Start your holiday shopping with unique, local ideas from our Punahou Alumni Holiday Gift Guide. Each week, Punahou Alumni Association Hawai’i will feature alumni-owned small businesses offering exclusive products and discounts. Find something for everyone on your holiday list!
Actions of Aloha
Kim-Hee Wong ’14, Project Manager
Actions of Aloha was launched in June 2020 as a social media challenge to encourage love, compassion and kindness in our community. Originally this initiative focused on COVID-19; however, based off of the generous amount of support that we received, our team decided to continue the momentum and create a deck of cards. Actions of Aloha cards are a reminder that aloha is found in our everyday lives. Through small actions we can show kindness and compassion for ourselves, our ʻohana (family), our kaiāulu (community) and our ʻāina (land). Take a card for yourself or challenge a friend to amplify aloha through a simple action.
100% of profits are donated to Waimea Valley and Bishop Museum, two treasured historical and cultural sites in Hawaiʻi.
Morgan Owens ’97, Owner
Kristina Hong ’98 Sagocio, Operations Manager
Aloha Crafters is a Hawai‘i-based e-commerce website focused on showcasing the amazing crafted products of Hawai‘i. Aloha Crafters offers a unique take on craft fairs by giving crafters an opportunity to sell their wares online and off. Aloha Crafters carries a large assortment of items ranging from jewelry, clothing, bags, and home decor, to tools, craft supplies and more!
Spend more than $25 on alohacrafters.com, add the Pandanus ornament to your cart, and use code “PUNSXMAS” to receive the keepsake ornament for free! Limit one per transaction. Coupon good through Dec. 31, 2020.
Aloha Hula Supply
Duane Eldredge ’83, Co-owner
Magic happens here at Aloha Hula Supply. We have a very simple formula for success: provide excellent customer service, quality products and a lot of aloha! Combine this with an atmosphere which reminds you of being part of a great big ‘ohana: a family of Hula and Polynesian dance lovers.
Our factory/warehouse at 4369 Lawehana St., #A2 is filled with Hawaiian hula, Tahitian, Maori, Tongan and Samoan implements and costume accessories. You’ll find ‘uli’uli, pu’ili, ipu and many other traditional hula implements, as well as a variety of lei, hairpieces, skirts, feathers, shells and more.
Use discount code “HALA10” to receive 10% off online orders. Valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Shera Chee ’86 Mercer, Owner/Designer
‘Alohi Kai makes hand-sculpted jewelry for adventurous souls who know that style is a choice – a hint of your world within as you face off with daily life. We design for people who believe in slow ways, slow living, and that beautiful adornment persists through time and trends. And we believe in the ocean. Every ‘Alohi Kai design tells a Hawaiian story of ocean hardship, survival and ingenuity, as well as our own tale of discovery and inspiration. We create with attention to detail, design to be coveted, and produce quality that can be passed down generations.
Use code PUNS for 15% off site wide. Good through Dec. 15, 2020.
Stephanie Fodor ’00 MacDonald, Co-Founder/Owner
Dani Fodor ’93, Marketing Specialist
Co-founded by Stephanie Fodor ’00 MacDonald, Authenticity50 is the leader in American-made luxury bedding & bath products. We pride ourselves on ethically manufacturing the highest quality home goods, 100% seed-to-stitch® in the USA – supporting hundreds of local jobs from coast-to-coast. The entire manufacturing process and every single part of our products is made authentically in the 50 states.
Use discount code Punahou15 for 15% off an order. One-time use only. Offers cannot be combined. Valid until Dec. 31, 2020.
Babs Miyano-Young ’74, Artist and Floral Designer
Most of my items used to be carried in gallery shops or retail spaces, some that have closed permanently due to COVID-19. While I do not have a website yet, I am on Pop-Up Makeke, a centralized online marketplace that supports over 400 Hawai‘i businesses and over 12,000 unique products. I was one of the artists featured on their recent Sunday broadcast.
