Drinkware

Posted by on 8/22/2019 to Facts and Fun
Hey there! Just an idea we want to throw out... We think its time to retire your red solo cups....Forever!!! There is some fun and way more appropriate drink ware out there. You don't have to go all fancy and have different glasses for ever type of beverage, even thou we think that's really fun. But get a few of the basics, tumblers, champagne flutes, wine glasses.... See, it's not that difficult. Tumblers work for everything from water to juice or a regular beer. Champagne glasses not only look fancy, but make you feel fancy too sipping some bubbly. Wine glasses will hold both, red or white wine if you want to stick with just one style. The new stemless glasses are becoming more popular. No worries about them falling over and breaking the delicate stem. Even though they are best for red wine, there is no reason not to use them for any of your favorite beverages. Whatever your favorite drink, you'll find out everything tastes better from a nice glass. So go ahead and toss those solo cups once and for all!

Octopus

Posted by on 8/15/2019 to Facts and Fun
Octopuses are one of the planet’s most unique animals. Octopuses are sea animals famous for their rounded bodies, bulging eyes, and eight long arms. Most octopus species live in deep, dark waters, rising from below at dawn and dusk to search for food. Crabs, shrimps, and lobsters rank among their favorite foods, though some can attack larger prey, like sharks. Octopuses typically drop down on their prey from above and, using powerful suctions that line their arms. Octopuses are great escape artists, so don't even think about keeping one for a pet, they don't belong in your aquarium. But if you are fascinated with the species, we can help you out. There is some fun octopus merchandise available, from wall art to tabletop, to stuffed animals. Browse our site and see what's available.

Surfing History

Posted by on 8/8/2019 to Facts and Fun
Surfing has become one of the most popular recreational and competitive water sports. For many, it is a way of life, but how was it discovered? No one knows who first rode a wave simply for the pleasure of it. It could have been Stone Age fisherman on a log raft or in a dugout canoe, and it could have happened anywhere in the world where humans engaged the ocean. Perhaps it was a swimmer. There are Egyptian cave drawings of swimmers dating back 10,000 years. Similar representations have been found in places ranging from Mesopotamia to Mexico. The first recreational surfer could have been body surfing a wave, thrilled by the experience and swimming out to do it again, or a swimmer clutching to a piece of driftwood and using it to plane on the surface of a breaker. There are no recorded descriptions that can confirm any of this. There are however, several later observations that clearly describe the independent development of wave riding in very distant parts of the globe.

Stickers

Posted by on 8/1/2019 to Facts and Fun
It's all about stickers!!! Are stickers an invention of the 19th century? Not really! No one knows for sure when stickers were first invented. Take a look at history and be amazed. Historians believe the first stickers may date back to the ancient Egyptians. Archeologists have found remains of papers that were plastered to the walls of ancient markets to display prices of goods. More modern stickers may have gotten their start with Sir Rowland Hill, who invented an adhesive paper in 1839. Hill's stickers eventually became the first postage stamps. Early stickers were just made of paper and needed to be attached with glue. That evolved into having an adhesive back, remember having to lick postage stamps? Now stickers are self adhesive, just remove the backing and ta da...stick 'em! Today we have hundreds of types of stickers available. Materials include paper, vinyl, latex, foil, and plastic. People of all ages love stickers. There are fun, easy to use and have a timeless appeal. And best, stickers are inexpensive!

Socks

Posted by on 7/18/2019 to Facts and Fun
Do you ever think about where or how certain things came to be? Take socks for example...we put them on and never give it a second thought others then what color to wear. Did you know socks go back as far as ancient greek? Of course back then they were made of animal hair. The romans wrapped their feet in leather and woven fabrics until they started sewing the fabric together to make fitted socks. It's pretty interesting how socks evolved from the early stages to what they are now. Now socks are not only for practical purposes, but also for fashion. Lots of great designs to chose from !

Surfer Jewelry

Posted by on 7/11/2019 to Facts and Fun
Did you know? The meaning of the fish hook pendant in Hawaii came from the respect Hawaiians have for the ocean, which has provided sustenance and enabled travel. Initially, the fish hook was put to practical use in fishing. It represents strength, prosperity, abundance, and a great respect for the sea. Ancient Hawaiians believed that a bone necklace takes on part of the spirit of those who wear it. The symbolism and value of the fish hook is spread all over the Pacific Ocean cultures. Fish hook jewelry became very popular with surfers, as it also symbolized protection during journeys over water. Fish hook jewelry is available from handcrafted to mass produced made with many different materials. Bone, wood, gold, silver, resin... Whether or not you believe in the spirit of the fish hook, it remains a largely known symbol of beauty, strength, prosperity and safe travels. For you it might just be a cool kind of necklace and that's okay too.

