One of the great joys of the gift giving season is finding that unique one-of-kind present. One that can’t be found in the aisles of a big box store, or among the “trending deals” on Amazon. Making a purchase from a small local business is a way to gift someone you hold dear with a unique and creative product. In most cases it’s a distinctive, handcrafted item made with equal doses of passion, quality, and aloha.
Fortunately for Kauaʻi residents, there’s a host of island entrepreneurs, artisans, and “makers” to help them find that special present for that special someone. Sienna Creasy, Hiʻilani Spa & Wellness Center Director, and her staff are great supporters of “buy local,” and they have offered up this list of Kauai companies who can give your gift options a special “Made in Hawaii” twist.
Āina Organics is a woman-owned, ʻohana (family) operated CBD skincare company that was launched in 2020 with a mission and vision inspired by founder, Grace Young, and her wellness journey postpartum. Grace’s signature recipes blend organic, ethically sourced, and sustainable ingredients with premium, sun-grown hemp to create distinctive products that inspire, uplift, and revive. Āina Organics, small batch, locally harvested Heal Me Holiday Bundle includes a full-spectrum CBD tincture and CBD topical cream. It’s the sure-fire gift to help your special someone step back and de-stress from the holiday rush as they head into the new year.
Makers of a line of hydrosols, hydro-serum, and facial oils, Ecotone Kauaʻi offers a line of “plant magic” herbal products that are both healing and inspiring. Part of the magic behind Ecotone products is the use of hand-collected spring water from a small aquifer at the base of Pali Wainiha and Mahunahina Streams, on the north shore of Kauaʻi. A host of organically grown herbs, flowers, and plants, including Lemon Balm, Lauae Fern, Jasmine, Vetiver Grass Root, Sugi Cedar, plumeria, Ylang Ylang, Hoya Flower, Ki, Champaca Flower, Maile, and Niaouli Tree, are part of the botanical steam-distillation alchemy unique to the Ecotone Kauaʻi line of products.
RAEH Collection desires to be a sweet reminder that there is intricate beauty in nature, and healing happens when we deeply connect with creation. Raeh is an independent, self-taught creative and jewelry artist who has a keen eye for natural beauty. Many of her materials are harvested from the sea, healing gemstones, and materials found in the upper reaches of the local mountains. Favorites among her current line are the Petite Pearls that can be worn as a delicate stand-alone bracelet or layered with other pieces, and the stunning Wana (Tiger Sea Urchin Spines) on a gold-filled threader. Raeh has a deep desire to create pieces that heal the heart, soothe the soul, and serve as a wellspring for love.
Kauai Hemp Company is situated on the sunny South Shore of Kauai, where there is ample sunshine and cooling trade winds to nourish the farm’s hemp cultivation. As Hawaii’s first sustainable and vertically integrated USDA Certified Organic hemp farm, no harsh pesticides or chemicals are used in the cultivation process of the company’s non-intoxicating product line. You need to taste the difference to understand what sets Kauai Hemp products apart from others. A full spectrum of oils is complimented by a selection of CBD soaps, sun paste, recovery salves, spice mixes, and Epsom and Himalayan salt soak, and apparel items.
Ili is a Hawaiian skincare brand inspired by the purity of island life and the belief that through the power of self-care you can transform your skin and mind. Committed to creating a skincare experience that is both luxurious and sustainable, Ili scrubs are made with sustainably sourced up-cycled coffee and other natural ingredients. When you use ‘Ili, you can feel good knowing that you are nourishing your skin and supporting the environment. It is an invitation to revel in the simple strength of solitude, and savor alone time with your favorite blend and scrub while it works its magic. Product offerings include body oils, skincare soaks made with ginger, coconut milk and lavender, sea salt scrubs mixed in a variety of herbal styles. A selection of balms, mask, sunscreen, and resurfacing toner round out the line.
In celebration of the winter solstice, Hiʻilani Spa will be hosting its first “Kauai Made for Christmas” skin care pop-up shop on Wednesday, December 20th for Members and Lodge Guests It’s a great opportunity to sample some of the great locally produced products from Kauai purveyors.
Local businesses and makers truly shine during the holiday season. There are dozens of homegrown companies waiting to be discovered, and we hope you will enjoy exploring the amazing selection of products that can be found here on Kauaʻi. Beyond the opportunity to purchase a unique and memorable gift, when you support a local business you’re supporting a dream, and you’re helping to nurture and build a thriving and sustainable local economy. Your act of giving gives back to so many, in an unexpected yet so meaningful way.
Kukui‘ula embodies Ho‘okipa—heartfelt Hawaiian hospitality. We invite you to join us by staying connected. And don’t worry! We promise to only send you the good stuff.
Your request for more information has been successfully submitted and you will begin receiving email from Kukui’ula soon.