Mu’umu’u Heaven pop-up in Waikiki

(From 4/12/2014) – Amanda Stevens

Mu’umu’u Heaven, a popular eco-chic boutique that closed its doors in Kailua, has opened in Waikiki as a pop-up until the end of June. The new space at T-Galleria is larger than a typical pop-up; it’s more of an exploratory exhibit, starting from the makai entrance of the mall’s walkway, extending to the mauka end.

I was impressed with the re-purposed beach hut, made from 90 percent recyclable materials — definitely in line with Mu’umu’u Heaven founder Deb Mascia’s commitment to sustainable island living. Inside the hut, there’s a nice mix of upcycled and updated dresses and some fun stuffed animals made from rubber and material. There also are t-shirts, accessories and vintage home accessories, plus a section dedicated to men’s aloha wear and Hawaiian art.

Speaking of art, you might remember that T-Galleria and Pow Wow Hawaii recently partnered to feature local artists and designers. Now, designer Yurie Okada and Tamara Rigney a landscape architect, florist and co-owner of Paiko, are among the local artists showcased at the space.

Although some of the items are at a higher price point than at the Kailua location, the pop-up supports local artists, and tax is included.

Here’s a look at the entire space from beginning to end




These are re-purposed doors from Punahou School.



Babauta told me that these animals are made from recycled rubber slippers.



Gold and ruby vintage glassware circa the 1970s.


I love milk glassware and dishes with its vintage country vibe


This wicker chair is epic and filled with pillows made from recycled aloha-themed material.


Olive green glass-ware circa 1960s-1970s.




These handmade ornaments can be given as gifts year-round, but they would look great on a Christmas tree.




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