When we first moved to Hawaii, I knew there were a few things I wanted to buy to keep memories of our time in the islands in our minds. It took nearly the entire time but I was able to buy all the keepsakes I wanted. This is not to say that these items are the only souvenirs I bought because I did buy more. So many more. If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in Hawaii, these are the keepsakes I totally recommend getting.
A quilt from the swap meet. I had been wanting one ever since I saw the amazing quilt booths at the swap meet. I chose to get one with the alphabet on it so I can use it to decorate the nursery here but they have all kinds. And they already have hanging loops on the back so all you need to do is hang up a bar. They also have quilted purses, placemats, potholders, and more. I have a few of those already but I really wanted a big one to display.
Get a koa wood wall decoration. These are everywhere. Even the PX has them but I got this monkey in Waikiki. It is Piglet’s and he had it in his room. Blueberry also has one, hers in an angel praying and I love them. I think they look so pretty and you will not find a more authentic keepsake than something made from koa wood. You can even get a surfing Santa if you want!
Finally, I wanted a ukulele to hang on the wall. I have no idea where that idea came into my head but once I thought about it, I couldn’t stop. I got this from the swap meet too. They had all kinds and colors of custom ukuleles and I really liked that. Each one had it’s own personality. I also wanted to get something from every island we went to and I did a pretty good job of that. The “Hale Sweet Hale” sign is from Lanai and the turtle instrument is from Maui. I got a vintage map from the Big Island and some pineapple swag from Molokai and Kauai. I cannot wait to decorate my office in our new house with Aloha.
What keepsakes from your duty stations were must-gets for you?