Hawaii basically just has two seasons: perfect and perfect with a chance of some clouds or rain. However, it’s still fun to celebrate traditional seasonal trends, so in honor of the summer solstice on June 20, here are some “summer” trends to keep an eye out for during the next few months.
Style. Hawaiian-made Spanish inspired espadrille shoes? Absolutely, where can I get a pair?! Good thing you can get yours right now from Alohas Sandals, located in stores across O’ahu, in just about any color you could want. According to Honolulu Magazine, these Spanish-inspired slip on shoes are a perfect resort-wear pick for tropical dwelling fashionistas and we think this espadrille could be the hottest shoe right now for an easy summertime style with a sleek finish.
Beach Accessories. So you have your beach towel, sunscreen, sandals, sunglasses and any other beach day essential you can think of, right? But what about those items that need a little more protection against the elements, like your phone?! Well thankfully an entrepreneur who loves beachside style launched the perfect solution of waterproof pouches to cure all your sandy and waterlogged nightmares. The Blonde Shark line comes in brilliant trendy designs that can literally swim with you all day long while protecting your valuables. With prices starting at $65, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Interiors. Make your house pop this summer by enhancing your home’s ambiance. Interior design trends, like all trends, change over the year as “experts” have different ideas on what’s in at the moment. And what better time to spruce up your house than the notorious summer months of June, July and August. Delicate Victorian, reclaimed rustic and colorful contemporary themes are the cool trends right now. These include white washed woods, subtle pastels, cool mixed metals, geometric shapes and bright tones. This summer, ditch the tropical style and go for a cheerful modern look.
Condos. As reported in the June Market Update, the median price of a single-family home on Oahu in May was $719,000. Rising prices are drawing many buyers to more affordable condos or townhomes.
“Townhomes and condos allow buyers choices to purchase at a lower price point as compared to single-family homes,” says Kalama Kim, Principal Broker at Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties.
And, he says, condos are growing in popularity for a variety of other reasons as well.
“Today’s condos appeal to a broader range of residents because of the many amenities that come along with condo living. Many condos now boast amenities like dog runs, concierge services and guest quarters for friends and family,” adds Kim. “Living on an island, condos have become more popular for residential development. The lack of space almost requires more condos to meet the growing population. Also, investors sometimes like to purchase condos, as the property is maintained for them and they can better predict their return on investment and cash flow.”
But oh man, speaking of condominiums, check out this newly listed beauty located on the 46th floor: 1296 Kapiolani Boulevard #4603. Talk about views!
Brunch. Who can say no to food, especially food for a cause. Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s Young Leaders Board will be hosting their 2nd annual Waffles for Wishes at Ward Village IBM Courtyard on Sunday, June 26, from 10 am to 1 pm. Admission to this energetic brunch event includes food from numerous local vendors putting their own twist on the traditional brunch in bringing hope and strength to children with life threatening medical conditions through the power of a wish. Get your tickets here and come take part in some brunch with a cause with presale tickets at $85 and $125 for at the door ticket purchases.