• Bookmark and Share

Hawaiian Hot Stuff

As I was researching this month’s feature article on Hawaii, I discovered a bounty of cool potential gifts for those of you who can’t get to the islands right away. From clothes to fragrant creams and cool tunes, it’s all at your fingertips!

Mahiku Activewear.

Stand up paddling, or SUP to its practitioners, has become so popular that it’s about to start its own fashion craze. The newly launched Mahiku Activewear, started by former General Hospital and Dancing with the Stars actor Ingo Rademacher and his wife, Krista, who live on Oahu’s North Shore, offers a colorful, comfortable cross between sport leggings and yoga pants in a fantastic array of prints. Great in and out of the water!

Despite Hawaii’s laid-back vibe, even locals like a good jolt to get them going! With “good” being the operant word, this Hawaiian-created antioxidant drink harvests the fruit of the coffee plant (there’s your buzz) and combines it with pineapple and other fruit juices to produce what its founders call “paradise in a bottle.”

Take the islands’ classic fruits—coconut, mango, guava, passion fruit—and the most aromatic flowers—ginger, pikake, plumeria, tuberose—and you’ve got the basis of the Kopa Haiku line of bath and body products. Organic, nourishing and fantastically fragran Kopa Haiku is the go-to source for sun-baked (or winter-dried) skin. 

The aloha shirt, aka Hawaii’s “wearable postcard,” comes in all configurations, but among the most coveted are Kahala aloha shirts—first introduced in 1936. What makes a Kahala shirt so swell? The designs are eye-catching, but subtle, and aloha shirt purists love them because the patterns match across the shirt closure.

Yes, ukulele lovers, there’s Jake Shimabukuro, but don’t stop there when it comes to Hawaiian musical talent. Paula Fuga’s enchanting voice and killer uke stylings has attracted a host of admirers, such as Jack Johnson, who helped produce her Misery’s End CD. Slack key guitarist Makana has played at the White House and given a TEDx talk on his dazzling technique. Guitar virtuoso Willie K has been called the Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix with the way he burns up the strings with his rapid-fire strumming … then there are those amazing vocals.


Leave comment



Your URL:

Enter security code:
 Security code

About Sarah Elbert

Sarah Elbert

As executive editor of Delta Sky, Sarah Elbert lassos the best writers she can find to cover the world—as well as contributing some prose of her own. Before coming to Sky, Sarah was editorial director of magazines including Northwest WorldTraveler and Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Postcards. She has been a newspaper editor, a freelance writer and an Associated Press reporter, riding with the White House travel pool (back in the Clinton days) and covering everything from natural disasters to a cat kidney transplant. Sarah has written for The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Sun—but not the NY Daily News. She now lives in Minneapolis, which she finds lovely and underrated, but does occasionally miss Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry. Sarah would like to think she could again go backpacking across Europe, and she still loves to travel, but she knows that train has left the station. It's just so much quicker to fly.

About Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Deborah Caulfield Rybak

Senior editor Deborah Caulfield Rybak interviewed the Who’s Who of Hollywood during her years as an entertainment industry reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She still prefers writing about the arts to almost any other journalistic activity, so it’s a good thing we’ve got her on that beat at Sky. She’s pocketed numerous journalism awards and co-written three books.

But that’s just her journalistic cred: she’s also worked as an FM deejay in Aspen, a speechwriter in Washington and an environmental film festival director in Colorado. She considers herself happiest when she’s out of town—and out of cellphone range. She’s hitchhiked across Kenya, spent the night atop a pyramid in Central America, hovered face-to-mandible with giant manta rays during a night dive in Hawaii and hiked the High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Still left on her to do list: Bhutan and marlin fishing.

About Liz Doyle

Liz Doyle

After a few years navigating the trenches of New York's fashion scene as a stylist assistant at Harpers Bazaar, fashion editor Liz Doyle is excited to be back in her childhood hometown of Minneapolis. When she isn't scouting the latest trends in fashion and travel, she moonlights at a local Parisian brasserie where she says "welcome" and "enjoy" a lot and occasionally tries to improve her French. Though her foray to the editorial side of the magazine industry is a new one, she welcomes the challenge and can't wait to see what this new adventure holds.

About Amanda Welshons

Amanda Hoffstrom

Associate online editor Amanda Welshons maintains the web and social media presence of Delta Sky. She enjoys using new media and exploring how different platforms enhance the reader experience. Based in Minneapolis, Amanda has several destinations on her bucket list including London, Paris and Sydney. She just spent a blissful week in St. Lucia for her honeymoon, and can't wait for upcoming trips to Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and New York. When she’s not in the office, she's a pop culture junkie, soaking up as many movies, television shows and magazines as possible.