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Support Hawaii's Merchants

Food isn't the only sustainable effort in Hawaii. Buying local goods like art and jewelry, Hawaiian heritage products, crafts, music, and apparel is another way to "green up" the local economy. The County of Kauai helps make it easy with a program called Kauai Made (www.kauaimade.net), which showcases products made on Kauai, by Kauai people, using Kauai materials. The Maui Chamber of Commerce does something similar with Made in Maui (www.madeinmaui.com). Think of both as the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for locally made goods.

Then there are the crafty entrepreneurs who are diverting items from the trash heap by repurposing garbage. Take Oahu's Muumuu Heaven (www.muumuuheaven.com). They got their start by reincarnating vintage aloha apparel into hip new fashions. Kini Beach (www.kinibeach.com) collects discarded grass mats and plastic inflatables from Waikiki hotels and uses them to make pricey bags and totes.

Updated: 07-2013

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