Free shipping to anywhere in the world. Floral and/or Holiday card five-packs are 20% off. No code required. Valid through Dec. 31, 2020. Sign up for text messages from Pop-Up Makeke to receive an additional 10% off.
Tonia Smith ’93, Owner/Creator instagram.com/chasingrainbows.hi
I started this company amidst COVID to spark a movement of positivity in our community. The rainbow is a universal symbol of hope which I have chosen to incorporate in many of my products. I hand make everything from rainbow earrings to hand embroidered rainbow trucker hats, rainbow masks and haku lei. I am exclusively on Instagram under the handle @chasingrainbowshi.
Enter direct message “Forever Puns” on Instagram to receive 15% off Buff and Blue rainbow earrings and the Christmas Collection through Dec. 31, 2020.
Clark Little Photography
Clark Little ’87, Photographer and Owner
Clark Little ’87 is an award-winning photographer who has gained worldwide recognition for his North Shore shorebreak wave photography. “Buff n’ Blue” (pictured) is a photo of a wave breaking as the sun rises, perfectly framed by the lip of a tube.
Sizes available: 8″x10″ to 16″x24″ in glossy prints, matte prints, aluminum prints and canvas giclees. Note: Not all sizes are available in all media.
For a limited time, all orders over $50 ship free to U.S. addresses.
Handmade by Gwubby
Gabby Pascual ’15, Owner/Designer www.handmadebygwubby.com
Handmade by Gwubby started off as a hobby when I was still in high school. Since then, I’ve gone back to my sewing machine a handful of times. But, due to COVID-19, I have revisited this hobby and am hoping to turn it into something bigger! The goal of Handmade by Gwubby is to create swimwear that makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. All pieces are handmade by me with fabric that is sourced locally and/or sustainably. You won’t find any seams on this swimwear and can even request to make pieces reversible with different colors to get more bang for your buck! I am a one-woman operation who vows to provide customers with eco-friendly and fashionable swimwear/accessories they love and deserve!
Use code PUNS20 at checkout for a 20% discount. Valid until Dec. 31, 2020.
Hele Mele Botanicals
Mary Moriarty ’93 Jones, Co-owner and Designer
Special occasion florals, lei, potted plants and so much more are available at Hele Mele Botanicals from award-winning floral designer Mary Moriarty ’93 Jones. Holiday wreaths and garlands are available now. All products include complimentary delivery in town or contactless pickup by appointment.
Use discount code “PAA” through Dec. 5, 2020 for 15% off any item in our shop, one-time use only.
House of Mana Up
Meli James ’96, Co-founder
Colby Sameshima ’12, Portfolio Manager
House of Mana Up is a retail experience that shines the spotlight on the unique stories of Hawai‘i’s rising entrepreneurs and the premium brands they’ve built. We feature products from our local makers and artisans that represent their individual narratives.
Use discount code “BUFFNBLUE” for 15% off all our gift sets from Nov. 10 – Dec. 10. These gift sets are thoughtfully packaged in our branded gift box and paired with a set of cards highlighting the stories of our featured entrepreneurs’ companies. We can also include a custom message to add a personalized touch (upon request).
hōni beez artz
Courtney Ching ’90 Borden Owner/Artist/Formulator
hōni beez and hōni beez artz feature fun and unique products that are eco-conscious and inspired by nature. You’ll find bath and body products and unique resin and nature-inspired arts that make great home decor, gifts and keepsakes.
Use discount code “GOPUNS” to receive 10% off orders of $25 or more. Valid through December 25, 2020.
Island Olive Oil Company
Angel Vardas ’93 Foster, Co-Owner
Island Olive Oil Company is a locally owned and operated gourmet store supplying our community with the highest quality products since 2012. We currently feature over 50 amazing extra virgin olive oils and vinegars on tap for the simplest of home cooks to the most discerning chef.
