From Honolulu Magazine April 2015 issue.
Repeat PerformanceIf Molly Ringwald had a dream closet, this would be it. With lively cobalt walls, rows of gorgeously color-blocked clothing and old-school décor, Hana Hou Vintage has the feel of an eclectic boudoir.
The racks are filled with pieces that owner Deb Mascia has been collecting over 30 years of international travel. Step inside and you’re instantly transported back in time. Louis Armstrong croons over the stereo. Black-and-white snaps of screen siren Jane Russell peer out from ornate gold frames.
Currently, Hana Hou’s stock is primarily women’s. Dresses start at $25 and top out at a little over $100. Almost every decade from the ’20s on is represented. We found swingy beaded flapper dresses, a kimono jacket adorned with hand-painted phoenixes and a pair of tangerine-hued bell bottoms.
The collectibles throughout the store are also for sale, everything from Asian paper umbrellas to sequin pillbox hats (fantastic costume pieces). According to manager Mary McNeill, customers often hunt for outfits for theme parties. Most recently, a client scooped up an ensemble for a Downton Abbey fête.
Hana Hou Vintage, 35 Kainehe St., 261-2100