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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore the Hip Side of Honolulu

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3. What to Do


Check out the city's emerging design and fashion scenes at the Honolulu Night Market.   

Paddle and pose with at a stand-up paddle yoga class (a.k.a. S.U.P. yoga) on the beach ($45) at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. The 45-minute hybrid class is a great core workout, and newbies need not worry about their balance: Classes are held about 15 feet from the shore in shoulder-deep water, and your board will be anchored in place as you move through sun salutations. Wake up early or close out the day with a group session, or arrange a private lesson by appointment.

Update your beachwear with a spree through the city’s coterie of new and established local designer boutiques. Visit the newly renovated Reyn Spooner stores in Kahala Mall and open-air Ala Moana Center; the Modern Collection, which debuted in late 2012, offers slimmer-cut takes on the classic printed Aloha shirt, now a hipster-preppy staple. Pick up chic printed rompers and jumpsuits at local designers Rona Bennett and Lan Chung’s Fighting Eel boutiques with locations in Downtown, Waikiki, and Kailua, which also stock the brand’s boho sister line Ava Sky. In the Chinatown area, hunt for retro finds like a 60s tropical sundress ($32) or polka-dotted ‘80s shirtdress ($24) at Barrio Vintage; get refreshingly frank style advice from the resident fashionistas at House of Aria, and find one-of-a-kind shoes and accessories at Homecoming Boutique.

Hit up the monthly Honolulu Night Market. On the third Saturday of every month from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., artists and designers set up their wares on Cooke Street between Pohukaina and Auahi streets in the Kaka’ako district a tropical-island version of Williamsburg, once known for its graffiti-covered walls and now for its flashy real estate development projects. Peruse rolling racks of up-and-coming labels, such swimwear line Issa de' Mar and Puffer Hawaii, offering island threads with an urban edge. Pick up an original piece from emerging local artists like Hawaii-based artist and graphic designer Lauren Roth of Yellow Bird Bohemia, who creates whimsical watercolors, illustrations, and prints, and stay sated as you shop with a snack from the bevy of food stalls, like local pasta-makers Onda Pasta and artisanal Kiawe Pizza.


Published on Apr 17, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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