Use promo code “BUFFANDBLUE” for 10% off all oils and vinegars. Valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Kapa Nui Nails
Lyn Lam ’75, Owner
Kapa Nui Nails’ uniquely crafted family of products is truly non-toxic to our bodies and non-damaging to our environment. Every time you paint your nails with Kapa Nui Polish you don’t have to worry about drying and harming your nails or absorbing harmful chemicals. If these water-based products go down the drain, or in the trash, they will degrade cleanly, leaving behind no toxins or contaminants.
Use promo code “Buffnblue15” to receive 15% off. Valid until Dec. 10, 2020.
Ashlee Grover ’14, Managing Partner www.kakaakowine.com
Oahu’s only online alcohol retailer and delivery! We do not have a physical storefront and are an entirely online-based, e-commerce business that delivers alcohol (wine, beer, liquor, hard seltzers, cider, etc) right to your doorstep. We also offer gift baskets (all customizable!) which are especially popular during the holiday season.
Use discount code PUNS2020 for 5% off your first order. Valid until Jan. 7, 2021.
Kipimana Hawaiian Granola
Barbara Blackshear ’68 Andersen, Managing Member www.hawaiiangranola.com
Kipimana Hawaiian Granola contains no artificial ingredients, salt, GMOs, cholesterol, wheat, trans fats, dairy, soy, or peanuts. With mouth-watering local flavors, our ingredients are weighed, stirred and packaged by hand in small batches in our sunny Hilo kitchen. We bake as needed, so our Granola is always fresh when it goes out the door to a store, a resort or to you. Kipimana Hawaiian Granola was created for and served at the Shipman House Bed & Breakfast. The Original Mac with Ginger flavor took first place in the 2019 International Flave Awards, granola division.
Use promo code PUNALUM to get 15% off Original Macadamia Granola or Original Mac with Ginger. Offer good through Dec. 20, 2020.
Lani & Kai
Robyn Fukumoto ’05, Founder
Lani & Kai is a small batch 100% mineral SPF 30, FDA approved chemical-free sunscreen. With a stay put waterproof formula in soft grab and go packs, you’ll never be caught red shouldered again. Non-comedogenic and allergy free for happy clear skin. Nanoparticle, paraben, and sulfate free for keiki-safe, clean protection that’s good for you and good for the planet.
Use discount code “PUNS15” for 15% off all sunscreen. Discount code is valid until Dec. 31, 2020
Leighton Lam Designs, Inc.
Leighton Lam ’74, President
Kaily Lam ’02 Smitson, Director of Sales and Marketing
Leighton Lam Designs, Inc. established in 1979, became the start of an innovative collection of island-inspired jewelry, lighting & art concepts designed by the artist Leighton Lam. Limited edition Punahou buff ‘n blue jewelry is available on the website.
Use promo code “gopuns” at checkout for 30% off your entire order. This offer includes free shipping to U.S. addresses. Valid through Dec. 31, 2020. Please allow 10 days for orders to ship.
Madison Seto Design and Papery
Madison Seto ’17, Owner/Designer www.msetodesignandpapery.etsy.com
Madison Seto Design and Papery features colorful stickers, postcards, and art prints inspired by nature, food, and science. From motivational sayings to punny jokes, this shop aims to encourage kindness and remind you of the little joys in life.
Use discount code “PUNS15” for 15% off all products. Discount code is valid until Dec. 31, 2020.
Debbie Witthans ’74 Sawyer, Owner
Deborah Sawyer has been involved in the arts from a very young age. As a girl, she learned the art of sewing from her mother and grandmother. She sewed clothes for surf shops as a teenager growing up in Hawaii to make extra money. Inspired by her mother, a fiber artist and painter, she has a great appreciation for the fabrics and textiles she uses in her crafts.
Doll-making began in 1994 as a part-time hobby in her Kula studio, which is nestled on the slopes of Haleakala. One thing led to another, and today she is crafting dolls all year long. “Christmas is such a magical time of year; I love letting it be part of my life every day!”
