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ING Direct Cafe Hawai‘i – helping entrepreneurs of all ages!

Home9Blog9ING Direct Cafe Hawai‘i – helping entrepreneurs of all ages!
Seedless White Li Hing Mui

The energetic orange folks at ING Direct Café Hawai‘i are supporting kid-biz and local small businesses by lending some shelf space to some of our awesome care packages! The LeiHut Island Fruits Care Package, Spam Musubi Care Package, and 100% Kona Coffee Care Package are on display and ready to be taken home today!

ING Direct Café cares about their community, with a special focus on kids. Ten percent of net proceeds from LeiHut care packages go to the non-profit Lemonade Alley, an organization that promotes business and financial literacy for children. ING Direct has partnered with Lemonade Alley to bring the competition from Hawai‘i to 7 other cities across the mainland U.S. this summer!

For all you islanders who’d like to pick up a care package instead of having it shipped, be sure to stop by the café! You’ll be supporting a great cause and local Hawaiian businesses!

LeiHut Products at ING Direct Cafe
LeiHut Products for Charity

Unique Gift Ideas

Home9Blog9Unique Gift Ideas

Looking for unique holiday gift ideas? LeiHut is here to help! We’ve got dozens of creative, handcrafted, Hawaiian products that are sure to show your loved ones just how much you care. Direct shipped from our island vendors to your home on the mainland, you’ll be getting a product that is truly special.

Coconut Shell Candles
Hawaiian Ukulele

One gift that is music to our ears is an ukulele. This iconic island instrument has just four strings, instead of six strings like a guitar, so it is a little easier to learn. It’s never too early or too late to start playing the ukulele! Instructional books for beginners are are the perfect add-on to give with an ukulele for those who like to teach themselves. Otherwise there are ukulele teachers and playing groups in almost every city across the nation.

Tired of giving boring winter-themed gifts? Turn up the heat with Hawaii’s favorite hot sauce. Made with all natural ingredients grown in their garden, ADOBOLOCO sauces are second to none. This set includes mild, medium and hot sauce, so your favorite foodie can decide how much spiciness they want to incorporate into their meal.

ADOBOLOCO Hot Sauce Gift Set
Fresh Hawaiian Leis

If you’re looking to really knock the socks off and surprise the island lover in your life, have a fresh orchid lei shipped in from Hawaii! Leis are shipped with a 100% freshness guarantee, and the blossoms always arrive looking as vibrant as the day they were picked. Premium varieties like spiral, feather, and Pikky leis are comprised of hundreds of orchids!

Have you ever received a really unique gift? Let us know what your favorite one was!

St. Nick’s Snack Picks!

Home9Blog9St. Nick’s Snack Picks!

Christmas is still a few weeks away, but many families get an early visit from St. Nick on December 6th. Youngsters hang stockings or put out shoes the evening before St. Nick’s day and wake up to find small trinkets, snacks and other gifts in their footwear. LeiHut loves all things holiday, especially if we can put a little Hawaiian twist on the tradition. Here are our top St. Nick’s holiday picks:

Mixed Mochi Balls: These colorful, crunchy, bite-sized snacks are as delicious as they are fun to eat. Mixed mochi balls come in a variety of bright colors and almost look like ornaments you could hang on the Christmas tree. These light and airy nuggets make a great snack on their own, or can a fun addition to other salty munchies like pretzels, popcorn, or other arare.

Mixed Mochi Balls
Sweet Coconut

Sweet Coconut: Give them a sweet treat as white as Christmas morning snow. Dried coconut pieces have a chewy texture and are chock-full of island coconut flavor. Try adding pieces to trail mix or into your favorite dessert recipes for a truly tropical taste. You can also create an edible winter wonderland by incorporating coconut into your gingerbread house decorations!

Tropical Candies: With flavors like pineapple, mango, and coconut, there’s no way you can go wrong with these delectable hard candies. These yummy treats dissolve slowly, allowing you to enjoy the tropical taste sensation. At a time when chocolatey, gooey candies and cookies are in abundance, having a fruity option around is a welcome change.

What are your favorite things to get from St. Nick?

Pineapple Hard Candy

Flower Power!

Home9Blog9Flower Power!

