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.”
Brandi Hughes: Vitamin A 'uptown' jewelry link halter $86, Wonderland Honolulu pom pom shorts $75, Allison Lynn Couture beach glass hoop earrings $80, LBDB long gold chain necklace with green stone pendant $26
Keona Cross: Vix 'kalahari' triangle top in white $164, Wonderland Honolulu pom pom shorts in red $75, hoop earrings with shell $25, Puka Bug gold bangle with aqua sea glass and cone shell $65 and gold heart bangle with silver heart charm and puka shells $75
Jasmine Yoshino: L*Space by Monica Wise 'Audrey' straight fringe triangle top $74, Wonderland Honolulu pom pom shorts $75, shell charm bracelet $35, double hoop gold 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