For every Santa or Tutu purchased, Punahou alumni will get a FREE Muumuu doll ornament. Use discount code “PUNGIFT” in the “Order notes” box when checking out.
Misha Lam ’01 Mendosa, Owner and Designer
Misha Hawaii is a line of island-inspired jewelry for the modern mermaid. From the ocean to the mountains, Hawai‘i is a tropical paradise which is a constant source of inspiration for Misha. She works in her studio/showroom located in downtown Honolulu.
Use discount code “PUNS15” for 15% off (excludes fine jewelry and strands). One-time use only. Expires Dec. 31, 2020.
Ashley Johnson ’01, Founder
Erica Lum ’98 Martin, Sales Manager
Maddison Niebling ’19 , Marketing Intern
Mohala Eyewear designs sunglasses to fit all face shapes. Each pair sends a girl to school at Room to Read Girls’ Education Program. Most eyewear in the U.S. is designed to fit one face shape, leaving out millions of women. We created four unique nose bridges, various widths, and adjustable sunglasses so that every woman can find a pair of sunglasses that fits her just right. Mohala Eyewear has won best locally designed sunglasses in Honolulu Magazine 2019 and the Hawaii Venture Capitalist Association People’s Choice Startup of the Year 2020.
Use discount code PUNS15 to get 15% off Mohala Eyewear sunglasses through Dec. 31, 2020.
**Note: the coupon code and discount in the Holiday Gift Guide email were incorrect. Please use the code above to receive the discount.
Na Hoku – Hawaii’s Finest Jewelers Since 1924
Ed Sultan ’81, CEO
Na Hoku has been creating Hawaii’s finest jewelry since 1924 and is the oldest and largest jewelry manufacturer in the State of Hawaii. From the unique jewelry designs that we create in Hawaii to the exclusive designer collections that we present to you, our incomparable selection of Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle jewelry is unmatched for its quality and expert craftsmanship.
Free shipping available with purchases of $200 or more and free upgraded FedEx Overnight shipping with purchases of $1,000 or more.
Leighton Lam ’74, Owner/Designer
Paradise Lights, a new dimension in lighting, the source for classic tropical Hawaiian lighting designs. Our company goal is to bring a warm feeling of aloha to your environment, using Hawaiian floral and ocean artwork cut into pure copper, highlighted with true patina vertigri, and illuminated through etched, high-strength glass. Paradise Lights artwork and production is created by Hawai‘i artist/designer Leighton Lam ’74.
Use discount code “punparadise” for 10% off, plus free shipping (U.S. only). Valid until December 31, 2020.
Akemi Ueda ’96 Jensen, Designer and Co-owner www.paradisusjewelry.com
For over 16 years, mother and daughter partners, Linda and Akemi Ueda ’96 Jensen have created jewelry designs inspired by the landscape and culture of Hawai‘i. Paradisus captures the island’s stunning beauty through bold and sophisticated statement pieces that you will wear forever. Motifs such as the night blooming cereus have been treasured favorites by Punahou alumni for years.
Use code “PUNSPRIDE” through Dec. 15, 2020 for 20% off entire order.
Alexa Coughlin ’08, Owner
Alexa is the owner of RAT BOI. She makes one-of-a-kind accessories using up-cycled vintage textiles and ethically sourced materials in her studio in Ventura, CA.
Use discount code “GOPUNS” to receive 10% off orders of $25 or more. Valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Isabella Hughes ’05, Co-founder and President
Shaka Tea is an award-winning line of 100% plant-powered iced teas and teas that are all brewed with māmaki, an herbal tea only found in the Hawaiian Islands. Revered for centuries as a tonic, our māmaki leaves are sustainably grown by small, family farms on Hawai’i Island and come in refreshing, tropical- botanical flavors inspired by island life. Shaka Tea is available in the U.S., Japan and on our website: www.shakatea.com.
Enter PAA15 at checkout for 15% off, valid until Dec 31, 2020.
