I recently got invited to the grand opening of a new boutique in Waikiki, right on Saratoga Road, and it was cute enough that I thought I should talk about it. It’s mostly aimed at the visitor market, and is located right next door to Eggs ‘n Things, so they have a captive audience who will shop while waiting in line for a table.
One of the things I was fascinated with — that I should have looked into more — was the line of accessories by painter Shuji Hamamoto. Originally from Japan, he moved to Hawaii in 1997 and studied art at the University of Hawaii. He created a line of canvas totes and backpacks, slippers and other accessories that depict Hawaii’s colorful, vivid scenery. I’m always interested in painted accessories since one of my childhood friends creates whimsical paintings on various media (of which I sometimes benefit), but doesn’t do it as a profession.
Owner Yumi Inaoka and her son, Sho, design their own line of clothes and accessories for the store, as well. You’ll also find items from other designers to round out the collection.
Bliss Closet Hawaii
339 Saratoga Rd.