From One Tropical Paradise to Another

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I know I’ve talked about this place elsewhere, but not here.  Tsk!  This little post has been sitting in draft form for quite some time.

We were having lunch at Zippy’s in the Koko Marina Shopping Center and the name of this cute little store caught our attention. Of course the big “SALE” sign in red lettering was helpful too!

When we were done eating we decided to be nosy and go check it out.  I’m glad we did because I have a passion for wood grain and there was a lot of it inside!

Entrance to Bali Pacific Trading

Brian Ikeda, the store’s owner, is seen here sharing information about the store, telling visitors about the products, and talking about the numerous buying trips taken to Indonesia to purchase all of the merchandise that this little store has to offer.

A view of the inside of the Bali Pacific Trading store in Hawaii Kai

There were some unusual items that, while somewhat familiar, had a different overall ambiance to them than what we’re used to.  There was an uncanny similarity to what one might associate with the Philippines.  But then there was a sense of made in Hawaii there too.  The best part was that all items are made in Indonesia, hence the name Bali Pacific Trading.

Bali Pacific Trading's surfer While just simple wood is a definite draw for me, the quality of the wood furnishings we found was very apparent and the different pieces of furniture were very attractive.

I thought this guy on the right was fun and Mr. Ikeda said that the kids love him too.  I’ve never seen a surfer quite like that one.  🙂

I got a kick out of it with the straw skirt and hair to match.  Like I said, you would think we would find something like that right here in Honolulu but I’ll be darned if this charming fellow wasn’t made in Indonesia as well!  What a crack up!  He looks a little ticked off — like he just missed his wave.

If you stop by the store on a Sunday, give my best to Brian and have fun checking out the textures of all of those home and garden products.  The prices are very reasonable and it’s safe to say that you will be pleasantly surprised.

Bali-Pacific Trading Co.
Koko Marina Shopping Center
Suite G-102A
Honolulu, Hawai’i
Phone: (808) 396-9959

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keahi Pelayo // Sep 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Never been there but looks like a cool place.

  • 2 Evelyn // Sep 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Keahi! It’s actually interesting to see what they have. They have the same kinds of things we have but they’re made differently and, consequently, they have a different look. It’s certainly worth taking a peak. You never know, you might find that perfect piece you’ve been waiting to catch your eye.

    Besides, you’re in real estate and you might find the perfect conversation piece for that house or condo you’re trying to sell! 🙂

  • 3 Brian Ikeda // Jan 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Thank You much for the very nice blog great pics thanks again !

  • 4 Evelyn // Jan 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I’m glad you finally found it, Brian! I just think it’s cool that you guys keep bringing back interesting items that add to the cultural intrigue of our shopping experiences! Thank you!

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