Pineapple

Posted by on 7/4/2019 to Facts and Fun
Did you know the pineapple was a symbol of Royal Privilege? In the American colonies of England, fresh, dried and candied fruit were used as a dessert...It was this that made the crowned fruit the high symbol of social events and became the meaning of welcome, friendship and hospitality. Today pineapples are a welcome and healthy addition in any diet. No matter if eaten raw, cooked or in a drink, the tropical flavor reminds many of an island vacation. Pineapples are also popular as home decor. Add some tropical flair to your home and enjoy it for years to come.

Skin Care!

Posted by on 6/27/2019 to Facts and Fun
Treat your skin with ALOHA! Soaps and lotions handmade in Hawaii enriched with moisturizing oils. Treat your skin to a tropical experience with the scents of Plumeria, Coconut, Pikake and more... Feed your skin with all natural ingredients, no phthalates & 100% Vegan. Soaps, body butters, moisturizing lotions, body mists and lip balms are available. Do your skin a favor! Try it, you will be happy you did!

Summer

Posted by on 6/20/2019 to Facts and Fun
Tomorrow is the first day of summer! That means beautiful days at the beach, the pool, backyard bbq's... But as the temperatures rise, so does the risk of sun damage. Protect your skin with these summer essentials: SUNSCREEN is a must even on cloudy days! Don't forget to reapply. LIP BALM adds an extra layer of protection to those sensitive lips, and keeps them soft and moisturized. HATS or VISORS will minimize sun exposure to your face. DRINK up! Keep hydrated! Our stylish island flasks keep your beverage cold til the last drop. Now grab a beach towel, and have a happy and safe summer!

Beach

Posted by on 6/13/2019 to Facts and Fun
Take the Beach home with you! Sun, Sand and Surf! We want it all! If you are lucky enough to live at the Beach, you are lucky enough. Just because you don’t live at the beach doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beachy lifestyle. No matter where life takes you, city, country, desert, mountains… beach décor is relaxing and soothing for the soul. Creating your own beach oasis is not that hard. A few little accents, a candle here, some shells in a bowl, an accent pillow…the possibilities are endless. Many of our out of state customers have a whole beach room. Why not, if you can dream it, you can do it! If you can’t live at the beach, take the beach life home with you, wherever that is. If you are lucky enough to have a Beach Room, you are lucky enough. Happy decorating!

Life is better in a T-shirt

Posted by on 6/6/2019 to Facts and Fun
T-shirts evolved from undergarments in the 19th century to an acceptable form of clothing not only during vacation time but as everyday attire. T-shirts have also become a medium for self-expression and advertising, with any imaginable combination of words, art and photographs. The most common form of commercial T-shirt decoration is screen-printing. In screen-printing, a design is separated into individual colors. Water based inks are applied to the shirt through mesh screens. Current versions are available in many different designs and fabrics, and styles include crew-neck, V-neck , long sleeve and short sleeve shirts. T-shirts are among the most worn garments of clothing used today. T-shirts are popular with all generations and genders. Many of our t-shirts are printed on prewashed 100%cotton for easy wear and care. Life is better in a T-Shirt!

Hawaiian green seaturtles / Honus

Posted by on 5/30/2019 to Facts and Fun
The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, known as “Honu,” symbolizes good luck, endurance and long life in Hawaiian culture. Sea turtles have graced our oceans for more than 75 million years. These ancient reptiles are among the most fascinating of all marine inhabitants. The Hawaiian green sea turtle is the most common sea turtle in Hawaiian waters. It feeds on marine plants in shallow coastal waters throughout the Islands. Green sea turtles are primarily vegetarian and eat algae growing underwater on coral reefs and rocks in shallow waters. The Honu grows to an adult breeding size of 200 pounds or more. For those of you who have been to the Hawaiian Islands and have encountered Honus, you know how fascinating they are. So big, yet gentle and graceful. No wonder there is plenty of Honu memorabilia available not only in Hawaii, but all over the world.

