Things We Aloha: Holiday Gift Guide


Are you on the hunt for unique gifts this holiday season? In celebration of Small Business Month and the infamous Cyber Monday, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs staff share some of their local favorites available online. With online options from businesses across the pae ʻāina, you can buy something for everyone on your list without leaving your couch.

Photo: Ulus 2 Ulus Cards

Ulus 2 Ulus

$40 |

Ulus 2 Ulus is a hilarious home-grown card game for older teens and adults that uses local pidgin and Hawaiian words. Bored by the usual card games, a group of friends, armed with index cards, pens and highlighters, sat down to create their own game and Ulus 2 Ulus was born. They introduced their game to other friends and everyone loved it! People began asking how they could get their own copy of Ulus 2 Ulus, and so the friends decided to replace their home-made hand-drawn index cards with legit-looking glossy printed cards and make the game available to all. First printing and production of Ulus 2 Ulus began this summer and the game is now available, just in time for Christmas. It’s a sure way to add some leʻaleʻa to your launa this holiday season.

Photo: Naʻike Shoyu

Naʻike Ltd

$3.60-$140 |

This simple blend of Aloha Shoyu, vinegar & locally grown Hawaiian chili peppers is a favorite condiment, made by wife & husband, Nani & Mike Kahinu from Kalamaʻula, Molokaʻi. Try it with your favorite food or take it with you since it needs no refrigeration after opening. Available in two heats, “Original” for those who like that bite of vinegar and little bit of heat and “Hot” for those who like it spicy.

Photo: Hula Tease T-Shirt

Hula Tease

$12.50-$125 |

Inspired by the grace and sass of his favorite hula dancers, Chaz Kamauu’s clothing line Hula Tease is designed to accentuate and compliment a hula dancer’s every move. His clothing is sweet, yet sassy with an element of grace. Highlighted here is his newest design, featuring the phrase “The Future is Naʻau,” inspiring us to look within to our naʻau for knowledge.

Photo: Kalaheo Jerky

Kalaheo Jerky

$13 |

Kalaheo Jerky is locally owned and operated by business owner, Corey Aguano, born and raised on the island of Kauaʻi. These delicious jerky snacks come in a variety of flavors including, garlic, hot & spicy, lemon pepper, and original beef.

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Kapa Curious

Starting at $10 |

From the island of Maui, Kekai Kahokukaalani, owner of Kapa Curious, blends traditional and natural kapa-making methods to create stunning pieces of kapa jewelry and artwork. Highlighted here are kapa earrings that were hand-dyed with ʻolena and java plum plants to get rich colors of yellow and purple. Pick up a pair for someone special…or maybe just for yourself.

Photo: Kalo Brownie

ʻUlu & Kalo Bakery

$5-$40 |

The ʻUlu and Kalo Bakery, incorporates native plants of Hawaiʻi, including ʻulu (breadfruit) and kalo (taro), and other sustainable ingredients to create delicious baked goods and sweets. Featured here are the kalo brownies.

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Kūlolo Pua Style

$7-$167 | in Instagram| 808-769-9864

A familiar sight at fairs and pop-ups, Kūlolo Pua Style is famous in Hilo for their amazing ʻono kūlolo. Made with love by the Pua ʻOhana, their kūlolo is available in slabs, sliced trays and snack packs, or order a party platter or pan for your next pāʻina (order 2-3 weeks before your event!). Special coco-macnut kūlolo is also available by special order. Nothing says “aloha” like a gift of fresh kūlolo. Follow them on Instagram to order, or to find their next pop-up.

Photo: PlannerMahina Made

$4-$65 |

Mahina Made offers a charming array of playful, practical creations, including clutches, tote bags, t-shirts, pillowcases, pareaus, doormats and a delightful “undated” planner (pictured). Mahina Made items are designed in Hawaiʻi, for Hawaiʻi.

Photo: T-ShirtKaʻulumaika

$6.50-$65 |

Started by a Hawaiian mom and artist with a passion to share ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with her young keiki, Kaʻulumaika incorporates elements of Hawaiian language into clothing, keiki learning materials, and everyday items around the home. Featured here is the “Kā Māmā ʻOpihi” shirt for the babies who stick to their mommies, daddies, aunties, uncles, tutus, and papas just like ʻopihi stick to rocks. This is the perfect gift for your expecting friends and family and their little ʻopihi on the way!

Photo: Felt Hāloaiki plushy sewing kitIsland LLC Nā Hana
Noʻeau a Kēhau

$6.50-$65 |

Drawing inspiration from Hawaiian culture, history, and its surroundings, Island LLC Nā Hana Noʻeau a Kēhau combines cultural knowledge with contemporary items including enamel pins of aliʻi, mahina stickers, and more. Featured here is the DIY felt Hāloaiki plushy sewing kit. This is a perfect gift option for a crafty and creative person.