For six years, Rylee Cabaniero worked her way up from sales to manager to buyer at Philanthropy by Madison and Company in Waipio, so when the store closed eight months ago, she decided to open her own boutique in its place called Milieu (pronounced mil-yoo). Located at 94-1235 B Ka Uka Blvd., the boutique focuses on carrying specialty, oneof-a-kind pieces at affordable prices.

Brands you’ll find include Chief Hawaii, Tylie Malibu, Love at Dawn, Khush Clothing, Ginger Lamb, Melinda Y. Butler Jewelry, Kira Hawaii, Pieces of Me and She Speaks. The store also houses artwork by local artists including The Waves of Change, Pastenture, Mackdizz and Dylan McCain.


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Morgan Clark: Fashion sunglasses $15.25, Joanne Balestrieri sterling silver green petal necklace $34.25, vintage kimono $125.25, Ambiance Apparel tank top $18.25, Chief Hawaii upcycled shorts $54.25

“I try my best to balance the daily operations of the shop and family life of two little ones at home,” says Cabaniero, 24. “Milieu is a hidden gem for Oahu, especially for people out West who don’t feel like going far.

It’s a refreshing boutique that features a variety of current and upcoming specialty apparel, accessories, jewelry and novelty items. We also have a consignment/recycled section where we sell gently loved apparel, handbags, accessories and shoes. Our buyer, Lynn Dagan, offers consignment services for designer goods.”

A summer family event is in the works to take place at the end of July featuring trunk shows and services by local vendors. For more information, visit or, follow them on Instagram @milieuhawaii or call 744-8667.

Styling assistant: Lori Kim
Wardrobe styling by Tyson Joines /
Makeup by Lorena Morallo Takushi
Hair by Mel Mariano Jr.