Shop Around

Explore Kapolei for a retail find.

Often called the second city of O‘ahu, Kapolei continues to welcome more and more businesses from big name national chains to smaller locally owned mom-and-pop shops, as well as supermarkets and caf├ęs. Pretty much everything you need—trendy fashions, groceries, snacks, home necessities or gift items—can be found in this growing community.


Pineapples Boutique in Hale‘iwa has expanded to a second store in Ko Olina offering its great selection of resort fashions for women and men, as well as accessories, gift and home items, and clothing for children.

“Our shopping motto is a welcoming and unique shopping experience,” says general manager Susan Hayes. “We shop all around the world. We go to Bali, Korea, Thailand, and we find unique things that most wholesalers and retailers in Hawai‘i don’t necessarily have access to. Also, we have really good employees who will go above and beyond for their customers.”

The company designs its own brand of clothing under the Pineapples name featuring coordinating mommy-and-me outfits, and is the manufacturer of popular resort wear brands Bali Batiks and Zen Knits. The store also carries designer swimwear by Trina Turk and La Blanca, Tori Richard aloha shirts for men, Ipanema slippers, Hobie swimwear for girls, Ty plush toys, Mud Pie accessories and more.

“We receive new arrivals weekly,” adds Hayes. “Also, the beauty of our clothing (Pineapples, Bali Batiks and Zen Knits) is because we manufacture it, if we don’t have your size, we’re able to order it and have it shipped directly to you.

“We also really try to support local businesses, and try to fi nd things that are made in Hawai‘i. We feature a lot of jewelry by local artists, such as Noelani Designs, Keani Jewelry from Maui and Hina Jewels. And we have a lot of jewelry with unique stones, such as larimar, moonstones and druzy.”

Located in Ko Olina Stati on, across from Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, Pineapples Bouti que offers special promotions regularly for Ko Olina residents (with a Ko Olina ID card), as well as a 10 percent discount for kama‘aina and military.

“We decided to branch out to Ko Olina because we saw the opportunity here,” notes Hayes. “Business has been really good. We get a lot of repeat customers, and we’re very happy we opened this second location.”

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Craving some yummy Asian snacks or need a refreshing boba drink?

Stop in at Hula Boba (located next to Chun Wah Kam) in the Crossroads at Kapolei shopping center, and you’ll find some of those popular treats that are often brought back from Asia, such as green tea and strawberry flavor Kit Kat.

Locally owned and operated, Hula Boba opened last June and specializes in snacks from Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, including cookies, preserved fruits, crackers, candies and crack seed. Among the classic local favorites are shrimp chips, senbei Japanese rice crackers, Lott e chocolate and Yan Yan biscuit sti cks. Some of the more unique items include mini mochi balls, Taiwan mochi dessert and Meiji chocolate-covered gummy candy.

They also have a large menu of refreshing boba/tapioca drinks, and recently started offering shave ice ($3.25). Syrup flavors are rainbow, coconut, banana, strawberry, lime, water-melon, bubble gum, honeydew and passion fruit. You also can add vanilla ice cream, mochi, li hing powder and/or azuki beans (75 cents for each added item).

“People were asking for shave ice, so we figured let’s try it,” says Haiying Liao, marketing manager. “We’ve been working on it for a while, making sure the syrups are OK and the ice is just right.”

For drinks, there are green teas ($3.25), milk teas ($3.50), smoothies ($4.25) or snow ice ($4.25); all available in a variety of flavors. All drinks also include your choice of tapioca in original, honey, mango, lychee or strawberry.

“Our most popular items right now are Umaibo corn snacks (that look like big, oversized Cheetos) and sweet li hing mui,” adds Liao. “Also, the boba/tapioca drinks. The most popular are Honeydew smoothie, milk tea and snow ice.”

There also is an indoor bar seating area, and free samples of select snack items to taste. Thanks to Hula Boba, now, you don’t have leave Kapolei to enjoy some of your favorite Asian treats.

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