Photo by Olivia Grodzka
Antiques as They Have Always Been
Catching the Honokaa Trading Company during “open” hours is a little hit-or-miss these days. Grace, a respected elder of the Honokaa community, has put her time in the old shop and can be forgiven for easing up a bit on her work. She has been selling her curiosities, aloha shirts, and antiques for years from an unassuming storefront that belies a rustic warehouse filled with as much history as sellable items. Beyond the electic mix of goods, if you’re patient to stick around, you will find out a bit about Grace’s life and perspective on Hawaiian culture. The value of her lessons is much higher than any cash you will spend in her shop.
By Andrea Rip, AFAR Local Expert