8 Products Hawaii Businesses Sell That Might Surprise You
Every once in a while, we come across a Hawaii business that catches us off guard. And we LOVE it! You would not believe all the creative items people are making here. And we're not talking about products that get resold in a boutique or marketplace. There are some obvious categories that youʻd expect to find locally like clothing, but we believe this list of products will truly knock your socks off. So without further ado... hereʻs eight products that Hawaii businesses sell that would surprise you.
We're excited to start off the list with this amazing eye shadow makeup palette by Kauʻi Beauty. Can you believe it?! Eighteen dreamy colors named after your favorite Hawaiian flowers with warm tones that will take you from day to night. Including a mix of mattes and shimmers, weʻre sure youʻll find the perfect combinations for your everyday look all the way down to formal occasion.
Kauʻi Beauty was created by Kauʻi and Kealoha Ahuna in August 2020. She brings originality and innovation to makeup lovers by merging makeup with the Hawaiian language. Her hope is to not only provide you with beauty products, but also the love and respect for our Hawaiian language & culture.
Photo by: KAUʻI BEAUTY
When we came across Kapa Nui, we simply could not believe it. And they actually get this reaction a lot from their customers (specifically at the Made in Hawaii Festival). After learning how physically damaging and environmentally hazardous traditional polishes are, they set out to create a solution that is safe for everyone, including pregnant women, children, and people with cancer.
Along with a vast array of color polishes, one of their most highly reviewed items is the Nail Repair and Strengthener (middle picture). With reviews like, "nails drink it in" and "nail repair and strengthen lives to its claims", we think thatʻs all you need to know about the quality. All of their products are cruelty free, vegan and made in Hawaiʻi.
Photo by: KAPA NUI
3. Meli Mat
Ever notice how slippery a sheet or blanket gets on the hard floor? Yeah, us too. Made with babies and keiki in mind, Meli Mat offers a silicone, slip-resistant backing so that your mat stays in place. They have the perfect amount of padding for tummy or play time and they are pet approved!
Founded by a Certified Child Life Specialist, Megan aims to provide a safe and comfortable play space, even when the only option is a hospital floor. Her vision is to support the essential development and growth of children by making play accessible in everyoneʻs day to day life.
Photo by: MELI MAT
Bet you didn't think that you could buy a beautifully designed storage cube from a local business. Are we right? And let us tell you right now that you won't find these in your nearest Walmart. In Ola Hou Designs' newest Lifestyle Collection, you can find Hawaiian inspired home essentials like duvet covers, pillow cases, blankets and curtains. You'll also find modern aloha wear in their previous collections - so what are you waiting for?! Go check it out!
Photo by: OLA HOU DESIGNS
A bamboo toothbrush... what?! Every keiki needs a toothbrush and what a great way to reduce waste. ʻĀina Life aims to eliminate plastic usage from the things we do in our daily life. The bristles are plant based and soft, that follow the dentist recommendation to protect your gums and enamel.
Photo by: ʻĀINA LIFE
Yup, we got puzzles, too. Isn't Hawaii an amazing place? Surf Shack Puzzles is dedicated to creating moments of calm and connectedness. Each puzzle is created by a talented artist and the design is carefully selected to induce relaxation and inspire joy. Plus, they are committed to sustainable practices!
Their puzzles are made from premium 100% recycled Eska board and printed with non-toxic inks. You'll also find a unique packaging experience made from 95% recycled content and includes a reusable organic cotton drawstring bag.
Photo by: SURF SHACK PUZZLES
We have to be honest, we didn't know these existed until we came across Shop Haven Mae. So naturally, we were surprised to see them. But look how cute they are! Throw away your basic, boring band and swap it for these fun scrunchie bands. They are adjustable and fit the 38mm/40mm sizes! Also, her coconut milk and mango soy wax candles are heavenly.
Photo by: SHOP HAVEN MAE
8. Awesome Balm
A local warming muscle melt? We never saw this coming. Like most products, this balm was created out of personal need. Big Island native, Jerry, was looking for pain relief and muscle relaxation after his construction work and surf sessions that didn't involve prescription pharmaceuticals. When he didn't find anything, he sought out to create it himself. He didn't even expect to sell Awesome Balm until people insisted.
As it states on the website, "It melts away pain, it’s all-natural, and it actually works. It’s just an AWESOME BALM™."
Photo by: AWESOME BALM