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Two Days in Honolulu

Surfers at daybreak on Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head Crater in the distance.

Photo: Susan Seubert

Made to Measure: Her use of vintage Japanese kimono and obi fabrics has earned Honolulu native Anne Namba (324 Kamani St.; 808/589-1135; annenamba.com) a name outside Hawaii. In 2009 she designed the Savonlinna Opera Festival’s Madama Butterfly costumes, and fans include Hillary Clinton and Aretha Franklin. Namba’s namesake shop sells her latest creations, from evening gowns to clutches and men’s shirts.

Sugar Rush: Though it’s not much to look at—a pocket-size operation with a single bench outside—the beloved Shimazu Store (330 N. School St.; 808/371-8899; dessert for two $6) is a fine place to beat the afternoon heat. Owner Kelvin Shimazu mixes 64 flavors of shave ice by hand. He’s earned a reputation for dreaming up new flavors (crème brûlée) while doing justice to old favorites (li hing; pickled mango).

Final Feast: Seasonal ingredients are front and center at Town (3435 Waialae Ave.; 808/735-5900; dinner for two $70), where the menu changes nightly. A few recent standouts: risotto with pepeiao (Hawaiian wood ear mushrooms) and a tender Big Island strip loin.


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