Anyone hoping for a post on how we bought Hawaiian shirts, ukuleles, grass skirts and bikini tops made from coconut shells is going to be sorely disappointed. For us, Hawaii was well and truly the 50th state of the USA as far as shopping was concerned.
On our first full day there we were unfeasibly happy to find an outlet mall where a number of our favourite US brands had stores - GAP, Banana Republic, Crocs; there was even a Lucky Brand, although we do find it to be very hit and miss, and this time it was definitely a miss. We also found a Safeway supermarket where we were able to stock up on a few edible goodies. Not to mention a secondhand book store where I got lucky (so to speak) in the cozy crime section. On the second day we found an Old Navy, and then of course there was the unexpected stop-over in San Francisco which furnished us with the opportunity to visit the fantabulous Williams-Sonoma (it's like a gold-plated version of Lakeland) and the fooooood heaven that is The Cheesecake Factory where I may, or may not, have purchased four slices of pure bliss from this little selection:
This is the shopping from Day One.
And this is pretty much everything I bought during our entire trip.
The blue stripe (left), blue floral (centre) and denim (bottom left) tops all came from Old Navy along with a red stripe swim shirt that I've managed to miss out.
Reading matter: I picked up a couple of the US home magazines that I enjoy at San Francisco airport. Luckily our village shop orders in some other US mags that I love to read, so I don't have to travel quite so far to get my monthly fix.
And I got the five cosy crime books for just $8 in a second-hand book store in Kahalui. Reeeeesult.
And last, but not least, (please excuse awful awful photo) this wonderful hula dancing Father Christmas to add to our selection of Xmas decs from around the globe.
Mele kalikimaka, as they say in Hawaii.