Larimar

Posted by on 5/23/2019 to Facts and Fun
Larimar is a natural gemstone, a blue variety of the mineral Pectolite.The stone is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up though volcanic tubes. It has been found only in one location, a mountainous, relatively inaccessible area in the Dominican Republic. It is the only gemstone to be found in the entire Caribbean.The gemstone’s color ranges from white to deep blue, light blue and blue-green. Its lovely color is very reminiscent of the Caribbean seas. A lot is written about the metaphysical properties of Larimar. Larimar is said to enlighten and heal in a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual way. True or not, we do enjoy our ocean and Hawaiian inspired sterling Silver Larimar Jewelry and you will too.

Tikis

Posted by on 5/16/2019 to Facts and Fun
What is a Tiki? Tikis where intended to represent very important, respected authorities, namely principal gods, guardians and spirit powers. In ancient Hawaiian culture, the gods, the land, and the people, shared a symbiotic existence. If the people took care of the land the gods were appeased. If the gods were happy, they would allow the land to provide sustenance for the people. Tiki statues were carved to represent the image of a certain god and as an embodiment of that specific god's power. With well-formed tikis, perhaps the people could attain protection from harm, strengthen their power in times of war and be blessed with successful crops. Beginning in the 1930s, an entire "tiki culture" representing the island life of the South Pacific began to form. Tiki-themed restaurants displayed tiki carvings, tiki torches, rattan furniture, tropical-print fabrics and wooden or bamboo items. Before long, tiki culture had a large following in the United States, using South Pacific themes in everything from clothing to interior design. When you are browsing through tiki memorabilia remember you are looking at the best symbolism of " old hawaiian culture"

Mermaids!

Posted by on 5/9/2019 to Facts and Fun
With most of the earth covered by water it comes as no surprise that centuries ago it was believed the oceans hold mysterious creatures like mermaids and serpents.
Mermaids are depicted as half human and half fish and have captured peoples imagination for ages.
Mermaid stories date back as far as the ancient roman empire.
In the 1400's Columbus claimed to have encountered mermaids and wrote in his journal they were not as beautiful as they are said to be.
Countless books and movies are available about those mystical creatures.
Our modern day mermaids have beautiful flowing hair and beautiful faces.
Mermaids may be ancient but still capture the hearts of young and old.
Do you think mermaids are real?

KOA Wood

Posted by on 5/2/2019 to Facts and Fun
The Koa tree is native to the Big Island of Hawaii. Koa may be the most spectacular hardwood in the world. Koa can be found on the other Hawaiian Islands but those trees tend to lack the splendor of Koa growing on the Big Island. Koa are fast growing trees at 5 feet per year for the first five years, and can reach impressive heights in several decades in upper elevation landscapes. Koa has never been regarded as an endangered species, and it is certainly far from extinct. There is more koa growing in Hawaii now that 10 or 20 years ago.
Its name in the Hawaiian language, koa, also means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior.
We carry authentic Koa / sterling silver jewelry for every taste and budget.

Aloha

Aloha Shirts

Posted by on 4/25/2019 to Facts and Fun
The Aloha shirt, commonly referred to as a Hawaiian shirt, is a style of dress shirt originating in Hawaii.
Aloha shirts exported to the mainland United States are called Hawaiian shirts, and are brilliantly colored with floral patterns and Polynesian motifs.
The modern Aloha shirt was devised in the early 1930's by Chinese merchant Ellery Chun of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, a store in Waikiki. Local residents, especially surfers, as well as tourists descended on Chun's store and bought every shirt he had. Within years, major designer labels sprung up all over Hawaii and began manufacturing and selling Aloha shirts.
Today the Aloha shirt is widely accepted as business attire throughout the islands and a perfect shirt for casual Fridays on the mainland.

Aloha

Woodies

Posted by on 4/18/2019 to Facts and Fun
 Remember the 60's...the Beach Boys...
 Back then there was a synergy between
 cars, surfing and Rock and Roll.
 "I bought a '34 wagon and we call it a
 Woodie", who doesn't remember this classic tune...
 The surf car of the 50's and 60's.
 Ford originally produced the station
 wagon to haul people and luggage from train stations.
 
 Later on, the Woodie became just a
 secondhand car, cheap and roomy for surf trips along the
 coast.
 "Surf City here we come"

Welcome to our online store

Posted by on 6/4/2014 to News
Welcome to our online store! Our team is proud to announce that we're now open for business, and we look forward to serving you all in the future. If you have any questions about this store or the products found within, please don't hesitate to contact us any time. Our website has been carefully designed to provide you with an amazingly flexible online shopping experience, and its ease of navigation is something we think you'll grow to depend on and appreciate. Feel free to browse our entire product catalog, and let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about the items housed within. Our team is always ready and willing to assist our customers, and we are happy for your visit.
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