Michelle Van Veenendaal (pictured above), owner of LBDB Little Black Dress & Bikini in Kahala Mall, has opened a new boutique called Lilikoi at Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki. “‘Lilikoi’ is the Hawaiian word for passion fruit, and it adeptly describes my passion for both Hawaii and the local designers who are flourishing here,” says Van Veenendaal, who was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Hawaii in 1992. “We carry designer bikinis and resort wear, but also a growing representation of local designers of swimwear, clothing and accessories. I am always looking for new Hawaii designers to showcase at Lilikoi.”
Keona Cross: Inbar Maor for LBDB Swimwear braid reversible triangle slide top $72 and reversible bottom $72, handmade shell necklace $35, shell earrings $25
Among the designers you’ll find at Lilikoi are LBDB exclusives, Sky Collection, Elan, Lisa Maree, Living Hula, Wonderland Honolulu, Akua Creative, Puka Bug Shell Jewelry, Moana Sua Jewelry, Allison Lynn Designs, Noho fabric clutches and beach signs, Bicycles & Buttons fabric clutches and Mahealani hand-painted hats. For bikinis, brands include Hawaii designer Inbar Maor for LBDB Swimwear, KJ Kinis, Seafolly, Vix and Sofia, PilyQ and L*Space.
Lilikoi is located in the lobby of the Pacific Beach Hotel (2490 Kalakaua Ave.). There’s free validated parking with any purchase. For more information, visit facebook.com/lilikoiwaikiki or call 737-3337.
Makeup and wardrobe styling by Jolie La Belle
Photos by Nathalie Walker