July 12th, 2012 / posted by paularath

Julie Waters with shirts fashioned from vintage kimono silks by Takako Okita of Angry Lady Bug ($160)

I’m always excited when something new and different – and wonderful – opens up in Chinatown. That’s because Chinatown is sort of  home turf for Jerry and me. Jerry has an office with the Hawaii Watercolor Society in the ARTS at Marks on the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Pauahi Street. We both show our paintings at the Louis Pohl Gallery on Bethel. And our favorite coffee and cocktail  bar is Manifest on Hotel Street. (Love their Manhattans.)

So when I heard that Julie Waters, a long-time sales rep and wholesale guru, had opened a retail shop in the space formerly occupied by Super Citizen on Pauahi Street, I had to go. It’s called Community and it’s a sort of hybrid retail concept. In addition to traditional retail sales out front, Julie plans to host sales reps in the  back, making it a sort of showroom. She may also use the space for mini runway shows.

I love the aesthetic of Community. The walls are collaged from recycled wood and many of the store fixtures were picked up along the roadside in Kailua and fashioned into shelving.

Love the rough-hewn walls! That's Community's Art Wall reflected on the right.

Community plans to carry a lot of different local designers with a variety of products, including clothing, accessories, home decor, bath and body. This is a great place to shop for gifts, including made in Hawaii items.

Julie is close friends with Tina Wary, who owned the sadly missed boutique, Therapy in Kahala Mall. They are both big fans of Shannon Ellis of Angry Lady Bug so you’ll find lots of her things in store. Shannon is going great guns with all sorts of new items. She has even recruited her tutu, Takako Okita, to sew men’s aloha shirts from vintage kimono fabrics ($160).

Angry Lady Bug crayon carrier, perfect for back to school ($12). There's also a pen roll ($14).

I believe it’s the first time  the Ola Natural Organics line of bath and beauty products from the Big Island has been carried on Oahu. I’ll be writing more about them soon, but suffice to say they are really yummy. The Passion Fruit Citrus scent transported me back to small kid time,  picking lilikoi across the street from our Portlock home and bringing it home to Mother, who made fantastic lilikoi sorbet.

Ola Tropical Organics from the Big Island.

Here are just a few of the things that caught my eye:

Butter London nail enamels in fabulous colors ($14 - $18) They're called 3-Free because they don't have any of the evil stuff like formaldehyde.

Angry Lady Bug clutches made of vintage silk obis ($60).

Angry Lady Bug silk infinity scarves made of kimono linings ($30).

– Paula Rath

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Emma Howard
July 14th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This looks great. I can’t wait to stop by!

Julie waters
July 22nd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Thank you so much for writing about Community. Come visit us again soon.
Much Aloha,


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