Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Shop It Like It’s Hot at the Okumura Building Pop-Up!

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to shop it like it’s hot! The iconic Okumura Building is known to be home to several unique shops and small, women-owned businesses such as the Calico Cat, Every Day Better by Green Meadows, Atelier 1123 by Montsuki and more.

To help shoppers support local and get ready for summer the building is hosting a pop-up event on Sunday, June 25, from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The Okumura Building is located in Kaimuki on the corner of Waialae and Koko Head Avenue.

At the event, shoppers will discover a selection of handmade ceramics, soaps and skin products, locally grown succulents, wall art, curated vintage clothing, and more! Start your summer off right with discovering your new favorites, or refresh your style and environment with these small business summer staples. Some of the small businesses and artists that shoppers can support include:

  • Cathy’s Vintage Rose
  • Christy of Rare Birds Soap Co.
  • Dean Suzuki
  • DeStash Hawaii
  • Double Happyness
  • Erika Krayman
  • Island Keiki
  • Little Maki Studio
  • Shari’s Succy

The event will also support Lanakila Meals on Wheels. Since 1971, Lanakila Meals on Wheels has worked to ensure that no kupuna goes hungry. They provide a meal service program that feeds hundreds of seniors each year with fully cooked, frozen meals ready to enjoy.

The Okumura Building was built in the 60’s and since then has been known for its iconic turquoise-hued architecture. In 1982, Fred and Ruth Okumura’s daughter, Carol Kuniyoshi, opened a fabric store in the building, The Calico Cat, which still operates to this day. To this day the Okumura Building is still owned by the Okumura family and is now home to several local small businesses.

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