, there’s no reason you can’t use them without a tablecloth, to highlight a table’s handsome wood. Lengths are cut to either 60 ($88) or 40 (starting at $56) inches, with more than 31 classic designs to choose from.

Nohea Gallery, Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd., open Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 10am–6pm, [noheagallery.com], 596-0074