There’s something about the aloha spirit that makes you want to bring it home with you, and one of the best ways to do so is to discover your own Hawaiian style at the shops on Kauai. Explore stores that specialize in Hawaiian culture to inspire memories of paradise after returning home from vacation—starting with Hawaiian staples Reyn Spooner and Martin & MacArthur.
Reyn Spooner has been in business on Hawaii since 1956, starting as a little grass shack on Waikiki Beach where celebrities and top surfers came to Reyn McCullough to purchase quality swimwear. After opening a storefront at the now famed Ala Moana Center, Reyn Spooner combined traditional Ivy League style with innovative reverse-print designs that helped to define “aloha wear.” Instead of crisp and clean, the shirts have a worn and comfortable look and feel that defines Hawaiian style.
Peruse the numerous racks of shirts to find the design that’s just right for you. While the apparel is mostly aimed at men who prefer a relaxed yet classic style, there are also dresses for women and clothes for youngsters. Shops are located throughout Oahu, and while the location on Kauai at the Grand Hyatt Hotel may be small, there are racks of shirts in a kaleidoscope of colors and designs for all sizes, as well as board shorts that can easily double as day wear. The patterns are often retro, surf, and tropics-inspired.
Aside from its Hawaiian-style apparel, Reyn Spooner also offers a range of products made from materials unique to the islands. Koa wood, which only grows in Hawaii, is a perfect memento of the beautiful, lush island landscape. Prized by island royalty (ali’I), koa wood was used to build many of the old plantation homes and churches. The richness, grain patterns, color, and luminescence create a notably luxurious impression. Because no two trees are alike, products made from koa wood are generally very original in design, even from one another.
If you’ve fallen for koa, there’s more—at Martin & MacArthur, you can purchase watches made from the wood. Each watch is hand-assembled with solid wood links that are individually carved and sanded, and there are over 125 different styles to choose from. What’s especially notable about Martin & MacArthur watches is that all links are carved from solid wood, without the use of veneers or metal links, and the wood is especially selected to withstand intricate carving.
Martin & MacArthur has locations on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. The one on the Garden Isle in the Grand Hyatt Hotel on the south side of the island has a plethora of koa products in addition to watches—there are home goods, including decorative plates, clocks, coasters, and model canoes that the staff in the store readily share cultural tidbits about, and much more. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to keep your island memories vivid long after you return home.