Global Village summer window display 2015
The end of September marks the 20th Anniversary for the neighborhood boutique, Global Village, in Kailua. In the past twenty years the boutique has cultivated a strong following of loyal kama’ainas, to well-traveled tourists, and a sprinkling of passer-by celebrities, alike. And on Friday September 25th thru Sunday September 27th Global Village will be celebrating with their annual 20% off anniversary sale and special purchase $20 tent sale.
Since 1995 Global Village has been in Kailua serving to inspire the fashionista in each of us.
As one of the best Kailua Neighborhood Boutiques, Global Village is filled with apparel, handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry, fashion jewelry, gifts, and accessories from around the globe. A one stop shop, the product mix is filled with at least 35% of its products from small businesses, eco-minded businesses, businesses that contribute a portion of their profits to charitable and fair trade organizations, Made in Hawaii designers, and products Made in the USA.
Sunday Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper corner distribution site 1985 to 1992
The trio’s humble beginnings started with the Honolulu Star Bulletin, as a means to supplement the family household income and to put some money away for college back in the mid 80’s. Sharrie was the Windward newspaper distributor and Debbie and Dawn (with their younger sister Kelly) were Sunday newspaper corner sellers. The girls were staples on the bench of Safeway Aikahi and Craig’s Bakery. Sacrificing their Saturday social nights and foregoing sleep to greet customers early Sunday mornings.
Evolution of Global Village Kailua
Windward Mall kiosk and Polynesian Cultural Center kiosk 1993-1994
Only the few die-hard customers know that the Native Hawaiian owned business started as a kisok at Windward Mall and Polynesian Cultural Center before settling in Kailua.
The year and a half operating two kiosks and selling jewelry designs to Hilo Hatties helped the family open their first store front on Ku`ulei Road in Kailua.
Blessing of Global Village at first location in Kailua – 306 Ku`ulei Road in 1995
Global Village Christmas pop up shop at Windward Mall 1997
Global Village store front at Kailua Village Shops from 1999 to the present
Dawn holding daughter Lana and Debbie with daughter Hi`ilani unpacking merchandise, with camera-shy Sharrie hiding in the background . Photo originally published in the Honolulu Star Bulletin in 2004.
As long-time Kailua residents with ties to the military, Global Village is a Hawaiian family run business reflecting Kailua’s lifestyle, a town that is centered around family, environment, love of the ocean and outdoors, and connecting to people all around the globe. Global Village Kailua Boutique’s style is a casual elegance that can take you from a day at the beach to an evening bbq or from grocery shopping to happy hour. The charm of Kailua can also be felt throughout the boutique with special gift items and jewelry. As the trio embark on their 20th year, the Native Hawaiian owned, mother, daughters team hope for twenty more in their Kailua neighborhood.