Mu’umu’u Heaven pop-up in Waikiki

(From FrolicHawaii.com 4/12/2015) – 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

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These are re-purposed doors from Punahou School.
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Rayjai Babauta, T Galleria Product Sales Manager, shares interesting details about the entire space.
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Gold and ruby vintage glassware circa the 1970s.
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I love milk glassware and dishes with its vintage country vibe
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This wicker chair is epic, and filled with pillows made from recycled aloha-themed material.
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Olive green glass-ware circa 1960s-1970s.
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These handmade ornaments can be given as gifts year round, but they would look great on a Christmas tree.
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The beginning of the Hope For Man section featuring items deigned and curated by aloha shirt expert Dale Hope.
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Limited edition Hope For Man shirt.
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Hope For Man shirts are numbered and there are only a limited amount that have been made.
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Dale Hope’s “Aloha Shirt” book published in Japanese.
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Dale Hope’s original “Aloha Shirt” book published in English.
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Mu’umu’u Heaven
T Galleria Hawaii
330 Royal Hawaiian Ave.
Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For more information call 808-931-2700 or visit Dfs.com

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