According to Governor Ige’s April 17 proclamation and the Hawaii State Department of Health guidelines, face masks or face shields are required in public spaces in which 6 feet or more of social distancing is impossible. Hawaii face masks don’t have to be a total burden, though, especially when there are so many different styles and patterns available. Many Big Island and Hawaii retailers offer locally-made masks with fun prints that allow wearers to express their personalities. Here are some local retailers you can shop with and locally made masks you can purchase to support Hawaii’s small businesses.
*Many retailers have an “all sales final” policy in effect for face masks, neck gaiters, and face shields, so buy wisely!
Note: Face masks should be fitted close to the face and cover the nose and mouth. The Department of Health recommends washing masks after each day of use.
Hawaii Face Masks: Grocery Stores
Many Hawaii Island grocery stores carry a variety of Hawaii face masks, including ones made with Hawaiian prints. KTA, Foodland, ABC Stores, and Choice Mart in Kealakekua all offer masks, many of which are locally made.
Hawaii Face Masks: Boutiques
Sew Da Kine
- Sew Da Kine got started making vegan, sustainable, cork fabric bags in a small studio located in Hilo.
- Their cloth face masks feature long tie strings for highly customizable fit tied behind the head or ear loops. Sew Da Kine also offers cork face masks for a unique and stylish look. Both types of mask can be purchased on their website.
- Sew Da Kine is currently accepting donations to fund their efforts to supply masks in the Hilo community.
Tiny Toes Designs Hawaii
- Tiny Toes Designs Hawaii is a local sewing business based in Kea’au. They specialize in baby items in Hawaiian prints, and recently started offering cloth face masks. Washable face mask carry bags are also available.
- For weddings, Tiny Toes Designs Hawaii offers Bride and Groom face masks that can be customized with the couples’ wedding date.
- Masks can be purchased via their Etsy shop. Follow their Instagram @tinytoesdesignshawaii for giveaways and special sales.
- Aloha Grown was founded in 2010 as a branch of the Parker Ranch Store with the desire to make a difference in the environmental, economic and social sustainability of Hawaii.
- Two percent of every sale goes to their Malama Honua Fund, which awards local non-profits, schools and organizations that embody their philosophy.
- The Aloha Grown retail store is located on the Hilo Bayfront, with products available at Parker Ranch Store in Waimea. Their face masks are also available via their website.
- Reyn Spooner has been selling aloha attire for over 60 years in Hawaii, first established in Honolulu in 1959.
- Reyn Spooner is now offering cloth Hawaii face masks in the same prints and material as their popular aloha shirts.
- Masks come in a large adult size and a “small” size which fits smaller adult faces and some children.
- Reyn Spooner has a location at the Waikoloa Queen’s Marketplace and masks are also available online.
Cookies Clothing Company
- Cookies Clothing Company is a locally owned clothing and accessories store focused on “Fun, flirty and affordable” products.
- Founder Christina Cook Springmeier grew up in the fashion and clothing industry, her parents were the original co-founding partners of Bebe and Bebe Sport.
- Cookies Clothing Company offers adult and child size face masks, with some matching prints (such as Blue Tropical, pictured) available in both sizes.
- Cookies Clothing Company has a location at Kona Commons and Waikoloa Queen’s Marketplace.
- Jams World started as a surfboard shop in Honolulu in 1962 before expanding into fashion with their trademark bright, colorful hand-painted art print clothing.
- Jams World Hawaii face masks are very well made, featuring four layers of thin breathable fabric and an activated carbon removable filter. Many of the mask prints match Jams World clothing.
- Jams World has locations at Keauhou Shopping Center, King’s Shops Waikoloa and the Mauna Lani Shops. Masks can also be purchased online.
- Established in 1978 in Hawaii by Linda Holt, Jeans Warehouse was the first juniors fashion value retailer in Hawaii.
- Jeans Warehouse is now a 100 percent employee-owned company through the Jeans Warehouse Employee Ownership Plan.
- Jeans Warehouse offers Aloha print and animal print face masks as well as face shields.
Tea-licious Café features locally made pleated cloth face masks in a variety of patterns ranging from Hawaiian print, to cartoon characters and ocean life.
Masks are available in adult and kids sizes.
Tori Richard offers Hawaii face masks in 5-packs that match their aloha shirts.
When you purchase a pack of masks, you earn a $20 credit towards the purchase of an aloha shirt.
Tori Richard has a location at the King’s Shops in Waikoloa
Mahina Boutique started on Maui in 2006 and now has 15 locations across the state, including at Queen’s Marketplace and Parker Ranch Center.
Mahina Boutique offers surgical style double layered French Terry cloth masks in 9 different colors.
Masks are available in adult and kids sizes.
Donating Cloth Masks and Volunteering
Vibrant Hawaii Island is a community-driven network of non-profits and community leaders working together to address issues within Hawaii Island communities. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Vibrant Hawaii Island has established a Hawaii face mask donation drive and distribution framework that serves the entire island. Vibrant Hawaii Island has donation drop off centers in Kona and Hilo, as well as volunteer opportunities island-wide. For more information, please visit Vibrant Hawaii’s website.
EVERY1NE is a Hawaii nonprofit organization dedicated to building civil engagement and creating lasting input in local Hawaii communities. Their “Masks 4 All” initiative seeks to distribute masks to those in need and those unable to purchase them. Hawaii face mask distribution is currently suspended, but those interested in learning more can follow EVERY1NE on social media or subscribe to alerts via their website to be notified when the program will reopen.
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