When I think of vintage Hawaiian collectibles, I think of Duke Kahanamoku or even Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” days. If you’re on Oahu in the fall, you can get all of this and more at the annual Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiiana Show (phew, that’s a long name).
More than 90 vendors from across the state and mainland sell their vintage collectibles (20 years and older) to tourists, locals, collectors, you name it. This is where Hawaiian pickers shop!
Some of the items known to go fairly quickly: estate jewelry, kimono, ukuleles, kokeshi dolls, stamps and, of course, aloha shirts. I’ve always admired the Niihau shell lei and lauhala hats for sale; even if I don’t buy them (pretty expensive), I definitely appreciate the quality and time put into making these pieces.
Because almost every item is a collectible, the overall pricing can be on the fairly expensive side. Sometimes, it’s nice to just walk around and admire the vintage pieces (window shop, one might say). For those who are there to BUY, come with plenty to spare. Oh! And your reusable shopping bags.
WIKI WIKI ONE DAY VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES & HAWAIIANA SHOW
• Every fall (Sept-Oct) • Neil Blaisdell, Honolulu, HI 96815 • www.ukulele.com