Highlighting Our Heritage: Valia Honolulu’s AAPI Shopping Guide

Highlighting Our Heritage: Valia Honolulu’s AAPI Shopping Guide

Highlighting Our Heritage: Valia Honolulu’s AAPI Shopping Guide 

Written by Kailanianna Ablog 


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. According to asianpacifichertiage.gov, this month celebrates “Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.” Valia Honolulu is proud to highlight and support fellow AAPI-owned small businesses and humbled to present our AAPI Shopping Guide! 



Honoring Hawaiian heritage through their work is one way Kūlua tells their story. 

Kūlua creates eco-friendly products that are cut and sewn in small batches, and gives one percent to culture- and education-based local non-profits. If you love sustainable clothing, home goods or accessories, Kūlua is a great choice! 



Kea of Kākou Collective seeks to integrate her love and knowledge about Hawaii’s local culture and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi with her letter pads, stickers, and washi tape. Kea also enjoys teaching hand lettering and illustration workshops and connecting with “strong women and businesses.” If you collect stickers and other stationery goods, consider adding Kākou Collective to your personal AAPI shopping guide!


Need totes, organizers or pouches? Twiggy Hawaii has you covered with designs that honor and uplift women, as well as highlight Japanese culture. Look toward Twiggy for your next cute home goods purchase! 



Culture, community and identity are Riskit Design’s inspirations. The brand’s owner, Kristi, is a Japanese-Korean freelance illustrator who seeks to incorporate representation and self-love in her products. If you are looking to expand your own AAPI shopping guide, consider adding Riskit Design to the list! 



Connection with healing energies is the source of Natsuko Designs’ creations. Made mindfully with “positive intentions for the mind, body, soul and spirit,” Natsuko’s crystal bracelets and sets are meant to honor you and attract favorable vibes. If you strive to live with intention, Natsuko Designs may have the accessories you need. 


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