Bayside, New York
June 1, 2003
As we entered, some great Putumayo music greeted us together with the shop owner who turned out to be a Brooklyn, New York transplant. She was very gracious and shared a lot of information with us. As we browsed around the store, it was almost "deja vu" a la Bali. Lots of batik sarongs, dresses, bamboo shelving, cd's, incense, candles, the works. This is the type of store you can browse for hours without tiring. We both found things that we liked and bought them.
Across the street was the Surf Museum , and neither one of us was enthused about a visit there. As it was terribly hot, the ice cream shop was looking better by the minute. Aside from their 40+ flavors, they also carry souvenirs. While our smoothies were being prepared (one mango, one passion fruit), I found an anklet made of hemp and beads, and it had to be tied; one of the young girls that worked there gave me some help. This place is reputed to have the best shaved ice on the island, however, I cannot recommend it first hand.
We also went into the town's art gallery, and talked with the owner about the art show we had just seen at Kapiolani Park. It's a twice a year event, and there will be a separate journal on that. Aside from the expected marine art, there were some wonderful fish rubbings that were quite unusual. All the art there is sold framed, and ready to hang.
A slightly more kitschy stop was the Polynesian & Global Handicrafts with impressive jewelry collections, and shark teeth in jewelry or unattached. The name of this shop may have been changed to Polynesian Treasures . They have some great woven baskets, and it's fascinating to see them being made. I acquired one at Hilo Hattie's (separate journal). There is also a complete shop of women's clothing called Silver Moon, owned by a Montrealese woman. Another eye opener were the blown glass pieces of art we saw at Oceans in Glass ; what made them so special is that they incorporate relevant objects such as magnificent guppies, Hawaiian rainbowed platters, seashells etc. Be sure to stop in there if you go. By the way, the parking is plentiful and that's one less thing to worry about.
From journal Hawaii is not just for Honeymooners!