Shyrah Israel ’92 Maurer, President and Co-Owner
SoHa Living was founded in 2002 by two sisters – Brooke Watson and Shyrah Maurer – who saw an opportunity to bring unique home and gift items they discovered through their travels back to their home islands of Hawai‘i. SoHa is short for South of Hawai‘i and the name, SoHa Living, embodies a lifestyle of leisure, vacation, discovery, coastal chic and tropical luxury.
Use promo code “PUNS20” to receive 20% off of one item. Online purchases only, one per customer good on regularly priced items only.
Natalie Parker ’05 Smith, Owner
Snickerdoos is an innovative children’s apparel company designing everyday costumes to foster children’s imaginations and creative play. Our costumes are made from ultrasoft cotton-blend to ensure comfort, softness, and breathability. Thoughtful consideration to children’s clothing sensory sensitivities – like itchy fabrics, scratchy tags, and usage of zippers for easy self-dressing – was applied to each design. We have coined ourselves as “the everyday kids costume!”
Use discount code GoPuns for 15% off total purchase.
Mike Malterre ’86, Co-Owner
Stream2Sea is the only line of mineral sunscreen and body care products that has been tested and proven not to harm humans, fish and coral larvae. We even have the Protect Land + Sea certification from HEL Labs by Dr. Craig Downs, the man that was instrumental in providing the science to pass the bans in Hawaii.
Use promo code “punahou” for 20% off your entire order. Discount will be taken out at checkout. Offer valid until Dec. 31, 2020. Limit to one coupon per purchase. Must be used in one transaction. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or items on sale.
Candace Akasaki ’03 Williams, Co-owner https://steadfastwarriorsincorporatingfaithtogether.com/
STEADFAST WARRIORS INCORPORATING FAITH TOGETHER® (S.W.I.F.T.) is your elite, faith-based apparel line founded in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. We strive to bring you inspirational products with excellent quality and comfort. Our company was formed to serve as a ministry that reminds us to put on the Armor of God and fight the good fight of Faith.
Use discount code “BUFFNBLUE” for 25% off all online purchases. This offer is not combinable with any other discount code. Code is valid now – Dec. 31, 2020.
Those Seen Dancing Swimwear
Keari Shibuya ’06, Owner and Designer www.thoseseendancing.com
Those Seen Dancing minimalistic swimwear and kimonos are made with luxe fabrics from around the world, including an eco-friendly range. We create simple, yet elegant staple pieces in unique cuts needed in every bikini wardrobe, with the understanding that it isn’t about the bikini she’s wearing, but rather how she feels wearing it. All orders include carbon-neutral shipping and one tree planted for every item purchased from our online store.
Use discount code “GOPUNS” for 20% off sitewide, excluding gift cards. Valid through Dec. 31, 2020.
Jen Kunishima ’91 Sarsuelo, Owner
Tidepool Love is a family-run, ocean-inspired jewelry business based in Honolulu. All Tidepool Love designs are carved, cast and hand-fabricated in Hawai‘i, and feature precious metals such as sterling silver, 14-karat gold vermeil (gold over sterling silver) and 14-karat gold fill, plus semi-precious stones and handpicked shells from Hawai‘i.
Use discount code “PUNS2020” for 30% off plus free domestic shipping (USPS First Class). This offer is not combinable with any other discount code and can be used on sale items. Code is valid from Nov. 13 – Dec. 13, 2020.
Paige Markham ’05 Yang, Owner
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr. Yang’s vision is to bring power back into the hands of Licensed TCM practitioners on the topic of TCM and its modalities, including the usage of Chinese facial tools. In order for this vision to be successful, it requires that you make the conscious effort to support undiluted products that come from a direct source. This action will help put an end to the cultural appropriation of Chinese facial tools and the social behavior behind cultural appropriation as a whole.
Use discount code “PUNS15” for 15% off all online products, excluding the facial balm. Discount code is valid until Dec. 31, 2020.