I didn’t do much shopping in Hawaii: I spent all but two days of the trip on Molokai, which has very limited shopping opportunities, and the final two days were spent in Waikiki – aka: shopping hell (I lasted less than 7 minutes in Ala Moana). So shopping opportunities were limited.
Despite this, I still managed to bring home lots of stuff, because whenever I buy something that won’t ship to NZ I have it sent to my parents, and I also still have three large chests of things stored under their house (I swear the stuff multiplies. Every time I come back to NZ I fill a suitcase, and every time I go back there are still three completely full chests…)
So what did I bring to NZ? (I’d say ‘home’, but Hawaii is also home, so I’m having a definite crisis of home-ness)
Millinery feathers! A gift from Lauren of Wearing History, who was clearing out some of her stash. I was a little worried about bringing these through NZ biosecurity, but they were totally fine.
And some of my grandmother’s vintage children’s sewing patterns, because I’ve hit the stage in life when my friends are announcing pregnancies on an almost weekly basis, so these will come in useful in a few years. 😉
One of my few purchases of the trip, Anwei Skinsnes Law’s ‘Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory.‘ This is the Kalaupapa book I’ve been waiting my whole life for, and it’s signed. I got it from the wonderful, wonderful Kalele Books, which is an oasis of coolness (oh, the glory of AC!) and culture in the heart of Kaunakakai (the main town on Molokai).
For more information about Kalaupapa, read my three posts about it.
More online purchases: Jane Fales ‘Dressmaking’ – a 1916 guide to dressmaking (just as it says on the cover), and a 1909 dress and 1930s coat pattern.
From the never-ending chests under the house, my grandmother’s Jiffy-Stitcher and awl:
And finally, my only Honolulu shopping purchase: three vintage 70s Aloha shirts, because it turns out there is a Goodwill just down the street from the Honolulu Museum of Art, and I couldn’t resist popping in.
I’m extremely excited about the green one. It has nene geese and the Hawaiian flag! I’m going to re-make it to fit me using a 1940s shirt pattern as a guide – very much in the spirit of 1940s re-making.
Other than that we just bought lots and lots of chocolate for family and friends. As you do!