The Hawaiian islands are famous for their bright and beautiful blossoms. Indigenous flowers, along with plants that were brought over from other lands, grow easily in the tropical climate. Here’s a quick guide to some of LeiHut’s favorite flowers:

Hibiscus- The official flower of Hawaii, this is one of the most iconic blooms of the islands. Hibiscus come in almost every color, though yellow hibiscus is the official color for the state. This flower is popular for fabric patterns on mens aloha shirts, swimsuits, and other tropical attire. Hibiscus are also frequently tucked behind the ear as a form of Hawaiian accessorizing. Foam replicas even make them fun to decorate dogs!

Hibiscus Hair Clip for Dogs

Plumeria – Plumeria grow on trees all over Hawaii. Each blossom carries an intoxicating scent. This lovely flower is often infused into body products and candles to create a sweet and feminine fragrance. Plumeria are also commonly used to string leis in Hawaii, but because they are so fragile they cannot be shipped outside of the state. Nonperishable plumeria lei are a great alternative to the real deal!

Plumeria Maui Sugar Scrub

Orchid – These flowers are not indigenous to Hawaii, but you’ll see them everywhere! Orchids are as hardy as they are gorgeous, which makes them an ideal flower for leis. They can be expertly sewn into spirals or simply strung into a single bloom pattern. Orchids are also a popular garnish on tropical drinks and alongside exquisite island cuisine.

Orchid Blooms

Hawaiian Halloween Costume Ideas

Home9Blog9Hawaiian Halloween Costume Ideas

Everyone’s favorite fall holiday is right around the corner – Halloween! Carving pumpkins, gathering up treats, and putting together a creative costume can leave you feeling tired as a zombie. Luckily, LeiHut is here to help! Here’s our quick guide to a Hawaiian-inspired Halloween!

Hula Girl: Dressing up as a Hawaiian hula girl is an easy and fun costume that’s sure to make you popular at Halloween festivities. Start with a grass skirt and coconut shell bra. If you live in a colder climate, wear leggings and a neutral colored turtleneck shirt underneath for warmth. Accessorize your look with a bunch of artificial leis and clip flowers in your hair. Be ready to sway those hips!

Coconut Shell Bra Hula Costume
Oahu Guide Map

Classic Tourist: This creative costume idea is great for girls or guys and easy to put together. Start by outfitting yourself in a brightly colored aloha shirt paired with cargo shorts. For footwear, make it humorous by wearing socks with sandals or go for the more serious adventurer style and wear hiking boots. Carry a foldable map and wear a camera around your neck.

Surfer Dude (or Dudette): Wear a swim suit and lather up in some tropical scented lotion or sunscreen. Bonus points for putting a thick layer of zinc-oxide sunscreen on your nose. Get the true Hawaiian surfer look by sporting a trucker hat. Locals love ’em for the great sun protection. Make sure to give the “shaka” or “hang loose” hand sign to everyone you pass by folding down your pointer, middle, and ring finger and extending your thumb and pinkie.

Get Salty Trucker Hat

Have you ever dressed up as any of these things for Halloween? If so let us know and share your photos with us!

Travel in Style!

Home9Blog9Travel in Style!

Gearing up for a vacation to Hawaii or some other tropical destination this winter? Use these quick tips to stay comfortable, happy, and, most importantly, in style!

Protect your peepers! Make sure to pack sunglasses with UV protection. UV stands for ultraviolet rays – the ones known for causing damage to your skin. These harmful rays can also hurt your eyes, so selecting shades with at least 100% UV protection on the label is important. Keep your sunglasses from getting scratched in your beach bag by storing them in a soft padded cloth pouch.

Hawaiian Eyeglass Pouch
Travel Neck Pillow

Catch up on Zzz’s! Long trips on planes, trains, buses and cars are exhausting and unless you’re traveling in first class, notoriously uncomfortable. Instead of subjecting yourself to in-flight movies or endless Sudoku games, sneak in some beauty sleep. Getting extra shut-eye will allow you to have maximum energy when you arrive at your final destination and will help the time fly by. A U-shaped design neck travel pillow nicely supports your head and allows you to comfortably nap on the go. Keep ear plugs stowed along with your pillow to ensure restful sleep and sweet dreams.

It’s in the bag! Having handy tote bags is a necessity when you’re jet setting. Cloth tote bags are great for travel because they can fold down flat, expand and stretch to hold your towels, snacks, reading materials, and other goodies, and they are machine washable. We are in love with our new collection of reversible Hawaiian print tote bags that are lined with fun and funky geometric patterns on the opposite side. They are also useful for grocery shopping as they are much stronger than paper or plastic bags and can be reused again and again!

Hawaiian Print Tote Bag

Are you going on any tropical vacations this year? What are your best travel tips?